Your sign-up fee guarantees:
Two (2) free tickets to screening if you submit an entry.
One (1) free ticket to screening if you do not submit an entry.
1. Required Character: Emily Silver
2. Required Character Actions:
At some point she either eats soup or dances with someone.
She shows off a phone pic, takes a phone pic, or is in a phone pic
Optional: She may spit out chewing gum or stick it somewhere.
3. Choose a Required Prop: $20 bill, green burning candle, score card
4. Choose a Line of Dialogue:
“That’s not very punk rock of you.”
“You should go write your congressman about it.”
“-would rather beg forgiveness than ask permission.”
5. Required Technique:
Entry must begin or end on a closeup of a single body part. Duration: Maximum duration is 7.5 minutes. Shorter entries are welcome. (Do not stretch a 4-minute idea into 7.5 minutes. Let it be the length it should be.) Entries Due: By 4:59 PM Tuesday January 9 - You have ~11 days.
Submission: Your film must be submitted via google drive link, wetransfer.com, or similar, with a link to download your submission. Submit to email@example.com with the subject line MBFS SUBMISSION Screening: Friday January 12 11:00PM Titles & Credits: End credits should be no longer than 20 seconds. No post-credits sequences. The end credits must include: Made for Mobile Bay Film Scramble #20 filmscramble.com Required Media Formats: Quicktime (MOV) or Mp4 file formats preferred. If your film does not conform to the format requirements or cannot be viewed on our equipment for whatever reason, it may be disqualified. Notes: All creativity must take place between now and Tues Jan 9. Make sound levels relatively even throughout your film. If your film has uneven sound or sound that peaks, it may be modified to protect the playback equipment. All films received by the deadline will be screened, presuming they meet the eligibility requirements outlined above. No Pre-Screening Distribution The Entrant should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to it receiving its official Mobile Bay Film Scramble premiere screening. The Entrant is encouraged to make a trailer of their film and distribute that instead. This trailer should be no longer than 60 seconds.
Bite Marks (completed Dec 20 2012) is based on a true story about a demonologist's horrible terrible no good very bad day.
Shot this one with a crew of friends and a few real actors! I'm still very proud of it, even though I took some flack for letting it take its time, and not revealing whether demons are actually afoot or just some form of mental illness.
#20 Pablo's Last Game is easily the best short about a puppet you'll see all week.
Somehow this is the only short I have that includes Rudy Andrews, who utters the immortal line "We're all gonna applesauce when Jesus comes back!"
(Completed Jan 21, 2012)
The 2nd of 3 shorts I've made that were written by middle-schoolers, this stars all of my friend the Gnubian's children. My favorite line is "I AM gonna crrrrrap myself!" but "I totally agree with Larry." is a close second. (Completed April 13, 2011)
#29 It's just like Jean Luc Godard said: "All you need to make a movie is a girl and 200 lbs of instant mashed potatoes."
This is the tale of a spooky young lady taking an erotic bath in mashed potatoes. Lots and lots of mashed potatoes.
My first film with Lillian, who has since become a good friend and trusted collaborator.
Features a soundtrack by Ulrich Schnauss and a cameo from my cat Metagodzilla when she was a baby.
(Completed August 26, 2010)
I used Jeremy's bathtub when he was out of town and, I have to say, he took it well.
I started cannibalizing myself early and often, revisiting both the bus station and Jimmy Lee's bus station character from SCRAM, as well as my paper airplane fetish. For good measure, this adds a very Jean Rollin pair of beauties, played for keeps by Amalie Stroud and Tori Lane (no relation.) Dare I say "This is where they start to get good"?
(Completed June 27, 2010)
This was made for a short film challenge benefitting a bloodbank, so I made the poor decision to interject their logo at the end... Vive et disce.
OPEN/SHUT is the first short where I kinda felt like I knew what I was doing. Silent Surrealist Noir is a template I keep returning to and this was the first swing at it. This one was created from scratch in 48 hours. I was given a glass tumbler as a mandatory prop and told to use Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde as inspiration. (Completed March 28 2010)
Includes one of my most (over)used pieces of music - a piece I wrote called First Come, First Severed.
