The Shoot Out Cheyenne screened the top 10 films for 2013 at the Atlas Theatre on October 6th. Best Film was awarded to “First Batch” by Steve Klein. TSOC has changed in its 5th year and is changing its name to The Fast Filmmaking Festival Cheyenne (FFFC).
The partnership with the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board was a new one which will continue into the future. The event is not only and arts and cultural one but also one that converges with history.
There were 26 entrants in the filmmaking festival. Two panels of a total of 17 volunteer judges reviewed and ranked the films and selected the categorical prize winners.
The format was changed to allow producers two weeks to complete their projects as a hedge against bad weather. In 2012, there was a foot of snow and cold weather which also was the case in 2013.
On Saturday night, the filmmakers’ reception and performance by the Jalan Crossland Band rocked the theater.
- Hemmingway’s Suitcase – Silver Spur
- The Princess Twist – Best 17 and Under Film
- Letters to Dryad – Best Sound Design; Best Cinematography
- Two for the Money
- Ghost Story
- Lily – Best Acting; Best Comedy
- Reel to Real – Best Costume and Set Design
- Jake Ward’s Shoot Out Movie
- Circles – Best Music; Best Screenplay
- First Batch – Best Film
The Shoot Out Cheyenne filmmaking festival is kicking it up a notch with a filmmakers’ reception at the Atlas Theatre in Downtown Cheyenne followed by a show by the Jalan Crossland band. This is a film festival and we’ll also screen a short film entitled “Banjos in the Movies”
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 day of the event online or at the walk up box office at Phoenix Books and Music 1612 Captiol Avenue or at the door.
Here’s the schedule.
6:00 – 7:00pm The Shoot Out Cheyenne filmmakers’ reception happens at 6pm. There’s no charge for this. We’ll have some finger foods and beverages.
7:00pm – the front of the house fill be cleared for the band to set up.
7:30pm – Doors open
8:00pm – The Jalan Crossland Band performs a 90 minute set.
Teams that weren’t at The Shoot Out Cheyenne briefing can check out the Brief items in detail in this posting.
Production crews must select a minimum of seven of the eleven to use in their film. One of which MUST be in the first 30 seconds (30 seconds includes opening credits) of the film. In addition to the Mandatory Items, SEVEN of the ELEVEN items must include at least 2 LOCATIONS, 3 PROPS, 1 PLOT ELEMENT, THE PHRASE
Remember to provide time codes for each brief item!
Mandatory Brief Items
In addition to the Seven of Eleven Brief items, the following are mandatory:
- Wyoming Arts Council ArtScapes Magazine: They are available at the Wyoming Arts Council offices in the Kendrick Building 2330 Capitol Avenue. A copy also can be downloaded by clicking on the thumbnail image on the right.
- Visit Cheyenne “Live the Legend” logo: They are available at the Visit Cheyenne headquarters in the Depot 115 E. 15th Street. Download it by clicking on the thumbnail image on the right.
- Smash Cut Edit – one scene abruptly cuts to another without transition, usually meant to startle the audience. Click on the thumbnail image to find out more information about this particular type of cut.
The Eleven Brief Items
1. PLOT ELEMENTS – (pick at least one, do some research and build it into your story):
- Author Ernest Hemingway and novelist and war reporter Martha Gellhorn were married at the Cheyenne Union Pacific Depot in November 1940. A reporter covering the wedding in the dining room of the Union Pacific Railroad at Cheyenne, called it a “pairing of flint and steel” (No specific location is currently known, since the depot renovation did away with the old restaurant)
- At the urging of Esther Hobart Morris in South Pass City, Legislator William Bright sponsored a women’s suffrage bill before the Wyoming Territorial Legislature; Governor John A. Campbell signs bill approving full suffrage for women in 1869, the first in the nation. Esther Hobart Morris went on to be the nation’s first woman judge. (Plaque located around 215 West 17th Street).
- When the InterOcean Hotel burned down in 1916, killing a family of six, Harry P. Hynds, blacksmith and entrepreneur, tackled the project and built the fireproof Hynds Building in 1919. There is no wood in the construction. The door and window jambs are made of metal and painted to look like wood. The building and design was quite advanced for its time, being modeled after building in New York City. (Corner of Capitol Avenue and 16th Street).
