Contests, Permits, Lego Vault, et al [Coffee Break]

Posted on July 2, 2008


Cinema Prosprite – $35,000 in Prizes Awarded to Top Videos Profiling Entrepreneurs

Riding on the waves of micro-loans, this short doc contest is for films profiling an entrepreneur (they don’t explicitly say, but it seems they want entrepreneurs that live in a poor society, not the next .com start-up). Films only need to be 2-5 minutes for YouTube posting for a shot at the grand prize of $20k.

Digital Filmmaking Blog – Various Competitions

Collection of three competitions, including a UK contest, screenwriting contest, and 24 short contest.

Coffee Break

The High-Wire Act of Getting Photo Permits by Scott Kelby

Good primer on photo permits, which has a lot of similarities to video/film. Hand held is generally fine but things get more complicated when you start putting stuff on the ground. Scott’s post also covers what’s fair game to film from public property, which goes for both stills and moving images. Especially with documentary work, it’s good to keep up on the rules when some rent-a-cop tries to kick you off a sidewalk.

25 Beautiful Fantasy Photoshop Tutorials

Even if you don’t like the final image, Photoshop tutorials are good for picking up techniques. This selection covers a lot of different styles, so the odds of finding something useful is in your favor.

Film of the Month Club

Film of the Month

Kind of like a book club, but with movies! Each week someone picks a film and then the other members post their reactions. Cool idea.

iPresentee Keynote Objects

Nice collection of free icons. They advertise it as being for iWork and iLife products, but it’s just a collection of PNG images, so you can use them anywhere.


Cinemacuteo Film School on Vimeo

DoF Demystified from Videopia on Vimeo.

This is a Film School group on Vimeo that offers a lot of video tutorials covering filmmaking, lighting, special effects, etc.

Entertainment Weekly’s The New Classics: Tech

EW offers their take on the 25 gadgets and innovations that have had the biggest effect on pop culture since 1983. At the top is the DVD Player, Napster, and TiVo.

Game Boy is 20, below Avid and Body Motion Capture. Shouldn’t that be higher? Doesn’t every kid have a hand held video game? Last I checked they weren’t walking around in green spandex surrounded by 20 cameras, cutting their film non-linearly.


Lego Secret Vault: Contains All Sets In History

I’d need two of these – one to build and one to store. I’d also need a crash mat because I’d have fainted.

Can You Guess the 20 Soundtracks?

It helps if you’ve seen the shows/movies.
Get Our Free YouTube Optimization Checklist

Set your videos up for maximum engagement and exposure with our comprehensive checklist. It'll walk you through every stage, from scripting engaging videos to optimizing your video's SEO when publishing.

Written by Joey Daoud

Joey Daoud is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His past films have appeared on Netflix, The New York Times, and National Geographic. He is also a YouTube creator across multiple channels with videos garnering millions of views. In his free time, he likes to climb mountains, scuba dive, and brew unique coffees.

Related Posts

Tim Hetherington – Master Transjournalist

Tim, a master of many mediums—audio, film, video, photography—was not interested in being labeled. He was neither a filmmaker nor a photographer. He was, as he often said, working at “transjournalism”—a term he used to describe his multidisciplinary approach. via...

Flickchart – Finding the Best Movies

Flickchart aims to answer one long plaguing question - if so many movies are rated five stars, which one's the best? Yes, AFI tried to answer that question. But Citizen Kane? Really? It was his stupid sled. Flickchart's method is painfully simple. Two movies shown...

Strobist and World Press Photo – Photography Coffee-Break

Here's a collection of links I've been hording relating to still photography. Some things to gain from photography: mastering composition, lighting, quick shooting, and using what's available. Enjoy! Strobist Preliminaries - Gear and Jargon Basics [Pduncan] This video...



  1. Bookmarks about Ilife - [...] - bookmarked by 5 members originally found by bigco on 2008-08-09 Contests, Permits, Lego Vault, et al [Coffee Break]…