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"Slate3" 3D Short Film-making Research Project - Newsletter 3 - 29 Jan 2009
- [Updated 01 Jul 2012 with news of posting the full movie to Youtube]
Festival Success for "How Europe Got Its Name"
Our short animated film "How Europe Got Its Name", 6 min, has been
selected for public screening in the "New Beijing International Film Week". This
is a big step forward for us and we are very happy about it.
".. Europe .." has now finished its film festival run and we have
posted it on Youtube:
Many film festivals set an condition
for submission that there could not be public internet viewing on
websites like Youtube until after the festival. We could however post excerpts and trailers.
Here is the trailer as posted in 2009:
Earlier story - blog entry just after the 48 Hours Festival.
Backgrounder: The democratisation of film-making makes production easier for us
(yay!), and easier for zillions of others(uh oh!) so selection panels can be
screening as little as 5% of what they receive. Therefore selection for public
screening is a big deal and this is the first "hit" for this group after 3 years
of trying. Why Beijing? Team Leader John Calder's earlier successes were often
in non-English speaking cities. When "How Europe .." was ready, we
thought it a good move to invest our entry fee money in the wider world. We
liked the style of this festival and the film-makers connected with it - you can
see what I mean by using the above link and looking around the festival site.
"How Europe Got Its Name" Version 1 was made in 1 weekend when we were
competing as "Team MITCIT" in the New Zealand 48 Hours Furious Film-making
Competition. It was wildly ambitious to do a speed-film-making competition with
modelling clay animation but we did get it all shot and we got a panic edit
version over the finishing line with 2 minutes to spare. We won a small
audience-favourite-vote award for 3rd place in our heat.
The Beijing Festival entry is a completed "Version 2".