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CHECK IT OUT HERE SPONSORED CHALLENGE Take the Challenge TODAY! The Make It Epic 2.0 challenge presented by Filmmakers Academy and Musicbed is officially here! We are challenging filmmakers everywhere to take an ordinary object and make it look epic in a minute or less using one of the 5 songs on the Musicbed “Make It Epic Playlist.” Submissions are OPEN and close November 11th. Here are two examples of how we made a Hot Pocket and BlueShape battery look epic 🎬 Click the link to submit! Prizes will include Musicbed subscriptions, Filmmaker Academy memberships, Blueshape batteries, Tiffen Black Pro-Mist Filter, Lowel Lights, Shotdeck subscriptions and more! And our judges include Grammy-nominated producer Jamee Ranta, award-winning cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC, renowned cinematographer Lawerence Sher, ASC, acclaimed commercial director Jane Qian, industry regarded director/executive producer Lindsey Hagen, and accomplished cinematographer Justin Jones. We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Learn more about the Challenge of the DECADE! CHECK IT OUT HERE
Screening of Semi-Finalists at Slamdance Showcases Glorious Array of Super 8 Films Kodak announced the Grand Prize winners of the KODAK Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge, following a screening of remarkable works from the 15 semi-finalists’ films at the Slamdance Film Festival last night. Kodak launched the Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge in November 2015 as part of the company’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Super 8, a beloved format that inspires content creators far and wide. The Challenge immediately struck a creative chord, and over 530 films from around the world – narrative, music videos, experimental, classic surf and skate, documentaries, archival, fashion, and home movies – were submitted. The films showcase the robust depth of talent among filmmakers, both professionals and amateurs alike, as well as the diverse range of the capabilities of Super 8 as a unique storytelling tool. Filmmakers entered both vintage and new work in one of three categories: POV, Action and Flashback. From the original entries, 15 semi-finalists were chosen through online audience voting and juried selection. Those 15 semi-finalists, who earned a hosted screening at the esteemed Slamdance fest, competed again in a global online audience vote, which determined the final first, second and third place audience winners. Boasting prizes valued at $12,500, the Grand Prize Audience winners of Kodak’s inaugural online contest are: 1. Pablo Madrid Lopez from Spain for THE NOVEL, receiving a prize package that consists of a KODAK PixPro SP360 Action Camera, a Rhonda CAM Super 8 Camera from Pro8mm, 10 Pro8mm Super 8 film kits, approximately $2,000 retail value of KODAK motion picture film of the winner’s choosing, and a KODAK t-shirt. 2. Haven Nutt from the United States for the MR. MAN trailer won a KODAK PixPro SP360 Action Camera, six Super 8 film kits, and a KODAK t-shirt. 3. Dianne Ouellette from Canada for RED IS DEAD takes home a KODAK PixPro SP360 Action Camera, three Pro8mm Super 8 film kits, and a KODAK t-shirt. Renato Coelho from Brazil, who directed TRAIN, won the Grand Jury Award, which was chosen by a panel of respected industry professionals. Judges included cinematographer Rachel Morrison; photographer Elliott Landy; writer-producer Josh Friedman; Glenn Gainor, head of physical production at Sony Screen Gems; Leslie Raymond, executive director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival; and Pro8mm founders Phil and Rhonda Vigeant. Coelho earns an identical prize package as the first place Grand Prize Audience winner. “Jurying the Super 8 Challenge allowed me to reconnect with the medium and see the variety of creative exploration,” said Raymond, who led the jury. “I am excited to see it persisting as a member of the film family.” At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month, Kodak announced an initiative to support Super 8 film into the future. The company introduced a prototype of a new Super 8 camera, and revealed plans for creating an ecosystem that includes a range of cameras, film development services, post production tools and more. “Kodak is resolute in our efforts to ensure film continues to be an option for filmmakers passionate about using it for all levels of content creation,” said Sascha Rice, Global Marketing Director for Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division. “The response to this contest and to the new Super 8 camera has been overwhelmingly positive, and the momentum to shoot on film is palpable. Kodak is honored to be here to support and advance these artists’ creativity.” To discover recent movies, television, and music videos shot on 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, and 65mm film, go to: www.kodak.com/go/shotonfilm.
Voting for the Audience Awards Now Open to the Public LOS ANGELES (December 22, 2015) - Kodak has enlisted an elite list of filmmakers, a photographer and industry professionals to be judges for the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge. The competition, launched in November, has received over 500 entries submitted by a wide range of Super 8 content creators around the world. There are two rounds of judging for the Jury Awards, with votes being cast by cinematographer Rachel Morrison, photographer Elliott Landy, producer Glenn Gainor, writer-producer Josh Friedman, film festival director Leslie Raymond, and Pro8mm founders Phil and Rhonda Vigeant. Fifteen semi-finalists will be chosen in the first round of judging and revealed December 29. The jury will choose two of those winners from each category - POV (fiction), Action (lifestyle) and Flashback (non-fiction) - with the remaining three winners from each group chosen by audience voters. The clips by all 15 semi-finalists will be shown at a special screening hosted by Kodak at the Slamdance Film Festival on January 25, 2016, where the final four winners will be announced. The victors will consist of the top three voted films and one juried film. All semifinalists and finalists win prizes, which range from a KODAK PIXPRO SP360 Action Camera and a Pro8mm Rhonda Super 8 camera, to film stock, processing and swag, valued at up to $12,500. The Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge is hosted on The Audience Awards contest platform. Viewers can sign up for free to watch and vote for their favorite clips from December 22 to January 25, 2016. Morrison is a highly regarded cinematographer, known for her compelling visuals on Fruitvale Station, Cake, Little Accidents and Dope. Landy has made his mark in the art world with his iconic photographs of rock musicians. Gainor serves as president of physical production for Sony Pictures' Screen Gem, overseeing such movies as The Perfect Guy and About Last Night, among dozens of others. Friedman is currently adapting Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer for television, and at work on the script for the Avatar sequels. Raymond is the executive director of the annual Ann Arbor Film Festival in Michigan, and the Vigeants founded and operate Pro8mm in Burbank. Kodak launched the Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Super 8 film this year. "The unique qualities of this film format have inspired content creators for decades, demonstrated by the hundreds of submissions we've received that showcase the glorious array of Super 8 filmmaking," says Sascha Rice, global marketing director for Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Division. "Filmmakers have submitted both vintage and new work. Now, through online audience voting and juried selection, 15 semi-finalists will be selected from a fantastically diverse retrospective of works including narrative, music videos, experimental, classic surf and skate reels, documentaries, archival footage, fashion, and home movies. Kodak is honored to support these filmmakers and applauds their spectacular expressions of art and storytelling." For more information, visit the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaker Challenge. To discover more movies, television shows, and music videos shot on film, go to www.kodak.com/go/shotonfilm.
Hello cinematographers, I'm looking around for creative projects or competitions to do on the weekend. The vimeo weekend challenge is a great exercise but I'm looking for something with more direction and maybe a prize pool. Post your suggestions or any competitions you know of.