Some of you have had problems with it, some of you haven't, and some of you might even do it, but Alamo Drafthouse has a strict policy against it. What am I referring to? Talking and texting during movies of course. The Alamo is a specialty theater that serves real food and beer during the film, and they take their no talking or texting policy very seriously. There have been some great PSAs that have played in the theater and online that reiterate this policy, and now the Alamo Drafthouse is asking you to create your own PSA, with a chance to win $1,000. Check out the video below for an introduction.
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Here are the guidelines that you must follow for the video:
- Your video must have the "Don't Talk or Text During Movies" theme.
- Your video must contain the Alamo Drafthouse logo, which can be found here
- Your video must be suitable for audiences PG-13 or under, no nudity or profanity.
- Your video cannot have any violence or weapons present.
- Your video should be no longer than 60 seconds in length.
- Video submissions must be entered by November 21, 2012
Here is a little bit more on the contest from their page:
All video submissions in the “Don’t Talk or Text During Movies” Filmmaking Frenzy will be put on Badass Digest for viewing and voting until 12:00 PM CST on Wednesday, November 28. Voting will determine the winning submission in each Alamo Drafthouse market: Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Kansas City and Winchester. Once the top submissions are determined based on this voting, a panel of esteemed judges including Alamo Drafthouse CEO & Founder Tim League, National Promotions Director Henri Mazza and Badass Digest Badass-in-Chief Devin Faraci, will be assembled to view the top trailers and select one grand prize-winner.
The winners from each market will win a $200 Alamo gift card and their video will be screened before movies in their local Alamo Drafthouse location. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $1,000 Visa gift card and their video will be screened before movies at Alamo Drafthouse locations nationwide.
The Filmmaking Frenzy will also include a prize category for Alamo Drafthouse employee submissions. The top video submission from a Drafthouse employee will receive a $500 Visa gift card.
Here are some of the ones they've done in the past. The first made the rounds a while ago, and the second features director Jason Reitman and comedian Patton Oswalt's interpretation of the first video (plenty of NSFW language):
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So while you can't actually use any profanity like the previous examples, besides the guidelines above, the possibilities are virtually limitless. You can be as creative as you want in 60 seconds, and you certainly don't need a celebrity to make a good video. Unlike many of the other contests that we've featured, you could make one of these videos for literally no money and without any help, so you won't have to feel bad about not paying your crew what they're really worth.
What are you waiting for? Head on over to the website for more details and how you can get started.