…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.
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 ANYTHINGyou’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!
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.”