Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Wanna Make Movies?

Garry and I have been watching Fox's On the Lot, a reality game show that pits wannabe directors vying for the prize of a contract with Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks.

The challenge is to make a two-minute movie each week. The results don't look like standard YouTube fare. The aspiring directors have actors, crew, equipment, and film lots at their disposal. They began with genre challenges -- comedy, a thriller, drama, action, etc. This week the challenge was more specfic. They had a viewer-submitted log line -- one or two lines giving the situation, character and tone --
A man wakes up, rolls out of bed and finds himself in a dress...but can't remember what happened the night before.

Regular judges are Carrie Fisher and Garry Marshall and a guest. The show is now ready for the finals; only two weeks left. Time to tune in. Previous films are available on the website.

In previous years, we enjoyed Project Greenlight, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's project with Miramax studios and Chris Moore. The show followed the entire process of actually making a feature film.

If you want to make your own movie, join a club such as Amateur Movie Maker Association. They have their own contests and are lots of fun.

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