Sundance Ignite Short Film Challenge

Now Accepting Submissions for Sundance Ignite Short Film Challenge. Emerging artists ages 18 to 24 compete to win a year of professional and creative development, mentorship, all-expenses-paid trip to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Seeking the next generation of emerging filmmakers, Sundance Institute and Adobe Project 1324 opened the Sundance Ignite Short Film Challenge. Fifteen winners will be selected from narrative and documentary short film submissions to win a career-launching opportunity.

More info at sundanceignite2018.com. Deadline is September 26.

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Fall 2017 > Project 1

Project 1:  Capturing the Light (20 sec)

Explore a simple subject through deliberate choices of light + shots + angles. Shoot on location in Duluth, capturing a sense of place, natural light, and a short narrative arc. Your video must include at least one person in addition to the “object of desire”. Use a variety of shot types and angles. (You must include least 10 different shots in 20 seconds) Use a tripod when shooting. Avoid handheld or camera movement of any kind. Focus on framing and composition of various shots. Subjects may move in or out of frame. Bring video clips to class next week for import and edit practice. Follow directions discussed in class. Your 20 second edit is DUE at the end of Class 2.

Examples of shots, angles and lighting:
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/shots.html

resources: Camera Shots and Angles https://jrockviznar.wordpress.com/category/camera-shots-and-angles/

PITCH ASSIGNMENT: Your Short Film Idea

Each student will pitch a short film idea in class on WED MARCH 2, 2016.

(Last class before spring break!)

Please read the info below on how to prep your pitch and follow the powerpoint format as outlined. No fancy templates or fonts please! Keep the presentation clean with good visuals to back up your cinematic ideas.

SHORT FILM PROJECT PITCH

You will have 5 minutes to pitch an idea for a collaborative short film. Prepare an enthusiastic and engaging presentation of an idea for a film you would like to work on. Follow the checklist of points to cover in your pitch. Please keep your pitch under 5 minutes. Your pitch must offer an idea that is realistic within the timeline, technical tools, and financial limitations of our class. Films can be shot in multiple locations, but be realistic about the time it takes to plan and shoot.

SAVE THIS INFO to help you prep your pitch!

WHAT TO BRING TO THE PITCH: Paper printout + 10 slides in Powerpoint

Paper Printout: Please bring a one page printout that includes this info:

YOUR NAME: WORKING PROJECT TITLE:

TEASER: Sum up the storyline of your idea in around 25 words or less. Introduce the characters, their conflict, and the genre or visual style.:

PLEASE PREPARE a SHORT POWERPOINT (10 slides) OR PDF Your presentation must include visuals to support your pitch.

YOUR Powerpoint or PDF PRESENTATION SHOULD INCLUDE:

Slide 1 : YOUR NAME

WORKING PROJECT TITLE

TEASER: Sum up the storyline of your idea in around 25 words or less. Introduce the characters, their conflict, and the genre or visual style.

Slide 2: GENRE / STYLE:

Describe the type of short you want to make, show visual example

Slide 3 : STORY / PLOT:

Short paragraph that expands on the Teaser.

Slides 4-5: Character Descriptions / visual examples

Slides 5-7 : Locations / Settings / visual examples

Slides 8-9 : Additional Visual Examples that support the type of cinematography, visual effects, look / feel of the movie you hope to make. Storyboards, character sketches, still photos.

Slide 10 : Special Issues / Time of Day for shoots / restrictions

MORE TIPS on Pitching Film Ideas:

https://jrockviznar.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/pitch-links/

https://jrockviznar.wordpress.com/category/pitching-project/

Walter Murch on Film Editing

In class we watched
The Cutting Edge The Magic of Movie Editing (Documentary)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cutting_Edge:_The_Magic_of_Movie_Editing
Students, send your notes on what you found most interesting in the video we viewed in class. Was there a film editor, era, or technique that you did not know about and would love to know more about? What did you take away from the documentary?
More Walter Murch:

In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch ‘s vivid, multifaceted, thought-provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question – Why do cuts work? – Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his unique insights on such subject

The Film & Sound Editor behind Apocalypse Now & The English Patient reveals the relationship between editing and dance, the importance of rhythm – “like telling a good joke” – and how digital film has transformed his work.

