Re: Summer Contest: Sight & Sound
This looks (and sounds) like it's going to be a great contest. I actually have an idea for a film that's been rattling around in my brain for a while now, so this might be a good opportunity to bring it to life. Question: does the story itself have to relate to sight/sound, or is the contest mainly about incorporating sight/sound on a more technical level? The rules seem a bit unclear on how the theme applies exactly.
It could be either. I do think that stories where the sound is a meaningful part of what makes the story and the film overall what it is, will have an advantage in this contest. But this doesn't mean every movie needs to take it to the level of something like Nathan Well's film a few years back, Unsound. The film doesn't need to literally be about sound, if sound is used as part of what makes the story work, a la most Kubrick and David Lynch films. In fact, less directly literal use of the theme is something I find preferable!
Also, what's the contest policy on depicting medicine/drug usage? I have an idea for a film that would feature a drug as a central plot element. It would be entirely fictional and mostly medical in nature, but it's possible I might include a shot of someone injecting themselves with a syringe, or taking pills, etc. Would that be within acceptable limits? I realise the explanation is kind of vague, and I myself haven't fully planned it out yet, but it would be useful to know all the same.
That sounds okay. It could be a slippery slope to enforce this rule but basically we're trying to avoid extremely controversial or potentially offensive content.