You Explode Filmmaking: Phase 1

Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to announce the first part of a new project being undertaken by the Minnesota branch of Exploding Goldfish Films, called You Explode Filmmaking. The general idea is that I am looking for a quick movie project to pass the time up here, and I have access to some new equipment. Here’s what I’ve got:

I am now allowed access to a GRAY STUDIO containing (among other, less interesting things) a FULL SIZED SWEEP painted in light gray/white. The sweep is approximately 15 feet wide by 8 feet deep, with a 12-foot ceiling. Also in this studio are a wealth of lights. They are somewhat underpowered, but there are a lot of them. The lighting kit includes: SOFT HALOGENS, SOFT FLUORESCENTS and SPOTS of various sizes. Also in this room are a couple small, beaten-up FLATS and a few rolls of BACKGROUND PAPER. I also have access to my own CAMERA, TRIPOD and BOOM MIC. In addition, I have access to other locations around MCAD, including a MODERNISTIC COURTYARD, a museum with a CLASSICAL GREEK FACADE, and various places INSIDE/OUTSIDE MCAD.

The question, then, is what to do with these resources? I’m sure that some of you out there, hungry for access to such things, have some ideas. So I’m letting you decide.

The idea here is that I will be the director, but you all will be the producers. You tell me what to do; I carry it out and make it work. In Phase 1, I want you to give me PRODUCTION CONCEPTS. No dialog or characters yet; no sets; just a premise.

Here are the criteria you must abide by:

  • The production budget is approximately zero.
  • It must be able to be shot in a weekend
  • It must feature no more than five characters
  • All studio work (including setup) must be completed in 4 contiguous hours or less

You have one week to submit concepts. Just leave them in the comments section, and make your proposals as simple or detailed as you see fit. Please note that even if you’ve never been involved in film before, even if you’re viewing this blog for the first time, I would urge you to leave your thoughts, as the success of this project relies on your involvement it receives, and the number of new and different ideas and people getting in on the action. Note that you do not have to be registered to comment or vote.

In one week I will select the few best submissions and let you vote on them. Then, in Phase 2, you’ll start working on the script.

7 thoughts on “You Explode Filmmaking: Phase 1

  1. The first thing I can think of is something where the main character is reliving conversations or events in their life in an introspective grey void. Maybe he/she died, I dunno.
    Also, I have no Godly idea what a sweep or a flat is.

  2. If you click on the “gray studio” link (or right here if you’re too lazy to find the link in the post) you will see a picture of the sweep.

    A flat is basically just a mobile wall, sort of like the one we built for the Terminal Philosophy studio, but these are flimsier and rattier and only about 8 feet high by 4 feet wide. I’d honestly rather not use them because I really don’t see how they can be made to look good.

  3. A good painter can make a flat look incredible, but I don’t think you have that kind of scenic painting talent lying around. Anyway, I like Mikhail’s idea a lot. That could grow into something really good.

  4. 1. A man is paid to tempt an honest person into sin, and then kill them, thus sending them to hell. Why? I don’t know. Who paid him? Hell, or Satan, maybe, I dunno. Poop.

    2. A contradictory adaptation of a biblical parable. For example, an adaptation of the parable of the talents…

    In case you don’t know the parable: a master goes on some sort of trip. he leaves five talents to one of his men, two to another, and one to the last man (talents are money). The first two men “put the money to work”, while the third, in an attempt to protect his master’s money, buries it until his master’s return. The master returns to find the five talents doubled, the two talents doubled, but the one talent still just one talent. He scolds the man with one talent and takes it away, and praises the other two. hooray.

    Anyways, it gave me the idea of writing some sort of adaptation, where the buried money grows into a money-bearing tree, or where the two who “put the money to work” do it dishonestly, or steal the money, or a combination of both. Basically, an adaptation of a biblical parable where the conclusion is contradictory to the lesson the parable actually teaches.

    As of right now I have no other ideas that are developed enough to put into comprehensible words, so, yeah. Sorry.

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