Mobile Bay Film Scramble and the Crescent Theater present
It’s time to put some of those great ideas into action, the fifth Mobile
Bay Film Scramble begins!
If you’ve always wanted to be a part of the exciting film scrambles
happening in town but never knew how, here’s your chance.
Film scrambles offer a unique challenge to all area filmmakers, from
beginners to professionals, to complete a short film within a very limited
Three ways you can get in on it:
Meet at the Blind Mule Bar & Restuarant Thursday May 17, at 8 PM.
There you will find out the specs and rules of the scramble, register, meet
other participants, have a bite to eat and a drink (or three.)
If you’d like to participate but are not a filmmaker, come out anyway.
Teams can always use actors, extras, technical assistants, prop masters,
Make your film! And turn it in to the Crescent Theater by 8 PM Friday June
8 . That gives you around 20 days to write, record, edit and submit
a short silent film.
Come out to the Crescent Theater on Friday June 22 at 11 PM to see all the
Prizes? Why, yes! The winners determined by audience vote.
Mobile began hosting film scrambles in 2006 with the Mobile Arts Council
and Alabama Film Group, headed up by Margaret Broach. After that, film
scrambles caught on, with Hailee Kuntz from South Alabama Film Festival
hosting several film scrambles. The Student and Filmmaker Alliance (SAFA)
began hosting an annual film scramble in 2010, which paired 7th and 8th
grade writers with local filmmakers, recently celebrated their 3rd annual
Mobile Bay Film Scramble has been hosting film scrambles at the Crescent
Theater at least quarterly for the past handful of years.
Sign-Up – Thursday May 17 8PM at the Blind Mule
Submission Deadline – 8PM Friday June 8 Crescent Theater
Screening: Friday June 22 Crescent Theater 11PM
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South Alabama Film Festival is pleased to announce the opening of the 2011 film call. Planned for November 4, 5, and 6, 2011, SoAL Film Festival seeks to showcase Southern film and Southern filmmakers in one of the South’s grandest cities – Mobile, Alabama. For more information visit www.soalfilmfest.org or search for our submission information on withoutabox.com
The Sidewalk Spring Scramble will take place May 20-22
Kick-Off Event is May 20th at 5:30pm – The Edge Theater
Scramble Screening is June 2nd at 7:00pm – The Edge Theater (admission is $5)
Limit of 25 teams
Entry fee is $40 – make check payable to AMIA and mail to Sidewalk Scramble 2310 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203, for a credit card payment please call the Sidewalk Office at 205-324-0888 or pay via paypal here:
Awards will be given for Best of Scramble (determined by our jurors), and Audience Choice (determined at the screening by ballots from the audience). The winner of Best of Scramble will receive $300, a copy of Showbiz Budgeting & Scheduling Software and the film will screen at the 2011 Sidewalk Film Festival (which includes 2 VIP Filmmaker passes). The winner of Audience Choice will receive $200.
Click HERE to register & for the official rules, agreement and release forms.
Posted on ModMobilian.com 17 April 2011 by Mailer-Daemon
Produced by Mobile-native Ryan Blake George. Written & Directed by JT Seaton. Shot 95% locally in Mobile, AL.
“Divination” is the story of a fake psychic who has been performing bogus seances for years. One night she receives a visitor, a young woman. It’s not long before the fake psychic discovers that you can’t con and rob the loved ones of the dearly departed and not pay a price.
Have a glass of wine for the premiere of our newest horror short, Divination. Starring the legendary Lynn Lowry (The Crazies, Cat People), and the very talented Anne Postell.
Saturday, May 7 · 6:30pm at the Wine Loft
Be there early and socialize with us as we premiere Divination!
Participate in the 2nd annual Student and Filmmaker Alliance’s Story Starter Film Competition!
Part One is complete! Of many submissions, Brennan Gibson submitted the winning prompt; “I finally found out what was the matter with that crazy lady down the street.” and 700+ students wrote. Twenty five stories were selected as winner, now you get to make one into a film. Here’s how:
Part Two: Create a short film based on one of the winning stories from the writing assessment. At the Story Starter Film Competition Kickoff on March 1, 2011, at 6:30 at Satori filmmakers found out information about the competition and randomly selected one of the winning stories as the basis of their film.
The due date for the films is Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at 6:30 at Satori.
There will be a school wide presentation of the films and student voting at Burns Middle School on April 29th at 8 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. Students will view the films, vote on their favorites, and the winning film team and student writer will be awarded cash prizes during a public screening at 2 P.M. on April 30th at Bernheim Hall .
If you would like any additional information about this competition or SAFA please view our website, www.safafilm.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org , or contact Renae Brewer at 251-604-3635.
PLEASE INVITE OTHERS TO THIS EVENT! Hope to see you there!
