Made Here, Played Here

Presented by: Pamlico Musical Society logo
Dates: January 21, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.
Price: $20, $15 for members, military, and students
Location: At The Old Theater
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The Unofficial Official 48 Hour Small Town Film Project

Write, shoot, and edit a short 5-7 (maximum with credits) minute film over the weekend.

See it on the BIG SCREEN.

Win the accolades of all your friends.


Make Your Movie!

  1. Put your team together--friends, family, like-minded creatives
  2. Be at the Old Theater on January 13th at 7pm
  3. Choose 2 genres from a hat ( you only have to use 1 of them). And wait for the announcement of the character, prop and line that must appear in everyone's film.
  4. The race is on! You have 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit your short film.
  5. Upload your film by Sunday January 15th at 7pm.
  6. Invite all of your friends to attend one of the screenings on January 27th or 28th, matinee Sunday the 29th and to cast their votes.
  7. All submitted films will be shown at each screening and each screening you attend entitles you to a vote. There will be awards in multiple categories to include: Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Cinematography, Best Use of Prop, Best Director, Editing, Best Story, Best Visual Effects, and more!

Official RULES:

  1. We want everyone to have an opportunity for their creativity to shine! There is no entry fee to participate in the festival.
  2. Each participating team must have a representative at the official Kickoff Event 7pm Friday January 13th.
    • Prior to the Kickoff event, each group must submit a completed Team Leader's Agreement, signed by its team leader. A team may not participate without submitting this agreement.
    • Each group will receive the genre of its film in a random drawing.
  3. At the Kickoff Event each participating group will be assigned required elements that must appear in its film, such as a genre, a character, a prop and/or a line of dialogue.
    • The required Character must be seen on-screen and it must be clear--either directly shown or by context--who the required character is. The Character name does not have to be said out loud or written on-screen.
    • The required Prop must be seen on-screen. A picture of the required prop is also allowed.
    • The required Line of Dialogue must be used verbatim. It may be spoken, sung and/or written. It may be in any language, though if it is unclear that it is the required Line, there must be a translation.
    • To qualify as an Official Entry, each group's film must be in the genre it selects and must contain all required elements within the official time limit and prior to the credits.
  4. All cast and crew must be volunteers.
  5. Animal safety, like cast and crew safety, is an important part of 48 Hour Filmmaking. Films exhibit animal cruelty will be disqualified.
  6. Any type of video or film camera may be used. There is no limit to the number of cameras.
  7. Nothing that appears in your film can be shot BEFORE the festival begins. ALL FOOTAGE must be short during the 48 hour period, from Friday evening to Sunday evening.
  8. All creativity must take place during the Official Time Period. Any creative work in advance of the competition weekend is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to:
    • Writing the script
    • Rehearsing
    • Costume/Set Design
    • Editing
    • Sound Design
    • Rendering
    • Outputting to USB drive or other media
  9. The only work to begin prior to the Official Time Period is:
    • Organizing Crew
    • Organizing Cast
    • Securing Equipment
    • Scouting/Securing Locations
  10. NO stock video footage may be used. All footage must be shot within the Official Time Period of the project.
    • Animation and special effects are permitted but must be created during the Official Time Period
    • No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used unless the footage is part of a post-production effect or on a background monitor, i.e., a television, as long as the team has rights to the stock footage and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the Official Time Period. Allowable stock footage includes bullets, fires, explosions, chromakeyed backgrounds, etc., but stock footage of people or other performers is not allowed.
    • Pre-made sequences or compositions that are available to all via purchase or download are permitted if a majority of frames contain content (e.g., text or images) created within the Official Time Period. The pre-made portion of the sequence may not include people or other performers.
    • Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the Official Time Period; however, stills created outside of the Official Time Period may not be used in sequence to create the illusion of motion.
    • Permissible stock footage within effects, permissible pre-made sequences, and still photographs must all be accompanied by a Materials Release demonstrating that the team has rights to use them.
  11. No copyrighted music may be used. (background music on the radio is considered usage so make sure you don’t have music in your film that you do not own or have rights to. Please do your research in advance of the festival. There are websites where music is available for public use as well as songs that are in considered “public domain” You must have rights to the music or we can not screen your film.. All music used in a film must have accompanying documentation with rights of use indicated. Participating groups are encouraged to work with a composer and/or musicians to write and record music for the films. It is permissible for a participating group to use pre-recorded music; however, the participating group must have the rights to any music used in its film and must provide releases for all music used. As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed, but you must have rights to use them.
    • Note: Song parodies (i.e., use of identifiable pre-existing compositions with new or altered lyrics or music) may not be included in the film without a signed release from the composition's rights holder. This rule applies without regard to whether the song parody arguably constitutes fair use under US or international copyright law.
  12. Participation of minors: Teams consisting of minors must have a team leader over the age of 21. The team leader is not required to participate in the making of the film but must supervise that all rules are adhered to.
  13. All costs associated with the production of the entrants are solely the responsibility of the entrants.
  14. The Old Theater and it associates assume no legal responsibility resulting from any user's participation in or attempt to participate in the The Official UnOfficial Small Town 48 Hour Film Project or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Project. No responsibility or liability is assumed by The Old Theater Corporation for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the Project: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any e-mail transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted e-mail transmissions; inaccessibility of the Web Site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the Web Site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Project, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the Project, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the Project. The Old Theater Corporation is not responsible for any typographical errors in the announcement of prizes or these Official Rules, or any inaccurate or incorrect data contained on the Web Site or social media sites maintained by The Old Theater Corporation. The Old Theater Corporation are not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user's or any other person's computer equipment resulting from participation in the Project, use of the Web Site or the download of any information from the Web Site. By participating in the Project, Entrant agrees to release, indemnify and hold The Old Theater Corporation harmless from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such Entrant's participation in the Project.
  15. Each team must designate a team captain. That team captain is responsible for ensuring that the film is submitted on time and that of the official rules are adhered to.
  16. The finished film must be a minimum of 4 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 7 minutes in duration—not including end credits. In other words, the official running time begins after the required The Old Theater slates and ends prior to the end credits. The required slates and the end credits do not count towards the minimum time of 4 minutes. The film story may not be longer than 7 minutes. The Old Theater reserves the right to shorten any film that exceeds the maximum length for screening purposes.


