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LAPPG Announces 1st Annual LA Post Fest: An Editing Competition From The Stars

The Los Angeles Post Production Group has announced an exciting new competition in which editors worldwide can participate.

The premise is simple on the surface: LA Post Fest will provide the same script and 4K, green screen footage that was shot on the Blackmagic URSA to all editors interested in competing. In addition, entrants will be provided “digital assets including music from Sony Creative Software and spectacular space images and video from the European Southern Observatory (ESO)”. There is no requirements for your choice of NLE, though LA Post Fest does point out that Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve’s free version is available for all to use.

The video materials provided to entrants in LA Post Fest are based on the script “Protocol”, written by Richard Russell and directed by LAPPG co-founder Woody Woodhall. The right script was very important to Russell and Woodhall, as it had to be adaptable enough for multiple interpretations but still provide a cohesive story. As Woodhall explains, “Finding the right script was a challenge. We wanted a story that, although was quite short, still had a beginning, middle and a strong ending. Richard’s script left the dialog ambiguous enough to shoot the lines under different emotional attitudes, allowing the story to be interpreted and constructed a number of ways in post production and the green screen element is key in allowing for maximum creativity both technically and in storytelling. This is a chance to compare apples to apples and see what kind of dishes they all come up with.”

LA Post Fest will hold a festival in May 2016 where screenings of the five winning films will be screened. There will be winners for five different categories: Best Film, Best Editing, Best Use of Sound and Music, Best Visual Effects, and Best Use of Digital Assets. Exact prizes have yet to be announced, but are valued at around $15,000. As is generally the case with LAPPG, the prizes are sure to be astounding.

Now is the best time to enter (for all but students), as the early bird entry fee is $45, with the fee rising to $55 after December 21st and again to $70 from February 1st until the cutoff date of February 7th 2016. Students (with valid student ID) can enter anytime before the cutoff for just $35. February 7th 2016 is the absolute last entry date, so be sure to do so before then!

For more imnformation you can check out the press release below. You can also visit the LA Post Fest website for more info and to sign up: www.LAPostFest.org

 

Announcing the 1st Annual L.A. Post Fest

Post Production and Storytelling Spotlighted in New Innovative Editing Competition

Los Angeles, CA — November 19, 2015 — The Los Angeles Post Production Group is announcing the launch of the inaugural year of L.A. Post Fest, an innovative video editing competition where contestants will use their creativity, technical skills and storytelling abilities to successfully complete their own version of a professionally shot sci-fi short film.

Unlike traditional editing competitions, for L.A. Post Fest, each contestant will be provided with the same footage that was shot in 4K using the Blackmagic URSA camera on a green screen stage. They will also be offered digital assets including music from Sony Creative Software and spectacular space images and video from the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Each entrant will have access to the free version of Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12, a professional non-linear editing system and color corrector, to work with if they so choose.

The film is based off of Richard Russell’s sci-fi script, “Protocol.” LAPPG Co-Founder and “Protocol” Director, Woody Woodhall, worked with Richard to craft the script for the particular needs of the competition. “Finding the right script was a challenge. We wanted a story that, although was quite short, still had a beginning, middle and a strong ending. Richard’s script left the dialog ambiguous enough to shoot the lines under different emotional attitudes, allowing the story to be interpreted and constructed a number of ways in post production and the green screen element is key in allowing for maximum creativity both technically and in storytelling. This is a chance to compare apples to apples and see what kind of dishes they all come up with,” explains Woodhall.

One of the competition’s 6 judges, Juan Ignacio Cabrera, a busy Visual Effects Supervisor and Colorist, sees this as “an amazing opportunity for people involved in all aspects and all levels of post production to allow their imaginations to take charge and to work their storytelling muscles. Filmmaking is about using the tools at your disposal for creating the story you need to tell and this challenge really embodies that. Each person entering this challenge is able to tell their own version of story using these raw materials. I’m really looking forward to seeing these films and each person’s unique vision.”

The culmination of this competition will take place with a festival event in Los Angeles in May 2016. The 5 winning films (Best Film, Best Editing, Best Use of Sound and Music, Best Visual Effects, and Best Use of Digital Assets) will be screened at a theater to be announced shortly and prizes, approximately valued at $15,000, will be awarded to the winners.

Competition details and more information can be found at: www.LAPostFest.org

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