Three-minute interview: Mark Ruppert

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People,Alan Blinder

The 48 Hour Film Project, which Ruppert founded and now bills itself as the world's largest filmmaking competition, will return to the District on Friday. The event began in D.C. more than a decade ago. Area residents can learn more about events associated with the project at 48hourfilm.com/dc.

What's going to happen during the competition?

We're going to have about 100 film teams from all over the D.C. metropolitan area making films in 48 hours. All writing, shooting and editing must occur in that time. It's part of a worldwide competition, and the project is now in more than 100 cities around the world.SClB

How many people are we going to see here making a movie in a hurry?

The teams average 12 to 15 people each, so we're going to have roughly 1,200 to 1,500 people. It's open to people anywhere. In the past, we even had a guy from Scotland come to D.C. and participate.

Two days isn't a lot of time. Why so fast?

The 48-hour time frame is very freeing for a filmmaker because they don't have time to second-guess themselves. It's just enough time to put your team together and do the best you can, relying on that spur-of-the-moment creativity to pull you through.SClB

Tell me about the origins of the competition.

My business partner and I had completed a couple of short films, and we were looking for the next project. I had heard about a 24-hour play competition, and I thought that sounded cool, so I thought it'd be very cool to do a video competition with a little more time.SClB

What's the best part of the competition for you?

Each year, when I'm sitting in the theater watching the films for the first time, I get hit all over again by the immense creativity. We've got great filmmakers in D.C. Often, the winning D.C. team is in the top 10 films of the year in our worldwide competition.

- Alan Blinder

- Alan Blinder

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