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Sleep No More with Winter Film Awards and the McKittrick Hotel! #WFA48 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014

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What can YOU do in just 48 hours?

Winter Film Awards is teaming up with The McKittrick Hotel for our 48-Hour Film Challenge!   Two teams will each win 2 certificates to take part in the brilliant and insane Sleep No More, described by The New York Times as “a voyeur’s delight, with all the creepy, shameful pleasures that entails.”

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About the Challenge

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local NYC community to create a 4-7 minute short film in a specified genre, tagline and prop in just a single gonzo weekend! Thirty teams of the most creative people in the tri-state area have just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they are going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learn the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.

For challenge rules, prizes, registration details, participating sponsors and more information about the Winter Film Awards, please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com

About The McKittrick Hotel / Sleep No More

McKittrick-Hotel-LogoCompleted in 1939, the McKittrick Hotel was intended to be New York City’s finest and most decadent luxury hotel of its time. Six weeks before opening, and two days after the outbreak of World War II, the legendary hotel was condemned and left locked, permanently sealed from the public. Until now…

Seventy-two years later, EMURSIVE has brought the Grande Dame back to life. Collaborating with London’s award-winning PUNCHDRUNK, the legendary space is reinvented with SLEEP NO MORE, presenting Shakespeare’s classic Scottish tragedy through the lens of suspenseful film noir. Audiences move freely through a transporting world at their own pace, choosing their own path through the story, immersed in the most unique theatrical experience in the history of New York.

“One of the most entertaining and involving works of theater you’re likely to see! If you have any sense of adventure, this is theater you don’t want to miss.” — Huffington Post

“A merry macabre chase. A voyeur’s delight. Messes with your head as thoroughly as any artificial stimulant. Spectacular!” — Ben Brantley, New York Times

“Grade: A.”  “Wickedly wonderful. A unique evening that engages all the senses. A brilliant production! Transformative. An unusually enlightening evening of entertainment.” — Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly

“Bedazzling. A true astonishment!” — David Cote, Time Out New York

“You’ve never experienced anything quite like it!” — Matt Windman, AM New York

“Brilliantly imagined! Utterly unique! Brilliant and sly and insane. The level of detail is enough to make you swoon.” — Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

“I guarantee it’s something you need to see if you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to live inside a David Lynch film. Amazing experience!” — Vice

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WINTER FILM AWARDS mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema and to promote learning and expression for all artists at all stages of their careers. We celebrate the cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective. The 48-Hour Challenge format gives filmmakers a chance to work closely with a team and to intensely focus while just going out and doing it!

Win classes from Brooklyn Boulders! ‪#‎WFA48‬ 48-Hour Film Challenge, Nov 7-9 2014

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What can YOU do in just 48 hours?

Winter Film Awards is teaming up with Brooklyn Boulders for our upcoming 48-Hour Film Challenge!   Two teams will each win 2 certificates to learn the basics of climbing at Brooklyn’s best Rock Climbing facility!   You’ll get expert instruction on beginner technique while learning how to boulder and manage risk.   This is a great way to build a solid foundation of climbing knowledge, and will help you on your way to climbing stronger and smarter.  Classes include a day pass and gear plus 30 minutes of instruction.

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About the Challenge

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local NYC community to create a 4-7 minute short film in a specified genre, tagline and prop in just a single gonzo weekend! Thirty teams of the most creative people in the tri-state area have just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they are going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learn the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.

For challenge rules, prizes, registration details, participating sponsors and more information about the Winter Film Awards, please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com

About Brooklyn Boulders

Brooklyn Boulders is a dynamic climbing community and one of the East Coast’s largest; an eclectic mix of lifestyles, born and bred from the unique and multifaceted forces of NYC.  BKB strives to maintain a strong connection with the community in various efforts such as inviting local graffiti artists to display their work to fundraising for local parks and even planning our children’s events around local school schedules. So whether you’re a seasoned 5.13 climber or just found yourself interested in trying something new, come to BKB and find what you’re looking for.