Filmmakers will dramatize an excerpt (or excerpts) from Albert Murray’s work – Cash Prizes up to $300 Awarded to the winning filmmakers.
Film Length: 5 to 15 minutes
Films are to be submitted on DVD to the Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.)
Screening TBA April 2011.
This project has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.
If you didn’t make it out to ArtsAlive! on April 11th, then you missed out on some great film. The Mobile Arts Council decided to make things more interesting by turning the usual film scramble into a sweded film scramble.
Each team drew three random movie titles from a hat and was given the choice of sweding one of the films, all three, or creating something inspired by any combination of the movies they drew.
The winners of the 2008 ArtsAlive! Sweded Film Fest are:
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Award for film that closely resembles the original
Murphy High School
Combination of Singing in the Rain, Pretty Woman, and Apocalypse Now
Best Innovative Use of movies and materials
Best Sweded film overall
Practice makes perfect says the old adage. So three times each year the Alabama Moving Image Association, the folks who put on the nationally recognized Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival each September in Birmingham, offer an opportunity for Alabama filmmakers to hone their skills by participating in a competition called the Sidewalk Scramble. The Scrambles take place over a weekend and films created for the competitions must grow from concept to completion in 48-hours.
To ensure that the films don’t include any ideas or footage created before the weekend, each Scramble includes specific requirements, called inspiration items, which must be included in the film. Inspiration items are chosen for each Scramble team by random drawing at the Friday night kick-off and can be objects, images, words, or filmmaking styles. The completed films must be turned in by Sunday night.
Participation in the Sidewalk Scramble promotes networking of film professionals and non-professional film enthusiasts who work together in teams for the weekend. A typical Scramble team includes people who have previous experience writing, shooting, or acting in a film working alongside film enthusiasts who are seeking experience.
In July of 2005, producer/director Max Shores set out to do a documentary on the Sidewalk Scramble along with cinematographer Preston Sullivan. Both are a part of the University of Alabama Center for Public Television and Radio, where students studying film and TV production gain practical experience to supplement their classroom experience. They put together three documentary teams including six UA students and did their own Scramble production of sorts. The documentary teams followed three teams participating in the Scramble.
The result is the documentary, “Scrambled Films.” The Scramble teams shown in the documentary completed their films in a weekend, but the documentary took over two years to complete.
“It just fell through the cracks.” Shores explains. Between July of 2005 and release of “Scrambled Films,” he completed two other documentaries, presented his work at 12 film festivals, and won five awards.
“I was juggling other projects and this one just kept getting pushed to the back burner,” said Shores. “But I’m glad that people can now see the hard work that went into these excellent Scramble films. I hope that seeing this film will encourage others to participate in the Sidewalk Scramble.”
The documentary shows the process of conceiving, writing, shooting, and editing three short films over the Scramble weekend. The three teams featured range from veteran professionals to high school students and all three teams won awards for their films.
Under the leadership of team captain Tom Paisley and his actor/director brother Bob, the Stickmen team created a bank robbery narrative staring Jerry Sims, events manager of the Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham, and Bob Penny whose film credits include “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Forrest Gump.” Their short film, “Drive,” had to include a car thermostat and be a buddy film shot in the action/adventure style.
The Insomniactive team, led by captain/director Kenn McCracken, produced a buddy film in the romance style which had to include a small piano. It involved two plumbers (Kevin vonHyning and Michael Shelton) working on a stopped up tub while four young ladies (Mia Frost, Shanda Bizzle, Melissa Bush, and Liv von Oelreich) discuss their romantic relationships in the adjoining room.
The team Soppy Suit? (The question mark is a part of the team name.) consisted of four young men who were still in high school when the documentary was shot. Daniel Sheinert was team captain/director and Zach Rucker produced, “Brax to the Max,” starring Stuart Webb and Jake Bridges as two brothers caught in a power struggle. The film had to include a clothespin as well as film noire and sitcom elements.
Stuart Webb and Zach Rucker are now students at the University of Alabama.
In all, 44 teams participated in the Sidewalk Scramble visited in this documentary. All of the films were required to include a body of water and a sunrise or sunset. Those requirements were made particularly challenging by the approach of Hurricane Dennis over the weekend.
“With 70 mph winds and torrential rain approaching, these teams created entertaining films under a lot of pressure,” said Shores. “As you watch the teams work on their films from behind the cameras, you’re not sure how they’re going to turn out. But when you see the completed films, you can understand how everything came together to tell three great stories.”
“Scrambled Films” is a production of the UA Center for Public Television and Radio, a division of the College of Communication and Information Sciences.
For more information:
The Alabama Moving Image Association
Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
The University of Alabama Center for Public TV & Radio
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