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Wednesday, October 22, 2003  

Super 8
Ventured out to Hollywood Blvd tonoight to catch the 3rd annual Attack of the 50 Foot Reels, which is a screening of 25 short films shot on super-8mm. But the catch is each filmmaker selected to participate is given ONE roll of film (just over three minutes) and 30 days to shoot their film. There is no post-production allowed, and all the edits must all be done in camera. The filmmaker then sends the unexposed film to the organizers (Flicker LA) and provides a non-synched soundtrack. The filmmaker, or anyone else for that matter, doesn't see the finished film until it is projected in front of 700+ people at the Egyptian Theater at the screening. I can only imagine how nerve racking it must be for the filmmakers as their film starts, and they don't even know if there will be an image, let alone if it is in focus or if the film works!

The show was really good, and I found it quite inspirational. The films ranged from "student film-like" conceptual pieces, to simple narratives, to studies in time-lapse and stop-motion. 3 minuets is a great length for short films because even the ones that don't really work are over quickly, and the best films can pack quite a punch into 200 seconds. Seeing all the filmmaker types that turned out for the show also helped me realize that there is a large community of filmmakers here IN Hollywood that are not a PART of Hollywood. The show really showcased the true sprit of "independent film:" filmmaking for its challenges, filmmaking for entertainment, and film for films-sake. It wasn't about making money, building a reel, or even networking as much as it was about having fun with a super-8 camera and watching the results with your friends and peers. Now I feel like making a couple of ultra-short and simple films just to get the creative juices flowing again. And since I have nothing but time on my hands...

posted by JMV | 10/22/2003 01:18:00 AM
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