The Winnipeg Film Group 90 Second Quickie Filmmaking Challenge

The Winnipeg Film Group 90 Second Quickie Filmmaking Challenge
Wednesday, July 27 at 7:00 PM
Winnipeg Cinematheque


Pantera Pardu Parisia – Delf Gravert (shown on Super 8mm)
177 Dollard – Stephane Oystryk
Adele– Angus Kohm & Stefanie Wiens
CBC Parents – Sean Ledwich
Cowboys and Aliens (The Harper Version) – Michael Korican
Establishing Shot – Sunny Sidhu
Fallen – Tyler Funk
Fan Letter to Steve Reinke – Clint Enns
FM – Michael Seymour & Tony Neustaedter
Found Footage – Matheu Plouffe
Fredrick Charles – James Paschke
Fresh – Erin Buelow
Histories – Chaz Sta. Brigida
I See a Light – Aaron Zeghers
Intercontinental Confessions – Damien Ferland
Keyring in the Disco – Eric Neufeld
Love You All the Time – Les Klassen (shown in 3D)
Mass Defunctorum III – Fernando Dalayoan
Men’s Art -Delf Gravert
Narrows – Mike Maryniuk
Not a Problem – Chance Taylor
Oak Bluff Dream – Adam McCort
Ol’ Ass Ears – Chris ‘Mama’ Bauer
Power Shake – Les Klassen
Powerless – Zack Wolf
Progress – Andreas Goldfuss
Scattered – Percy Ponniuk Jr.
The Battle – Roger Boyer
The Little Girl – Travis Cook & Ali Tataryn
Three Months – Chris Paetkau
Too Many Zombies – Ryan Hill
Trilogy – Ryan Simmons
Victims of the Internet – Wilda WahnWitz
Untitled – Shimby Zegeye-Gebrehiwot (shown on 16mm)
La Salle Hotel – Scott Fitzpatrick (shown on 35mm)


From Uptown Magazine July 20, 2011

Who makes short shorts?
The Winnipeg Film Group’s 90 Second Quickie Filmmaking Challenge is all about making filmmakers cut to the chase

Brevity, Shakespeare wrote, is the soul of wit. And now the artist-run Winnipeg Film Group has made it the soul of an annual cinematic event.

The results of the third-annual 90 Second Quickie Filmmaking Challenge — begun in 2009 and continued in 2010 after the WFG was blown away by submission quality — will be screened Wednesday, July 27 at Cinematheque. The name says it all: submitted films can be no longer than 90 seconds, titles included.

Open to all Canadian filmmakers since its inception, the challenge is just that this year, having been made non-competitive (ignore the designation of “contest” on Cinematheque’s website).

Even as a contest, however, “it’s had no requirements and been completely open ended,” says Aaron Zeghers, who participated in the 2010 competition as a filmmaker. This year, he’s organizing it as the Winnipeg Film Group’s production assistant.

“Filmmakers can pursue their own ideas instead of having aspects dictated to them by rules,” Zeghers continues. That it’s so easy to participate in is, in his view, exactly what makes it a great challenge.

“All you need to do is string together some pictures and sound that total less than a minute-and-a-half.”

Of course, Zeghers says, a good film is always tough to make, “but there are still some really well-conceived and executed films that screen as part of this event each year.”

One example would be the 2010 contest winner: Symbiosis, by visual artist Laura Payne, currently practising in Guelph. The film combines found footage of a 1960s recreational tranquilizer commercial with digitally drawn animation using software program Adobe After Effects.

“The resulting animation features an alien organism that becomes the cause of the man’s anxiety and paranoia,” Payne cheerfully explains. It’s that kind of low-cost, make-do-with-what-you’ve-got philosophy that easily fits the prevailing spirit of the WFG.

It was an exciting challenge for the artist, who’s only been making animated shorts for a couple of years — but more to the point: “Every filmmaker or video artist should be able to produce a compelling story as short as 90 seconds.”

For filmmakers thinking about taking up the challenge next year, Payne has some advice. “Don’t worry about telling a 90-second story, worry about condensing a story into 90 seconds. Make the time constraints work around your vision — not the other way around.”

“I think that the brevity of these films forces filmmakers to immediately get to a point,” Zeghers adds. “You really only have the time for a single concept, idea or a very quick story, and if you can pull that off in 90 seconds you have a really good film on your hands.”

Furthermore, for young filmmakers like Zeghers, it may be important to make many films that are “relatively short and conceptually tight,” rather than trying to create a masterpiece “that will just burn you out.

“Instead, just make lots of good and bad short films until you hit your stride. I think that’s the spirit of this challenge.”

– Kenton Smith

~ by cineflyer on July 25, 2011.

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