Short-n-Sweet Film Festival Winners!

Short-n-Sweet logoThanks to all who entered, judged, and turned out for the 1st Annual Short-n-Sweet Film festival! 

And the winners are...

“Personality Frames,” Ali Gautier

“Space Cops 4,” Walk Softly Films

“Five Seconds,” Duane Keaton/Southern Films

“A Day in the Life,” Ali Gautier

"Mission: Mattpossible Part 7," McCallum Morley

This film was chosen by our audience as the winner for the night!
"Lego Batman" by Nic Waterfill (also the youngest filmmaker who entered!)  Congratulations Nic!

Thanks also to the many Sweet vendors who helped make the night festive:
The Hub Coffee House and Cafe
Karamel Kreations
Orange Leaf

Get your cameras and phones busy for next year's festival!

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Short-n-Sweet Film Festival Line-up

Short-n-Sweet Film Festival 2014Well, the entries are in and our judges have reviewed them all! We have a great selection of Vine, comedy, documentary, drama and challenge films to watch at the Short-n-Sweet Film Festival - all under 10 minutes. If you're waiting with bated breath to see whether your film made the cut, here's the list! (In no particular order...)

“I Can’t Help but Wonder,” Kyle Ayres 
“What Goes Up,” Duane Keaton/Southern Films
“Personality Frames,” Ali Gautier
“Summer 2014,” Sam Nelson

“Rainy Day Dogs,” Emily Amos and Ben Stansbury
“The Chronicles of Running: Danville Track and Cross Country,” McCallum Morley
“Horse Creek Peeper,” Brett Smith/Wine and Poptarts
“Flyers,” Brett Smith/Wine and Poptarts
“Space Cops 4,” Walk Softly Films
“The Babysitter,” Brett Smith/Wine and Poptarts

“Lego Batman: Riddle and Fear,” Nic Waterfill
“Five Seconds,” Duane Keaton/Southern Films

“Congressional Roomates,” Laura Webb
“A Day in the Life,” Ali Gautier

"Mission: Mattpossible Part 7," McCallum Morley

Who won the top prize in each category? You'll have to come to the festival on Friday, Aug. 15 to find out.

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Does a horse fly?

Muybridge race horse animatedThis was a much-debated question in the late 19th century – does a horse at a gallop ever have all four feet off the ground? Scientists were fascinated with the idea that horses “briefly flew.” Some said that was impossible – a horse would collapse if he didn’t have at least one leg in contact with the ground!
In 1878, Leland Stanford, a prominent horse breeder (he later founded Stanford University) staked his reputation on the flying horse theory and hired Eadweard Muybridge, a gifted and inventive photographer, to prove it.
Stanford invited the public and press to his farm to watch Muybridge’s attempt. On one side of the track Muybridge lined up 12 cameras. On the other side, Muybridge placed a white canvas, marked with vertical lines 21 inches apart. Wires placed across the track were hit by the horse’s legs to trip the shutters at 1/1000th of a second. All 12 shots were fired in less than 30 seconds. (At the time, people were accustomed to daguerreotypes, where subjects had to be motionless for several minutes while the copper plate was exposed.) 
Amazingly, Muybridge produced the pictures within a few minutes. Suddenly the world knew that horses did indeed fly, momentarily, as part of their normal gait. The story spread quickly world-wide, in both the popular press and the scientific journals.  
It was impossible to imagine the ripples that would come from this historic demonstration.

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So what is scene work?

Scene Acting WorkshopThe answer is both embarrassingly simple and unnervingly complex. A scene is any time there’s more than one actor on stage. That’s the simple part. The work part is what you should do when that happens. That’s the complex part.

The best acting doesn’t happen alone. Theater is, at its heart, a collaborative art. For any piece of drama to succeed, the actors have to be working with each other to make the performance a reality. This kind of working together can be as simple as everyone on stage being more or less in agreement where everyone should be standing. It can also be as elusive as everyone on stage finding just the right way to convey an emotional tone, or how to get the laugh from the audience.

Scene work in Shakespeare’s plays in some ways makes this easier. The rhythm of

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But... That's the Good Stuff!

I am a frugal artist.

I make my own stretcher frames from hardware store lumber and pull my own canvases. I buy the cloth from fabric stores rather than art suppliers. I am the type of artist that believes "gesso" is an Italian word that means "overpriced house paint."

While I take pride in my DIY cost-cutting measures, I sometimes find that I tend to immediately lose inspiration when presented with the rare opportunity to use top-notch, quality art supplies. I immediately put on my kid gloves, start overthinking my every move, and keep reminding myself, "but...but... this is the good stuff." In other words, I get performance anxiety.

Artist Jillian Long at work
Artist Jillian Long at work
As a kid, I would have no problem making art on notebook paper, deposit slips, gum wrappers, and church bulletins - but I locked up when it came time to put something down in an actual artist's sketchbook. And I'm not talking about those really nice Moleskin journals like the Impressionists used, I'm talking about a five-dollar-for-seventy-five-pages sketchpad from Wal-Mart (tear out pages optional). I saw the sketchpad as some means to show a progression, or an archive of quality work. I was ashamed to put anything in there that would not be a successful attempt, and usually ended up with an empty sketchbook, with as many as five years passing between one page to the next.

I'd like to say that I'm cured of my sketchpad anxiety and have filled countless pages of thousands of journals, but I'm still the same way. I always feel like the sketchbooks (being a proper art supply) are solely for my good ideas, and I hesitate to use them - preferring rather to scrawl my ideas on loose bits of paper that get lost in the shuffle.

My seven-year-old daughter, Jillian - an aspiring, creative kid in her own right - is the exact opposite of my careful reservation. She is driven to create and has no qualms about obliterating a sketchbook in a couple days, filling every page front and back. She may use ten pages just drawing cat faces in different styles - some with stripes, some with big eyes, some with crazy teeth, etc. When I used a new box of crayons I did so with care, trying to keep the points sharp and paper neat, but Jillian

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