This short is based on a short story written by (at-the-time middle school student) Sarah Lawrence.
There was briefly a program that paired middle-school writers with local filmmakers. We actually won that year's challenge with this short.
(completed March 15 2010)
I should really get Sarah lawrence to write another one for me.
The inevitable nightmare occurred: I was required to make something G-rated. Movie trailer for Lost in the Multiverse: A Princess Story
"Two lovable tramps rescue a princess from the clutches of space witches" or something. Starring my goddaughter Isabel, Jimmy Lee, & Adam Taylor, with a cameo from my late uncle.
(Completed January 18 2010)
Part One: NEXT TUESDAY MORNING was the second short I ever made simply bc it was a good idea, not as a part of a scramble or anything.
If I recall correctly, it's based on an idea of Ryan Jetten's. Fueled by my general disdain for zombie stuff (I like Romero's orig zombie trilogy but haven't really cared for anything since.)
Strangely, I love the music for almost all old bad zombie movies, but that's a tangent for another time.
This was intended to be the first short of a vague concept of a series of standalone shorts that were eventually revealed to be all linked by the end of the world, but that never materialized.
(Completed May 31 2009)
Don't watch this on an empty stomach.
The "lost day" is a short based on the (obviously false) urban legend that some biblical anecdote was scientifically verified by NASA.
Keep an eye out for April Hopkins as God. (Completed Feb 29 2009)
This one still tickles me.
WORK IT OUT WITH SIR WILLIAM MASTERS was the first non-scramble short I ever made. It follows the unfortunate day Sir William Masters made the mistake of attempting to improve his physical fitness. A collaboration with Ryan Jetten and Nikki Burkett, please be advised this short features secondhand Charles Bronson and a thruoutin remix. (Completed Oct 10 2008)
SCRAM was my 2nd short film- a "broke-ass krofft brothers' satyricon psycho-dramedy". Made in 48 hours, featuring comedian Sir William Masters, a Super Nice Bro, and a giant bouncing eyeball named Ted (among many others.)
(Completed July 20 2008)
Begins my fixation with the GM&O transit center and subtitles.
AWESOME GIRL SEASON ONE FINALE was the first short I ever made. I was given a comic book as a mandatory prop. Michael Smyth plays all of the bad guys except for the main one, who is played by Ryan Jetten. Also features Morgan Deppe and Lydia Dorsey. Not bad for being conceived and created in 48 hours. (Completed Oct 26, 2007)
Right out of the gate my tropes of cute girls, toilet scenes, and music on top of more music emerge...
Here's the trailer for the 48-Hour Film I worked on this past weekend. (We're not permitted to show the whole film until after the 7/29 screening.)
The 48 Hour Film Project works the same as regular film scrambles, except it's way more compact and intense. You find out the theme at 7pm on a Friday, you figure it out, shoot it, edit it, and turn it in by 7pm that Sunday.
I've made shorts under this time constraint before, but this was my first time trying an official 48- Hour Film Project. It was a bit of a punishing endeavor for me, but I am happy with how it turned out. Nice to work with some old friends and meet some great new talent.
I can confirm the upcoming Mobile Bay Film Scramble will not be a 48-hour long challenge!
Film scrambles offer a unique challenge to all area filmmakers, from
beginners to professionals, to complete a short film within a very limited
time frame. A Do-It-Yourself Filmmaking Challenge
If you've always wanted to join the local independent film community but never knew how, here's your chance.
Film scrambles offer a unique challenge to area filmmakers (from beginners to professionals) to create short films within a very short time frame - that includes concept, casting, locations, props, filming, and editing - the whole shebang.
Come sign up to participate: at "The Attic" upstairs at the Blind Mule Saturday September 1st at 7:30PM. There you will register and find out the theme and rules of the scramble, meet other filmmakers and actors, enjoy a delicious meal, and have a drink (or three) ...
Make your film! At the signup you will be given a due date to turn in your film. (Ordinarily somewhere between 9 days and a month)
Come out to the Crescent Theater for the screening to see all the entries. The winner will be determined by judges' and crowd votes. Screening is Friday September 22 at 11pm.
