SATO 48

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SATO (Springfield and the Ozarks) 48 is an annual contest held in Springfield, Missouri an open to entrants from around the globe. The event challenges local filmmakers to create a five-minute short film from scratch over the course of 48 hours from Friday-Sunday, usually during the month of April. No production may take place before an inspiration package is distributed at the kick-off event. Each film entry must then be conceived, written, directed, edited, output, and delivered directly to the festival heads within the specified 48-hour period. Late turn-ins are accepted for screening if they meet the inspiration package criteria but are ineligible for any award nominations.

The short films & accompanying posters are then premiered and showcased at a local theatre, and are later evaluated by an international panel of judges who decide which films receive awards and nominations.

Inspiration package[edit]

At the launch event, the organizers provide to each team an “inspiration package” which contains specific elements the film must include. These elements can include anything from a prop (or visual element) to a character to a line of dialogue to an idea or concept. The inspiration package may also contain limitations such as being able to use only one weapon, no weapons, et cetera.

2006[edit]

2007[edit]

The subject of the film had to be Luck, and a gray canister had to be used somewhere in the film.

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

2010[edit]

In celebration of their fifth anniversary, the SATO48-2010 “inspiration package” had five components:

  • A distinctive SOUND must figure into:
    • the beginning of your Film and
    • the conclusion of your Film.
  • A turning point in your Film must involve a SHADOW.
  • The PROP, a hardcopy print out of the “SATO48 FilmHead,” must be prominently visible in at least one scene.
  • We have emailed you the SATO48 FilmHead in gif, jpeg, and Photoshop formats. You must change this image, in any way you wish (digital form or hardcopy), and use it at least once in your Film.
  • The number 1, then 2, then 3, then 4, and finally 5 must appear IN SEQUENCE in your Film. Only one number is to be used per scene or segment.

2011[edit]

2012[edit]

  • The following four words must be used within the film either visually or audibly; Founder, Lover, Inventor, Mentor.
    • In addition to using the words, each of the two principal characters should be one of the four words.
  • Each team received 2 random Pez dispensers.
    • Each pez must be disguised in some way, but also be recognized as the "prop"
    • Each pez must be utilized independently in a scene, but also must appear together in a separate scene.

2013[edit]

Theme: "REASONS NOT TO CALL 911" Visual: Local Newspaper dated Friday, April 12, 2013. Physically alter Prop THREE times so it appears to be another object. Each alteration must BE A RESULT OF the previous alteration. Date on Local Newspaper must be seen at least once Structure: A person or thing must MAKE THE FIGURE "8" at TWO different times and each time the action must have direct consequences on the character/story. Dialogue: At least ONE time, for good reason, a character must emphatically say the word, "Eight"

2014[edit]

Visual: Paper currency from Korea (won). One graphic detail from the prop must be shown in close-up and that graphic must have a corresponding "real" visual in your film. Anything related to your story must be seen being arranged 3 by 3. Dialogue: Misunderstanding of a word (or words) causes a major mistake to happen.

2015[edit]

Visual: Cutout letting which was only half of the french word for 10 (Dix) which when mirrored resembled the entire word. Had to appear twice in the film. Prohibited: No firearms

2016[edit]

THEME: One or both principal characters attend an Event, or participate in an Experience. The Event or Experience must be something they have deliberately avoided. Attending the Event or Experience must affect them significantly. Visual: Paper tickets that read: ADMIT ONE that provide admittance to the event or experience. "ADMIT ONE" must appear prominently. "ADMIT ONE" is misunderstood in speech and/or in sight. We were also given two plastic sombreros. Appear prominently in any way you wish -- before the Event or Experience. Appear prominently in conjunction with parallel lines -- during the event or experience. Appear prominently in conjunction with distinctive sound -- after the Event or Experience.

2017[edit]

The inspiration package included a photograph that had to be featured once unaltered and once altered as well as once at noon and once at midnight (the number 12). Also, 2 different characters in 2 different scenes had to say the word "Mesopotamia". Structure: The first full minute of the film could only feature visuals, sound effects and music. No dialogue, voiceovers, or text on screen at any time, except for the opening credits. Prohibited: If a firearm is featured in the film it can only fire one bullet.

