Local filmmakers will have the chance to create their own masterpiece as the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival hosts their Spring Sidewalk Scramble April 13-15, 2012. The premise of the competition is simple. From concept to completion, the short films must be completely written, rehearsed, shot and edited in only one weekend. Filmmaking teams meet at the Kick-Off Event Friday, April 13th and find out their specific “inspiration items”, elements that the completed films must include to ensure that their script was not written ahead of time. The teams are then given 48 hours to create a short film. With three prizes totaling over $1,000, as well as an opportunity to be in the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival 2012 line-up, local filmmakers will be running fast to get their masterpiece completed in time. All films are due Sunday April 15 between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Registration is open now and is limited to 24 teams. Interested individuals can find out more information and download complete registration materials online at http://almovingimage.org/sidewalk-scramble.html
The Scramble Screening/Awards Ceremony is open to the public, and will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 pm at The Edge 12. Tickets for the screening are $5and available in advance at almovingimage.org or at the door the night of the screening. About Sidewalk The Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival is a project of the Alabama Moving Image Association, Inc., a publicly supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to inspire, encourage and support films and filmmaking in Alabama. For additional information, please visit www.sidewalkfest.com or call 205.324.0888.
Posted on 30 December 2010 by Mailer-Daemon
2010 saw lots of films and short films getting made in Mobile Alabama; amateurs, professionals and everyone in between. The preponderance of Film Scrambles certainly helped – Film Scrambles are a competition for any skill level of filmmaker, wherein the filmmaker or team are given a very brief period -sometimes as little as 48 hours- to write, create and complete a short film, often based on specific criteria. These are just a few highlights of this year’s super bumper crop of local shorts…
(Please note, some of these films contain mature or immature content. Individual results may vary. Please pre-screen before showing them all to your sunday school class.)
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On a Scale of One to ‘Roadhouse’: DCWF Film Scramble
Far too often I hear people talk about how bored they are, or how they have nothing to do. My philosophy is, if you’re bored then you’re boring
That, and everybody Wang Chung tonight.
What I’m slowly crawling toward here is while you were whining about how hard your life is because you’re bored, you could have been whining about it in your very own short film. Whining on camera is MUCH cooler, (just ask the guy who played Ross on “Friends”).
You see fearless readers, we have this awesome thing in Mobile called a film scramble.
The premise is simple enough. You get a team together. You go to a meeting where they give everyone the same parameters.
This go-around it was “Who’s Johnny Jenkins?” The idea being to do whatever you want as long as you include that sentence in the film. After the meeting, the teams have 48 hours to make a short film from concept to completion.
After everyone turns them in, there is a screening at the Crescent Theater where the audience watches all the entries and then votes on the winners for different categories.
As fate would have it, there was just such a screening Jan. 28, and the turnout was pretty good.
My problem is, out of the entire population of Mobile, there were only nine entries.
Hell with that, the next DCWF (Downtown Creative Wellness Foundation, look them up) film scramble is the weekend of March 12-14. I want 25 entries, minimum.
The film scramble isn’t just for some select few. The film scramble is for anyone with an idea, a camera, and a weekend.
Now, I don’t plead very often. Hell, I don’t plead at all, but who hasn’t wanted to make a movie at least once? Well, here’s a prime excuse. Get on it people.
I look forward to competing against all of you in the next film scramble.
Check out thedcwf.org for details, or as always, if you’re a beautiful lady, I am available for personal questioning by appointment.
Also, if you’d like to check out the entries from this film scramble, go to thedcwf.org/scramble and get your lurk on.
To honor its host city, the South Alabama Film Festival has chosen “Mobile, We Love You” as the theme for its inaugural festival film scramble. In the last year, area filmmakers have made short films involving original music, “Sweded” movies and the festival itself.
“The premiere scramble could only be about two things: passion and the Azalea City,” the SoAL news release states. “East, west, north, south — 18 different locations in the bay area are fair game for teams who will spend 48 hours making a five-minute love story.”
Teams met Friday afternoon at the Crescent Theater to receive final instructions and are supposed to submit completed films by 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Films will be shown Nov. 6 in Cathedral Square during a free night of film to kick off the first South Alabama Film Festival, which runs through Nov. 8.
The festival will host a VIP event at the Mobile Arts Council after the screening of the scramble films and a block of locally made short films, which will be shown over the weekend. Wintzell’s will cater the affair.
“Rootsy Hip,” a documentary about Mobile’s white hip-hop scene, will have its premiere at 11 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Crescent Theater, replete with red carpet. The Alabama Music Box will have a party afterward where some of the groups will perform. The other big film, “A Genesis Found,” is having its premiere at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center on the Causeway. The makers of that film will come down for the red-carpet treatment as well.
Hailee Kuntz is festival director; Carson Kennedy is program director and documentarian. Information, call 251-490-4356 or visit the Web site: www.southalabamafilmfestival.org.