Above are logos for use in Act Two Garage Projects. Choose one for your next film -ctrl click/right click/save. ALL FILMS MADE FOR GARAGE AND POSTED AS GARAGE projects must use these logos at the BEGINNING of any individual film. This is to mark them out as original GARAGE projects.
ACT TWO works like this.
The themes are now paused until early next year (2009). You may still make a theme two film (HEAT) or…
You can create a project of your own.
In creating a project, you must be aware of the following —
Write a clearly defined objective here below. Suggest a name for your project if you so wish, as long as it is still underneath the Garage umbrella (read the old forum posts if you are confused).
DO NOT suggest a loose theme (i.e. one word). Individual projects MUST be explained in a minimum of 300 words or less, with at least three rules, ideas or parameters to be explored.
For example, you could create a project where anyone participating had to film only in black and white, use no sound, and represent an aspect of feminine violence. Or you might choose not to limit the format/aesthetics, but go instead with a passage from a book, an idea which must be explored by whomsover you collaborate/dialogue with. Or you might suggest a project in which each filmmaker would film themselves for a week, without edits, as if they were the unconscious subjects of surveillance cameras. And so forth. Be creative with the idea of a) internet film b) low budget to no budget resources (which is why it’s called Garage ) c) fresh approaches to non-narrative cinema.
Once you’ve made your proposal, get some feedback from other Garage participants. MAO is a good point of contact if you are looking for others contributing. Or simply proceed. The idea here is that you open a dialogue, get others to add to the project, or at bare minimum express yourself in clearly defined terms of your own making.
You may also choose not to make a film. Instead, you could (and this is where we are heading in Act Three, which begins in late December) write a purely academic article and open a dialogue about an aspect of filmmaking that interests you — a kind of mini, grass roots notebook http://notebook.theauteurs.com/, not simply a review of a film, but a discussion of perhaps a technical aspect, or ideological aspect that might help frame future Garage projects (Acts Three and Four).
I am away until December the 23rd. The project is open. There are new people afoot, so encourage and do not bully. The forum gets too hostile periodically- be aware that Garage is not a competition, it is a laboratory. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO COLLABORATE AND SHARE IDEAS. SUPPORT EACH OTHER.
That’s it. The objective of Act Two is to see what may transpire when we operate as a pure creative anarchy, sans dogma, with temporary manifestos guiding creativity in search of new directions.
Great logos T! I’m very excited to see where this takes all you filmmakers. Where are you disappearing too, though? You’ll miss the public launch of The Auteurs!
Dkaz I will log back in circa the launch (or I’ll be there in NY), and I’ll message you my news/email soon. Jaime —you can do narrative if you want. You can do whatever you want, so long as you define your project and stick to the parameters you set. And you have to use the logo. Beyond that… it’s all yours. I push for the non-narrative because personally I feel that too many among us attempt to tell stories, and this overshadows the aesthetic challenge. But it’s up to you. OK gotta go, my flight’s in. Peace.