Working in a deadline-driven field, I'm always amazed by the work people can pull off in spite of - or sometimes because of - a short time frame. That's why I'm a fan of the 48 Hour Film Project, in which teams of up-and-coming filmmakers get an assignment (including a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue) and then spend two sleepless days making it into a movie. This year's competitors will get their assignments on Friday, and the resulting movies will screen next Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 18-19, at the Gateway Film Center.

Working in a deadline-driven field, I'm always amazed by the work people can pull off in spite of - or sometimes because of - a short time frame. That's why I'm a fan of the 48 Hour Film Project, in which teams of up-and-coming filmmakers get an assignment (including a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue) and then spend two sleepless days making it into a movie. This year's competitors will get their assignments on Friday, and the resulting movies will screen next Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 18-19, at the Gateway Film Center.