Amid the chatter of big breaks from success on YouTube, the launch last year of dozens of internet video sites, and the mainstreaming of short-filmmaking attempted by Fox's disastrous "On The Lot," there is less and less space in our screen-culture for the simple pleasures of public exhibition, let alone for good filmmaking. We here at The Tank think that's a crying shame, and we've decided to do something about it.
Video Dork is a monthly short film competition held at The Tank. That's right, a COMPETITION. Each month, there will be a WINNER, and there will be PRIZES. Competing filmmakers will bring DVDs or MiniDV tapes containing films of any genre of five minutes or less to the Tank. The first hour or so of material to arrive will be screened for the assembled masses. At the end of the screening hour, a brief intermission will allow time for all those in attendance to vote for the winner of the evening's prizes.
Each month's winner will receive a one-day pass to the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television and Radio), in addition to his or her choice of the following:
- Two free days with a professional video lighting kit from Hello World Communications ( www.hwc.tv)
- A half-day consultation with professional music editor Suzana Peric (Lord of the Rings, Everything is Illuminated, http://imdb.com/name/nm0673726/).
- Two free days with a Panasonic HVX video camera from Mikey Palmer, the Video Dork himself.
- A free one-year membership to the Paley Center for Media ( www.paleymediacouncil.org).
We are constantly soliciting other prizes that will be useful to filmmakers working on a budget.
For further information on Video Dork, contact Mikey Palmer at [email protected].
Cost: Free ($5 suggested)
Official Site: http://www.thetanknyc.org
Official Website: http://www.thetanknyc.org
Added by The Tank on November 26, 2007