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Indie Film Distributor Calling for Independent SciFi Films

If you make independent science fiction films and are looking for a distributor, check out Fuzion Filmz’ call for movies at the SF-Fandom forums.
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Submit your short SF Film to competition

Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) here in Seattle has announced a call for submissions of short films to their next competition.

From their Web site:

From June 1 through September 15, 2009, the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF) will accept short film submissions, up to 15 minutes in length, that have been produced after 2005 for entry into the competition. Multiple submissions will be accepted according to the rules and regulations. Submissions will be judged based on originality, quality, artistic merit, innovation, voice, style and narrative.

I wonder how many competitions and exhibitions there are for short and independent science fiction movies. You mostly hear about film festival showings but I’ve come across occasional references to local community events. Maybe I’ll find time this week to look for some Web resources on the topic, but feel free to suggest any you may know about.


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Trailer for Battle for Terra

I have to admit that I haven’t heard anything about this movie before, and yet it opens on May 1 in theaters everywhere. Talk about poor promotion.

“The Battle for Terra” is a 3-D animated movie by Lionsgate starring some pretty big names (James Garner, Justin Long, Brian Cox, Chris Evans, Luke Wilson, and others).

The premise is that Earth (our Terra) has been destroyed and the survivors of humanity, desperate to find a new home, are led to invade a peaceful planet (the other Terra) whose inhabitants possess inferior technology. Perhaps there is a morally ambiguous message in the movie (a criticism of the Iraqi war, maybe?). The humans seem to be fascists but at least some members of the human society question what they are doing.

I don’t know if I’ll see this movie. I haven’t been planning on it and there are other things in my schedule, but if you get a chance to check it out, let us know what you think (either here or in SF-Fandom’s Movies Forum).


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High School Meets SciFi Film and TV

I found two very interesting videos on YouTube. The first is a commercial for a high school science fiction and fantasy class. It appears on the school’s television network and shows just how creative the instructors for the class are. I hope the students who sign up for the class won’t be disappointed. It doesn’t sound like they will be.

The second video is the winner of an award in a high school film festival. But first, take a look at the commercial.

The video was uploaded by McKay Video Production for McKay High School in Salem, Oregon. From the outside, McKay High School looks like an ordinary high school. I’m starting to believe they have a pretty strong science fiction interest in Oregon.

Of course, high schools students don’t just want to read about science fiction. They want to experience it. And that’s just what the students at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School seem to do. The next video is the “Audience Pick For Best Film” from the 2008/2009 Chariot Film Festival.

This movie stars only high school students, and as I watched the first scene I thought, “Oh, another home movie”. There are many home movies available online now, where kids play their favorite characters from popular books and television shows. I hope they continue to make those movies, improving bit-by-bit upon their skills, set design, and costuming — and, most importantly, having lots of fun.

But this movie slowly reveals that a little more work went into it than you might believe at first. By the time you reach the cliff-hanging end of part one, you’re ready to click through to see part two.

That’s what good film-making is all about, isn’t it? Don’t let the low budget look and feel disappoint you. If you stop to think about it, someone put a fair amount of time and thought into the graphics and special effects that the film does include. It’s well worth a look.

According to the YouTube listing, “Expedition Earth” won several awards in the school’s film festival. I’m sure it will be enjoyed for a long time to come not only by the students at BTCHS but also by people here on the Web.


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Upcoming Battlestar Galactica news

The BSG fan community does a pretty good job of covering Battlestar Galactica news, right down to the various weddings of cast members. Still, I came across two items I had not seen before and wanted to say a little something about them.

First, this June we’ll be treated to a made-for-television movie called a href=”http://www.patriotresource.com/bg/insights/spoilers/tvmovie2008.html” target=”_blank”>Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (Warning: massive spoilage in that article). Directed by Edward James Olmos, the movie tells much of the BSG story from the Cylon side, presumably giving the Cylons a chance to explain the whole “they have a plan” thing from the opening credits.

I suppose I’ll watch the movie but, frankly, this sounds like Reverse Angle Reply science fiction. Will they really be able to explore aspects of the characters and drama that we have not already seen? At least Olmos is directing the movie — he seems to be dedicated to the premise that BSG has a human-interest focus. I would expect him to bring out the human side of the Cylons while exploring their inhuman society.

Of course, fans are waiting for the new Caprica series (which launches in 2010) and we’ll supposedly be treated to a Dynasty-like 2-family drama focusing on the Adamas and the Graystones as the Cylons are (re-)invented, built, and go to war with humanity.

Okay, I’m yawning already. Sorry. That’s just me. Hopefully I’ll be surprised.

Another upcoming project, however, is Aaron Douglas’ Emissary. Douglas plays (Chief) Tyrol Galen in Battlestar Galactica, one of the “final five” Cylons who remains loyal to Adama. Douglas co-stars in a made-for-Internet project starring Philip Morris and co-produced by Morris and Dekker Dreyer. SciFi Wire interviewed Morris and Dreyer at a recent convention appearance.

You can check out the official Emissary Web site and see a trailer. Presumably they’ll upload more media as time goes on and enlist the aid of some fan Web sites in promoting the show online. I would guess they’ll hope to make the transition to a broadcast or cable television network, maybe in 2011 (the show begins distribution in 2010).

The Internet production option is being increasingly developed by professional actors and producers. In my opinion, it’s only a matter of time before someone creates a hugely successful Web channel that competes directly with cable television and satellite television networks. Traditional broadcast networks are increasingly threatened by new technologies and their audiences are shrinking.

Science fiction and fantasy shows may lead the way in the development of Direct-to-Internet entertainment models but science fiction and fantasy are only two of several niches that seem to be underserved by today’s television industry. History, science, and technology shows may also find opportunities to develop online markets.

The National Geographic already provides online video you won’t see on cable television. So this article is concerned with more than upcoming Battlestar Galactica news but I think the fact that Emissary is in production, using one of the more popular (in my opinion) actors from BSG, signifies that we are well into a transitional phase in our entertainment and communications experience.

I can’t wait to see what else is being developed for Internet distribution. I’m sure there are projects already out there — I just haven’t found them yet. But I will.


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