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Win a Phantom Camera Worth Thousands in the AbelCine Miro High-Speed Inspiration Challenge

07.26.12 @ 10:59PM Tags : , , ,

High quality slow motion is finally in the hands of the masses thanks to Sony’s new FS700, but if you’re looking for the ultimate slow motion camera, it’s probably going to have the name Phantom in front of it. Vision Research’s Phantom cameras are synonymous with slow motion, and we’re not talking hundreds of frames per second — many are capable of thousands of frames per second. Now, you have an opportunity to not only make a short film with one, but possibly win your very own Phantom Miro M320S package (capable of 1,540 fps at 1080p) worth tens of thousands of dollars thanks to Vision Research and AbelCine. Check out the details of the competition below.

This is what they’re looking for in the competition:

Proposals for Miro projects will be judged on their creativity, unique use of ultra high-speed and relevance to the distinctive features of the camera. The goal is to create high-speed imagery we haven’t seen before (balloon pops need not apply). This challenge is open to image-makers and artists from all disciplines, and we strongly encourage new and aspiring content producers to submit their ideas. Applications must be submitted by September 16, 2012 using our online form, which also has complete details on the submission package. Completed projects should be 3-6 minutes in length, and shot entirely on the Miro; however, the entire piece does not need to be in high-speed.

Here’s what you can win:

AbelCine and Vision Research challenge you to create a piece of work that showcases the camera’s unique capabilities. Four finalists will be selected to receive training and one week with a complete Miro M320S package to put their ideas into motion.

To further inspire you, one Grand Prize Winner will be awarded a brand new Phantom Miro M320S package courtesy of Vision Research. Additional prizes, consisting of AbelCine rental certificates with a combined value of over $10,000, will be awarded to the 2nd place winner and runners-up.

Competitions like this are always interesting, but rarely do they give away such expensive gear. While some competitions are looking for people to immediately produce work, this challenge is seeking a proposal from prospective filmmakers. If you are one of the four filmmaking teams chosen to make a project, this is what you’ll receive:

  • Training by AbelCine Camera Specialists
  • Use of a complete Miro M320S package for one week.
  • The package, as awarded, will consist of:
  1. Phantom Miro M320S Camera in PL, EOS or F lens mount
  2. Choice of at least two lenses (subject to need & availability)
  3. Phantom CineFlash Reader/Dock
  4. CineFlash memory modules (subject to availability)
  5. PCU Control Unit
  6. Electronic Viewfinder
  7. Power supplies, cables and incidental accessories
  8. Additional accessories will be available at a discounted rate
  • Technical support for data off-load (Post-production must be arranged by the production team)
  • Promotion of their work on a dedicated portal and through AbelCine & Vision Research’s social media channels

Finalists will be required to chronicle their behind-the-scenes about using the camera, but it’s a small price to pay for the chance to win such a powerful camera. To see the rest of the important dates and find out more information about the challenge, head on over to AbelCine’s site.

[via AbelCine]


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  • This looks great – I’m in. Any word on where the training will be held?

    • I probably should have included this, but it’s buried a bit in the official guidelines:

      Equipment can be obtained from one of AbelCine’s locations (New York or Burbank, CA). The finalist and pertinent crew must attend both the training session and the equipment checkout at the AbelCine location where the equipment will be picked up. Training at others locations or virtually may be available. Finalists should inquire if they are unable to travel to New York or Burbank.

  • Wow awesome competition. Too bad it’s only for US and Canada. I hope they also do a similar contest for Europe.

  • john jeffreys on 07.27.12 @ 3:34AM

    This is relevant to my interests.

  • is this for US filmmakers only?

    • Jef-Aram Van Gorp on 07.27.12 @ 9:37AM

      Unfortunately yes. Here’s a quote from the official terms & conditions:

      “Participation is open to citizens of the United States and Canada only.”

    • Black dynamite on 07.27.12 @ 10:16AM

      It is for everybody.. I just filled out the submission form.. In the address section , it is clearly specified “Outside the US and Canada”.
      I don’t know where Jef-Adam Van Gorp got his information from..

      • It says so in line 1 of the rules of the competition…

      • Hey Black dynamite, given your response, I was unsure whether what I said was true, so I contacted AbelCine and here’s what they had to say about the eligibility of the contest:

        “(…) Unfortunately, this contest is only open to people in the US and Canada. The website we are using to manage submissions does not have a feature to automatically decline submissions based on country. AbelCine is the a reseller for Phantom cameras in these countries, so that is the primary reason that we are limited to this scope (…) “

  • C’mon Joe, where’s the next post that you’re surely going to do of the new BMC footage that was posted from John Brawley? You don’t want that shit to be stale when you post it now do you?

  • Strange Competition. They have FAR too many restrictions and qualifications, starting from Hiring these Exorbitant Machines, to locations, to so any other things.
    BAD DEAL. And, not favorable to Indie Filmmakers

    • Hi Sanveet,

      Thanks for your feedback! Just to clarify, we don’t expect you to rent the Miro to create your projects. Once the four finalists are chosen from the pool of submissions, they will be given a complete Miro package for one week to shoot their projects. There is no requirement to rent anything from Abel to be part of this competition.

      Thanks again for your comment.

      Claire O
      Social Media Coordinator
      AbelCine NY

  • Slowmo is the new DOF.

  • I must participate only cause a unique vision. I am based in London UK and have first degree family in NYC. I am not a US resident. Shall I give it a go or still the terms and conditions will limit my entry?

    • “Participation is open to all legal residents of the United States and Canada only. ”
      First degree family in the USA still doesn’t make you a legal resident of the US or Canada – so, I’d say no.

      But why don’t you ask the guys at Vision Research?

  • I have a really awesome concept that I’m writing for this. But I’ll absolutely need some help from a talented indie producer. If you’re interested and live in LA shoot me an email.