While the Mobile Arts Council held Mobile's first Film Scramble in 2006, Mobile Bay Film Scramble began holding quarterly (now bi-annual) film scrambles in 2011.
This is the eighteenth Mobile Bay Film Scramble, hosted by Trey Lane, the Crescent Theater, the Blind Mule Restaurant & Bar, and Mod Mobilian Dot Com.
Put your name on the list, pay $10 registration fee ($20 fee for absentee registration)
Your sign-up fee guarantees:
Two (2) free tickets to screening if you submit an entry.
One (1) free ticket to screening if you do not submit an entry.
ProcessThis challenge is pretty open. Since the entire challenge takes place during the duration of Mardi Gras, teams are encouraged to look to Mardi Gras for inspiration. You do not have to make a film about Mardi Gras. However, your film should take inspiration from some of the underlying themes of Mardi Gras*. At least some of your entry must be filmed in public during Mardi Gras, at or near a parade, ball or other Mardi Gras event. I have supplied a rundown of some Mardi Gras history and themes, but you are encouraged to research further in whatever direction your interest takes you. Us natives and locals may be too close to Mobile Mardi Gras to recognize how truly unique and strange it is...
*If this is somehow too artsy fartsy for you, make whatever film you want, but at least some of it must be filmed in public during Mardi Gras at or near a parade, ball or other Mardi Gras event.
Duration Films may be up to 6 minutes 30 seconds in length, including credits.
Entries Due: By 11:59PM TUES MARCH 7 - you have 45 days.
Your film must be submitted via google drive link, wetransfer.com transfer, or similar, with a link to download your submission. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line MBFS SUBMISSION
Titles & CreditsEnd credits should be no longer than 20 seconds. No post-credits sequences.The end credits must include: This film was made for the Mobile Bay Film Scramble. filmscramble.com
Required Media FormatsQuicktime or Mp4 file formats preferred. If your film does not conform to the stated submission requirements or cannot be viewed on our equipment for whatever reason, it may be disqualified.
NotesAll creativity must take place between now and Tues March 7. We recommend that you make sound levels relatively even throughout your film. (If your film has uneven sound or sound that peaks, it may be modified to protect the playback equipment.) All films received by the deadline will be screened, presuming they meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.
No Pre-Screening Distribution The Entrant should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to it receiving its official Mobile Bay Film Scramble premiere screening. The Entrant is encouraged to make a trailer of their film and distribute that instead. This trailer should be no longer than 60 seconds.
Joe Cain, Jr. was born in 1832, along Dauphin Street in Mobile, Alabama.He helped to organize the Tea Drinker’s Society, one of Mobile's early mystic societies. Other groups had developed Mardi Gras parades, but the Civil War had brought them to a halt.Cain was in New Orleans in 1867 and saw the celebration in the streets, and he returned to Mobile determined to revive the spirits of the citizens and to create a similar celebration of Mardi Gras for the people.
He conceived the fictional character of Chief Slacabamorinico ("slaka-BAM orin-ah-CO") while he was the city clerk at the city market.The Chief, in costume with a plaid skirt and feathered headdress, paraded through the city streets on Fat Tuesday in 1868, celebrating the day in front of the citizens of the city and the remaining occupying Union Army troops.A band of fellow Confederate veterans accompanied "Old Slac" riding through town on a decorated coal wagon, playing horns and drums, parading and celebrating. The group became known as the "Lost Cause Minstrels Band" in Mobile. The first known parade was in 1711, when Mobile's Boeuf Gras [which means fatted ox] Society paraded on Mardi Gras, with 16 men pushing a cart carrying a large papier-mâché cow's head.
.Joe Cain, who had played Old Slac until 1879, died in 1904 and was buried in Bayou La Batre. Artist and author Julian Lee "Judy" Rayford arranged to have Joe Cain reburied in Mobile's Church Street Graveyard in 1966, and he established Joe Cain Day in 1967 by dressing as the Chief and walking at the head of a jazz funeral down Government Street to the cemetery.
