The story beyond the still…

Contest, schmontest. Most contests today are “opportunities” to sell yourself out cheaply or for free. If the cause is worth it, go for it – but otherwise beware.

So goes my thinking.

However, I’ve found a contest that I do not even plan to enter, but I will watch closely: The Story Beyond the Still co-sponsored by Canon and Vimeo.

The basic concept is to give a filmmaker (in this case Vincent Laforet) a still photograph and have him create a short movie that begins with the still. His movie ends with yet another still photograph – which a contest entrant must use to begin their movie short. In turn, they must end with a still photograph which the next filmmaker must begin with and so on…

Never mind the prizes…the concept of a continuing storyline carried on by filmmakers who have never met is intriguing.

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