“CHEYENNE” for Project Greenlight

Local director Lindsay Barrasse has submitted her short film “CHEYENNE” to HBO’s Project Greenlight, a contest for a chance to direct a feature film.  “CHEYENNE” is a silent visual piece, juxtaposing the dismal present with a happier past.  You can sign up to judge entries at www.projectgreenlight.com.

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!


“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.



Hey y’all, IRON REELS RETURNS to the Ritz next Friday for the second open screening.  Much like last time, we’ll have a projector, screen, laptop, and sound system.  Much like last time, YOU will have your films, videos, work-in-projects, screenplays, whatever to show on our screen. . Much like last time, the audience will have constructive things to say about your projects.  It’s going on as part of First Friday, so come after ingesting the rest of NEPA’s anthracitic art explosion.  

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.

First Open Screening / Workshop