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Old September 13th, 2013, 11:40 AM   #1
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DVC 23 Theme Announcement!!

HERE WE GO!!! This is going to be one exciting challenge, and I encourage each one of you to set your eyes on the prize and commit to finishing. The DV Challenge is just that—a challenge to use the next 17 days to produce and submit a 3-minute film using the theme:

MYSTERY

Remember, it’s the theme, not a genre. The possibilities are nearly endless, so there are no excuses for not coming up with something! If you need help, here’s a broad genre chart: Movie Genres Chart

After reviewing the DVC rules: The DV Challenge: * Official Rules, under the Guidelines I’m making a change. Because the web site isn’t around anymore, rather than opening your film with “The DVChallenge.com presents,” please simplify that to “The DV Challenge presents.”

Also, in your credits you are very welcome to include DVinfo(dot)Net so that your prize-winning film attracts more people to this great site and board created by our head wrangler, Chris Hurd. We’ll allow you the extra seconds that would add to your film, because we are so grateful to Chris for giving the DVC a home!

If you have been living under a rock lately and don’t know the prize, we are proud to say once again that our awesome sponsor, Guy Cochran of DVeStore has offered to the winner a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera!! http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/dv-chall...y-craaazy.html

Any questions? Ask them right here. Okay. You’ve got your theme and the BPCC dangled in front of you, so in the words of our beloved DV Challenge creator, Dylan Couper, “Go, Go, GO!!!”
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Old September 13th, 2013, 11:41 AM   #2
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Thanks and credit to Stephanie at DVestore.com for the great graphic!

Oh yeah...the sign up remains OPEN!!
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Old September 13th, 2013, 11:46 AM   #3
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OK, "mystery".... Got it! And we're off (for an evening of drinking to ruminate for the scipt)....
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Old September 13th, 2013, 08:00 PM   #4
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Funny, from the first announcement, I thought the theme was "ready".

Total rethink!
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Old September 13th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #5
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Ha! Tim, you don't how how tempted I was to go with that. Wouldn't have fooled you for a second! :)
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Old September 15th, 2013, 11:28 AM   #6
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For those of you who have never tried to pack a complete story into 3 minutes, here's a great example. Yes, it's an ad, but could easily be a short film:


If I remember correctly, a 3-minute film equates to about a 1 1/2 page script. So if you are writing and are on page 5 already...might want to rethink your story or figure out a way to tighten it up!
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Old September 15th, 2013, 06:10 PM   #7
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I am definitely going to have to tighten up my script. I have been writing most of today, I am 5 pages in, but probably just over half done the story.

I love the three-minute limitation, but am finding this one challenging, because I am trying to slowly unravel the mystery. I'm going to have to make my pace a lot peppier.

Hoping to finish up draft one tonight, then sleep on it, and chop it to pieces tomorrow. :)
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Old September 15th, 2013, 06:38 PM   #8
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OK, "mystery".... Got it! And we're off (for an evening of drinking to ruminate for the scipt)....
Marc is a lightweight. I dedicate a whole weekend of drinking to formulate the concept. Where is your dedication to the art?
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Old September 15th, 2013, 06:43 PM   #9
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For those of you who have never tried to pack a complete story into 3 minutes, here's a great example. Yes, it's an ad, but could easily be a short film:
I count that as three minutes and three seconds. Disqualified! Looks like something Joseph Tran would make...
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Old September 15th, 2013, 07:45 PM   #10
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Nope! It wouldn't be disqualified; extra time for "credits" is allowed! :)

This is so good on so many levels. Love the foresight in shot selections, like when she looks up then it cuts to the doctor looking up, someone brushing past her in the hospital rather than just cutting to her standing alone--little details like that. This is a good one to study.
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Old September 15th, 2013, 07:53 PM   #11
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I love the three-minute limitation, but am finding this one challenging, because I am trying to slowly unravel the mystery. I'm going to have to make my pace a lot peppier.
You're on the right track with the pacing comment, Randy! You'll be amazed at how the 3-minute limitation will hone your writing skills, creativity, and editing.
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Old September 15th, 2013, 08:23 PM   #12
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I am definitely going to have to tighten up my script. I have been writing most of today, I am 5 pages in, but probably just over half done the story.
Glad to hear that I am not alone... We did a table reading last night, and mine clocked in at about 4:30... I'll have to save that for the director's cut, I guess :)
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Old September 15th, 2013, 08:44 PM   #13
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That's a really great example Lorinda. I cannot say that my effort will aspire to such lofty ideals. I have only one line of script, so I guess that will fit within three minutes.
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Old September 16th, 2013, 05:45 AM   #14
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Damn, and I thought 1 page = 1 minute. My script came out at 3.5 pages. I was kinda hoping that, as there is little dialogue, I'd be able to compress the action.

Guess I'm really going to have to storyboard and time the shots....
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Old September 16th, 2013, 05:49 AM   #15
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And Dick... I guess it's how hard you 'ruminate', not how long. 12-year-old sigle-malt rumination seems to work pretty well.
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