December 2016 - Demo Reel or Holiday Highlights

This is the month each year we create our demo reels - our very favorite 1-5 clips from each month, saved throughout the year and compiled in December.  The other option, for those who joined sometime during the year and didn't have a year's worth of clips to draw from could create a holiday highlight reel where they could include up to 3 holiday events.  I limited people to 3 so they wouldn't be completely overwhelmed.  This is a lightweight, fun month, so we could all enjoy the holidays!  I look forward to what the year ahead brings.

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Emily Mitchell
November 2016 - Theme - On the Inside

This month, our theme was "On the Inside."  Participants in the theme interpreted this in creative ways - some literally, and some showing us the inside of their homes and hearts.  Sarah Krieg was brave and open enough to share with us all the ups and downs of her beautiful, challenging, and surprising journey with IVF.  It's so well done, and she is amazing.  I'll let her film do the talking from here...

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Emily Mitchell
October 2016 - Theme - Beautiful Light

This month, the idea was to document daily life and pull together the clips that happened in beautiful light.  Documentary photography and film can be tricky because authentic, once-in-a-lifetime moments don't always happen in perfect light, but they're worth shooting anyway (of course)! 

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Emily Mitchell
August 2016 - Challenge - Reflection

This month, participants were asked to choose one area they wanted to improve on, learn more about it, and work on it.  There was quite the variety in the videos, and so a theme wasn't readily apparent among the submissions.  Which is cool; everyone's working on something different right now.  So, this time, I just chose a video that spoke to me, and that was Janet Crouch's video of the birth of her new grandbaby!  Enjoy!

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Emily Mitchell
March 2016 - Challenge: Details

This month, our only instructions were: fill the frame with ONLY what you need to in order to communicate what you want to say.  We had lots of films that contained beautiful detail shots, but these were the best examples, for me, of films that featured detail shots and made details the primary player in the film's meaning, whether audio details like Melanie's film or visual details like Juanita's film.

 

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Courtney Keim
February 2016 - Challenge: Audio Overlay Skill Challenge

This month, we decided to try a skill builder instead of focusing on a content-based theme.  The challenge was to pair video clips with audio that didn't come from the video clip.  The objective was to evoke emotion using the juxtaposition of non-matching audio with related visuals.  We had some very original self-portrait interpretations of the challenge as well, and I'm pleased to announce the winners of this month's family film fest!

 

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Courtney Keim
January 2016 - Challenge: Family

This month I left the theme very basic with just the word "family."  I wanted to see how people documented and communicated their interpretations of their experiences.  As always, I was looking for how well the filmmakers communicated emotion through the medium of video, with their own experience as the subject.

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Courtney Keim