2013. Year 8. Science.
CRITERIA: Teams were each given a scientific theory or law.
OPTIONAL CHALLENGE: Make a Science Fiction film.
TEAMS AND THEIR CRITERIA
|Ashley Ellis ProductionsDr. Duckler’s Revenge|
|Lambda Kappa TauEchoes In The Void +|
|Definition FilmsFugue +|
Newton’s Laws of Motion
|Directors From The Black LagoonCult Classic|
|Lounge Rat Productions|
The Death(s) of Gabe
Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection
|Bright Boy Alert|
Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
High Stakes +
Avogadro’s Gas Law
|Molten Llama Films|
Ohm’s Law of Electricity
|Cracked Pipe Films|
200 ft +
First Law of Thermodynamics
|Chimney Sweep Pictures|
DOOM COP *
Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion
Dead Meat Pete
|Pecos Bill and the Wranglers |
|Missing Link Cinema|
|Empty Bottle Studios|
Second Law of Thermodynamics
Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity
|Moon Slaves |
Snell’s Law of Refraction
|Great Vengeance & Furious Anger|
|J. D. Early Films|
Computational Complexity Theory
I, Ro-BERT *
Hubble’s Law of Cosmic Expansion
|Crowded Elevator Pictures|
Dulong-Petit Law of Specific Heats
Shape the Future
Buys Ballot’s Wind and Pressure Law
I Feel Your Pain *
Audience Choice:Crowded Elevator: Parental Advisory
Best of the Fest:Moon Slaves: Screw
Best ProMoon Slaves: Screw
Best Amateur:Stepdad Productions: Chairs
Nominations: Cracked Pipe Productions, ideekay?
Head of the Class (Best Student):Lounge Rat Productions: The Death(s) of Gabe
Nominations: Nas t
Best Cinematography:Missing Link Cinema
Best Editing:Moon Slaves
Nominations: Missing Link, Henlivision, Pecos Bill
Best Writing:Moon Slaves
Best Music/Sound:ideekay? Switching Poles
Flying Dog Shock and Awe:Stepdad Productions: Chairs
Science. For Year 8, we’d thought it would be fun to give a scientific law or principle, and see how narrative filmmakers would interpret them. We go back and forth on giving very specific criteria (scripts) to something a bit more abstract (polaroid), and Scientific Laws/Theories/Principles seemed like a good middle ground. The films again swung within a wide gamut but quite a few of them turned out pretty damn good, and even if a film wasn’t to your liking, trying to figure out the puzzle of how the law was interpreted made for a fun evening.
For 2013, Sponsor Flying Dog designed the poster. And the clues perplexed.
We struggled with how to present the criteria, and almost built a game show set that would represent the Periodic Table. When we sat down to pick the laws, we realized that coming up with 50 different ones was gonna be a little tough. Luckily we got a few nerds behind the scenes, and after a fun brainstorm session that included lots of Google and Wikipedia, Mike Hoolehan whipped up an amazing interactive Periodic Table for the criteria. Always stepping up our game. It was the last year we launched at Artomatic Frederick.
The Opening this time was done by Mike Yamrus, who started out as a team way back in the day, but came on the board a few years later. He played with a Dr Frankenstein motif. Joey McAdams directed some of the interstitials shot during a trip to a Science Museum. Erik Secula created a Ratings Guide with some puppets.
With cohost Doug Powell taking a year off, and the 72 Film Fest demands once again kicking our butts, we had roughly three hours to get whatever comedy sketches AND promos we were going to do. To make it worse, we had an actress not show on the day of shooting which meant we were scrambling to find someone/anyone for Mikael Johnson to play against. A call out to a member from a past team (10/Ten) and Evan came over to Area 31 and jumped in to play with a simple scenario. “According to my calculations” spoofed the various ways Scientists are used/minimized in Hollywood films. We had only a blackboard and a white lab coat left over from Mike Yamrus’s open. And we made the best of it. Also shot that day was a deleted extended sketch that was going to unfold throughout the evening: a casting call for “Gravity” which included a few actors trying out for George Clooney’s part in the film. The movie had just been released that week into theaters, and no one had seen it, but that didn’t stop the team from trying to spoof it. After ten hours of editing, Clark reluctantly killed the whole thing. It was one of the only times a sketch didn’t make it in some form to the night of.