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The Old Theater reopened with community support in the mid 1990's and has been fortunate to maintain that support today. In addition to those who financially support our productions and fundraising, there are a host of local businesses and individuals who collaborate behind the scenes with us to provide venue space, extended advertisement, storage and additional financial support through special donations. We salute our community partners who work behind the scenes to help keep The Old Theater front and center for performing arts in Pamlico County.

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The Old Theater is located at 609 Broad Street in the heart of Oriental, North Carolina. The building first opened as a movie theater in 1945 and served as a social and entertainment center until the late 1950s. It was revitalized and reopened in 1995 and today provides a venue where performing arts can thrive in Pamlico County.

The Old Theater is owned and managed by the Old Theater Corporation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of Pamlico County volunteers,

whose mission is to ensure the people of Pamlico County and the town of Oriental have a local venue for civic and cultural events.

This mission is accomplished by maintaining the facility and grounds; making the facility available for use by providers of performing arts and a variety of civic, business, local clubs, schools and charitable organizations; and by presenting a broad range of theater-sponsored programs and outreach to the schools throughout Pamlico County.

The ability to achieve this mission relies on the support and participation of our members, individual donors, community businesses, service organizations, grants and volunteers on stage and behind the scenes. If you would like to volunteer with the Old Theater, or participate in a future event, go to our volunteer page.

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Meet Our Board

Executive Officers

President: Carla Fisher
Secretary: Linda Larson
Treasurer: Mary Jane Westphal
Vice President: Mary Taylor

Department Managers

External Events Coordinator: Open
Facilities Manager: Brian Hough
Facilities Manager: Tim Wall
Graphics Coordinator: Open
House & Box Office Manager: Open
Membership & Volunteers: Sheila Gould
Production Coordinator: Patrick Nocera
Publicity Manager: Christine Wager
Special Events Coordinator: Teresa Conrads
Technical Services Director: Scott Johnson
Webmaster: Steven Loe
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