Moby-Dick Short-Film Competition
March 29, 2012
Brooklyn musician Patrick Shea is hosting a Moby-Dick short-film competition. Entries are due by February 15, and will be screened before their performance on March 29 at a Manhattan club called Pianos.
Over the past three years, Shea has written and recorded one song for every chapter of Moby-Dick, interpreting the chapters both through his own experience, and through the conventions of various genres of pop music. He posted one song each week to his blog, http://callmeishmael.org .
Shea has also formed a band to play his songs in live performance. In March 2012, the band will play a series of shows at Pianos, a club on Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They will play every Thursday night from 7:00 to 10:00.
Each night will highlight a different aspect of the project. They will host a Conceptual Music Night on March 1 (pop songs about unconventional things), a Nautical Night on March 8 (whaling history and sea chanties), Academic Night on March 15 (a talk preceding the show), Queequeg Night on March 22 (highlighting friendship, our joint stock world, and tattoos), and finally, Film Night on March 29 (highlighting the interpretive representation of one piece of art by a different artist in a different medium).
Anyone and everyone can submit a short film for consideration. Your film can be related to Call Me Ishmael songs (i.e.; a music video or a filmic representation of a song) or not -- you can do whatever you want, as long as it's about Moby-Dick.
1) Your film must be about Moby-Dick in some way.
2) Your film must be 1 minute or less.
3) Your film must have a budget of $100 or less.
4) Submissions are due by February 15.
The band will screen as many of the best entries as they can in an hour, and the audience will vote on a winner.
1st place -- 1/2 of 1/3 (or 1/6) of that night's donations taken at the door
2nd place -- 1/4 of 1/3 (or 1/12) of that night's donations taken at the door
3rd place -- 1/4 of 1/3 (or 1/12) of that night's donations taken at the door
Shea will view and consider entries as you submit them. Once all the submissions are in, he'll let you know if you made the final screening.
To submit your work:
1) Export your film. Codec, H.264; Data Rate, 5000 kbps; Frame Size, 720x480. Audio Codec, AAC; Data Rate, 256 kbps; Sample Rate, 44.1 kHz.
2) Compress (.zip) a folder containing your film (use your email address as the name of your file), as well as an .rtf or .pdf containing your name and contact info, the name of your film, a one sentence description of the film for the program, and a one sentence description of you for the program.
4) All submissions are due by February 15.