Spooky Short Movie Fest in Honesdale Seeks Submissions!

…the Canaltown Short Spooky Movie fest takes place on November 1st @7pm at the Cooperage in Honesdale, PA.   They’re currently accepting short films under five minutes in the genres‘ “horror” or “scary” or “psychological” or “thriller” or “campy” or “creepy” or “eerie” ‘ and are tasteful in regards to sex and violence.  They accept digital submissions that are ‘dvd compileable’.  The deadline is October 4th.  The submission form is available here.
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OPEN SCREENING @ 24 Hours of Art at the Vintage!

That’s right! IRON REELS returns for a special one-off open screening during the Vintage’s annual 24-art explosion.  As always, we’ll bring a projector and PA, you’ll bring the best (or worst, or diamond-in-the-roughest) cuts of ANYTHING you’re working on, or completing; the audience will bring their best constructive feedback.  Sign-ups start at 10pm, the screening runs from 10:30-Midnight.  Come early for a live music DRAWING SOCIAL from 7pm-10pm and stay late for the midnight STORY SLAM!  It’s going to be a blast, you don’t want to miss it!

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“Eli,” Claymation, 2nd Place Winner of the Vintage Filmmakers’ Challenge!

We held a challenge for last month’s Short Film Fest at the Vintage: Two lines of dialogue, choice of three genres, one prop, a character name; two weeks to make a five-minute short film.

Chosen by audience vote, the second place winner was “Eli,” a charming claymation by soon-to-be film student, challenge seeker, and self-taught animator Ben Doran.  Ben has been interested in film and animation since he was 9 and uses contests and challenges to build his skills.  He mostly works with claymation and stop motion, but also dabbles in Flash and Cel animation.  He will enter the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Film and Animation program in the fall.

His challenge assignment was:
Experimental / Yo-Yo / The Big Guy / “Who Broke My Robot?”

Ben created his characters by hand-sewing cloth over wire armatures, then clay modelling the heads and hands.  This allowed more flexibility with less chance of the models falling apart.  Ben was asked several times how he made the Yo-Yo throws at the festival.  “To be honest they are all kind of over thinking it. I had 6 different lengths of rigid wire, and replaced them to get progressively longer.  The wire looked like string in miniature and kept the yo-yo out straight.”

Check out ‘Claydogh’ on Vimeo for more from Ben Doran.

Second Place won a $50 gift certificate to Voyager Video and a pair of tickets to Invasion of the Body Snatchers screening at the FM Kirby Center.

May Cancellation… June FESTIVAL at the Vintage!

Sorry for the late announcement, BUT we will not be holding an open screening at First Friday this month (May 2nd). Our fantastic art patron at the Ritz has closed his shop and we are currently looking for a new home for First Friday. We may have something in the works for next month, but if anyone has any leads, let us know.

On a brighter note, we will be doing more reviews on our blog and are working with the Community Film Project & the Vintage to put on a SUMMER SOLSTICE film festival.

Please share this around, we deeply lament not screening this month and appreciate all the support and enthusiasm we’ve received.  Look forward to the open screening’s phoenixesque revival!

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RECAP, First Open Screening!

Iron Reels held our first of hopefully many open screenings on Jan. 3rd. for First Friday at the historic Ritz building in Scranton.  It goes like this… You bring whatever you’re working on: script, scene, finished shorts, works in progress, promos, ads, concept sketches, whatever; and then get and give feedback on your work and other’s work.  Even non-filmic audience members gave constructive commentary on the pieces.  The maiden voyage brought us an animated music video, surrealist newscast, a college art department promo video, and a comedic satire.  What’ll you bring next time?

We’re holding the next open screening on Friday, February 7th, 8PM at the Ritz. Be there.

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