Posts Tagged ‘genre’

A Five-Minute Fringe Film in 48 Hours

August 18, 2011

As I was researching topics for this week’s blog entry, I came across an ad in Philadelphia Weekly, (an alternative newspaper serving the Philadelphia area) for a contest sponsored by the 2011 Wilmington (Del) Fringe Festival. The object of this contest is to make a 5-minute film from first scene to last edit in 48 hours or less. I had to learn more. So, like the inquiring mind that I am, I went to the website and here are the details:

Participants must shoot their film in Downtown Wilmington on September 9, 2011. The film can be in the genre of filmmaker’s choice. The film must incorporate what the website calls “three randomly chosen mystery elements” and they are: a line of dialogue, a prop, and a Wilmington location. The contest clock starts on 8:00 PM on Friday, September 9, and the film must be completed, meaning that both shooting and editing must done and submitted to contest judges by 8:00 PM on Sunday, September 11. There are $4,000 in prizes for the filmmakers and the top prize is $1,000. Registration deadline is September 2, 2011.

Now this is one contest that if I was a filmmaker I would enter. Here is a chance for all the budding Scorceses and Spielbergs of the world to shine. It is contests like this that re-affirms my faith that there are both creative minds in filmmaking and those willing to encourage and promote these creative filmmakers (albeit on a small scale and at a Fringe Festival).

Now to the powers that be in Hollywood: What’s wrong with you? You keep greenlighting redos, remakes and reboots (the latest greenlighted project is the remake of the 1980’s gem of a movie Dirty Dancing) yet you ignore all the original minds out there who are coming up with great stuff. The people at Wilmington’s Fringe Festival aren’t ignoring these people and for all we know a future Oscar winning director could be among one of the participants. Also, the contest is being held in Wilmington, Delaware, you know, the home of Vice President Joseph Biden. Wilmington isn’t actually considered a filmmaking center, yet this contest is taking place in this humble town. That should tell you something about being open to new ideas.

So, to the participants of the 48-Hour Filmmaking Competition, I say good luck. May you make films that make people laugh, cry, think, wonder and feel awestruck. I hope, win, lose or draw, that the experience is a positive one for you and that this contest helps you to grow as a filmmaker.  Now, stop reading this blog and start storyboarding your 5-minute gem.

As for everyone else, carry on to what you were doing before you surfed over to my blog.



Name That Genre

October 27, 2010

Movie posters not only tell you what movie is playing, they also tell you about the genre of the movie. Images, as much as the title, play a role in letting the viewer know whether the film in question is a romance, comedy, horror or action movie. So, let’s see if you can guess what genre is being portrayed based on the following descriptions

1) Scantily clad damsel in distress, if the poster is pre 1960 or realistic image in an absurd setting for post 1960’s posters.

2) Male and female gazing at each other or in an embrace.

3) Physically fit protagonist holding a weapon.

4) Main characters in an odd pose, in extreme close up or in an odd situation.

A) Comedy            B) Romance            C) Horror            D)Action

1) C, Horror. Yes, before the 1960’s the horror posters were remiss if they didn’t feature a damsel that was about to be harmed by the monster/malevolent entity. Classic poster that play on this theme are The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob and The Mummy. You can find pictures of these posters here:

After the 1960’s, as movie posters moved from drawn to photographed and later Photoshopped posters, they took on a realistic yet bizarre situations. Examples of this are 28 Weeks Later, The Mist and Nightmare on Elm Street (the original 1984 release) You can find pictures of these posters here:

2) B, Romance. Yes, From Gone With The Wind to Love Story to Titanic to The Time Travelers Wife and loads of movies in between, this is one genre that didn’t change its presentation when posters moved from drawn to photographed creations. The male and female leads are very prominent in the poster. They are either in an embrace, gazing into each other’s eyes or sharing a tender moment together. Sigh Ain’t love grand. You can find pictures of these posters here:,26637,27155&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=romance+movie+posters&cp=6&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=f026TP3HAoL78Abd9NWYDw&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CEMQsAQwAA&biw=1024&bih=597

3) D, Action. Arnold, Sly, The Rock, Jean Claude and Bruce don’t indulge in pork rinds and beer. They’re too busy either chasing after bad guys or running from bad guys. When they aren’t chasing after bad guys, they are lifting big heavy weapons and using them to shoot the bad guys. Movie posters such as those from the Terminator series, the Die Hard series and the Rambo series show the protagonist with a weapon and a look of “I’m ready for a fight.” You can find pictures of these posters here:

4) A, Comedy. What do You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Get Him To The Greek, and Evan Almighty have in common? Yes, they are all comedy movie posters and they all show the protagonist in an odd pose, in extreme close up or in an odd situation. After all, the powers that be are trying to sell a comedy. You can find pictures of these posters here: A1&sa=1&q=Comedy+movie+posters&aq=f&aqi=g1g-m1&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

Of course, not even the best designed movie poster can turn a dud into a classic, but I have to admit that movie posters of any genre look cool and some are more cool looking than others. As to which are which, that’s a blog entry for another time.