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Old 04-14-2005, 02:53 PM   #1
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2 MINUTE FILMMAKING CHALLENGE TOPICS

I am posting this to test the waters.

Kinda like mini movies (1-2 minutes) that are used to explore one specific concept.
A fight, a conversation, a car chas etc?

What do you guys thinK?

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Old 04-14-2005, 04:23 PM   #2
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Hi Roberto,
That would be a great concept. Yet, making this kind of stuff can be time consuming and I'm not sure there are gonna be a lot of entries in such a contest. I would give it a try as far as I am concerned.
It's a bit off topic, but why not a script writing contest also. I mean something independant to the filmmaking contest. Like weekly or bi-monthly with an imposed theme. That's just a thought.
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Old 04-14-2005, 06:06 PM   #3
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Yeah I'd definitely be down for monthly filmmaking challenges!

...and if they get a front page plug I'm sure they could enough entries/publicity.
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Old 04-14-2005, 09:01 PM   #4
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Sign me up....but it should most diff be under 2 min. I have been working on a 4 and half minute short now for over 3 months....straight video with no fancy fx's. So any longer then 2 minutes might be really hard to complete in a months time.

Hope it happens,
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Old 04-15-2005, 03:32 AM   #5
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Sign me up....but it should most diff be under 2 min. I have been working on a 4 and half minute short now for over 3 months....straight video with no fancy fx's. So any longer then 2 minutes might be really hard to complete in a months time.

Hope it happens,
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You're kidding right?

we shot a 7.5 minute short last August that included more than a dozen locations along PCH on a Saturday afternoon.

Now we are talking a whole month here?? piece of cake.
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Old 04-15-2005, 07:12 AM   #6
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Depending on the time I've got, I would be in for one or another...

But, unlike a 2D oder 3D-Challenge, making a short requires a team. That would be the main reason to have few entries, I think. Having time and having the team having time at the same time... (wow, what a sentence...)
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You're kidding right?

we shot a 7.5 minute short last August that included more than a dozen locations along PCH on a Saturday afternoon.

Now we are talking a whole month here?? piece of cake.

Yea it only took a day to shoot.....but editing and working in the audio, as well as working with a composer to write a score for it. Takes alot of time, and time is hard to come by when you work full time.

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Just as long as you include DV. I don't have a film camera.

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I am from the Robert Rogriguez school of tought.
Faster & cheaper.

The idea is to use cameras of all types,

from a Canon Powershot Elf $319.88
(I kid you not, you can make decent web movies with this camera).

to the Canon XL2 $6,000

Hell if you want to use film (and have the money) do it.

The idea is to learn the fundamentals for filmaking.

Setting up a scene, a shot & composition.

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Yea it only took a day to shoot.....but editing and working in the audio, as well as working with a composer to write a score for it. Takes alot of time, and time is hard to come by when you work full time.

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I guess that depends on how serious you are about filmmaking.

there are a number of local groups here in Los Angeles that have film competitions that are as short as 48 hours. and there are a few that are a month.

I mean lets get serious here, we are not talking about going to Cannes. it's CGTalk. (sorry Robert no offense meant to CGTalk)

And unless you are a complete noob and don't know your software, editing an hours worth of tape down to 2-7 minutes isn't exactly a time consuming process.

Also short films are not exactly well know for having massive special effects shots, so for most that is not likely to be an issue either.

as for music, again, it's CGTalk. There is no Oscar or Emmy for it. There are plenty of sources for free music.

Now if you plan to do something really intense like the Batman: Dead End film or one of the couple of Superman shorts that came out last year, yeah, you are going to take more than a month if you are splitting time with a day job.

there is no reason that 30 days isn't a completely reasonable contest period.
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I would say don't even make it a complicated full story film contest thing. Just have a short 2 minute film. Maybe even make it where for the contest you are given a short script (2-3 pages or something) and whoever makes the film in the best and most interesting way (lighting, acting, camera angles..etc.) wins?

Anyways, definitely interesting to me, I always drool over the 3d/2d challenges, but then thats not my area so I would never win (reality sucks), so this would be something I (and others like me) compete in and have a chance...
 
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why would you want to give everyone the same script??? how boring.

Specify a theme, great. Same script, ugh. Good luck finding people wanting to enter.
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why would you want to give everyone the same script??? how boring.


I second that, Sorry Shadow_545. I also think the idea of a specific theme is better. And if you're not self-confident when it comes to script writting (even for a 2 minutes long script), you still can find some writer to do it for you.
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Ahh well I thought the point of the contest was to see who could make a better 1-2 minute scene (I guess I was wrong), not contest on script writing... I would normally think having the same script was boring too, but if everyone did something completely different it would be hard to determine who made the film better. I do like the Idea of a theme (it was late last night and I didn't think of that for some reason)

btw don't worry Igor Sandman I can write my own scripts, however thanks for your concern
 
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why would you want to give everyone the same script??? how boring.

Specify a theme, great. Same script, ugh. Good luck finding people wanting to enter.

You're kidding right?

I guess that depends on how serious you are about filmmaking.


Hey madmax why are you being so pushy. PPl are just trying to brainstorm this idea and talk things over. Why are you so threatend by other peoples ideas on this matter? Would you be happier if we said "hey madmax tell us exactly what you want, so we dont have to worry about upsetting your baby ass with our suggestions."

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