Newsletter 5

Well, I think it’s safe to call our first film festival a smashing success. There was a great turn out and we had standing room only for both the 7:30 and 9:30 shows. That means we had somewhere between 160-180 people view the films and both crowds were good and rowdy, just the way I likes ’em. We screened 18 films, not counting any of the introductions or exit animations and the festival was approximately an hour and 45 minutes long.

We’re debating some sort of encore presentation or perhaps a dinner and a movie night at the Silverbow so that more people can see the films we’ve put together. Also, some of you have requested copies of the film festival. This is something we can’t currently produce with any sort of ease. Maybe if we get enough interested people who all want to kick in $5-$10 for a copy we can send it away and get some duplicates but we don’t have any high speed dubbing equipment here in our office and I don’t have any desire to spend an hour and forty-five minutes creating each VHS copy.

We made just about $100 from donations at the festival which will be used to help pay for advertising costs next time around.

Thanks to all of the film makers who were able to scrape together shorts for the festival. There were definitely some flashes of brilliance through out the festival and I think that the quality of films will only improve for the next time. …and speaking of the next time, we plan on holding our next film festival in approximately six months. I think that lands us in December or January sometime. If anyone has suggested venues or wants help generating ideas for a short film, just drop me a line. I’m open to any suggestions that will make the next festival even better. I’m trying to put together a discussion board to facilitate a little more of a community atmosphere but it’s yet another side project so I don’t have any estimate on when it will be ready.

Laters

I just wanted to say thanks once more to the Silverbow, Alaska On-screen Advertising, The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, and all of the great film makers and actors who participated in the festival.

Newsletter 4

The deadline looms for festival entries. We’d like to receive entries on or before the 1st of July but if you let us know ahead of time we can probably accommodate a few days extra.

Films will be shown at 7:30pm July 12th in the Silverbow Back Room.

Thanks to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council who have been supporting us all the way and have allocated $300 for advertising and expenses. I’m in the process of making mini posters to hang around town. Grab one for a souvenir after the festival is over. I’m also thinking of having some stickers made.. Any interest?

Entries
Here’s the short version of anticipated entries into the Film Festival. They’re all at different stages of production.. Some are finished and some just have scripts. Right now I’m going to estimate total running time somewhere between 1.2 and 1.8 hours.

  • Pat Race: “Hydrant”, “PedXing”, “Lost Thought”, Festival Intro
  • Jen Garland: “Migraine”
  • Caleb Frankhauser: “Crazy Monkey Boy”
  • Deanna Clasby: A couple shorts.. I’m not certain of titles yet.
  • Aaron Suring: Not certain of the title
  • Greg Chaney: “Anonymous Voice”, and possibly others
  • Keith Shepro: “Bruice Juice”
  • Justin Benboe: “Alaska B-Boys”
  • Gage Choat: Last minute frantic creativity as promised?
  • Kevin Fremlin: “Any Minute Now”
  • Mukhya Khalsa: Not sure of the title..

We may be seeing more or less depending on how things wrap up and what creative flashes sweep over the community in the next week. Good luck to everyone still working.

Other Upcoming Events
If you’re privy to any upcoming movie related events that an aspiring filmmaker might be interested in, please pass them on and I’ll include them in the next newsletter.

Perseverance Theatre:
Crosstraining Writing and Performing Project
June 25-July 5, 2002

Dogtown and Z-Boys
Goldtown Nickelodeon
June 28th-30th

Laters

I haven’t been to the 20th century lately but I figure our slide should be up pretty soon. Someone let me know if you see it.

Get me some more entries and have a great fourth!

Newsletter 3

It’s time to get rolling if you want to get your film shown. The due date for submissions is July 1st but we’ll probably be somewhat flexible if you run into a snag. For those of you who plan to submit a film, please send me the following information: Title, Summary, Cast and Crew, and Estimated running time.

So far we have a small handful of completed films and many more in various stages of production. If you plan on using our editing equipment it would be a good idea to contact us soon and arrange a time. The equipment is available on a first come first serve basis.

If you missed the announcement before, the films will be shown at 7:30 July 12th in the Silverbow Back Room. The doors will open around 7ish if you want to secure a seat and grab a bite to eat. If the Silverbow sells enough food it won’t cost us anything for the space so come hungry and drink heavily :)

Entries for the summer festival are due by Monday July 1st, 2002 and should be in one of the following formats: Mini-DV, Hi-8, VHS-C, or VHS.

I also want to extend a huge thank you to Bud Curtis and the folks at Alaska Grafix who have given us free onscreen advertising for June as a part of their community artist program.

Networking

We held our first meeting last month and showed a few folks examples of films and how to use our editing equipment. I don’t know if we’ll have any more meetings because that’s always a stale environment but I do want to figure out how to build a better network for filmmakers in the community. I was thinking of some sort of medium scale community movie project that could involve several people and give artists a chance to work together but any other ideas would be appreciated.

Editing and Shooting Q&A

Q: What is the equipment and software you’re letting people come in and edit with?
A: I have a Frankenstein machine running Windows XP. It functions reliably (knock on wood) and has fully licensed versions of Adobe Photoshop 6.0, Adobe Premiere 6.0, Adobe After Effects 5.5, and
Alias|Wavefront Maya 4.0 which you’re free to use in the creation of
your short films.

Q: I don’t have a camera do you have one I can borrow?
A: It gets loaned out frequently but I do have a hi-8 camera that I’ll let people borrow. It takes great pictures under good lighting and doesn’t loose much in translation to digital.

Equipment Department Update

There are no equipment fund updates since the last newsletter. For more information on the equipment fund please contact Aaron Suring, current equipment fund czar.

Equipment Fund: $40.51
JUMP Society Equipment Inventory: None

Other Upcoming Events
If you’re privy to any upcoming movie related events that an aspiring filmmaker might be interested in, please pass them on and I’ll include them in the next newsletter.

JAHC Summer Film Fest:
Oscar Nominated Animated and Live-Action Shorts
June 14-16,2002 at Gold town Nickelodeon Theatre, Times TBA

Perseverance Theatre:
Crosstraining Writing and Performing Project
June 25-July 5, 2002

Laters

That’s it for now, get filming!