An eight-month journey from idea to reality, the Capture Film Project took place in Chattanooga over the weekend.
The Association for Visual Arts first announced the project in late August, and excitement began to build among the community. Bobby Stone, a local filmmaker, joined the project and helped with planning and organization.
Amateur and professional filmmakers, editors and musicians were tasked to create three mini-documentaries about Chattanooga in 48 hours.
You can view the resulting videos here.
Seventy to 80 people registered to participate. By Saturday afternoon, almost 300 clips were submitted based on the theme of "simple beauty" given to filmmakers on Friday.
Editing teams from Atomic Films, Southern Adventist University and Cook Box Productions poured through the clips and created the films using original music supplied by Strung Like a Horse, Summer Dregs and Creative Underground.
The films were shown at Track 29 on Sunday evening, with the team of Atomic Films and Summer Dregs winning the UBS Best Film Award. The Best Shot Award was awarded to amateur videographer Luke Padgett for his stunning shot of a waterfall filmed with a small camera attached to a remote control helicopter.
Stone said the project was more successful that he could’ve imagined.
"The numbers just happily exceeded my goals, but the quality blew me away," he said. " It makes me so proud that Chattanooga has become a place where we can do something like this. I just want to personally thank all the filmmakers who spent their day taking really fantastic shots. I’m just so proud of those people."
Trey Cook owns a company called Cook Box Productions, which is an umbrella for his freelance work as an editor. He specializes in high-end digital effects and was a featured editor during the project.
He was paired with Strung Like a Horse, a band known for their dark, bluegrass-tinged acoustic music.
"It was really neat to work with an original track, " he said. "It was like, 'Here’s what our sound needs to be.' The track was just phenomenal; it was more dark in its scope and mood."
The Cook Box Productions and Strung Like a Horse collaboration can be viewed here.
With the success of the inaugural Capture Film Project, Stone said plans are already in the works for next year’s event.
"I even know what the theme is going to be," he said. "But I can’t tell you."
Updated at 10 a.m. on 1/2/13 to make a correction.
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