Mobile Film Challenge

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Mobile Film Challenge is a 48-hour mashup of crash course film school and film festival, where you and your team create a short film in just two days!

Have a mobile phone? You can be a filmmaker!


Event Introduction

Ever want to make your own film? We’ll teach you how. Film experts will teach you the basics from start to finish: writing, producing, shooting, editing. Then you and your team will go out and use your newfound knowledge to create a 2 ­minute short film. At the end of the event we’ll break out the popcorn, screen all the films, and party.

Event Booklet (PDF)


Event Rules

1. All footage has to be shot using a mobile phone or tablet (e.g. iPad). You can't use a video camera!

2. All footage has to be shot during the challenge. You can't bring previously shot footage!

3. The final film must be 2 minutes or less. Your film can not be longer than 2 minutes. Period.

4. Don't be a jerk! This is an event put on by the community, for the community. Enjoy!


Breaking these rules will disqualify your film, and your film will NOT BE SHOWN.


Film Categories

  1. Drama
  2. Comedy
  3. Action
  4. Other
  5. Documentary


The audience will vote on the winners for each category.


Event Schedule

SATURDAY

09:30 Doors Open
09:45 Introduction
10:00 TALK: Overview of making a film. Pre­production
10:30 TALK: Storytelling. Script. Storyboard
11:00 ACTIVITY: Create story, storyboard
11:30 LUNCH
12:00 TALK: Shooting
12:30 ACTIVITY: Create shot list
13:00 TALK: Sound
13:30 TALK: Editing
Teams are shooting their films

SUNDAY

Teams are shooting and editing their films
11:30 TALK: Editing Demonstration (Windows Movie Maker)
11:45 TALK: Editing Demonstration (iMovie)
12:00 LUNCH
Teams are editing their films
17:00 Films must be submitted!
18:00 Film screenings begin!
19:00 Film awards


Stages

Story / Idea

This is figuring out what you want to shoot.

Script

  • This is the story written out.

Storyboard

  • This is the story drawn out like a comic, in chronological order.

Shot List

  • This is the list of shots, done in logistical order.

Shooting

  • There is too much to say on all of these.

Sound

  • This is no joke.

Editing

Advice

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  • Keep things simple!
  • You don't have much time.

TEAM

  • Decide on this quick
  • Be friendly! This is supposed to be fun
  • Exchange contact information right away

PHONE / TABLET

  • Check phone settings before recording
  • Check sound after every good take
  • Bring extra batteries
  • Bring extra charging cables
  • Bring something to handle extra storage (maybe delete some photos first)
  • Have a backup phone

FILM STUFF

  • Use the Reflector
  • Use the Boom pole for sound

COMPUTER / LAPTOP

  • Download the editing software early and install it
  • Test transferring files from your phone to your computer early!
  • Have enough space to work on large files

Tools

Editing Software

Consumer

Professional


Sound

Whatever you can use to record sound.

iPhone

  • Voice Memo - This should already be installed.

Android

Sound Editing


Music


File Transfer

iPhone

  • iTunes

Android (to Mac)

Transferring between different video formats

See also