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Year: 2011 (Page 1 of 2)

DeLeon Crossing wins TIVA Peer Awards!

This year, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the 48 Hour Film Project, local industry group TIVA gave 48 founder Mark Ruppert a special award–and also added a special one-time 48 series of categories for their annual Peer Awards.

Well, being very proud of our little short, DeLeon Crossing, so we jumped at the chance for it to get some extra recognition.

And it did!

DeLeon won three awards in all:

  • Gale Nemec won a Silver Award for her acting.
  • Tim Munson won a Silver Award for his writing.
  • and Bjorn Munson won a Bronze Award for his directing.

In addition to, Bjorn Munson joined in a Silver win in the “Best Overall 48” category for his role in producing Tohubohu Productions’ 2005 short “Quite Contrary.”

Congratulations to all the winners. Here’s hoping Team J gets a chance at the Peer Awards again soon!

National Film Challenge Here to Scratch Film Competition Itch

For many a local filmmaker, it’s a rub that the 48 Hour Film Project comes but once a year (though we suppose some do Baltimore and Richmond as well). 48HFP realized that and launched the National Film Challenge as an antidote to Fall Film Loss Seasonal Disorder (FFLSD). Now run by some energetic folks out at KDHX Community Media, this competition is open to everyone, but don’t just take it from us, read the official announcement:

Registration for the National Film Challenge is now open.  If you missed your city’s 48 Hour Film Project this year or just want to recreate the thrill of your weekend, now’s your time to go nuts! The premise is simple: you’ll spend 3 days writing, shooting and editing a short fiction film and we’ll give you a genre, prop, line of dialogue and character to incorporate into your film. At the end of the weekend you’ll walk away with not only a completed film but also a sense of accomplishment and memories to last a lifetime. Your film will go on to be screened by a national panel of judges who will determine a winner. The top 15 Finalist films will be available for viewing on the Film Challenge website. Additionally, the top films will receive cash prizes and go on to screen at the 48 Hour Film Project’s Filmapalooza at the Taos Shortz Film Festival.

Grab your camera and some coffee and get ready; the National Film Challenge is on!

Key Dates

Early Bird Registration: NOW OPEN
Regular Registration Begins: September 23
National Film Challenge Dates: October 21-24, 2011
Full information is available at http://filmchallenge.org/News/national-film-challenge-is-on.html

Make sure you’re ready for your Media Closeup

Odds are, many of you reading this news blog are actors, filmmakers, or other creative types. And odds are, that if all goes well, your hard work will be rewarded by some coverage by the press. Quinn McDonald has penned an excellent article that serves as checklist to make sure you’re ready to face the media and the wider world. Come on. You’ve worked hard to get your work noticed. Might as well prepare for success.

Keep storytelling — and make every day a frabjous day!

Team J Helps Create Judging System for Local Festival

While we continue to work on upgrading the new Team J website — to say nothing of our business — we’re very pleased to announce Team J has found the time to do a whole new type of consulting.

Version 2.0 of our website mentioned that Team J offered “cinema support services.” It was a vague term, but it seemed to encapsulate the general help we’ve offered in getting various media projects off the ground: everything from drafting schedules to, naturally, casting.

Organizing film festivals can be labor intensive and the judging process doubly so. Team J’s Bjorn Munson knows, having been a judge for several festivals and competitions over the years. If you are the least successful, your festival will soon become inundated with entries. And while the submission fees may help pay for the festival venue and other items to make the event a success, you are now faced with the time-intensive task of giving a fair evaluation of your fellow filmmakers’ works.

In other words, your festival needs a good judging process — and automation is a good idea.

So when fellow DMV filmmaker Francis Abbey was looking for judges for the relatively young Reel Independent Film Extravaganza (aka RIFE), Bjorn knew he didn’t have time to be a judge, but could help all those judges in making their system easier.

The idea of the system was to make it

  • Clear: We wanted the judges to immediately understand the rating scale. (Hint: a 10-point scale is not intuitive).
  • Thorough: Understanding that artistry can be on display in all facets of a film, we still wanted to balance the technical and aesthetic categories.
  • Definitive: It may be derided, and there may be mitigating factors, but we feel it’s still important to have a simple “thumbs up.” The judge can and should critique the film honestly, and as the festival programmer, you want to understand the reasoning, but in the end, you do want a recommendation.

In addition to designing the judging criteria, we also pointed them towards the same WYSIWYG form builder we used for Stonehenge registrations — and, because Bjorn gets a perverse pleasure out of doing them — a Visio flowchart showing the high-level process of how the judging should work.

We’re very excited to hear how the system works in practice, but we’re quite convinced this help the judges, help the festival organizers, and — ultimately — help audiences in seeing the best possible films.

Note Team J does not accept responsibility for any filmmaker not getting their film into RIFE. But then again, we don’t take credit for it getting in either. We do hope it does ensure the judges give each film a fair and complete shake.

And we’re very excited to see how RIFE does. If you haven’t already clicked on the links above, RIFE will be October 22 & 23 at the THEARC Theater at 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE in Washington, DC. If our schedules work out, you should see some of us from Team J there!

Article on Stonehenge, Casting, & Bjorn

Ty Ford penned a very nice article about Stonehenge, the impact it’s had on the DMV filmmaking community in the latest edition of the TIVA-DC newsletter. It also has some information about approaches to casting in general and Team J CEO, Bjorn Munson.

So, if you haven’t checked out your copy yet, check your mailbox, because TIVA–as you may recall–is sticking to the old school printed newsletter, replete with articles and ads and all that industry goodness.

What’s that, you say? You’re not a member of TIVA? Well, if you’re not in the DMV, that’s understandable, but if you are a filmmaker in these here parts, e-stroll over to their website and check out some of the programs, etc. they offer.

Stonehenge has been discontinued

As part of that company reorganization, Team Jabberwocky is discontinuing Stonehenge, its mass casting service connecting actors with filmmakers. Because of this decision, the next Henge originally planned for June of this year has been cancelled and no future Henges are scheduled.

All of us here at at Team J are very happy we have been able to support the local filmmaking community with Stonehenge.

Over the course of thirteen Henges, we have helped hundreds of actors book over a thousand gigs in various projects across the DMV area. Indie filmmakers, production companies–and even fringe festival producers–have found cast members and artistic partners to help tell their stories.

Moving forward, Team J will continue helping actors find TV and film work as well as offering casting support to producers. Our YouTube channel will remain online for the foreseeable future and contains over 470 auditions from past Stonehenges that producers already use to find actors.

We look forward to announcing new services in the future and in the meantime, all the best in all your acting and storytelling endeavors!

Best Regards,

Bjorn Munson
President, Team Jabberwocky

Stonehenge XIII: Thanks!

Stonehenge XIII was our biggest Henge ever! We slept in.

Thanks to everyone who attended Stonehenge yesterday… and an extra big thanks to the Team during the event: Andy, Ann, Bill, Bjorn, Brooks, Colin, Gale, John, Lee, Lisa, Marzi, Meredith, Nick, Phil, Rita, Richard, Roberto, Samantha, and Tac. Pre-event help was provided by Anya, Kim, and Micha–and of course thanks to Alexis and everyone at CDIA for letting us hold the event in their space!

Stonehenge XIII Actor Registration Open!

It’s alive! It’s alive!

Okay, not really, but Stonehenge actor registration is open for this, the thirteenth edition of everyone’s favorite mass audition for film and video.

Remember, you only have two weeks to register–and you can register at any time since selection is by lottery. However, in our experience, it’s best to register early before you forget.

We hope to see you at the Henge!

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