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 Deadline is September 26.



Check out this great resource for all things Minnesota Indy Filmmaking…

After careful consideration, Independent Film Project MN’s Board of Directors agreed to rebrand IFPMN as FilmNorth. We felt it was time that our name more accurately reflected the unique place we occupy in the national independent film community. Please visit us at our new website,

Project 2: Abundance / Crowd-Sourced Video at the UMD Land Lab

Project 2: Abundance / Crowd-Sourced UMD Farm Documentary. This short project engages with the concept of community agriculture and crowd-sourced creativity. Visit the UMD Sustainable Agriculture Project Farm at least twice to shoot video of selected subject. Contribute rough clips to shared class folder. Using clips from the class folder, edit your own video portrait of the farm or festival to 30 seconds.

Filmmaking Class: Location shooting at UMD Land Lab /  Farm

WEDNESDAY Please meet in ABAH 335 classroom, then carpool to the farm.
SUNDAY  12-4pm Farm Fest Event
UMD Land Lab at 3568 Riley Road   DuluthMN
About the Land Lab
SHOOTING ON LOCATION: Please be aware to stay out of each other’s shots when possible. Try to be aware of how you impact each other.  🙂
At the site on WEDNESDAY, plan to shoot many short clips capturing the light and colors and textures of the farm, what grows there, who works there, etc  Choose a special focus for your shooting, and be sure to get many different shots and angles to capture what you need for a strong edit later. ALL YOUR BEST CLIPS need to get uploaded to the class folder by NEXT TUESDAY. I recommend you sort and upload your clips within 24 hours of shooting.
AT the site, on SUNDAY, during Farm Festival, plan to shoot shorter and longer clips that document the activities. Students can sign up to focus on the time between 12-2pm (short shots of food buffet, hands on activities, farmer’s market)  OR 2pm-4pm (I need multiple students to document the performance by Magic Smelt puppeteers and Brass Band with longer shots).
UMD Food Farm Festival on Sunday Sept 17 12-4pm

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:

resources: Camera Shots and Angles

Forms for Filmmakers


No Film School is a great resource for beginning filmmakers. Full of tips, tricks, and smart examples. Here is a link to their recent collection of useful forms for pre-production planning and other tasks…


Every Filmmaking Form You’ll Ever Need in 99 Free Templates

Storyboarding Blood Simple


Coen Brothers Storyboards on Youtube / Published on Sep 19, 2016

While preparing our release of BLOOD SIMPLE, photographer Grant Delin created a video that compares scenes from the film to their original storyboards, with commentary by Joel and Ethan Coen, cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, and actor Frances McDormand.

Vimeo Group for UMD filmmaking students

How to Join Vimeo

You can join Vimeo for free with a Vimeo Basic membership. ( 500MB/week of storage, Up to 25GB a year) You can later decide to upgrade to Vimeo Plus or Pro if you want more space and features.

Students in Art2040 need to join Vimeo this semester, and then join the Vimeo group for UMD Art & Design Students.

This Vimeo group is for students to share video projects and inspirations. If you are a student at UMD (University of MN Duluth), you are welcome to join and share here. Only members can see this group, so feel free to post your favorite short films for discussion!

Is Vimeo Basic just a free trial?

Nope. Vimeo Basic is perfect for individuals who want to join the community, but who might not be uploading tons of HD videos each week. If that sounds like you, you might never pay a dime for Vimeo.