Spring Film Challenge

The 2017 Spring Film Challenge will kick off on Wednesday, March 22, 5pm in Walker 275 (Center For Innovative Teaching and Learning). After challenges are issued at the kick-off, students will have just over a week to produce a short film based on the challenge. Films must be submitted to the CITL NO LATER than Friday, March 31, at 5pm.

All films will be screened at the Radford Theatre on Wednesday, April 12, at 5:30pm. Admission is free and open to the public. There will awards for best films, including an audience choice award.

University Relations did some nice press coverage of last spring's event -- check it out.

Check out the 2017 updated OFFICIAL RULES, as well as FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. See below for filmmaking resources and a short 'getting started' video.' Please direct questions to citl@radford.edu.

Filmmakers can view the judging SCORE CARD to see how films will be evaluated.

HOW CAN MOVIEMAKING STRENGTHEN YOUR FUTURE?

Read the short Film As Curriculum article to learn about interdisciplinary applications of short film.

 

GETTING STARTED

If you are new to moviemaking or simply need some guidance, check the short video directly below to learn how to get started. In addtition, there are numerous resources further down the page: how-to's, tips and tricks, software tutorials, and related info.

Additional Resources

Producing Your Movie

Vimeo Video School - visit the lessons area to view three short, general tutorials on preparing for, shooting and editing video. Also visit the main area to view other people's short films and to check out their weekend challenges, in case you want to try one for practice.

McConnell Library - students can checkout camcorders, tripods, DSLR cameras, and audio recorders. The default period is three days, and it's a good idea to make a reservation in advance (contact the Front Desk). You might also consider spending some time with the camera you'll be using before you check it out to shoot your movie.

Apple iMovie 2011 Tutorial - a brief, narrated video tutorial on using Apple's iMovie. If you're a Mac user, this is for you. While the latest version differs a bit, most of the features are the same.

Audacity - a really great, freeware audio editor for Windows or Mac. Good for recording voice, mixing multiple tracks together, special audio effects. etc. Click link to download. If you need help getting started, download the quick reference.

CITL New Media Center - if you need to speak with someone about questions you have or how to do something -- or, if you need access to a computer for editing, then this is the place. Email citl@radford.edu with general questions, or to set up an appointment with one of our staff, or to make a reservation to use a video editing station or learn more about video software.

DSLR video tips - a short document containing tips for using a DSLR camera to shoot video. Anyone with questions can also email citl@radford.edu for info or to set up an appointment to talk about it.

Additional Media

Creative Commons Search - use to search Flickr, Google, SoundCloud, etc., for open-license images and audio to use in your movie.

The Free Sound Project - use to find audio and sound effects for your movie (you have to sign up to download stuff, but it's free).

FindSounds.com - use to find sound effects (household, nature, etc.) to use in your movie. TIP: search for 16-bit/44100 format WAV or AIF files.

The Internet Archive - use to find public domain or open-license media to use in your movie.