All It Takes Is One Minute

It’s a little on the short notice side, but the deadline for two film festivals is Tuesday. Lucky for you, filmmaker, you only need to make a silent one minute movie to submit to both the Gotta Minute Film Festival here in Edmonton and the Toronto Urban Film Festival.

GMFF imageBoth are festivals that run the one minute films on transit station screens. The LRT stations in Edmonton recently got outfitted with these, while Toronto’s subway stations already had them. Toronto fest films will also be seen on Pattison screens in shopping malls across Canada. They’ll go great with your new shoes from Aldo.

It’s a cool idea to showcase film and video productions in this way, because standing around waiting for a train makes us all a captive audience. And that the movies are silent means you don’t need to worry about missing dialogue when a train comes roaring into the station.

I managed to knock something together for TUFF last year (but didn’t get in) and was excited to see the idea had come to Edmonton, in partnership with FAVA. And it doubles my chances of getting into a film festival!

So, if you’ve got some energy to produce a movie, these are two festivals you can probably get something done for in just a few days. Both close submissions on Tuesday, July 15. Make a movie this weekend!

And, if you do make a one-minute movie, you can always cut a version with sound to submit to one of the many other one minute film festivals.

Obstacles

Obstacles - house shootAfter producing a couple of our own things, we wanted to try our hand at producing someone else’s project. Lucky for us, we met a lovely lady by the name of Geeta Sehgal at Yegfilm and it just so happened she was writing a short about an anxious woman who had to confront one of her fears by crossing a bridge high above an Edmonton ravine to support her friend’s exhibit opening.

Geeta’s script arrived soon after we mentioned our interest in producing and we were off and running. Of course, this meant trying to standardize the process and forms we had begun crafting and putting to use on our pilot episode of Startups. Our challenge was to make sure the things we were doing as a duo would make sense to someone else working on the project and help us all accomplish the goal of bringing Geeta’s idea to screens.

More about what we learned, and the movie itself, after the jump.

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Sick Day

When we decided to make the jump into scripted comedy last year, we hit that roadblock a lot of other people hit: we got scared. We didn’t know what to do, how to do it, or if any of it would even work. So, in our own small way of encouraging you to push through your own roadblocks we present our first short – “Sick Day” – which is not all that great, but helped us kickstart a new path and hopefully shows you that the first time out just has to get you started. If you’re hesitating because you don’t think you’ll be good enough or you don’t know what to do, let this movie’s shortcomings be an example of how the first thing you make might not be great but you can get better really quickly, and we’ve all got your back.

So get out there and make the things you’re scared of making!

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