Robert Rodriguez Launches Creative Contest 'Project Green Screen'
"Ice cream scoopers by day. Danger seekers by night." Gather round, any up-and-comers! There's a new contest, and new content, from Robert Rodriguez in a very interactive, very unique filmmaking idea. He's made a new short film, called Two Scoops starring the Avellan Sisters, but needs the help of every creative person out there--from actors to designers to whoever--to help him make an entire movie. Up first, he needs actors to submit a performance, and much more. I'm not sure how he's doing all of this and still shooting Sin City 2 at the same time, but I guess that's why it's awesome to have your own studio down in Austin, TX.
I found out about this from a post on the art website deviantArt, one of the sponsors on the contest with BlackBerry. "Have you always wanted to be part of a Robert Rodriguez project? Download the script of Act I for inspiration and get ready to be a part of the action! Grab your favorite video-recording device, choose a location, and shoot the scene with the agent on the phone, played by you! Upload your film to YouTube and submit the URL to the Keep Moving Projects Site for your chance to collaborate with Robert Rodriguez." There are many creative ways to get involved with this, so check out his intro video here if you're interested:
Rodriguez also cut a short 30-second trailer of footage so far for the new short, Two Scoops, which you can see directly below. The film stars Electra Avellan and Elise Avellan as the "ice cream scoopers by day, danger seekers by night." It explains and shows how much more of the film needs to be finished, with plenty of green screen. "This is only Act 1 of the film, he'll be working with his fans on two more as well."
And here's another short video segment from Rodriguez talking about being a filmmaker and storyteller:
Two Scoops is an action-packed story about two kick-ass twin girls, Lola and Lucia, who run an ice cream truck and happen to be monster hunters in their spare time. After several townspeople go missing, it suddenly becomes personal when their own father joins the ranks of the mysterious kidnappings. With few clues to go on, their 'agent' suddenly calls the girls with a lead on where their father might be...and Robert Rodriguez needs you to play the agent! For more details on this contest, head to deviantArt or Keep Moving.
This is such a cool idea to get fans invigorated and integrated, and I love that he's really having fun with the "green screen" angle instead of playing it down. The shot of all the "Missing" faces empty was great (from the first video) plus all the funny green screen weapons and action in the footage, which obviously needs to be finished. I'm very interested to see how the final product turns out and if this inspires massive spurts of cinematic creativity. Let us know if you submit anything to the contest! Their deadline is April 3rd, 2013.