Audio for Video / Sound Workshop

Emerging Filmmakers Project Duluth Workshop at UMD

NEW DATE: Wed Feb 24 in MMADlab and Media Hub (The workshop for Feb 3 is rescheduled due to the storm that impacted travel in our region. )

AUDIO for VIDEO Sound Workshop with Guest Presenter: JP Natysin, Minneapolis Audio Engineer
4pm to 8pm … TO BE SCHEDULED in Motion and Media Across Disciplines LAB (BoH 24)  University of Minnesota Duluth … Non-UMD participants can register through Fine Arts Academy   Please contact for details: sgpeters@d.umn.edu 218-726-7011

See facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/983113868400999/

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Emerging Filmmakers Project Duluth presents a sound workshop on the topic of AUDIO for VIDEO. The workshop will introduce the basics of sound recording and mixing for video production, tips on techniques, gear and best practices in the industry. The second half of the workshop will cover post-production audio work-flow, sound design and editing with Pro-Tools software. The workshop presenter is JP Natysin, a Pro Tools Certified audio engineer based in Minneapolis. Natysin began his career in radio, but in 2012 he shifted his focus to working on visual media as a production sound mixer and sound designer. Since this shift he has worked on nearly ten feature films, a dozen shorts, a handful of commercials and documentaries, and more talking head interviews than he can remember. In the summer of 2015, he was the head of the audio department for No Blood of Mine, a feature film that was shot in Duluth, MN. Most recently, he has been working as an ADR Engineer at Sparkhouse, an animation studio in Downtown Minneapolis.

A 2014 demo reel by JP shows some of his work:

At the window / Exercise #1

Art2040 / Art4040  Digital Filmmaking

Exercise #1  At the window…Voiceover + Chromakey Test

Write a short voiceover for the narrator of a scene including one actor who looks out a window onto another scene… (100 words max). What s/he sees out the window is up to you… (fantasy or reality) but you need to be able to create the scene in a few short video shots. (So think about winter scenes, unless you have some other video or can photoshop a fantasy.)

Questions to ask yourself? What is the character’s connection to the interior and exterior of this location? What mood do you want to create in this short scene? How would you light the interior shot? How would you start the scene? How would you have the character move? How would you transition between the interior and exterior shot? What would be out the window? How would you capture the exterior shot? How would you capture the view from the window?

INSPIRATION / RESOURCES:

WINDOWS > Examples of windows used in movies:

 
EXAMPLES of Shots, angles and lighting:
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jrock2/shots.html

Storyboard 8 key moments in this short scene, from the camera view. Use a combination of shot types and angles possible with this set up.

Write the short voiceover script (100 words max). Email the script to Joellyn ( jrock2@d.umn.edu ) by Tuesday. Put in your subject line: YOUR NAME and AT THE WINDOW

Exercise #1  At the window…Voiceover + Chromakey Test

Name_______________________

email________________

Voiceover:

If this was…

If this was a story about my life, it would be a ___________________ (genre / style), created by _________________________________ (artist/ director).
The story about my life would be ____________________ ________________________________________ (describe visual qualities and emotional tone). It would be set in _______________ (era) in ___________________ (location). The pace of the story would be _________________, the camera work would be ______________________.
It would be the story of _______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________
(short synopsis). In the project, my ________________ (family member) would be played by _____________________ (actor) and __________________ (actor) would play the love interest.
In the climax of the story, _________________________ would happen. This scene would feel very ______________(emotion) and be visually _________________ (look). The audience would be most surprised by the ending, when I _________________________________________________________.