A couple of weeks ago I told you about this year’s Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival’s promotional commercial. I was brought on board as cinematographer. It’s a great concept promoting “10 Years of Independents.” Watch for the commercial on Fox6, Charter, and Brighthouse. Enjoy.
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Last year I produced Departure for the Summer 2007 Sidewalk Scramble. I just found out yesterday that it was selected to screen at this year’s Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. I hope everyone will make plans to attend. The dates for the festival this year are September 26-28. Unfortunately I have only been able to produce one short this year, but there are several ideas in the works. I’m hoping to move into production on another short by late October or early November.
This year’s Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival is rapidly approaching. If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend, I would highly encourage you to do so. The caliber of submissions gets higher every single year, and this year marks Sidewalk’s 10th anniversary (so you know there’s going to be some special stuff).
As always, Sidewalk will soon be airing promotional commercials to garner interest in the festival. What’s special about the promo this year is the fact that I had the opportunity to work on the shoot as Director of Photography. Filament Artists produced. The 30-second spot was filmed with Alabama talent and Alabama crew, right here in Birmingham. Hopefully it will further highlight the talented filmmakers and the growing film production market here in our community.
We shot the commercial with the Panasonic HVX-200 in DVCPro50 format at 24fps. To read more of my insights into this particular camera, check out two previous posts, “First Impressions” and “Some Considerations.” I won’t give away anything about the commercial’s concept. You will just have to wait until it airs. There’s a possibility that the spot will also screen before each film in each venue during the festival. But ultimately that’s a call left up to the good folks in the Sidewalk office. Until then, look for the commercial on WBRC Fox6 and Bright House cable.
Being a movie fan is more than just catching the latest, most popular blockbuster that hits the theatre. It’s about immersing yourself in a variety of films. Some will be great. Most will be awful, but by viewing them one can learn a lot about the art of filmmaking. However, when you live in a smaller market, you are not always exposed to independent film, especially documentaries. But becoming involved in a local film festival can give you the opportunity to see films that may never hit the big screen. Every film festival needs screeners – people that watch submitted films and then rate them. You don’t have to hold a film degree from NYU to do this. You simply have to be a fan of movies. For the past three years I have been a documentary screener for the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival here in Birmingham. I have seen a lot of horrible films, but I have also seen some great ones. And I am constantly learning about people, issues, cultures, and events that I never knew existing, which is pretty enlightening. If you are a fan of movies and want to see more than what Hollywood is turning out, volunteer at a film festival. It’s definitely worth the time.