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Old August 1st, 2008, 09:30 AM   #1
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UWOL X Theme Announcement! - XXX LIVE NUDE FURRY CREATURES XXX

The theme is only half of this Challenge, so listen carefully.

The theme was suggested to me almost two years ago, when I first kicked around the idea,
here at DVinfo, of putting UWOL together. Credit goes to one of our regular
players, Grant Sherman (yoo-hoo, Grant! expecting big things!).

But of course, I am going to put my own little spin on
it, to help you all stretch in a direction you might not yet have attempted.

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showpost....0&postcount=23

The theme, then, is PSA (Public Service Announcement) - a 30 - second (or
1-minute) commercial spot that you produce, shoot, edit, and deliver for a
planet- or people-friendly organization in your area, typically considered, but
not restricted to, a non-profit do-gooding agency.

The twist is that you not only need to make one of these -- to be eligible for
judging, you also need to have yours broadcast by the sponsoring organization,
on TV or on their website--or whatever form of mass distribution is effective
for your organization of choice. Maybe DVD. Find out what they need, and deliver
it to them, for them to use to educate us all about their cause.

The broadcast does not have to actually happen in the contest time frame, but
the agreement between you and the organization must be struck in that one-month
time frame, in order for your entry to be eligible for judging.

The extra week isn't just for shooting, it is for finding your subject and for
building your relationship to your cause. Shooting pretty video is easy.
To truly get good at this video thing, you have to
know your audience and who you are serving. This will be the first contest
in which your audience is not the contest and the other players, although we're in there, too....

I have no way to double-check these, so as with most things, we will rely on the
honor system.

You will get a lovely portfolio piece, you will make new connections and network
in your community, and you may very well do something in service to this lovely
planet that has served you so very well.

You will also find out hard and how much work a truly professional 30-second
(or one-minute) commercial can be. Remember, you are not shooting a 30-second
video. You are shooting a 30-second commercial. This will be another important
distinction to keep in mind. Nailing the genre is as important as the images you shoot.

The planet has generously offered up many of its best images to the players in
this contest. It is time to use your remarkable talent to give a little
something back to the planet.

You can save the whales, the wolves, the polar bears, the
trees, the landscape, the environment, the water supply, the trout, the Baltic
Sea. You can be a voice for the indigenous folks who may not have access
to the tools of media.

The only restriction is that you can't do any overtly political announcements,
nothing for individual politicians or overtly political causes that support a
particular political institution. If you're not clear, just e-mail me your
questions in advance, and I'll greenlight it, or not. DVinfo policies restrict
us from explicitly political discussions.

Politics tend to be divisive, and UWOL is all about the hand-holding, the love
and the inspiration that our muse, the planet, brings to all of us, so keep that vibe
alive. Get out there and make the world a better place.

One other note: since you're producing these for a local audience, you can make
these in the language of your region. In fact, I encourage this -- it's time we had
an entry that allowed us to share all of our beautiful languages from all around
the world. If you do so, please upload 2 versions, 1 original and 1 English subtitled
or else VO'ed in English on a single file (don't file your 2 versions separately,
you'll confuse the UWOL team...).

So get out there and shoot something. Our world, your vision. For Team Earth!

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Old August 1st, 2008, 09:36 AM   #2
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Oh my, oh my, oh my, this is not gonna be an easy one...! Oh my!
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Old August 1st, 2008, 09:38 AM   #3
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Ooops, she remembered. Sorry folks ;-)
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Old August 1st, 2008, 09:42 AM   #4
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I always know it is a good theme when Per sounds nervous about it. If I can push him, the rest of us are bound to learn a little something...
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Old August 1st, 2008, 09:43 AM   #5
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Well...I'm done. Fire up the shark tank...

Have fun everyone! I'll be watchin'

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Old August 1st, 2008, 09:47 AM   #6
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Wow! How cool is that ;-)
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Old August 1st, 2008, 09:51 AM   #7
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Oh blimey.

