Seed&Spark‘s BRIGHT IDEAS Magazine is inviting filmmakers to write the dialogue for their Alphaville: A Remix project, with the winning entry debuting at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival as part of the Digital Bolex Fearless Showcase. From the official press release:
Seed&Spark’s BRIGHT IDEAS Magazine is premiering a 50th anniversary remix of Godard’s ALPHAVILLE at the Slamdance Film Festival on January 26—and you get to write the dialogue!
In collaboration with Digital Bolex and Syrp, to celebrate the semicentennial of Jean-Luc Godard’s lo-fi science fiction masterpiece, Alphaville, BRIGHT IDEAS set out to recreate—and reinterpret—one of the film’s iconic scenes. But they purposefully left out Lemmy Caution’s subtitles. And you get to fill them in!
From January 7-19, visit brightideasmag.com/alphaville and use the form to submit your version of Lemmy Caution’s dialogue! The grand prize winner will receive a writing credit on the Slamdance-premiering film, plus $500 toward your next Seed&Spark crowdfunding campaign!
About “ALPHAVILLE: A Remix”:
Shot (in French) at the Ace Hotel Downtown LA, and starring Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex) and Brennan Kelleher (Starship Icarus), “ALPHAVILLE: A Remix,” made possible by Digital Bolex and Syrp, is the first official film production of Seed&Spark’s BRIGHT IDEAS Magazine.
“Beginning with our first issue,” says BRIGHT IDEAS Editor and “ALPHAVILLE: A Remix” director James Kaelan, “we’ve made it part of our mission to celebrate—and reimagine—some of our favorite films turning 50 to keep the present of independent cinema connected to the past. Last year we designed a new poster for Dr. Strangelove and wild-posted it around San Francisco. This year we’ve conceived a feminist inversion of a scene from Godard’s 1965 surrealist sci-fi experiment, Alphaville. And we’re thrilled to be premiering it as part of the Digital Bolex Fearless
Filmmakers’ Showcase at Slamdance!”
Photographed by cinematographer Eve M. Cohen on the model of 50-year-old lenses Raul Coutard used back in 1965, and lit by Hive Lighting, BRIGHT IDEAS’ “ALPHAVILLE: A Remix” was shot in period-precise black-and-white.
“To best capture the iconic feel of Godard’s Nouvelle Vague films,” says Cohen, “we shot on a Digital Bolex D16 Monochrome outfitted with one compact Schneider Cinegon 18mm lens. This original glass mimics the focus fall-off and highlight treatment—with very little distortion—that you can only get with 60s optics.”
The opening credits of the film also feature dynamic behind-the-scenes motion time lapses photographed by Max Silverman using the Syrp Genie and Magic Carpet.
The final film, with the winning subtitles, will be available free online at brightideasmag.com/alphaville after its Slamdance premiere!
See also the BRIGHT IDEAS channel on the Seed&Spark Vimeo profile: https://vimeo.com/116120533