Godard Fans, Here's Your Chance to Write the Dialogue for a Remix of 'Alphaville'

If you're a fan of the French New Wave, you've probably always dreamt of working with one of the greatest directors to come out of the movement: Jean-Luc Godard. And now you can -- kind of.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Godard's 1965 lo-fi science fiction noir AlphavilleSeed&Spark's Bright Ideas Magazine, Digital Bolex, and Syrp have teamed up to produce a remix of the film that will premiere at this year's Slamdance Film Festival on January 26th. This is awesome news in and of itself, but they're going the extra mile and giving fans a chance to re-write the subtitles for one of the film's most iconic scenes. Here's the original Alphaville trailer:

It's not super labor-intensive either -- you only need to re-write 8 of American private-eye Lemmy Caution's lines and to the one who can write the "coolest/weirdest/funniest dialog" go the spoils -- so make of that what you will.

The contest runs from now until January 19th, and the grand prize winner will not only receive a writing credit on the remix, but $500 toward a Seed&Spark campaign (great for all of you crowdfunding filmmakers out there).

Submissions are due by 11:59PM on January 19th. For more information, you can read the full announcement here, or if you're ready to submit, click here for the submission form.     

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That trailer actually makes Alphaville look quite fun and interesting... Which isn't what I remember at all. I saw it - once - about ten years ago and only just made it through. It was so dull it bored me to the point of anger. It was, without doubt, the most annoying film I'd ever seen.

Then I watched Le Mepris.

Maybe I missed something and it's time to revisit them and the rest of Godard's work. Or maybe not.

January 9, 2015 at 12:57AM, Edited January 9, 12:57AM

Alex Richardson

quite annoying that the scene itself is not viewable on the site so I gave it a go solely based on text.

Tongue in cheek is the only form of writing that made sense I think

January 9, 2015 at 6:39AM