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The Association for Visual Arts in Chattanooga has announced plans for a new community filmmaking project in September.
The project, called Capture, will combine the efforts of amateur and professional filmmakers, editors and musicians to create three mini-documentaries about Chattanooga.
On Friday, Sept. 27 at 5 p.m., participants will be given a theme. They will spend the following 24 hours gathering the best five 30-second video clips they can. On Saturday, the clips will be downloaded into computers, and editors will spend the final 24 hours editing the documentaries. Musicians will use the first 24 hours to invent and record an original soundtrack based on the theme.
Participants and community members are then invited to gather for a screening of the films at Track 29 on Sunday evening. The bands will perform live, and awards will be given for different elements of the film.
Anne Wilson is executive director for AVA. She said the idea is to be as inclusive as possible.
"What we’re trying to do is to remove the barrier of the product," she said. "We’re engaging people in the process level and engaging professionals on the product end, so amateurs don’t have to have the skillset to take it to the fine art level. We’re making that possible for them by using their footage."
Filmmakers are encouraged to use everything from an iPhone to a DSLR camera to capture the shots. Wilson said the most important element is to keep the quality level high.
What: Capture film project
When: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 27-29
Where: TBD, Sunday screening at Track 29
How much: $10 for participants, $15 for screening
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"It’s collectively sourced; everybody can be who they are and own a little piece of it," she said.
Bobby Stone, a local filmmaker, is collaborating with AVA on the project. He said Capture is all about an introduction to the process of films.
"We want to do something where a bunch of people can get their feet wet, a bunch of people can get into the project," he said. "Anybody can dip their toe in the water and start working on this project. If you shoot a good shot, it’s very likely it will end up on the big screen on Sunday."
Stone composed the promo video for the project. He is excited to see the video footage participants manage the shoot.
"It’s going to be really interesting to see what 200 to 300 different people come up with, what their vision will be of the same thing we all see on a daily basis," he said.
Organizers also hope to tie in the gig element by utilizing EPB’s high-speed Internet. Plans are in the works to have a California-based editing team create their own mini-documentary about Chattanooga during the 48-hour event.
In addition, Jonathan Taplin from the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California has agreed to be a juror.
AVA is seeking sponsorship for the event at various levels. UBS Financial Services has already signed on as a major sponsor.
Wilson believes Capture could become a nationally recognized event, much like the 4 Bridges Arts Festival, which attracted 12,000 last year.
"This is just the first year," she said. "We’re getting a sense of how it can be used in multiple ways. We intend on growing ... this is intended to be national. We might have this happen sooner than we thought. People are interested in the idea and jumping on it."
Cost of participation is $10. The Sunday screening is $15 to the general public. Participants in the festival get $5 off admission to the screening.
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