1. Six months after the success of the first ViewPoint Film Challenge, the second screening took place at the Acacia Center in Toronto on September 26th.

    With the first showing, only eighth directors took on the challenge, but with word of mouth spreading fast, the second ViewPoint took in twenty-two new films, all directed with entirely different perspectives.

    With the success of the second ViewPoint, we look forward to what the future holds for the third and beyond.

    Promo video and title animations by Russell Challenger.

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  2. Director: Russell Challenger

    Submitted for the ViewPoint Film Challenge #1, where all participating directors interpret the same five pages of dialogue within a month.

    "This film was partially an opportunity to try out my new HV30 camera and flex my film making skills. I also used this opportunity to test out a little of what After Effects can provide." - Russell Challenger

    Lex: Martin Barratt-Rutledge
    Lena: Jacy Barratt-Bowering
    SG: Trisha Bowering

    Music by: John Williams from Warner Brothers Music

    March 13th 2009


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  3. "Years after the 18,311 day garbage strike, Toronto has never been quite the same."

    Russell Challenger finds it weird to speak of himself in the third person, so let me just say this: I grew up making movies as a kid and stopped doing it to make money. Ten years after shooting my last film, I finally had enough money to buy a camera, and technology was in place where somebody like me COULD in fact create a future mutant filled Toronto in their own living room.

    Now with my second ViewPoint film made, I need to put making movies on hold and make money again. Hopefully I will not be broke by the time the next ViewPoint challenge nears.

    The process for filming Peace Enforcers was a much more ambitious task than my last ViewPoint effort, yet I still felt confident that given everything I had learned, my ideas could still be made possible. As it turns out, the most difficult task was assembling people together for free; a valuable experience (among others) learned which will be helpful in realizing my next film. Despite what some people may believe, the whole short cost no more than $500 to create.

    Produced and Directed by Russell Challenger

    Based on Dialogue by Tomas Street

    PE Captain: Devin Upham
    PE Pilot: Jason Sylvester
    Mutant Activist: Charlene Baldacchino
    Uncle Phil: Tomas Street

    Pupil Animation by Michael Roberts

    SFX Make-up, Compositing and Digital Displays by
    Russell Challenger

    Special Thanks to
    Flightmaster flightmaster.ca
    Dreamcatcher Interactive
    Chris Bridges
    Joanna Syrokomla
    Istvan Dugalin
    Andrew Kramer
    those random people outside the Toronto Fan Expo 2009.

    Be sure to check out my last entry here: vimeo.com/3689051

    Russell Challenger


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  4. The ViewPoint Film Challenge is an exercise for director's to produce their own film based on shared dialogue from a five page script.

    You have until May 30th to submit your film, so download the new script now!


    Unique to the third challenge is a line of dialogue that is LOCKED, so no matter how you choose to interpret the dialogue, you have to find a way to make it work! Everything else can be changed as long as it fits within the rules:

    1. You are allowed to remove dialogue.
    2. You cannot add new lines of dialogue
    3. You can move around lines.
    4. You cannot move around words
    or letters within the lines.
    5. Be creative!

    Remember that you have 30 days to complete your film, so be organized and realistic. We understand that many of you have priorities bigger than ViewPoint, so finding the time can be a struggle. However, based on our previous submissions, people have obviously found ways to fit in a shoot even at the last minute.

    If you are uncertain about your project, then perhaps consider the following before you begin:

    Have pride in your work before you start.
    Really think, "Will I love this?" before filming. Shooting a film means really putting your heart into it, and asking those taking (quite often free) time to put theirs in as well. It would be a shame if your crew felt it was all for nothing.

    Don't let technicalities stop you.
    There are always problems on films, and waiting to discover the best way to shoot a story until everything is just right might make you miss the deadline. Just get out there are shoot it before time runs out. You'll likely find your creativity blooming when forced to compromise your original ideas anyway.

    Don't let anyone tell you it can't be done.
    Some people want to see you fail for their own amusement. Ignore them. Your movie will blow everyone away.

    Someone might have your idea too.
    Think about it; will someone else be filming the obvious? This is a really great chance to show your identity as a director, so use it!

    Have fun!
    There's no prize here other than what you felt you got out of it.
    This is an opportunity to try out the things you've always wanted to try out. You'll gain experience and then move on to try something new.
    This is your challenge!

    So from all of us here at the ViewPoint Film Challenge - get out there, make a movie, and have fun!


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  5. Director: Russell Challenger

    Based on the festival where participating directors film the same five pages of dialogue.

    "What comes to mind with this ViewPoint is how difficult it was to squeeze in time to get anything done. But amazingly I got it done in time for the screening, which I am proud of.

    My goal for next time would be to have a proper production so that nothing is rushed, and I don't have to move around heavy equipment with a busted back either.

    Total cost: $40 (borrowed) for a real typewriter.

    I couldn't even afford a calender so some stuff wound up being composited in.

    All bitching aside, I could not be more happy with the film had it not been for my wonderful actors, Devin Upham and Jason Sylvester. I hope you enjoy it!


    Shot with: Canon HV30 + Handy35, Harinezumi & Canon 5d Mark II

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