‘Rock & Reel’ Contest — Make A Music Video

rock & reel Rhode Island Film Collaborative founder and former producer of the 48 Hour Film Project, Mike Ryan, has come up with a new scheme; this time pairing independent filmmakers with local bands and musicians. The challenge — make a narrative music video in just nine days. Here are the details.

Filmmakers gather teams, locations, actors, props, etc. Musicians pick appropriate tracks of music. On October 4th they get randomly matched, and the filmmakers are off to make narrative shorts inspired by the music.

At the end, all completed work is shown on the big screen at CinemaWorld, in Lincoln, where audience members and a panel of judges vote on their favorites. The winning pairs will have a special screening of their video before the winning bands perform live in a “Best of” concert at The Met Café in Pawtucket.

“The project is all about narrative video — so each short will tell a story of some kind,” says co-Producer Emily Olson. “Don’t imagine a typical “concert footage” video — think more like ‘Thriller’ (but with a lower budget)”.

The proceeds go to help the non-profit Rhode Island Film Collaborative, which helps independent filmmakers make independent films.

This will be Rock and Reel’s inaugural year. Says Co-Producer Mike Ryan, “As the project grows, we’re excited to spread to other cities and help artists support and promote each other through the contest.” All kinds of music are welcome. Go to rockandreel.org for more information and to sign up.

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