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The Shoot Out 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival Boulder Retires in 2012

The Shoot Out Boulder retired after 9 fast filmmaking years with their last event in 2012.

The festival was started before YouTube went viral and when VHS tape entries got screened! What a ride! In that short time, we have cheered past winners going to the Oscars, Cannes, Sundance and watched 17 & under high schoolers graduate from film schools. Thank you for making us a part of your lives!

We invite interested filmmakers and participants to venture to The Shoot Out Cheyenne for that annual autumn event. Please visit TSOC website for more information and dates. Follow the former TSOB founder Michael Conti at Michael Conti Video Productions.

5 Video Apps for Your Android Phone

Owning a smartphone means you happen to have a camera on you at all times. But how do you take your mobile videos from ho hum to oh wow? Fear not, there are apps for that! If you’ve got an Android phone, read on for our Android video app recommendations. (Psst, if you’re of the iPhone persuasion check out Vimeo’s lesson on iPhone apps).

Lapse It (Free or $1.99 for Pro)
Lapse It is one of the more popular Android apps for creating time lapses and stop motion videos. You can download the free version to test it out, but you’ll have to go Pro for 1080p resolution.

Videocam illusion (Free or $1.99 for Pro)
With Videocam illusion you can throw effects, filters, and masks on your videos in real-time as you record. Perfect for getting that old timey feel that’s all the rage these days. Springing for the PRO version will give you access to a whole wackload of extra effects like fisheye, ascii art, and lomo.

Paper Camera ($1.99)
Here’s another Android app that will let you record videos with added effects, but this time the effects are decidedly cartoon-like.

VidTrim (Free or $1.42 for Pro)
VidTrim is a popular app for trimming video clips from your phone. You can create new clips or overwrite existing clips once you’ve trimmed them down to size.

Vimeo (Free)
Last but not least, with our free app you can shoot, edit, and upload your videos right to Vimeo. It’s also easy to add transitions, effects, and music to your creation.

Thanks to Vimeo for providing these useful details.

New Boulder History Museum film exhibit highlights CO films past and present, including Boulder’s filmmaking Festival

Bell Howell Filmo 70DA 16mm

VINTAGE FILM EQUIPMENT

The Shoot Out 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival Boulder will also be represented as part of the display along with some other filmmaking items provided by Michael Conti (see camera above) for the exhibit. Thank you Boulder History Museum!

The Boulder History Museum’s new film exhibit opening Friday, January 13th, 2012 celebrates over a hundred years of filmmaking in Colorado with film posters and footage dating back to 1898. A special sneak preview with drinks and appetizers will take place Thursday, January 12th from 5:30-7pm. Admission is $10 for the general public, free for members. From the museum’s website:

“Colorado was the backdrop for over 500 movies since 1898. Whether it was for early silent films, Westerns and ski movies, or Stan Brackhage’s famous works of avant-garde art cinema, Hollywood came to Colorado to set the scene. View original movie posters and footage of more than 100 years of Colorado films set in areas such as Golden, Morrison, Cañon City and throughout the high country. This exhibit will also be supplemented with material highlighting Boulder’s own movie history.”

 

Here is a bit more information about the item shown above:

Bell & Howell Filmo 70DA 16mm Camera (Circa 1940s-1950s)
As a student at The Colorado College in 1986, Michael Conti (Executive Director of The Shoot Out 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival) was given the camera by a film lab technician at Alexander Film and Video in Colorado Springs during post production work on his senior thesis film project “Public Fixture”.  At the time, Michael was editing his black and white 16 mm student film under the mentorship of Boulder filmmaker Stan Brakhage.

Alexander Film and Video was the last incarnation of now defunct Motion Picture Alexander Corp., which began in 1919 and eventually became heavily involved in commercial production for national accounts. They were the world’s largest producer of screen ads for the theater industry and by 1955, had agreements with 2,500 drive-ins. It was estimated that 10,000,000 people a week saw their ads.  All of which was produced from their studios in Colorado Springs which made them the biggest film studio between New York and Hollywood!

While the camera may have been part of Alexander’s trailer making arsenal of equipment, it is important to note that the Bell & Howell Filmo helped usher in the beginnings of television news. In the mid to late 50′s and early 60′s when local stations first began to venture out of the studio and incorporate film into their nightly news programs, it was the well proven 16mm Filmo they chose to acquire B&W footage of local events.

Because of the short deadline between filming the news and then getting on the air, cameramen typically shot in-camera or in continuity which required no editing in a post production facility.  The film only needed to be processed and projected for television.  

This concept is still in action today at The Shoot Out 24 Hour Filmmaking Festival Boulder (September 28-30, 2012) as a requirement for its filmmaking contestants in order to encourage their creativity.

References:

Motion Picture Alexander Corp (Pictures)
http://www.driveinworkshop.com/alexander/alexandr.htm
In-Camera Editing – The Shoot Out Boulder
http://www.theshootoutboulder.com/blog/incamera-editing/in-camera-editing-history/
Bell & Howell Filmo 70DA 16mm Cameras
http://www.tfgtransfer.com/filmo.htm