Cain’s gravestone carries the inscription, in part: Here lies old Joe Cain The heart and soul of Mardi Gras in Mobile Joseph Stillwell Cain Slacabamorinico. In 1866 (sic), Joe Cain dressed as a mythical Chickasaw Chief, and might have seemed comic - but certain perceptive ones realized he represented the epitome of victory - for the Chickasaws were never defeated in all their history. So Joe Cain, with his masquerade, lifted this region from despair and revived the ancient French observance of Boeuf Gras now known in Mobile as Mardi Gras - thus inaugurating the dispute as to who had Mardi Gras first - Mobile or New Orleans? Mobile had it first, but New Orleans was the first to call its carnival Mardi Gras. According to tradition - Joe Cain was the first folly to chase the devil round a stump.
Rayford, portrayed the "Chief" and in 1970 handed the features to the third "Old Slac", fireman J. B. "Red" Foster. Foster portrayed the "Chief" until passing the features in 1985 to historian, public relations professional and pastor, Bennett Wayne Dean Sr., as Old Slac IV, who is still the current incarnation.
Dozens of mystic societies have come and gone over the past three centuries in Mobile. Membership has been formed by affiliated groups such as co-workers, bachelors, women, blacks, black women, Jews, married women, married couples, or open membership, including visitors. There are currently more than 40 mystic societies in Mobile. Because many are run as secret societies, their impact on Mobile politics, business affairs, and Carnival activities is difficult to determine, but they have been another avenue of social and political influence.
Some of Mobile Mardi Gras' most notorious symbology includes:
Folly chasing Death around the broken pillar of life.
Folly dancing in the goblet of life.
Mystic societies (their various names and themes) and masked balls
A giant, rolling, fire and smoke-breathing dragon
Jazz marching bands
A ferocious and "strong" Tiger, a sleek and "fast" Zebra.
Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria: Columbus' famed ships.
3 winged sons of Pegasus bearing the Golden Chariot of the Gypsy Queen through rainbow-enveloped clouds
Inca Messengers and Sun Worshippers
Swashbuckler with sword
Comic Cowboys: satirical comments on current events, locally and nationally.
A cake with a baby baked into it, and King Cake parties
Here's a peek at this signup sheet for MBFS16 - note that each scramble has completely different rules
There are two different random drawings you must make for this challenge. The drawings are GENRE & TITLE. You only get to draw once for each. You must utilize either the Title or the Genre you’ve drawn, or you may use both of them.
*YOU MAY TRADE ANOTHER TEAM, GENRE-FOR-GENRE or TITLE-FOR-TITLE. Entries Due: By or Before Thursday Oct 13 6 AM Screening: Crescent Theater Friday Oct 14 11 PM
All creativity must take place between now and 6 AM Oct 13.
Writing the script
Outputting to tape or other media
No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used.
Required Elements: Do What Now?
Each participating team will draw a GENRE and a TITLE at random. Which means
This must be the title of your film.
This must be the genre of your film.
You may use both the title and genre.
*YOU MAY TRADE ANOTHER TEAM, GENRE-FOR-GENRE or TITLE-FOR-TITLE. Total Running Time
The finished film must be between 4 minutes and 7 minutes in duration—including end credits. As a rule, opening credits are unnecessary for a short film, and end credits may be no longer than 20 seconds. No post-credits sequences. 7 minutes is the maximum duration.
Titles & Credits
The end credits must include the words: This film was made for the Mobile Bay Film Scramble. filmscramble.com
Required Media Formats
Quicktime or Mp4 file formats preferred. If your film does not conform to the stated submission requirements or cannot be viewed on our equipment for whatever reason, it may be disqualified.
Your film must be submitted via google drive link, wetransfer.com transfer, or similar with a link to download your submission. Submit to email@example.com with the subject line MBFS
We recommend that you make sound levels relatively even throughout your film. (If your film has uneven sound or sound that peaks, it may be modified to protect the playback equipment.)
If your film is very dark, it may be difficult to see in the theater.
All films received on the morning of the deadline will be screened, presuming they meet the eligibility requirements.
No Pre-Screening Distribution
The Entrant should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to it receiving its official Mobile Bay Film Scramble premiere screening. This includes uploading the video to any website or screening the film for anyone other than the team. The Entrant is encouraged to make a trailer of their film and distribute that instead. This trailer should be no longer than 48 seconds.