How do you challenge yourself to keep your video producing skills fresh when you have no current project to work on? Whether you make video for a hobby or for a paycheck, you need to keep at it to stay abreast of the trends and technology and to keep your skills honed and fresh. But sometimes, especially in the hot dull summer months, you can get a bit bored and not want to do much more than settle in a nearby hammock sipping a fruity refreshment or libation of choice.
Here's an idea to challenge you - why not mimic the "rules" and guidelines of one of those 48 Hour Film challenges or spark the imagination following an idea from Canon's Project Imagin8ion contest to fight the summer doldrums? When you Find Me Project IMAGIN8ION Director Ron Howard was approached by Canon a few years ago to help with a campaign called Project Imagin8ion. The idea was to create 8 themes for a movie and have a contest soliciting still photo entries reflecting ideas of what these themes represent.
Ron Howard says I loved the concept behind Project Imagin8ion, a very pure experiment that showcased the power of still images on narrative story-telling. When You Find Me was shown at the Tribeca, Sundance and South by Southwest film festivals, among others. The next project was recently announced and will be launching shortly. Ron and Bryce Howard and their team kept pretty close to the look and feel of the characters they selected and they found that they were also inspired and challenged just as much as participants in the contest. In a behind the scenes video, Bryce said that finding a graveyard gate that represents the photo for Obstacle was an obstacle in itself that had to be hurdled, and that's what this project was all about: being challenged.48 hours to shoot it, edit it and upload it to the sponsor's site.
Stay tuned here for more announcements later this summer on the next Imagin8ion challenge. Meanwhile, similar film and video challenges we've reported on include The 24 Hour Film Challenge and the Almost Famous Film Festival which is getting ready for a new challenge in October. http://www.thea3f.net/. And if you're looking for more contests and film festivals, check out the ever-changing Film Festivals and Video Contests page on Videomaker's site: http://www.videomaker.com/community/festival/ Go on, challenge yourself this summer - I dare ya!