August 4, 2014

The Music Bed Wants to Help You Produce Your Dream Film with 'Project Film Supply'

If you have a great movie idea, but you just don't have the resources to pull it off, music licensing site The Music Bed is putting together a really interesting contest called Project Film Supply. The contest, which starts today and ends September 1st, is accepting film ideas for projects that are 10-15 minutes in length, and they will be giving away a total of $50,000 in prizes to three winners. As one of the sponsors of the contest, No Film School will also be featuring a post about the grand prize-winning film here on the site.

Check out the launch video for Project Film Supply:

What They're Looking For

Here are the details straight from the Project Film Supply FAQ:

The Music Bed team will be choosing the Grand Prize. Both of the other prizes will be based off of voting. We will be looking for a film that:

  • Would be around 10-15 minutes in length
  • Could be shot in 10-14 days (Canon c500, Movi M10 & Lens rentals will be for 14 days)
  • Inspires a community of artists to do better, create more, help others, etc…
  • If you need to be inspired, spend some time on our Vimeo channel here

The video does not have to be specific to “the arts”, but it does need to be inspiring. Hint: We will most likely NOT be choosing a horror movie as the grand prize winner.

Check out the other two prize packages here. If you follow The Music Bed on Twitter and use the hashtag #ProjectFilmSupply, there will be additional prizes each week.

How the Contest Works

  • Step 1: For one month (starting August 4), we’ll ask the filmmaking community to submit a short film idea + mood board for the project they’ve always dreamed of creating.
  • Step 2: Those who submit an idea will ask their friends, family, and followers to vote for their projects.
  • Step 3: The Community + TMB will decide which three film concepts rise to the top and which one absolutely has to become a reality (the two runners up will receive loads of incredible prizes). Enter your film idea at themusicbed.com/projectfilmsupply.

More Details

The contest is open to people outside of the US, but they will not be able to honor the gear rentals because of customs issues (though you'd still get the other prizes if you won). There are also some specifics about how much time you have if you win:

If you win the Grand, Second, or Third Prize, your rentals (and in the case of the Grand Prize, monetary value) will be redeemable for 12 months beginning September 2, at the close of Project Film Supply. This is not the case however, for the portion of the prize packages that are gear giveaways - those prizes will be shipped to the winners upon the closing of the competition. We also require the winner of the gear rentals to provide three weeks notice of their rental to insure the gear is available and will be ready for the intended project.

If you have a specific project in mind, and you're looking for some resources to make that idea a reality, head on over to the Project Film Supply website to enter your idea, create a mood board, and start collecting votes.

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Your Comment

14 Comments

This is a great contest and a lucky opportunity for the winners especially considering most film makers have a storyboard already laid out of their "dream" movie and all they would have to do now is make a cover letter and send it in. The only thing that sux is the "tell your family and friends to vote" for your project, which is a lame "beg for clicks" tactic that just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

August 4, 2014 at 10:48AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jakartaguy

Totally agreed with Jakart

August 4, 2014 at 11:25AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Tommy

Luckily, the first place prize is selected by actual judges, so it's not just a popularity contest.

August 4, 2014 at 11:44AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Matt

I like the idea, and actually I have a couple of great ideas but I am not sure if the idea will be exposed to the public .. in my opinion I believe I need my ideas to be not available to the public till they get ready as projects..

Any feedback for this !!!

thanks

August 4, 2014 at 11:11AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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I think the ideas get put on their site to the public. Since most of the contest is based on votes, it does make sense that others should be able to see them.

Maybe try to come up with a new idea? Or modify one of yours?

August 4, 2014 at 11:22AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Gareth

Ideas are a dime a dozen. In order for an idea to be worth anything, they have to be meaningful to the person creating the project and often times it's hard to get inspired by other people's ideas. So I wouldn't worry about someone stealing your idea besides even if someone does. It'll still be completely different from whatever you would make that same idea into.

August 4, 2014 at 2:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Thank you sir, those words inspired me! :)

August 5, 2014 at 6:37AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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CarlosMeyer

1. Legally you can't copyright an idea only an expression of an idea. So what if someone steals it. That's like owning a goldmine but never putting forth the effort to actually mine it. No idea no matter how great can every be truly made flesh without a ton of work so don't let those goblins in your head cause you to delude yourself to hoard treasure.

2. The voting aspect is really just for the 2nd and 3rd prize winners. Not really what I'd assume the bulk of people are aiming at. Sure the popularity game is stupid but thats not the spirit of the contest. I think its fresh to see a film contest that doesn't require you to shoot a polished piece beforehand. Now to be honest the popularity contest is kinda what life is all about. That old saying its not what you know its who you know is really only half right. Having a strong network is great but you need vision to make an impact on that network. Same goes for having a lot of vision but no network. You need both. Life is a hustle, and you've gotta play the game just the same as everyone else. The point is to keep your integrity intact while doing so. End of sermon over, and good luck to those you try and take advantage of this.

:)

August 7, 2014 at 6:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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So I cannot just submit an idea without the video?

August 5, 2014 at 12:18AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ledile

The voice over sounds like a young Leonardo Dicaprio :) Good Stuff!

August 5, 2014 at 12:35AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Desmond Williams

Exactly what I thought!

August 5, 2014 at 6:08AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Alex

"Those who submit an idea will ask their friends, family, and followers to vote for their projects." Basically this means: if you are a viral-video type of person, go for it...

August 6, 2014 at 2:36AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Does anyone know what the "Mood Board Photos" are for?

August 10, 2014 at 6:46AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Minh Nguyen

Just what it says; photos that help you to establish the photographic mood of the film you are planning - quite different from the actual shots of your film.

August 13, 2014 at 10:33PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Gul Ramani