September 28, 2014

Capture the Romantic Look of Film for Film Convert's 2014 Cinematography Competition

Film Convert Cinematography Competition
Want the chance to not only show off your cinematography skills, but celebrate the look of analog film? Well, Film Convert wants you to do just that for their 2014 Cinematography Competition.

Okay, first of all -- entering is free to anyone in the world, and you can submit as many videos as you like. All you have to do is to make sure that you've applied Film Convert's film stock emulator to your short (you can download a free trial here if you don't have it) which should be between 30 seconds to 5 minutes in length, and submit it on the competition's homepage. It'd also be in your project's (and your) best interest to promote and share it with everyone you know, since the Top 10 entries are chosen by popular vote. Voting occurs between October 15th to the 25th. The Top 3 submissions, chosen by the Film Convert Team, will be announced on November 4th.

Prizes

  • 1st place: $2000
  • 2nd place: $1000
  • 3rd place: $500
  • Top 10: Film Convert Bundle (Chosen by popular vote)

Judging Criteria

According to Film Convert, they're looking for submissions that celebrate "the timeless and romantic look of film." Here are the three criteria your submission will be judged on:

  • Embraces the look of film & cinematography
  • Concept and creative direction
  • Captivating imagery

If you want to get an idea of what other filmmakers are doing, here's a few of the submissions for this year's competition (you can check them all out here):

Here's the film that won First Place last year:

Be sure to read the competition's guidelines carefully to make sure your project is eligible. Submissions close on October 14th, so be sure to get yours in. Good luck!     

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9 Comments

I always wonder what their export settings are, because every time I export using film convert, the grain gets muddy or I get artifacts when put on the web.

September 28, 2014 at 3:53PM, Edited September 28, 3:53PM

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Adam Akopyan
Director of Photography
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Same, the compression often turns the fine detail of grain into mush.

September 28, 2014 at 4:25PM

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Brad Watts
Filmmaker/Creative Director - Redd Pen Media
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Yes, take time find the proper setting. What is your camera?

September 29, 2014 at 2:46AM, Edited September 29, 2:46AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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September 30, 2014 at 1:51AM

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Adam Akopyan
Director of Photography
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Celebrate the look of analogue film? You can't really enter the competition if you shoot on film. You have to apply the stock emulator to the footage so shooting on film would just look bad. It would be better if they said it like it is, "let's celebrate our picture profiles from our software." The look of film isn't a plug in.

September 29, 2014 at 1:40AM, Edited September 29, 1:40AM

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Peter Phillips
Filmmaker
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Do the pros use it? There are a lot of various companies doing film emulation but I would think that, as discussed previously, a pro would just scan the video back onto a 35 mm film (can be done sideways a la Vista Vision for any ratio) and then scan it back to digital. A feature length scan would run no more than a couple of grand.

September 29, 2014 at 1:57AM

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Dan Leo
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Yes, we are exited... Let's go to participate. ;D

September 29, 2014 at 2:44AM, Edited September 29, 2:44AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Sounds fun, not a fan of the online-voting thing since it makes competitions like these become based a lot on how hard you push you work online rather than on how much you invest time and creativity on the project at hand.

September 29, 2014 at 3:09AM, Edited September 29, 3:09AM

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Daniel Falcon
Director, VFX artist
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Nice prizes and theme. Definitely a good chance to test out my new gear and lenses!

I wonder, who is in the jury?

September 29, 2014 at 5:53PM

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Bojan Andrejek
DP / Cinematographer / Producer
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