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Twenty-four hours isn't a lot of time to make a movie. But Medford independent filmmaker Ray Robison is up to the challenge.

Robison, director of "Vampire Camp" and numerous short films that have appeared in film festivals across the country, is a participant in this weekend's 24-Hour Film Race, which gives filmmakers from around the world one Earth's rotation to script, shoot, edit and upload a short film no more than four minutes in length. 

“I’ve never done one of these kinds of competitions before. It'll be a little different," Robison says. "It's just going to be a lot of fun whatever happens." 

At 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, Robison will receive a surprise theme, along with what the film needs to contain. He and his producers will then brainstorm and write a script overnight before shooting  the next day with a handful of actors he's got on standby — a 5 a.m. to noon blitz at the historic Rogue Elk Hotel in Trail. Then an editor will have seven hours to weave a finished product together and upload it to the contest site, www.filmracing.com.

That's a wrap. 

"You don’t even know what you’re going to be doing until the night before. You keep shifting gears,” says Sig Dekany, a Gold Hill resident who will act in the film. "Just the idea is so insane. You have to do it all.”

A pool of more than $24,000 in prizes includes a variety of high-end video editing software, cash and equipment. More than 60 teams have signed up, according to the website. 

Robison found out about the competition shortly after wrapping up a similar competition he put on himself. In it, he gave teams of high school students in Jackson and Josephine counties 48 days to write, shoot and edit a finished product, he says. When the contest wrapped up three weeks ago, he started poking around to see whether there were any similar filmmaking races out there.

"I was just kind of curious about it," Robison says. 

The 24-Hour Film Race was the first one he found. It was a challenge that worked out nicely, he says, because his wife will  be out of town and he won't need to worry about disturbing her as he burns the midnight oil hammering out a script and planning with crew members.

“The timing was just kind of perfect for when this was going to be,” Robison says. 

Whatever the result, Robison says he's looking forward to the challenge. 

“I just enjoy creating something with a group of people like this," Robison says. "I think it is going to be a lot of fun to collaborate. I enjoy having a goal and working with other people to achieve it.” 

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.