John Common wants you to make him a movie

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If you like music -- especially the music of John Common -- and have an interest in making film, there's a project you should know about. In the wake of his successful Common Box Project, a collaborative project that asked visual artists to create a piece of assemblage box art inspired by the music from his new record, Common is seeking to pull off something similar with film. The end result will be a non-competitive festival of short films that will coincide with the release of his latest CD, The Big Empty. Filmmakers pick a song, make a short film of four minutes or less based on it under the constraints of the project (short time frame, low budget, single camera, must use the song as part of the audio) and then six of them will be shown at the release, with the rest being promoted online at johncommon.com.

Filmmakers will retain all rights to their films. The aim of the project, according to its news release, is "a way to shine a light on the breadth and depth within Colorado's various artistic communities. The goals of the event, also named Beautiful Empty, are simple: to collaborate and cross-pollinate the music, film, written word and visual art communities, and to throw a beautiful, memorable, one-of-a-kind happening." For the full rules and a video of Common talking about the project, hit the jump or visit Common's blog, Beautiful Empty.

PROJECT GUIDELINES Great art often comes from constraint... Here are the guidelines that filmmakers should stay in during this project: • COST: Free - no submissions fees • DEADLINE for submission: September 30th, 2009 • QUICK AND DIRTY: This doesn't have to be your Citizen Kane! Creativity trumps perfection here. So with that in mind, think 3 X 24 = you have a 24-hour period to shoot. You have a 24-hour period to edit. You have a final 24-hour period to actually finish editing. • VOLUNTEER ARMY: No paid actors, editors, directors, gaffers, craft service providers, bookies, Columbian drug lords, gun dealers, etc. • LENGTH: your finished short film must be less than 4 minutes in length. • INSPIRATION: must pick a single song from the new JC&BFoL record as your inspiration. Beyond that, you are free to take it anywhere you want to. • SONG: Must state the song you chose at the beginning of the film • INTRODUCTION: A representative of the film will introduce their short film the night of the show, tell a story about the making of it, talk about the inspiration or vision for the piece, etc. • SONG AUDIO: the song's audio should be incorporated into the short film somehow - it doesn't have to be a "music video" but the music of the song should play a role in the movie somehow • ONE CAMERA: the film must be shot with a single camera • RIGHTS: Filmmaker retains all rights to their film - but the JC&BFoL would love to be able to use online versions to help promote the project, filmmaker, band, etc. - cross pollination! JC&BFoL retains all rights to their music. • Up to 6 short films will be screened the night of the CD release, however all submissions will receive promotion and screening online at www.johncommon.com.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS INTERESTED Send an email or call BEAUTIFUL EMPTY's Festival Director, Darci Alishouse dalishouse@gmail.com and/or (720) 298-5747 we'll get you a top secret link to inspiration and other materials.

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