I wonder if sharks have ever been seen in the seas around here...!?
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Old August 1st, 2008, 09:56 AM   #8
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I don't run a business, I'm not trying to start a business, I'm a lousy salesman...
I don't have any contacts...and I don't have a clue how I would find them...
Aw c'mon Bob! You live in the continental US, this should be a piece of cake for you! There's a nature cause on every corner of the street!

Anyway, remember, you're NOT selling anything...you're giving something away. And you're not doing it for yourself. You're doing it for the love of the birds and the bugs and the trees.

Change your mindset, and perhaps you'll change your mind. Once the initial shock wears off....

With a name like UWOL X, didja think this was going to be easy??? SUCKERS!
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Old August 1st, 2008, 10:07 AM   #9
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Hmmm, mmmh, eeem, eeheem. This will be tricky. But, I do like a good challenge.
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Old August 1st, 2008, 10:13 AM   #10
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Wow!

I've got the perfect place in just over an hour!!!
Hopefully they'll say Yes to the broadcast.

Thanks UWOL, a real challenge for my second outing.

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Old August 1st, 2008, 10:28 AM   #11
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Ya'll have fun...and now I'll stop posting my negative vibes in your thread...

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Old August 1st, 2008, 10:40 AM   #12
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Not shocked...more like bummed. I was really looking forward to this, I've enjoyed the others so. I was pumped and ready for anything...except a business deal.
Just the idea of finding some organization, approaching them and pitching them a PSA video, even a free one, sounds like a job...I've got a job...video is a hobby for me.

I did a video for someone else last year, and it felt like a job...I did not have a good time.

It completely takes the fun out of it for me... :(
And having fun is one of the rules, is it not. ;)

Nope...Sorry, I can't do it.

Ya'll have fun...and now I'll stop posting my negative vibes in your thread...

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I know what you mean Bob, at first glance I thought "Oh S..." but then I had a brainwave about this one place in my area which is perfect. If they don't go with the broadcast thing I'll probably still make a film, cos now I'm all anxious to start.

It sure is gonna be a toughie, I'm sure I speak for us all when I say "Bob you'll be missed mate!"
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Old August 1st, 2008, 10:40 AM   #13
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hehehe, she did it..... again

You are something Meryem.

Today I have even filmed an eclipse of the Sun, 40 % covering the sun. On Svalbard it was 100%. Also started on my holiday tour today and I'm on my way North.
Right now stationed in this area, "Atlanterhavsveien" (look at the picture).
I'm heading way up North to Lofoten a very special and beautiful place in Norway.
But how am I gonna make a PSA on this trip, I don't know :/
Perhaps I'll try to work something out along the way.
After all I am planning to make a rafting tour on the strongest tidal current in the world,
"Saltstraumen". Maybe if I can talk the rafting company into some deal?
We'll see, for now I can't help laughing thinking of all the joy we bring you Meryem :)

Good luck everyone.
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Old August 1st, 2008, 10:49 AM   #14
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I know what you mean Bob, at first glance I thought "Oh S..." but then I had a brainwave about this one place in my area which is perfect. If they don't go with the broadcast thing I'll probably still make a film, cos now I'm all anxious to start.

It sure is gonna be a toughie, I'm sure I speak for us all when I say "Bob you'll be missed mate!"
I hear you Russ. If anything I am still going to make a film. Even if it does not get broadcast and I do not qualify for the contest. If I have to make something up if it comes to that. I'll even compose some niffty music for it...;)

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Old August 1st, 2008, 11:35 AM   #15
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meryem,

I love the idea!!!

However, The psa's I would like to do would totally not be acceptable to most organizations: One I started over two years ago, "Real Canadian Beef" The cattlemans association would hire a hit man if anyone published the fottage I have!! All outdoors and you may never eat beef again!!

I have one great idea that I will email you about to see if it would be appropriate and I would be sanctioned or comissioned to do it.


The trick is finding the source organization.

Many groups have web sites and would be more than willing to post a psa on line. so those of use that live out on the fringes can still get a publication source.



This is goning to be tuff.

What a challenge.
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