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Short Film and Video Competition Winner

Announcing the winner of the Dark Green Books Short Film and Video Competition 2012

PRLog - Jan. 14, 2013 - The Winners

Winner – First Place
: Passive Tense by Erin Gaddi from the US http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6aKXddSQVI&feature=plcp (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6aKXddSQVI&feature=plcp)

The judges saw this work as a beautiful visualization of Luke Andreski’s poem Passive Tense, effectively dramatizing the themes dealing with the mysteries of love. They felt that the ultra-widescreen image was attractive, with a good use of music to enhance the words of the poetry and the images on the screen.

Winner – Second Place: Orphan by Carolina Villarreal from Mexico http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QsM298fMhs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QsM298fMhs)

The judges felt that this was a powerful, insightful dramatization of the themes of Luke Andreski’s poem Orphan, especially notable for using the visuals with only music and sound effects but no narration or on-screen titles with the words of the poem. The first-person imagery was seen as especially effective. They liked the rough cutting feel and handheld effects.

Winner – Third Place (Tie): Passive Tense by CityVarsity from Cape Town, SA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyGpKKO4m5o&feature=plcp

The judges considered the cut-out animation of the poem’s words and various appropriate shapes to be well made and clever, getting even better as the film progressed. One judge said he loved the fish hook and the heart-shaped sweet towards the end of the film.

Winner – Third Place  (Tie): Orphan by Andrew Sieciencski from the US http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA006X1tdyc

The judges viewed Andrew Sieciencski’s film as a touching visualization of the sad poem Orphan. They found the imagery lovely, with an effective switch from black-and-white to colour, and the use of music intensifying the emotion of the words and images. Luke Andreski also says, ‘I would like to mention an utterly stunning shot in the graveyard scene halfway through Andrew Siecienski’s film, beautifully framed by autumnal-coloured trees’.

Author’s Choice: Passive Tense by CityVarsity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyGpKKO4m5o&feature=plcp

Luke Andreski writes, ‘When I first saw CityVarsity’s Passive Tense I was knocked out by the thought of these brilliant students pooling their talents to create this video!’

Special Mention: Touch Me by Gregory Metcalfe from Bristol, UK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D69vnSWE4ds&feature=plcp

The judges viewed Gregory Metcalfe’s film as compact, original and well made. They describe it as a well-paced and crafted video which matched the words and sound effectively. They liked the device of the constant human figure and face at the centre of the video and felt that the end graphics were excellent.

The Prizes

Passive Tense by Erin Gaddi wins $700 plus seven free downloads from www.lukeandreski.com

Orphan by Carolina Villarreal wins $200 (US) plus three free downloads from www.lukeandreski.com

Orphan by Andrew Sieciencski wins $100 (US) plus two free downloads from www.lukeandreski.com

Passive Tense by CityVarsity wins $100 (US) plus two free downloads from www.lukeandreski.com

The Judges

Christopher P. Jacobs

Christopher Jacobs is a film instructor and filmmaker based in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Since 1995 he has taught one or more sections of Intro to Film at the University of North Dakota, and occasional other film-related courses such as Creative Movie Production and the UND Summer Movie Camp. He is also the Movies Editor for the High Plains Reader.

Christopher Jacobs has been a film buff and collector since his junior high school days, with a particular interest in the silent cinema. The lure of film history eventually took precedence over an equal interest in filmmaking, although he has made several short films on 8mm and 16mm, and several feature-length movies on video (both analog and digital). He earned a Master's Degree in Film and Dramatic Production Criticism from the University of North Dakota. He has taught a Creative Writing class focusing on screenwriting and currently teaches an Art of Moviemaking course covering screenwriting and production techniques.

Timothy Eastop

Tim Eastop, formerly Acting Director of Visual Arts for Arts Council England, specialises in artists’ research, commissions, and organisational development. His most recent clients include Calvert 22 Foundation, Institute of Contemporary Art, Cultural Leadership Programme, National Trust, Royal Society of the Arts, University of Arts London and the University for the Creative Arts. He is also co-Director for two initiatives: Difference Exchange, a partnership of associates working across disciplines placing critical artistic practice in disruptive contexts; and The Collective, a scheme providing professional advice on how to build art collections in groups.

Tim has worked with national and international institutes: Ashmolean; Arts Council of Wales; A Foundation; British Council; British Antarctic Survey; Contemporary Arts Society; Courtauld; King's College; Rijksakademie; Pistoletto Foundation; Tate; Triangle Trust; and Visiting Arts.

Source Material

The poems on which these films are based can be found in Luke Andreski’s collection Being Left Behind, available from www.lukeandreski.com or Amazon.

Short Film and Video Competition 2013

The 2013 competition, closely resembling the 2012 competition, will be announced in the next few weeks. For advance information, please email videocomp@darkgreenbooks.co.uk.

Short Film and Video Competition 2014

The 2014 competition will be similar to the two earlier competitions but will be opened out for the work of multiple authors to form the basis of the submitted short films and videos. If you are an author and would like to participate in this competition, please email videocomp@darkgreenbooks.co.uk.

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