Posts Tagged ‘21 film project’

On the big screen

August 8, 2011

This year, I entered “Oh, What a Laugh” into the Land of Lincoln Credit Union 21 Film Project. I didn’t win anything this year, but I did make it to the top 20, so I still got to see my film played on a big screen.

The award ceremony was at the Avon Theater during the Decatur Celebration, the 3-day festival that keeps me very busy shooting for the Herald & Review. Lucky for me, I was able to attend for the first time and film it for the paper.

Doug Bishop, as Santa, on screen at the Avon

It was a pretty fantastic event. There was a red carpet walk, a huge crowd, and lots of fun characters. It got off to a late start, and I had to film more events for work, so I wasn’t able to stay for the whole show. I stayed for about six films, and had to leave before mine played. I made it back on Sunday to see mine, and a bunch of other films. There are a lot of really talented people here in Decatur and the surrounding areas, and it was great to finally make it to the event.

Oh, I almost forgot: 80s singer, Tiffany, opened up the ceremony with a song. Pretty wild. Here’s the video that I did for the H&R, complete with my goofy walk down the red carpet with Doug Bishop.


“21 Film Project” Contest: We’re in!

August 13, 2009

We just got the call that our video, “Pain” made it into the Top 20 in Land of Lincoln Credit Union’s “21 Film Project“!

There is a big shindig planned for August 22nd, with workshops, red carpets, and prize drawings. They cap off the night with a screening of the Top 20, and then give out the awards. I’m so bummed out though, because I won’t be able to make it! Alida and I have a shoot that night, so I’ll  will be anxiously awaiting a call/text/telegraph with the results. Jim Wilkerson, the other half of this endeavor, was also busy, but was able to rearrange his schedule to make it.  He’ll hopefully be able to give me a play-by-play of who wins what.

Here are the award categories:

  1. Best Film
  2. Best Actor/Actress
  3. Best Editing
  4. Best Direction
  5. Best Use of LLCU Logo and Tagline

Wish us luck!!

“21 Film Project” Contest: Part Three

August 3, 2009


The deadline for the “21 Film Project” contest has past, meaning I can post our entry now! I technically could have posted it Friday, but one of the actors was out of town. We insisted on being there when he watched it, to see his reaction. Now that he has seen it, I can post it. So here it is, our 2009 entry, “Pain” :

Keeping busy

July 29, 2009

This past week has been pretty awesome. I’ve spent the last several days on a variety of different projects. Here is the latest:

Saturday, a friend needed somebody to run a camera for him at the Civic Center. 1st-8th graders were performing versions of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians and Aladdin. It was pretty fun, I hadn’t seen either in a long time, and after hearing all the music I really wanted to go back and see them, especially Aladdin. I also got to work with a pretty cool guy who has been in the video business for a long time.

Sunday, my beautiful wife had a family portrait session, so I tagged along with the new XH-A1. We met a group of about 16 at the lake and found some really neat settings. It was a very new experience for two reasons. First, that’s the largest group we’ve ever worked with outside of a wedding; second, one of them was on crutches, which limited the shooting locations. That was a fun shoot, especially because Alida’s former student set it up, and she knew exactly what she wanted.

Monday, I did a shoot for another contest. This one deserves it’s own post, because the subject matter is a bit more complex, so I’ll give more information later. For now I’ll just say the shoot had to do with a dog, arthritis, and some really cool machines. I won’t post anything from the actual contest until we have it done and entered, but I can post something with the same flavor. While I was filming, there was a dachshund in the next room doing some physical rehab to recover from some surgery. Check it out:

And finally, Tuesday we finished the “21 Film Project” video! I’ll be posting that video here after the July 31st deadline. In the coming weeks we’ll find out if it makes it to the finals. If it does, they will have a screening on August 22nd and announce the winners. Wish us luck!

That’s what I’ve been up to lately. I’ll have some material up soon to prove it!

“21 Film Project” Contest

June 10, 2009

Land of Lincoln credit union is holding a film contest with a $1,500 grand prize. It can be about anything you want, as long as it somehow incorporates “Land of Lincoln Credit Union- Bank on Learning More”.Read more here:

Last year I submitted a rushed entry. It was not my best work, I admit, but I thought it was funny. Besides, it was fun to shoot. Here’s the video:

Here is the video that one the grand prize last year, “The Yellow Car” by Dave Heinzel:

So now I have until July 31st to come up with an idea and film it. I brainstormed with Jay from TroupeDynamic after our workshop tonight, but I assume that whatever we shoot would be a Troupe entry, so I still plan on doing something solo. I came up with an idea the other day and sketched it out real quick, but immediately realized that, as funny as I thought it was, it would never be excepted into the contest, let alone place. Here is the sketch:

Delivering a loan...

Getting a loan shouldn't be this hard

As you can see, the idea is a bit creepy. So now I plan to use this idea to film my own version of “Rejected Cartoons” by Don Hertzfeldt.

Is anybody else planning on entering this contest? Good luck to those of you who are!