- Range detective Tom Horn was tried, convicted and hanged in Cheyenne for the murder of Willie Nickell, the 14 year old son of a shepherding rancher which he likely did not commit. Horn worked for ranchers who controlled large tracts of land in southeastern Wyoming. (Courtroom in Wyoming Home Store 2nd floor and viewable from the sidewalk at 216 W. 16th Street).
2. THE PHRASE (MANDATORY) – “He don’t know where Wyoming is. See, I’m with a guy who don’t know where Wyoming is. You think you’ve got problems?” (Al Pacino to hostage a negotiator in “Dog Day Afternoon – 1975)
3. LOCATION – The Peacock Alley hallway leading to the Plains Hotel using the Capitol Avenue entry next to the Emporium Store.
4. LOCATION – The front porch of the Nagel – Warren Mansion at 222 E 17th Street
5. LOCATION – The historic Cheyenne and Wyoming book section at Phoenix Books and Music 1612 Capitol Avenue. The display is in the front window and is accessible at all hours. (Store hours 10am to 6pm.)
6. LOCATION – The Historic Governor’s Mansion – 300 E. 21st Street
7. PROP – A smoothie consumed inside of Ruby Juice 113 E. 17th St (7am – 7pm)
8. PROP – A cowboy boot
9. PROP – Dead Man’s card hand (two pair – ace of spades, ace of clubs, eight of spades, eight of clubs)
10. PROP – A film camera (8mm, 16mm, 35mm SLR, etc.)
11. PROP – A string of pearls (they don’t have to be real).
The Shoot Out Cheyenne gets underway today at the Plains Hotel in Downtown Cheyenne. The Brief will be distributed to teams at 6pm September 20th.
In addition to three mandatory things that must appear in all the 7 minute movies, producers must also include seven of 11 props, locations, a phrase.
The Brief will be available on line September 23rd.
Teams have anytime between September 20th and October 4th to complete their projects. The contest is set up so teams from around the state, country and world can enter.
After the movies are submitted, two rounds a judging will take place to determine the to films and winners of the movie categories.
The Shoot Out Cheyenne is also sponsoring an amateur photo contest with the main theme, ‘Historic Downtown Cheyenne”. Images must be taken of historic Downtown Cheyenne between September 20th and October 4th. Drop off your entries by October 4th to Ernie November next to the Atlas Theatre on 16th Street in Downtown Cheyenne.
- Amateur photographers only
- Entries are hard copies
- Appearance releases required for people in photos
- limited to 3 entries per person
- Only in-camera editing and cropping is allowed
- images should be at least matted
- Photo Quality 10 pt.
- Integration of Theme 25 pt. – Historic Downtown Cheyenne
- Creativity 20 pt.
- Technical Focus (balance, sharpness, depth, light usage, brightness, contrast) 20 pt.
- Subject 10 pt.Presentation 15 pt.
Prizes of merchandise will be awarded to “Best of Show” and “Best of Show – Youth”.
The Shoot Out Cheyenne filmmaking festival has a new look in 2013. The biggest change is teams have from September 20th to October 4th to finish their movies. The 24 hour challenge is gone, but now stories will be the biggest determining factors.
We’re planning a big Shoot Out Filmmakers’ Reception on Saturday night October 5th at the Atlas Theatre that precedes a concert by the Jalan Crossland Band (separate cover required for the show).
In 2013, TSOC has partnered with the city of Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board to showcase historic Downtown Cheyenne.
This year we’re divvying up the prize money:
- Best Film: $500
- Best Under 17 Film: $200
- Best Smartphone Film: $100
- Best Comedy: $50
- Best Screenplay: $50
- Best Original Music: $50
- Best Cinematography: $50
- Best Actor: $50
What else is new:
- Full editing is allowed (but a certain edit will be required as a part of the contest to ensure the validity of the entry).
- No team entry fee (but team members must purchase $5 tickets to watch the movies screen on Sunday 1pm October 6th at the Atlas Theatre).
Nor rain nor sleet nor dark of night deterred The Shoot Out Cheyenne teams from completing their movies in 24 hours.
On Friday night, temperatures plummeted to the mid-20s and 4 to 6 inches of snow fell through the morning.