2018[edit]

Theme: Select 1 of 3 actions that is the central inspiration that sparks internal struggle for the main character (Knitting outside to change the weather; putting shoes on the table; using a key that belongs to someone else). Visual: The symbol 1101 (binary for the number 13) must appear in close up at least once and also be a turning point for the main character. Dialogue: One character must speak the French word for "unlucky" - malchanceux whereas another character misunderstands which results in consequence. Structure: At least the first 13 seconds of the film must be without dialogue, monologue, voiceover, text of any kind, or song lyrics. Prohibited: Any scene with running or chasing through the woods.

Awards[edit]

Award nominations for the SATO 48 film challenge are decided by an international panel of judges, except for the Audience Favorite Award which is decided by totaling votes cast by members of the festival audience. Other awards honor films for best cinematography, editing, art direction, sound design, poster design, soundtrack, male and female performances, and use of the inspiration package. An awards ceremony is held each year at the historic Gillioz theatre in downtown Springfield, Missouri.

2011[edit]

Best Art Direction

Nominees

  • Violent Games - Andrew Bacon & James Bacon
  • Dream 'Scapes - Jamie Thomas & Mark Rushton
  • Start with a Story - Kelly Magruder & Kent Shelton
  • The New Stepdad - Max Rosen
  • Synchronicity - Meganne Rosen O'Neal
  • Ascension - Jack Bonneman
  • Drop Job - Blue Light
  • Lily’s Petals - Patrick Misterovich
  • Retirement - Austin Barton
  • Vic-Six - Gabriel Mays & Andrew Farmer

Winner - The New Stepdad

Best Sound

Nominees

  • Vic-Six - Brent Bolinger & Gabriel Mays
  • The Cowboy Warrior of Gold City - Christopher Canote
  • Lily's Petals - Joseph Misterovich
  • Vaquero - Paul Gildard & Gage Rudick
  • Blood Betrayal - Scott Bradley & Christine Schwader
  • Cause and Effect - Christopher Greene
  • Reset - Tony Nguyen
  • The Hitch - Cherokee Turner
  • Mistaken - Gregory Austin McConnell & Lance Little

Winner - Vic-Six

Audience Favorite

Nominees

  • Love in Cliche
  • Start with a Story
  • Synchronicity
  • The Cowboy Warrior of Gold City
  • The New Stepdad
  • Over Easy
  • ID (Inner Demon)
  • The Devil and Benjamin Frost
  • SATO 48
  • The Hitch

Winner - The New Stepdad

Best Cinematography

Nominees

  • Arms of the Apocalypse - Andrew Ayres & Jeff Pierce
  • Start with a Story - Brandon Hite & Kent Shelton
  • The Cowboy Warrior of Gold City - Christopher Canote
  • The Open City - Nathan Maulorico
  • Lily's Petals - Joseph Misterovich
  • Vulker's Egress - Ruth Briggs & Robert Briggs
  • Hi, My Name is Zeke. I Fight Crime. - Chris Tate
  • Blood Betrayal - Scott Bradley & Christine Schwader
  • We Wish You Well - Ryan Piotrowski

Winner - The Open City

Best Music or Song

Nominees

  • Antidote - William Talty
  • Synchronicity - Will Chiles
  • SATO 48 - Dan Maple
  • The Open City - Taylor Baldwin
  • Elcatnet - Uriah Gott
  • Violent Games - Jame Bacon
  • Vulker's Egress - Robert Briggs
  • Start With A Story - David Wilson
  • The Devil and Benjamin Frost - Gary Anderson

Winner - Elcatnet

Best Editing

Nominees

  • Start with a Story - Brandon Hite & Kent Shelton
  • Vic-Six - Gabriel Mays & Andrew Farmer
  • Ascension - Jack Bonneman
  • Arms of the Apocalypse - Jeanette Schaaf & Jeff Pierce
  • Blood Betrayal - Scott Bradley & Christine Schwader

Winner - Vic-Six

Best Male Performance

Nominees

  • Vic-Six - Cameron McBeth
  • ...to be continuum... - Edward Brandt
  • The Cowboy Warrior of Gold City - Justin Canote
  • True Value - Nicholas Nutting
  • Violent Games - Ron Preston
  • The Patient - John Thomas "Tray" Tate
  • Ascension - Jack Bonneman
  • Drop Job - Rodney Wiseman
  • Love in Cliche - Dustin Howard
  • Reset - Luke Cormier