Since opening in September of 2009, Brooklyn Boulders has been dedicated to providing a fun and challenging climbing experience for people of all ages and experience levels. With 22,000 square feet of climbing surface and a dedicated and skilled setting staff, BKB can offer both a premium training ground for advanced climbers and a variety of climbs for the total beginner. BKB is proud to offer a custom climbing curriculum, Peak Performance Program, or P3  for those seeking to increase their rock climbing skills and knowledge, as well as the BKB Fit program which includes daily yoga classes and  slacklining.  BKB caters to the next generation with birthday parties and the BKBeasts, a competitive climbing team, and throws amazing special events to thank the community for all the love.

The newest addition to the family is the BKB Foundation, a non-profit organization geared towards making the opportunity and experience of rock climbing more accessible. The BKB Foundation strives to educate and motivate urban youth to become healthier and more involved in the well-being of the community.

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WINTER FILM AWARDS mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema and to promote learning and expression for all artists at all stages of their careers. We celebrate the cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective. The 48-Hour Challenge format gives filmmakers a chance to work closely with a team and to intensely focus while just going out and doing it!

Win an awesome painting class for 4 from The Paint Place NY! #WFA48

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What can YOU do in just 48 hours?

Winter Film Awards is teaming up with The Paint Place for our upcoming 48-Hour Film Challenge! “Fan Favorite” team can hang out together and learn to paint at NYC’s #1 Art Class!

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About the Challenge

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local NYC community to create a 4-7 minute short film in a specified genre, tagline and prop in just a single gonzo weekend! Thirty teams of the most creative people in the tri-state area have just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they are going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learn the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.

For challenge rules, prizes, registration details, participating sponsors and more information about the Winter Film Awards, please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com

About The Paint Place NY

The Paint Place NY  is the #1 place for art classes in NY.   The Paint Place NY offers art, painting and drawing classes on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.  At The Paint Place NY, we provide you with all of the materials and instruction to create a one of a kind work of art to cherish for years to come. Each painter receives a 16 x 20 blank canvas, paints and brushes, an apron, and instruction from a professional artist to guide you to create your own original piece of art . We’ll guide you, step-by-step, through the basics of acrylic painting — in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

The studio is BYOB so please feel free to bring your own bottle of wine!

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WINTER FILM AWARDS mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema and to promote learning and expression for all artists at all stages of their careers. We celebrate the cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective. The 48-Hour Challenge format gives filmmakers a chance to work closely with a team and to intensely focus while just going out and doing it!

A Massive List of Grants Part 3: Fall Deadlines Filmmakers Should Know About

Welcome to the Fall Edition of upcoming opportunities for filmmakers! Hopefully this massive list of grants can point you in the right direction for funding.

The following grants, labs, and pitch opportunities are organized by deadline from October through early December. (If you’re looking for a different granting season, go to Spring grants here and Summer grants here.) An asterisk next to the grant title means there is an equivalent grant for both doc and narrative.

Click here to read the list at NoFilmSchool –>

What can YOU do in 48 Hours?

Win a tour of NYC’s awesome wine culture with City Wine Tours! #WFA48

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Winter Film Awards is teaming up with City Wine Tours for our upcoming 48-Hour Film Challenge!  “Best Picture” winning team can toast their success with a tour of Soho or the West Village’s coolest wine spots.

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About the Challenge

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local NYC community to create a 4-7 minute short film in a specified genre, tagline and prop in just a single gonzo weekend! Thirty teams of the most creative people in the tri-state area have just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they are going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learn the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.

For challenge rules, prizes, registration details, participating sponsors and more information about the Winter Film Awards, please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com

About City Wine Tours

City Wine Tours is your gateway to enjoying New York’s vibrant wine culture.  Sip, savor, and explore as we take you on a journey through The City’s famous neighborhoods.

Our tours highlight New York’s internationally acclaimed culinary scene, with stops at award-winning restaurants and wine bars. Educated tour guides lead your journey while sharing insight into wine tasting, pairing wine with food, and wine buying.

