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Brianna Blank participates in film project’s holiday edition

BOSTON — North Boston resident Brianna Blank led the Canisius College Video Institute team in the 2013 Buffalo 48-Hour Film Project’s holiday edition from Nov. 15 – 17.

The Buffalo 48-Hour Film Project typically takes place in the summer; this year, the project ran a second event with a holiday theme.

The goal was to make a short film in 48 hours or fewer, using a given character, line, prop and genre. All teams were assigned a holiday genre with a mandatory character. The required line was “Why do you think they call him/her the wild one?” The groups were required to incorporate cookie cutters into their projects.

Blank’s team also consisted of Rich Lunghino and Darren Canham, who are also Canisius College students.

The cast consisted of Pandora Kew and Hamburg High School graduate James Lillin.

The group’s film was called “Expiration Date.” Blank explained the synopsis: “A poor pianist’s planning puts him and his girlfriend on an unlucky Valentine’s Day date.”

The film was shot on location in Hamburg and North Boston on Nov. 16, and edited and turned in on Nov. 17. The entries were judged by a three-person panel, including Susan Weeks, a CGI artist who has worked on the “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars” and “Jurassic Park” films.

Blank’s team’s film was awarded the best song and best overall film awards; the latter included a $300 cash prize and free entry into the 2014 Buffalo 48-Hour Film Project.
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