Glendale and Burbank are well represented this weekend as hundreds of wannabe Spielbergs gather in Hollywood for the 48 Hour Film Project, a yearlong contest that travels to more than 80 cities. The participants must make a six- to eight-minute movie, from start to finish, in 48 hours.
Sean Hilferty of Burbank calls his team "Wondergeez" because the graphic designer is 49, well past the age most aspiring artists make a splash in Hollywood. For Hilferty and his wife, Viki, it's more about having fun than winning the top local prize.
"If we turn out a good film, great, we'd love to turn out a good project, but the main thing is to have a good time doing it," Hilferty said.
Each producer draws three items out of a hat: a genre, a line of dialogue and a character name. All three items must show up somewhere in the film. Last year Hilferty drew the holiday genre.