Whether you’re looking to discover a new favorite restaurant, learn about wine varietals, or simply enjoy a relaxing afternoon, we’re your ticket. At City Wine Tours, we think learning about wine should be just as much fun as drinking it.

City Wine Tours operates in the West Village and SoHo on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, year round.

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WINTER FILM AWARDS mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema and to promote learning and expression for all artists at all stages of their careers. We celebrate the cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective. The 48-Hour Challenge format gives filmmakers a chance to work closely with a team and to intensely focus while just going out and doing it!

3rd Annual Winter Film Awards 48-Hour Film Challenge

wfa 2014 48-hrs headerWhat can YOU do in just 48 hours?

WINTER FILM AWARDS challenges the local community to create a 4-7 minute short film in a specified genre, tagline and prop in just a single gonzo weekend! Thirty teams of the most creative people in the tri-state area have just 48 sleepless hours to decide what they are going to do, write a screenplay, assemble props, costumes and actors, rehearse, shoot, score and edit their film. Students, amateurs, and seasoned industry veterans alike learn the importance of caffeine, team work and time management in successful filmmaking.

For the 2012 Challenge, teams had to contend with a large brightly-colored snowflake sugar cookie and a tagline from Fight Club.   For the 2013 Challenge, we made it even more difficult — Teams had a tagline from Ghostbusters and Gray Line New York provided each team with one-hour private shooting time on a double-decker sightseeing tour bus, complete with Tour Guide and Driver. Visit the WFA YouTube playlist to view all of the amazing films.

Snowflake CookieThe 2014 WFA 48-Hour Film Challenge gets under way on Friday November 7 at 8pm. A representative from each team must come to our offices at 419 Lafayette Street, New York NY 10003 at 8pm to sign in to the Challenge. Entries may be shot either via traditional filmmaking equipment or teams can do the whole thing on smartphones. There is no fee to participate in the challenge, but teams must pre-register to ensure a spot.

Completed films are uploaded to YouTube to garner the coveted “Fan Favorite” vote – for the 2013 Challenge, films received 65k views!

2013 WFa 48-Hour Film ChallengeOn Friday November 21, the best entries will be screened at Blondies (212 W 79th St, New York NY 10024) followed by an Award Ceremony, awesome prizes and networking party. Over $7k in prizes will be awarded for BEST PICTURE and FAN FAVORITE. Prizes generously provided by B&H Photo , Canon, Ride of Fame, Lime Rock Park, Mission Escape GamesIndoor Extreme Sports, Jungle Software, The Paint Place, Chelsea Piers, Sleep No More / The McKittrick Hotel, Pole Position Raceway, NY SKYRIDE and City Wine Tours ! Winning films to be screened at the 2015 Winter Film Awards Independent Film Festival!

For challenge rules, prizes, registration details, participating sponsors and more information about the Winter Film Awards, please visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com

AwardWINTER FILM AWARDS mission is to recognize excellence and diversity in cinema and to promote learning and expression for all artists at all stages of their careers. We celebrate the cultural mixture that is New York City, showcasing emerging filmmakers from every age, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political and geographic perspective. The 48-Hour Challenge format gives filmmakers a chance to work closely with a team and to intensely focus while just going out and doing it!

10 Reasons Your Screenplay Sucks (and how to fix it)

…99 out of 100 screenplays I read [aren't] good enough… When you read a good screenplay, you know it – it’s evident from page one.  The style, the way the words are laid out on the page, the way the story is set up, the grasp of dramatic situation, the introduction of the main character, the basic premise or the problem of the screenplay – it’s all set up in the first few pages of the script. — Syd Field Screenplay (1979)

Good screenplays are like sonnets. They’re elegant, simple, rhythmic, adhere to a specific structure, and nail a problem/solution within the requisite number of lines.  They’re a joy to read.  Unfortunately, as Field lamented in 1979, they’re extremely rare.