Winner - Edward Brandt

Best Female Performance

Nominees

  • Lily's Petals - Adrianna Reynolds
  • Arms of the Apocalypse - Erin Jacobs
  • True Value - Kaley Prier
  • Mistaken - Melanie Smith
  • Start with a Story - Samantha Hite
  • Synchronicity - Jen West
  • The Patient - Rena' Hamilton
  • The Office Party - Rose Bogan
  • The Hitch - Arianna Russell
  • The Cowboy Warrior of Gold City - Dawn McClain

Winner - Melanie Smith

Best Movie Poster

Nominees

  • Cause and Effect - Andrew Nordin
  • Over Easy - Jarreth Hunt
  • Retirement - Austin Barton
  • Ascension - Jack Bonneman
  • Antidote - Elijah Austin

Winner - Ascension

Best Screenplay

Nominees

  • Gossip - David Fleming
  • The Cowboy Warrior of Gold City - Dawn McClain
  • Start with a Story - Kelly Magruder & Kent Shelton
  • Dream 'Scapes - Kolyn Marshall & Jamie Thomas
  • The New Stepdad - Matthew Stowe

Winner - Dream 'Scapes

Best Direction

Nominees

  • The New Stepdad - Carver M. School
  • Vic-Six - Gabriel Mays & Andrew Farmer
  • Synchronicity - Heather Slater
  • The Open City - Nathan Maulorico
  • Lily's Petals - Patrick Misterovich
  • The Cowboy Warrior of Gold City - Christopher Canote
  • The String - Jeffrey Johnson & Julie Johnson
  • Vulker's Egress - Robert Briggs & Ruth Briggs
  • Arms of the Apocalypse - Jeff Pierce
  • Start With A Story - Brandon Hite & Kelly Magruder

Winner - The New Stepdad

Best Use of Inspiration Package / Best Film

Nominees

  • Blown Away - James Phinney
  • ID (Inner Demon) - Brian Rowe
  • Lily's Petals - Patrick Misterovich
  • Start with a Story - Brandon Hite & Kelly Magruder
  • ...to be continuum... - Don Samuels, Jr

Winner - Start with a Story

2012[edit]

Best Editing

Nominees

  • remember - Aaron Bates & Evan Euliss
  • JIZZY JAY - THE HEART OF A LION - Christopher Canote
  • Dissonance & Grace - Christopher Kaspar & Lisa Prevost
  • Routine - Evan Fries
  • Call It Something Special - Gregory Austin McConnell
  • The Fortune Cookie - Brent Bolinger & Elijah Austin
  • A Bedtime Story - Jason Durham
  • ctrl.alt.delete. - Matt Boatright & Stuart Simmons

Winner - Gregory Austin McConnell, Call It Something Special

Best Art Direction

Nominees

  • The Fortune Cookie - Cameron Pace & Gabriel Mays
  • JIZZY JAY - THE HEART OF A LION - Christopher Canote
  • Routine - Evan Fries
  • Call It Something Special - Gregory Austin McConnell
  • Dissonance & Grace - Sarah Kessinger & Christopher Kaspar
  • One Degree - Evan Melgren & Drew Mittman
  • A Bedtime Story - Jason Durham & Devin Durham
  • Service With a Smile - Mark Rushton
  • The Award - Tabitha March & Lynn Hughes

Winner - Sarah Kessinger & Christopher Kaspar, Dissonance & Grace

Best Sound

Nominees

  • Dissonance & Grace - Chris Davis
  • The Fortune Cookie - Gabriel Mays & Brent Bolinger
  • Call It Something Special - Gregory Austin McConnell
  • Match - Jeffrey Johnson
  • Discharge - Robert Briggs
  • inventors - Clint Lowrance
  • We Are Gathered Here Today: For a Reaper's Game - Matthew McCroskey
  • Insurgency - Trent Johnson

Winner - Jeffrey Johnson, Match

Best Female Performance

Nominees

  • Juan Gigante is Not The Hulk - Adrianna Reynolds
  • Marvelous - Annie Crumbaugh
  • Dissonance & Grace - Cierra Carson
  • Haunted - Dee Pepmiller
  • Routine - Haley Frizzle
  • The Award - Ashleigh Chrisena
  • Jizzy Jay - The Heart of a Lion - Dawn McClain
  • We Are Gathered Here Today: For a Reaper's Game - Hannah Green
  • Devils Don't Sleep - Lynnae Cook
  • First Impressions - Selyna Cole

