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Hobbyist Challenge

Use the song “Honey” by Sunbeam, the
theme Family, and only Ambient / Nat
Sounds
to create a 55 - 60 Second Film.



Professional Challenge

Use the song “Building Houses” by Wesley Jensen, the theme Home, Ambient / Natural Sounds and Voice Over or Dialogue including the line “my heart is” to create
a 115 - 120 Second Film.


Hobbyist Prizes

First Place
- 2 hour mentor session with a stillmotion team member in person
(if possible) or via Skype
- $500 With Etiquette Credit
- Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium
- Manfrotto MVH502A Head and 535 Tripod
- Cinevate Atlas FLT
- $500 LensProToGo Gift Certificate
- Tascam DR-40
- Vimeo Plus Account for 1 Year

Second Place
- $200 With Etiquette Credit
- Manfrotto 561 BHDV-1 Monopod
- $150 LensProToGoGift Certificate
- Tascam DR-40
- Vimeo Plus Account for 1 Year

Third Place
- $100 With Etiquette Credit
- Manfrotto 561 BHDV-1 Monopod
- $75 LensProToGo Gift Certificate
- Tascam DR-40
- Vimeo Plus Account for 1 Year

Professional Prizes

First Place
- Join stillmotion on a shoot (Wedding or Commercial), all expenses paid (Yes, we'll fly you in!)
- $500 With Etiquette Credit
- Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium
- Manfrotto Pro Video MVH502A Head With 546B Tripod
- Cinevate Atlas 30
- $500 LensProToGo Gift Certificate
- Tascam DR-40
- Vimeo Pro Account for 1 Year

Second Place
- $200 With Etiquette Credit
- Manfrotto 561 BHDV-1 Monopod
- $150 LensProToGo Gift Certificate
- Tascam DR-40
- Vimeo Pro Account for 1 Year

Third Place
- $100 With Etiquette Credit
- Manfrotto 561 BHDV-1 Monopod
- $75 LensProToGoGift Certificate
- Tascam DR-40
- Vimeo Pro Account for 1 Year


Wait! There are more prizes!

Best Overall Use Of Light
- Free seat to any KNOW tour stop

Best Overall Use Of Color
- Free seat to any KNOW tour stop

Best Cinematography
- Free seat to any KNOW tour stop

Best Original Concept
- Free seat to any KNOW tour stop

Everyone Wins!

Just For Entering Big Shorts You Win
- The first 100 entries receive a personalized stillmotion critique
- With Etiquette Promotion Code
- Free admission to the private KNOW by stillmotion webinar on August 23rd, 2012
- Free SMAPP Tutorial






Big Shorts Challenge Ends On August 21st at 11:59PM EST

Step 1

Download the song that relates to your category:
- For hobbyists, download "Honey" by Sunbeam. Click here to download "Honey".
- For professionals, download "Building Houses" by Wesley Jensen. Click here to download "Building Houses".

Step 2

Create an awesome short film that puts as much emphasis on the audio as the visuals. Make sure to follow the rules for each category:
- For hobbyists, you must use the song "Honey" by Sunbeam. Your theme is Family, you can only use Ambient or Nat Sounds, and your film must be no more than 60 seconds and no shorter than 55 seconds.
- For professionals, you must use the song "Building Houses" by Wesley Jensen. Your theme is Home, you can use Ambient or Nat sounds, you must use the line "my heart is" as either a Voice Over or as Dialogue, and your film must be no more than 120 seconds long and no shorter than 115 seconds.

Step 3

Upload your completed film to the Big Shorts Vimeo Group located at www.Vimeo.com/Groups/BigShorts/ no later than 11:59PM EST on AUGUST 21, 2012. Be sure to follow the correct naming convention when adding your film to Vimeo:
- For hobbyists, title your film as Big Shorts Hobbyist - Your Film Name.
- For professionals, title your film as Big Shorts Pro - Your Film Name

Step 4

That's it. You're done and we applaud you for taking action and telling a story that needed to be shared with the world.

Step 5 (Optional, but highly encouraged!)

Tweet "My next step - Big Shorts. What's yours? www.BigShortsChallenge.com @stillmotion @WithEtiquette #KNOWbystillmotion" to be entered in a draw to win a Manfrotto MVK502AM Tripod (worth $400!). Make sure to @reply both stillmotion and With Etiquette to be qualified to win this bonus prize.

Big Shorts Challenge Ends On August 21st at 11:59PM EST


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the challenge close?
Big Shorts Challenge ends on August 21st, 2012 at 11:59PM EST. All films must be entered BEFORE the challenge close date and time to be eligible to win.