Despite the hundreds of seminars, books and DVDs Field (along with McKee, Knopf, Voegler, Seger, Truby, Snyder et al) has contributed to teaching the science of screenwriting over the past four decades, it’s still a form that very few people manage to write right.  And the numbers are getting worse. In 1979, a screenplay was an analogue manuscript, bashed out a page at a time on a typewriter.  A mistake, or a rewrite, involved weeks of retyping.  Once completed, the final product had to be copied at great cost, bound with covers and brads, and mailed (with the correct postage) to each prospective reader. When Field said 99/100 screenplays weren’t good enough, he was talking about 100 of these precious, handcrafted documents, these labors of love.

Now, any idiot with script software can vomit their twelve-stepped thoughts into a laptop, convert to a pdf, hit send and voilà! Instant screenwriter.  Tens of thousands of them.  Monkeys with typewriters on crack.  Thanks to technology, there are more unproduced screenplays out there in cyberspace than there are photos of Kim Kardashian.  And most of them, 99.9% of them, are bad, occupying all points on the bell curve between eye-gougingly horrible and utterly mediocre.

Read the rest at LitReactor.com –>

The Realities of Producing a $1 Million (and Below) Feature Film

Say hello to shrinking budgets & rising expected production values.

From NoFilmSchool.com:  At Buffalo 8 Productions, we’ve produced over 30 feature films ranging from $100,000 budgets to $8M budgets with the average project settling around $1M.

This is a guest post by Matthew Helderman of Buffalo8 and BondIt.

We’ve seen budgets shrink, projects come & go and expectations shattered or met with disappointment during the process.

Through our experiences we’ve gathered and built a manifesto for the do’s & don’ts of making low budget projects. Some are obvious, others are elements we picked up after handfuls of wrong turns.

We’ve even written a full 50 page eBook on the subject that has provided insight for the indie community (linked here).

All in all — we broke it down into three key successful elements:

  1. Overhead — figuring out the right equity, debt, pre-sales structure will make or break any project.
  2. Negotiating — an ability to contain costs and logistics through negotiations is the key to successful maneuvering.
  3. Hiring — with strong department heads and a great cast – a weak project will be better, a mediocre project stands a chance at being decent and a strong project will explode with possibility.

Each of these principles begin day one — from the first steps of development through the delivery of the final DCP materials — overhead, negotiations and hiring choices will more often than not dictate the success of a film.

Producing a film successfully depends on a great story, a great team and a strong execution — the following outline breaks down these necessities.

Read the rest at NoFilmSchool.com –>

How To Avoid First-Time Director Pitfalls

How To Avoid First-Time Director Pitfalls
From Screencraft.org:  Bigger film budgets continue to dwindle. Smaller film sets continue to appear. Camera technology and film-centric software continue to evolve.

Through all the change, one aspect of film production has remained the same: difficult directors. As a producer, I understand this. Filmmakers are passionate people by nature. Their work is the ultimate fruit of their labor, and they only want to make quality of the highest caliber they’re capable of.

Of course, there are a few directors in our industry who have a license to demand their perfected vision — David Fincher and James Cameron have proven their artistic credibility, skill set, and commercial viability through consistent quality work and perseverance.

Yet, as an independent producer, I’m often presented low-budget films helmed by first-time directors with an unrealistic approach to execute their vision on a budget — most often due to lack of experience. This serves not to lessen ambition, but to provide guidance for amateur, working or budding professional directors.

 

THE NUMBERS

The year 2013 saw monumental worldwide numbers — $30 billion in global box office from 622 films released theatrically around the world. Half of this amount, however, stems from films listed in the top 50 releases of the year. Fewer than 160 had budgets greater than $1 million. My point being, as a universal audience we’re more likely to see films with A-listers and high production/distribution budgets, but these films are disproportionate to the majority released per year.

The reality is simple — there are more films made for shoestring budgets than made by studios for tentpole release. So why am I constantly bombarded with directors with shoestring budgets trying to make tentpoles? Or first-time directors demanding their films look like those of Martin Scorsese & Wes Anderson when those films are made by masters with years of experience and higher budgets? It’s definitely not a lack of vision; it’s a lack of a realistic approach to a working & sustainable career as a film director.

 Read the rest at Screencraft.org –>

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