While working on my degree (Film and Media Arts), I focused on screenwriting and ignored the required production course until the final semester. My advisor often suggested that I take the course early on, "You might discover you enjoy production and want to continue with more advanced courses." Nah, I wanted to learn how movies were made, I wasn't interested in making them!
Turns out she was right. I relished the production class. Even though I lived and breathed stress during that semester, the short videos I filmed, edited, and produced brought satisfaction beyond my expectations.
Now, I occasionally teach Basic Videography for community education in our local school district. (How's that for irony?) I love viewing the creative videos the students make, and decided to offer a monthly Video Challenge on this blog, open to the public.
At the beginning of each month (starting on May 1, 2015), I will post the parameters for the challenge -- required elements for that month's videos -- sometimes a designated character, location, and prop, other times a specific subject, or an overall theme. Video prompts to stir the creative juices, so to speak.
Those who enter the challenge will make a video 1-3 minutes in length. It can be one scene, or a complete story, but must have a beginning, middle, and end, and contain the designated elements for that month.
Deadlines will be the end of each month and the submitted video links will be posted on this blog a few days later (allowing time for me to view the submissions before posting).
Don't have time to film, edit, and produce a short video in 30 days? It's okay. I will post 2-3 months worth of video prompts in advance and you can select a month to shoot for.
Watch for the Reel Focus post on May 1 for the video prompts, rules, information, and guidelines.
Grab your camcorder, let's make some movies!