yes! today’s the day we can start talking about this! (we’ve been holding it in for a while and it feels so good to let it out!). today, stillmotion is announcing Big Shorts, a filmmaking challenge meant to make you look at storytelling from a different perspective. rather, to hear it differently…
to harness the fierce power of audio, whether it be natural (nat) sound, dialogue, or your soundtrack. we’ve found that audio is one of the most overlooked elements in filmmaking, so we’re challenging you to make it your focus! we hope it’ll give your approach a swift kick in the <bleep> and get you thinking in a different way – one that will pull your viewer in deep and make them even more captivated by your visuals.
we’ve got two categories: hobbyist and pro. you be the judge of which group you belong to and which of the two challenges is best suited to your skill level.
hobbyist: create a 55-60 second film
use the theme of “family”
use the song “Honey” by Sunbeam
put an emphasis on nat sound in the piece
pro: create a 115 to 120 second film
use the theme of “home”
use the song “Building Houses” by Wesley Jensen
put an emphasis on nat sound as well as dialogue in the piece
include the line “my heart is” somewhere in the dialogue, either spoken on camera or as a voice over
both categories have until August 21st, 2012 to create their film. pieces under or over the intended length will be disqualified, so time things right! we’ve given you 5 seconds of buffer room so no excuses! you can use any section of your group’s song for your piece, but please use only that song. work alone or with a friend. got more than one friend? that works too. we like social folk.
for all of the information on how to enter, and all of the rules and regulations, please visit BigShortsChallenge.com