The TSOC Classic film category was won by Chris Holmes who said his cast and crew were delayed coming over from Laramie by a big truck accident that resulted from the storm the night before.
He made a 24 hour film in 5 hours. His work paid off to the tune of $1000.
The Go Pro Be a Hero 3D filmmaking contest was won by Amber Nordvik of Cheyenne. She was awarded a GoPro 3D camera rig. The film also won Best Actor and Best Screenplay.
The Best 17 and Under Team hailed from Cheyenne East High School T-Bird Television. Their poignant film “Last Drop” netted a Union Wireless LG 3D Smartphone and the Best Actress award.
Two films brought home the Best Comedy award. “Pete the Super Hero” by Steve Siegel and “Remote” by Devin Henry were also invited back next year with Silver Spur Awards.
“The Elite” by Jeff Miller won the most individual awards, Best Cinematography, Best Music; Best In Camera Editing; Best Sound Design and given a Silver Spur Award for their efforts.
Other Silver Spur winners include 7Cents by a student team from Casper, Councilmen by a team sponsored by Derailed.
The Shoot Out Cheyenne “Brief” for 2012 can be downloaded by clicking on the TSOC Cheyennewood logo.
This year, we have a special ‘Piece d’ Resistance’ – Olivia Newton John is performing in Cheyenne on Saturday October 6th at 7:30pm.
If anyone is able to get her in their Shoot Out movie – getting out of the bus, at her hotel (we don’t know where’s she’s staying), there will be some sort of special recognition. (Remember to be lawful about it!)
If you decide to do a movie and missed the “kick off” you can still enter – copy the “Brief” and get your movie turned in on time!
Because of the inclimate weather, we’re allowing you to upload your movie either to youtube or vimeo – send the link to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be downloaded.
The Brief 2012
The Shoot Out Cheyenne
* Mandatory – Visit Cheyenne (brochures and stickers are included in your bag)
* Mandatory – Derailed Sticker (a sticker is included in your bag)
* Five of the following – one must appear within the first 30 seconds of your movie
- Phrase: “Grease is the word!”
- Wyoming Arts Council logo (a brochure is included in your bag)
- Interior of Ruby Juice – wheat grass tray
- Nagel Warren Mansion: 222 E. 17th Street
- Wrangler: corner of 16th and Capitol
- Plains Hotel: Stained glass ceiling in the lobby
- Phoenix Books and Music: 1612 Capitol Avenue
- Political campaign sign
- Prairie Rose: Tile floor 1721 Carey Avenue
- Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper
- Bandana: (provided at registration)
* Piece d’ Resistance – Olivia Newton John, live and in Cheyenne (she is in town for a concert Saturday night October 6 at 7:30pm in the Civic Center)
We know about the toughness of Wyoming people. The weather should be no deterrent to making a great Shoot Out Cheyenne movie.
There were 6-inches of snow in Boulder for the Shoot Out There and teams were not stopped because of a “little weather” Here’s a pix of one of the teams that built a space craft for their Shoot Out movie.
The “Brief” this year takes the weather into account. You have no reason to film your movie outdoors. There are four Downtown locations in which your movies can be shot, lots of props that can be taken to your undisclosed shooting locations.
Besides, movies shot indoors are easier to make – especially in windy Wyoming!
No need to rush your movie back in person – especially if the roads are bad. Upload your video to Youtube or Vimeo and we’ll download it.
Figure the weather will keep some fair weather teams at home, meaning your chances to win $1000 is even better! We dropped the registration fees by 30 percent as an added incentive. Sign up now at http://www.theshootoutcheyenne.com
The Shoot Out Cheyenne is offering a limited web deal for team registrations. Get 30% off the adult, youth, and family team registration fees by signing up through the TSOC website.
This is a special promotion and if you want to take advantage, enter tsoc2012 in the discount/promo box on the registration page.
The discount does not apply to additional team members. The SmartPhone Philm contest and the GoPro Be A Hero 3D filmmaking contest are already very affordable at $20.00 and the discount does not apply to those registrations.
Get your friends and family members together, chip in a few bucks each and make a move this weekend.
Even if you don’t make a movie, remember to check out the Top 10 films screening at the Atlas Theatre at 211 W. 16th Street. Doors open at 1pm and tickets are $5.00 and includes a beverage.