• What: Capture Film Project kickoff
• When: 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27
• Where: Walker Pavilion at Coolidge Park, 150 River St.
• Admission: $10 for upload, $20 for upload and premiere night (plus cost of digital camera or smartphone, if applicable)
• What: Capture Film Project viewing party
• When: 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29
• Where: Track 29, 1400 Market St.
• Admission: $15 (if not shooting film)
• Phone: 423-265-4282
• Website: avarts.org
The Association for Visual Arts is sponsoring a 48-hour, community film project, called Capture, that will put local folks behind the camera lens. The footage shot will be given to three editing teams who will create a finished product. Music for the films will be recorded especially for the project by three local bands.
If you are more like Chauncey Gardiner, from the movie "Being There," and would rather watch than participate, the finished films will be shown at Track 29 at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, during a fundraising event for AVA.
Jonathan Taplin, a digital media expert at the University of Southern California, will choose one as the best during a live Internet hookup during the event. Three $800 cash prizes will be given for Best Film Award, Best Footage Award and People's Choice.
At 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, interested people with a digital camera -- such as the one on your smartphone -- should show up at Walker Pavilion at Coolidge Park, 150 River St., where organizers will announce the project's theme. It will be broad in scope, but with an artistic slant, so those cute baby movies you've been hanging onto for years probably won't make the final cut.
Once given the theme, you'll have 24 hours to shoot as many as five scenes, with each being no more than 30 seconds, although they can be less. All scenes must be submitted as a piece of raw, unedited footage.
Once that is done, you'll upload the work online at capturechatt.org, or you can take it by the AVA offices at 30 Frazier Ave., where it can be uploaded.
Deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
Once all the uploading is done, editing teams from Atomic Film, Southern University and Cook Box Productions will be given the footage.
In the meantime, members of Strung Like a Horse, Summer Dregs and The Creative Underground -- each band having been paired with one of the editing teams -- will begin recording three new songs to be used as soundtracks for the projects.
After the viewing party Sunday, the finished films will be available for viewing on the AVA website, www.avarts.org.
Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.