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Can you make a movie in 24 hours?

Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2003, 6:18pm

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This is the challenge that NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness has issued to filmmakers around the world. The hippest filmmaking competition in all the land is back in full force with over $34,000 in cash prizes.

The competition challenges filmmakers to create two short movies from scratch under extreme time constraints. Finalists from the 1st Round receive $1,000 cash and a chance to compete for the grand prize of $10,000 in NYC by writing, shooting and editing a short movie from scratch in 24 hours.

Compete from ANYWHERE.

Early Entry Deadline : July 31, 2003*

*Free one-year subscription to MovieMaker Magazine with entries received before July 1st.

To sign up, or learn more about the competition, check out http://www.nycmidnight.com
Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2003, 6:31pm

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Sounds like a good opertunity for us alam users to work on. Anyone gonna do it?
Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2003, 6:56pm

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I think I'll get my friends to come over and do some heavy work in a couple of weeks. Sounds like fun.
Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2003, 7:28pm

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Yeah, that sounds cool. Could be fun.
Posted: Wed, 18th Jun 2003, 8:48pm

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No cheating guys, by flying into different time zones wink
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2003, 1:33am

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this kind of makes me curious : how will they prevent people from cheating? how will you be able to prove that you only spent 24 hours on it?

hmm. . . . . have to let some of my students know about this. . .
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2003, 1:34am

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I was wondering that same thing, Iceman... But then I read the website. In the first part of the contest, the filmmakers make their movies from anywhere, then the winners of that "heat" go on to the final stage which is in New York city, and at midnight on friday they are given their subject, and from then on they have 24 hours to do everything.

I'm entering.
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2003, 3:47am

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sweet jesus!

I totally missed the link! how on earth did that happen?! thanks for opening my eyelids!
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2003, 3:55am

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Anytime. It's what i'm here for.
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2003, 9:10am

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I'm also entering. Just sent an email off to double check (it doesn't make it crystal clear that you can) you can enter from Europe (UK).

Here is the email smile

'Joby,
Thanks for your interest in the competition. In response to your question, yes, you may enter the competition from London. The competition is open to anybody in the world. Good luck, we hope to see you in October!'


Worth checking, when my exams are over I'll apply smile
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2003, 9:33am

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$75 r $100 ? joby, you really paying that non-refundable amount. ?

They only except VHS NTSC, I have such equiptment to convert, I would think you haven't ?




( Did anyone see that scam on channel 4, about Nick Russian, who got 30 people to leave their jobs to be filmed for a year, (filmed by unpaid people like you and me ) the catch they had to make a million pounds to win £100,000 )
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2003, 12:28pm

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I will be in such a competition here in Sweden in september.
In this you can chose to do a movie in 9 hours (without editing) or 24 hours (with editing)
This sounds exactly like the one here above, but i didn´t know that it was on other places at the same time. biggrin
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2003, 12:48pm

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How do you get it to them in VHS format and be sure its in time? I would think if you were in Europe it might take a while for them to get it, dramatically lowering your filming time for the first round. Even then it could arrive late, meaning .. well I guess there is a sent date, but either way they wouldn't get it till after judging.. Oh I'm so confused tard
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2003, 2:25pm

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To clarify a few things:

Teams will be competing from all over the world.

In the 1st Round, teams are broken up into heats based on geographic location. For example, if there are 10 teams entered from the UK, 10 teams entered from Ireland, 10 teams entered from Los Angeles, and 10 teams entered from San Francisco, then; we will place the 20 teams from Ireland and the UK into the same heat, and the 20 teams from L.A. and San Francisco into the same heat.

Up to 2 winners will be chosen from each heat and each will receive $1,000 cash and a chance to compete for the grand prize in NYC in October.

So, yes, the teams from overseas will have less time to create their 1st Round movie then a team from New York, but they will only be competing with the teams in their heat in the 1st Round. That way, everyone in a heat is on the same playing field.

Hope this helps. For more info, check out http://www.nycmidnight.com or e-mail us at nycmmm@msn.com.

Good luck, may the best team win!
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2003, 5:25pm

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NYC Midnight wrote:

To clarify a few things:

Teams will be competing from all over the world.

