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Ian Chowdhury, an intellectual property associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, says directing films is a lot like litigation. He should know. Chowdhury directed a short film, “The Vandalso Pages,” which had its premiere recently at an art-house movie theater in San Francisco. “It’s a collaborative process where everybody has to work together to respond to what amounts to a crisis situation,” he says, referring to the craft of making movies. Shooting his five-minute movie was indeed more hurried than most filmmaking. He made the film in just two days, on May 15 and 16, as part of a contest called the 48 Hour Film Project. Participants create, shoot and edit their shorts all in one weekend. Chowdhury, who takes acting classes when he’s not working on IP litigation matters at his firm, learned of the contest last year when he acted in a friend’s mini-film. In the contest, each team must select the genre for its film in a random drawing 15 minutes before the competition begins. Chowdhury and his group made a comedic mystery that features a detective who doubles as an aspiring singer. Chowdhury says the creative kick he gets from making movies helps him with his day job. “One is fiction and one is ostensibly about nonfiction,” says the lawyer-director. “But both are about telling a story.” Adrienne Sanders is a reporter at The Recorder who covers law firms and other matters.

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