Making a movie is challenging enough, but shooting and editing a film in just 24 hours? That's the challenge facing about 30 film teams entered in the 2014 Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout, which begins Friday night.
Event founder and director Mark Ducker says films will have to include three elements revealed at the start of the competition, and the finished product must run between four and seven minutes.
The film chosen as best of the best by a panel of judges will win a $1,000 cash prize.
"And it includes the coolest trophy that you'll see anywhere in the world," Ducker says. "We have a local wood crafter who makes a scale model of the Ypsi water tower, which we call the 'IPSY'. And so first place gets that."
Other finalists also get cash prizes.
The audience favorite chosen at a screening of the films Friday, October 3 at Towsley Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College also gets an "IPSY."
Below is the 2013 first place winner, "Holmes", by James Voges