Sunday, November 25, 2018

Video Project 3rd Six Weeks!

Your mission is to create a short film using a mobile device (shot on smartphones, tablets and drones)—between 2-5 minutes, addressing one of the following themes:

  1. Create a video to inspire your peers to care for the environment.
  2. Create a video highlighting the importance of positivity and kindness in a world where many youth face bullying.
  3. Create a video to remind peers to not drive distracted.
Due dates:
PreProduction Click here!
1st Cut Monday Dec 3
Final Cut Wednesday Dec 5
UPLOAD Friday Dec 7

Winners are selected primarily based on the originality and promise of their vision – storytellers with all levels of experience are encouraged to enter. Entries are judged based on:

  • Originality of message
  • Creativity
  • Characterization
  • Written description of vision for the film (up to 500 word description)
Entry & Video Requirements:
  • A one page or less description of your vision for your film
  • 2 min. - 5 min. length video submission, filmed exclusively on mobile (smartphone, tablet or drone)
  • Top three filmmakers will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the opening weekend of the Tribeca Film Festival. On this all-expenses paid trip, winners will receive training from Fresh Films as they work together to create content about their Tribeca experience.
  • The three finalists will receive a 'Trip Prize' that includes round trip coach airfare from a major commercial airport for the finalist plus one parent/guardian (value $1,100), three nights of hotel accommodations (one double room for each finalist and one parent) (value $900), baggage allowance (up to $50 per person) and ground transportation (value $125) to and from the NY airport, and meal allowances of $600. Total trip prize value $2,825.

Over 18 years old:

We are seeking inspiring and creative short films from aspiring filmmakers - up to 10 minutes, all genres, from emerging filmmakers across the U.S.
First Place - $10,000 USD, 2nd Place - $3,000 USD, 3rd Place - $2,000 USD
We are awarding $5,000 to encourage the growth and development of creators from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Eligible creators include people with disabilities, LGBTQ, women, and people of color. Awarded to the best short film, up to 10 minutes, across all genres.
Winner - $5,000 USD
Awarded to the top short film shot on smartphone, tablet, or drone. Advances in mobile video technology has made filmmaking more accessible and affordable for aspiring creators. We are encouraging filmmakers to share their short films shot using mobile video technologies.
Winner - $5,000 USD

Hitchcock's visual style Blog HW Due Dec 10

Watch this video! and write a 2-3-paragraph blog about your main take-aways from it .. and how you intend to use these crucial cinematic elements in your own filmmaking. 

Study Hitchcock’s films, and you’ll learn all you need to know about storytelling on the screen.  Every filmmaker alive now, and everything you see now has been influenced by Hitch.  I’ll send you a list of his best films to watch.

Go for it!


Friday, November 9, 2018


Wednesday November 14th
Film Hospitality- Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Coffee provided during Master Classes Room 204
Film Master Classes Room 231
Workshop Title
Presenter Title
Creative work,
Podcast, Archival
11 am- 11:55 am
Bart Weiss
Film Professor
Visualizing the Drama
12:55 pm
Christopher Chan Roberson
Film Professor
Tisch- New York University
Sound Design
Mark Kerins
Film Professor
Experimental Film
Bryan Cardinale-Powell
Billy Palumbo
Chair of Film
Visiting Assistant Professor of Film
Oklahoma City University
From Stage to Screen: Training the Actor for the Camera
3:00pm- 3:55pm
Todd Breaugh
Camera Professor
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Serendipity Labs – Dallas HALL Arts
Senior Students with their junior assistant
Set up showcase table-Include at least 2 things: Laptop + Headset, Production Binders, Sketch-books, Scripts, Props, Storyboards, Movie Poster with Isle or stand or tape….etc
Serendipity Labs – Dallas HALL Arts
Junior Students
Photographers and Videographers Prep
Set up the Red Carpet and STEP-n-Repeat!
Lights for Photos
Serendipity Labs – Dallas HALL Arts
Parents and Junior League
Set up for for Dinner
Serendipity Labs – Dallas HALL Arts
Change clothes
STEP-n-Repeat Serendipity Labs
Senior Students and Guests
Photo Ops and Network + Chat
Serendipity Labs – Dallas HALL Arts
Dinner served
6:00- 7:15
Screening Room Serendipity Labs – Dallas HALL Arts
Film Screening
7:15- 8:15
Screening Room Serendipity Labs – Dallas HALL Arts
Students and Reps
Information sessions by University Reps or Faculty + Chat at student Display Tables

Monday, November 5, 2018

Up Coming
- Films may have a maximum run time of 25 minutes. 
- Projects must have been made as part of undergraduate or graduate university or college program. High school shorts are not accepted at this time (high school competitions are run separately online). 
- Films may be any of genre (narrative, documentary, animation, etc), but must relate to topic of nature and environment.  
- Any student PSA’s 60 seconds or less will be eligible for the online PSA competition with total prize money of $6,000.

MPS Studios is hosting a Grip & Electric workshop for our High School students as part of our Roundtable next Tuesday, November 13th from 6-8pm. LMK if you want to attend.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Avant-Garde or Experimental Film

View as many of these films as possible. Then choose one film to write a review about and enter it in your film blog! Prepare to tell the class about the film you watched. (Most films are online on Youtube, Netflix, etc...)

Avant-Garde or Experimental Film
Experimental cinema or avant-garde cinema is a mode of filmmaking
that rigorously re-evaluates cinematic conventions and explores
non-narrative forms and alternatives to traditional narratives or
methods of working. Most of the classic avant-garde films were not
widely seen (remember, until recently there was no YouTube, or
even home video, and anyone wanting to see these pieces
had to seek out rare prints, or attend film schools that kept copies
for study).
Nevertheless, they were tremendously influential on narrative film
and their stamp can be seen in modern cinematography, editing,
visual effects, and aesthetics. Music videos contain some of the prime
examples of avant-garde and experimental film techniques, and
whether they are aware of it or not, all filmmakers are using ideas and
techniques that come from the avant-garde.

Some Classic Examples:
Orpheus (Jean Cocteau, 1950)
Anemic Cinema (Marcel Duchamp, 1926)
Serene Velocity (Ernie Gehr, 1970)
Dyketactics (Barbara Hammer, 1970)
Ghost Algebra (Janie Geiser ,2009)
Bridges go round (Shirley Clarke, 1958)
La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962)
Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (Shuji Terayama, 1971)
Dog Star Man (Stan Brakhage, 1961-1964)
Daisies (Vera Chytilová, 1966)
Ballet mécanique (Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy, 1924)
Flaming Creatures (Jack Smith, 1963)
Wavelength (Michael Snow, 1967)
Chelsea Girls (Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey, 1966)
Zorn’s Lemma (Hollis Frampton, 1970)
Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977)
Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943)
Un chien andalou (Luis Buñuel, 1929)
INTERMITTENT DELIGHT (Akosua Adoma Owusu, 2007)