I promised more upcoming blog entries, and here’s one of them (and it comes with a film!):
Two weeks ago I and two other MCAD students, Matt Kane and Fernando Brandi, took part in Apple’s 24-hour Insomnia Film Festival. The goal is basically to make an entire three-minute short film from start to finish in 24 hours—much like the Boulder Shoot-Out, the only difference being that you’re allowed to edit (in Final Cut or iMovie only, of course).
Anyway, so we did it. And it was fun and exciting, and I got to wear my good (read: only) suit and play a narcoleptic detective. We went with a film noir angle, and never looked back (we didn’t have time to turn around). We wrapped photography around 10 pm, edited for a few hours, endured an arduous render (in retrospect it was probably overkill to shoot in HD), encountered a nauseating error and had to re-render, lost hope that we’d be able to make it in time, regained hope, cried a little bit, barked like a dog, and finally got it uploaded with five minutes to spare.
Now it’s time to ask you all for a favor.
For our film to be viewed by a very cool panel of judges and get showcased on iTunes, we need to place in the top 25 most popular films, determined by a public vote. And that, I think we can all agree, would just be way damn cool, plus if we are either the most popular film or the panel favorite, we each get a new MacBook Pro and a sweet software package, which would mean that I could drop-kick this piece-of-garbage MacBook of mine right into the hands of the nearest street urchin (does anybody still call them that?). Unlikely to happen, but a man can dream.
So, here’s what I want you to do: vote for our film! You’ll need an Apple ID (this is what you use to log into the iTunes store and Apple’s support forums and if you don’t have one, it’s easy to register), and you need to register specifically to vote for the Insomnia Festival, which is even easier than getting an Apple ID. Once you’ve done that, go to this page: http://edcommunity.apple.com/insomnia_fall07/item.php?itemID=827 watch the film, and give us a nice high rating, pretty please! And tell everyone you know to do the same thing!
Now, I know this registration process is a bit inconvenient, perhaps even requiring upwards of three minutes of your time (OH NOES!), so here’s a little enticement for y’all: If we place in the top 25, the Diary of a Mad Filmmaker vodcast is coming back in twice-a-month installments and with comparatively grandiose production values! If we don’t place, no pudding for the lot of yas.
vote Vote Vote VOTE VOTE!