How do I add my film to the Big Shorts challenge Vimeo Group?
When you're film has finished uploading, under your 'Videos' tab, click the '+Add to...' button and selected 'Big Shorts - Filmmaking Challenge'.

How are the winners announced?
Those who enter Big Shorts Challenge will be e-mailed a special admission link to stillmotion's KNOW webinar happening on August 23rd, where we will announce the winners!

How do I tell if I should enter the hobbyist challenge or the professional challenge?
Easy! If you make a significant amount of income from film or video production, then you're a pro and you must enter that challenge! If you make little to no income from film or video production, then you're a hobbyist, and you must enter that challenge.

Can I enter both challenges?
If you're a pro, no. If you're a hobbyist, you must enter the hobbyist challenge first. If you're up for the challenge to compete against working professionals, you can also enter the pro challenge.

Can I enter multiple videos per challenge?
One entry per challenge please. We want you to focus on developing and telling a strong story as opposed to making a handful of entries.

Can I collaborate with others?
Sure! If you win, the prizes will be mailed to one address and it will be your responsibility to divide them amongst your team members. All Gift Certificates and Promo Codes need to be made out in one person's names and can't be divided up.

Can I use existing footage or must everything be new?
The majority of the footage in your completed film needs to be filmed for this competition and cannot be made up of existing / old footage. Get out there and shoot. Make it happen.

Can I use dialogue or voice over in the hobbyist challenge?
Nope! Any entered films in the hobbyist category that contain dialogue or voice over will be disqualified from winning any prizes. For the hobbyist challenge, we really want you to focus on your Ambient / Nat Sounds usage to really push your story. If you still have an urge to use dialogue or voice over, please enter the professional challenge.

Can I use any other songs?
No. You must make use of only "Honey" by Sunbeam in the hobbyist challenge or "Building Houses" by Wesley Jensen in the pro challenge. No other songs can be used in your film.

Can I use the provided song with or without lyrics?
Yes! When you download the song, you'll be provided with both a version with lyrics and a version without. You can use either or both in your film.

How much of the song do I have to use?
Your film must have at least 30 seconds of the song. You may use any portion of the song.

Where can i find the song lyrics?
They are included in the zip folder that contains the song.

If I win a free seat to KNOW by stillmotion, but I already bought one, will I get my money back?
Yes!

Is Big Shorts Challenge open to only US and Canadian residents?
Nope! Anyone and everyone is welcomed to enter Big Shorts Challenge. Please note that airfare for the professional challenge first prize winner is North American only. If you win the pro challenge and are not local to North America, it will be up to you to get yourself here.

What is SMAPP?
The stillmotion app! In short, it puts filmmaking tools right at your fingertips, and will empower you to tell stories in a whole new light. Read more about it at www.GetSmapp.com!

Who is stillmotion?
We started with weddings. Yes weddings. But in the last three years we filmed The Superbowl, The Final Four, Olympic athletes, PGA pros, spots for fortune 100 corporations, and the three time Emmy winning documentary for Showtime, A Game of Honor. In short, we're a production company that always lets our curiosity get the better of us. To read more about stillmotion and to view our work, please visit www.stillmotion.ca.

Who is With Etiquette?
We're a small music licensing house with a heart. We believe in doing things the proper way. We believe that community matters. We believe that small can be big. We can't wait to collaborate with you. Please visit www.WithEtiquette.com for more information.

Where can I find more about Sunbeam or Wesley Jensen?
Sunbeam - http://www.SunBeamBand.com/
Wesley Jensen - http://www.WesleyJensenMusic.com/
To license either Sunbeam's or Wesley Jensen's music, please visit www.WithEtiquette.com.

Have an unanswered question or need something clarified?
Reach out to us at BigShorts@stillmotion.ca. Please allow 24 - 48 hours for a response. If it's urgent, reach out to us on twitter at @stillmotion for a faster response.

Special thanks to our friends and supporters who are helping us make Big Shorts Challenge as amazing as possible.

Fine Print

- All prizes have NO CASH VALUE and can not be redeemed or cash or other prizes. All gift certificates and promotional codes offered by Big Shorts Challenge supporters are (1) One Time Use Only.
- By entering Big Shorts Challenge, you permit stillmotion and the Big Shorts Challenge supporters to promote and share your entry film at their own discretion.
- By entering Big Shorts Challenge, you agree to download "Honey" by Sunbeam and / or "Building Houses" by Wesley Jensen for the sole purpose of participating in this contest. You agree that you are NOT permitted to use either "Honey" by Sunbeam and / or "Building Houses" by Wesley Jensen in ANY other projects without purchasing a proper With Etiquette license for said use.