Last November over 179 people went short-film crazy, created video pitches, and applied to Crazy8s 2016. The next step had 40 pitches selected and these were presented to a live panel. From these pitches, twelve semi-finalists were chosen to move forward into the story editing round, where they were paired up with professional story editors who help them craft their scripts.
Based on the final script, six of these projects are selected for production. Those six filmmaking teams are given a whopping $1,000 cash plus services provided by a host of sponsors which included these heavy hitters – Telefilm Canada, Creative BC, IATSE Local 891 and DGC BC, and SuperChannel.
Crazy about the Crazy8s
Crazy8s is an annual 8 day filmmaking challenge and since 1999, Crazy8s has given opportunities to 91 filmmakers and their teams of producers, writers, cinematographers, art directors, editors, composers and cast to produce fully funded, professional short films and present them to an audience of film professionals (as well as non-professionals) in Vancouver and around the globe.
It has become the place to discover new talent, provide valuable on-set training and give opportunities for filmmakers to create work that can be used to launch their careers in the film industry. Since the beginning, including crew and performers, Crazy8s has provided working opportunities for over 2,200 people. That is amazing crazy and so is the epic screening event!
This year, the 8 days of production ran from February 12 to 19 and the awesome Gala screening took place on Saturday, Feb 27th at the Centre for the Performing Arts downtown with an epic after party at Science World.
New to background work, I was asked by Yogi Omar of InspirationALL Talent to volunteer in the church wedding scene in ‘Meet Cute’, which he was producing. (Oddly enough, the last movie I had a role in was in was in 1999. Tail Lights Fade had me playing a Slurpy vandalized bride in a church scene with Brekin Meyer and Denise Richards).
The movie’s screened were period piece A Family of Ghosts (Shannon Kohli, Director & Writer), kick-ass Grocery Store Action Movie (Matthew Campbell, Director), female serial killer led I Love You So Much It’s Killing Them (Joel Ashton McCarthy, Director), surrealist Iteration 1 (Jesse Lupini, Director), bisexual beauty Meet Cute (Patrick Currie, Director), and the biological clock ticking comedy Trying (Shauna Johannesen, Director and Writer).
Visit the Crazy8s 2016 page for credits and summaries of all movies and until next year Vancouver!