It’s all the lights, camera, action – but under a weekend deadline.

Friday kicks off the 48-hour film project where teams will be racing around the clock to finish a film.

Cleveland filmmaker Dustin Lee has been involved in the 48-hour film project for years. It’s an event hosted in cities around the country where filmmakers like Lee have 48 hours -- to write, shoot and edit their short films.

“It’s a ton of fun. Very stressful and you don’t get a lot of sleep,” said one participant.

The teams are given a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and then a genre is picked from a hat.

“You can get a romance, drama or you can get a musical or western. You really don’t know.”

Each team is forced to think on their feet.

On tap this year is, a horror film.

You’ll see experienced filmmakers like Lee get involved in the event – pushing their creativity to new heights. But with new technology, even beginners can get involved – and it can be as easy as using an iPhone.

“When it comes down to it, it’s about telling a story. You can now do that thanks to the iPhone and other DSLR cameras.”

Lee’s team got the top honor last year with their film Clickbait. But more than the award – Lee says it’s getting a chance to see it all come together on the big screen.

“These do end up playing at a theater where you can have your friends and family come and you can watch about a dozen or so short films alongside yours that we’re all made in one weekend,” said Lee.

“ It’s been a great challenge every year.”