In the 1st Round, teams are broken up into heats based on geographic location. For example, if there are 10 teams entered from the UK, 10 teams entered from Ireland, 10 teams entered from Los Angeles, and 10 teams entered from San Francisco, then; we will place the 20 teams from Ireland and the UK into the same heat, and the 20 teams from L.A. and San Francisco into the same heat.

Up to 2 winners will be chosen from each heat and each will receive $1,000 cash and a chance to compete for the grand prize in NYC in October.

So, yes, the teams from overseas will have less time to create their 1st Round movie then a team from New York, but they will only be competing with the teams in their heat in the 1st Round. That way, everyone in a heat is on the same playing field.

Hope this helps. For more info, check out http://www.nycmidnight.com or e-mail us at nycmmm@msn.com.

Good luck, may the best team win!
Is there an age limit?
Posted: Thu, 19th Jun 2003, 9:04pm

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Not only that, will you be accepting PAL VHS videos?

Thats the main query I have!
Posted: Fri, 20th Jun 2003, 1:34pm

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The only age requirement is that the team representative is 18 years of age or older.
Posted: Fri, 20th Jun 2003, 1:45pm

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Unfortunately, we only accept VHS NTSC. For economical solutions, check out our survival guide for conversion software or post-production houses in your region.

http://www.nycmidnight.com/Survival%20Guide/Survival%20Guide.htm

Any other questions regarding the competition can be directed to nycmmm@msn.com.

We hope to see some AlamDV users in this year's competition, there were not too many teams that used special effects last year.
Posted: Sat, 21st Jun 2003, 12:11pm

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Well, it looks like you won't be having near to any submissions from UK AlamDV users as the cost to change PAL to NTSC is stupidly expensive. Even if that program works it'll still be impossible to submit it on a VHS without further spending money on the conversion of the VHS copy.

Sadly, with this restricting me, I can't enter the competition (otherwise I would).

Its my firm believe that if the competition is open to all regions worldwide, then surely the competition organisers should invest in a Tape deck that allows both NTSC and PAL playback.

Your loss.
Posted: Tue, 24th Jun 2003, 12:09pm

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After surveying the comments from this forum and other international filmmakers, we have decided to offer an alternative format to VHS-NTSC.

Please let us know what you (AlamDV Users) would prefer:
-Mini-DV NTSC
-VHS PAL
-Other (specify)



NYC Midnight Movie Making Madness | A new take on filmmaking
Can you make a movie in 24 hours?
www.nycmidnight.com
Posted: Tue, 24th Jun 2003, 2:25pm

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VHS PAL is the obvious choice from me and I would believe all the other UK applicants. You obviously don't get the quality of digital video (which is a shame), but seeing as all the applicants are using VHS that balances it all out!

smile

Now then.. A level exam tommorrow and friday. biggrin
Posted: Sun, 6th Jul 2003, 12:52am

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...just reading through the rules on the "Official Entry Form" and rule #9 on page two of the entry form reads: "The finished movie must be submitted on VHS (NTSC or PAL). You may include backup formats in DVD or mini-DV, but all must accompany a VHS copy.” …so video format in different regions shouldn’t be a problem.

The Heats are determined by geographical areas so you have no disadvantage since your competition will fall under the same time constraints (two weeks to complete and deliver your first round film – the 24 hour competition is only if you make to the second round).

The only disadvantage for anyone outside the US (or outside a reasonable driving radius of NYC) is if you do make it to the second round and have to travel to New York… but you do win $1000 for making it to the second round which may defray some of your travel expenses. (or you can always look in the AlamDV community memberlist and find someone in the NYC area who would love a visit from you and willing to put you up for a few days and help out in the 24 hour competition!!!)
Posted: Thu, 10th Jul 2003, 9:13pm

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Question, say I live in Montana, and Im the only person to turn in a video from that state, will I be automatically a winner into the second round? And how many submissions can u have in the first round??

Thanks
Chris
Posted: Thu, 10th Jul 2003, 10:13pm

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The website has an email address for questions and comments: nycmmm@msn.com

On Saturday July 26th they will also have an information session in NYC where they will "screen the top five 24 hour movies from 2002, which will be followed by a Q & A session for the 2003 competition"... they are also planning other info sessions for Chicago and possibly Los Angeles...
http://www.nycmidnight.com/Events/Events.htm#1

I live in the Boston area, about a 4 hour drive to NYC, and may attend the info session on the 26th...