Winner - Adrianna Reynolds, Juan Gigante is Not The Hulk

Best Movie Poster

Nominees

  • Masques - Ian Campbell
  • No Oatmeal for Dummies - Jarrod Connolly
  • The Fortune Cookie - Josh Schaulis
  • Beta Forever - Kendra Casey & Brady Fulgium
  • First Impressions - Ryan Tate

Winner - Jarrod Connolly, No Oatmeal for Dummies

Best Screenplay

Nominees

  • JIZZY JAY - THE HEART OF A LION - Christopher Canote & Justin Canote
  • (TIE) Routine - Griffin Johnson
  • (TIE) We Are Gathered Here Today: For a Reaper's Game - Dustin Howard & Matthew McCroskey
  • A Bedtime Story - Jason Durham & Devin Durham
  • Santa's Little Helper - Kris Oliver & David Selby
  • Haunted - Ryan Piotrowski & Scott Thomas

Winner - Christopher Canote & Justin Canote, JIZZY JAY - THE HEART OF A LION

Best Song/Music

Nominees

  • Dissonance & Grace - Christopher Kaspar
  • One Degree - Drew Mittman
  • The Fortune Cookie - Josiah Austin
  • Match - Nick Bacon & Sunset to Burns
  • Routine - Phil Dickey
  • Beta Forever - Brady Fulgium & Casey Hudlow
  • Marvelous - Caleb Carter
  • The Inventors Creation - Ivan Leontyuk
  • Blender - Sherwin Sleeves & Jack Bonneman

Winner - Christopher Kaspar, Dissonance & Grace

Best Male Performance

Nominees

  • Marvelous - Dax Bedell
  • Call It Something Special - Gregory Austin McConnell
  • Match - Jonathan Stephanoff
  • Service with a Smile - Kolyn Marshall
  • Deceit - Ron Preston
  • Santa's Little Helper - Ben Selby
  • Devils Don't Sleep - Jacob Cook
  • The Fortune Cookie - Joey Morgan
  • Extra Credit - Will Stone
  • One Degree - Mike Jones

Winner - Gregory Austin McConnell, Call It Something Special

Best Cinematography

Nominees

  • remember - Aaron Bates & Evan Euliss
  • Santa's Little Helper - David Selby
  • A Bedtime Story - Jason Durham & Devin Durham
  • Dissonance & Grace - Lisa Prevost & Franquelis Diaz
  • Haunted - Ryan Piotrowski

Winner - Lisa Prevost & Franquelis Diaz, Dissonance & Grace

Audience Favorite Award

Nominees

  • Marvelous
  • The Fortune Cookie
  • JIZZY JAY - HEART OF A LION
  • Routine
  • We are Gathered Here Today: For a Reaper's Game

Winner - MARVELOUS

Best Direction

Nominees

  • JIZZY JAY - THE HEART OF A LION - Christopher Canote
  • Dissonance & Grace - Christopher Kaspar & Elizabeth Blomenkamp
  • The Fortune Cookie - Elijah Austin
  • Call It Something Special - Gregory Austin McConnell
  • Match - Jeffrey Johnson & Julie Johnson
  • Santa's Little Helper - David Selby & Brian Richardson
  • A Bedtime Story - Jason & Devin Durham
  • Blender - Jack Bonneman
  • No Oatmeal For Dummies - Jarrod Connolly

Winner - Christopher Kaspar & Elizabeth Blomenkamp, Dissonance & Grace

Best Use of Inspiration Package / Best Film

Nominees

  • Dissonance & Grace - Sarah Kessinger & Christopher Kaspar
  • Marvelous - Dax Bedell & Brent Heatherly
  • Match - Jeffrey Johnson & Julie Johnson
  • Service With a Smile - Kolyn Marshall
  • VooDoo PEZ - Damian Gonzales & Angel Gonzales
  • Creepers Jeepers - Aaron Phares & Matt Johnson
  • JIZZY JAY - THE HEART OF A LION - Christopher Canote
  • Gorbovsky - Scott Hackleman
  • Blender - Jack Bonneman
  • The Last Heist - Kevin Mangold & Victor Hernandez

Winner - VooDoo PEZ

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