New Vincent Laforet Film Kicks Off Video Contest (UPDATED)

Jan 7, 2010
By Dan Havlik, PDN's Technology Specialist

Cabbie still

A new short film from photographer Vincent Laforet kicked off the "Beyond the Still" video contest today. Laforet's video, entitled "Cabbie," sets the stage for the "7-chapter communal story contest," which is being co-sponsored by Vimeo and Canon.

Canon gave Laforet a still image of a cab and then asked him to interpret it into a 2-3 minute short film. Laforet's film, which was shot with a Canon EOS 7D digital SLR, ends on a still image.

Contestants are then asked to take that image and interpret it into their own 2-3 minute film to create a continuation of Laforet's story. The contest officially began on January 15th. To find out more details, see this post on Vincent Laforet's blog.

Though the contest may sound a bit more complicated than it actually is -- think of it as a video "exquisite corpse" -- what's not complicated are the potential prizes.

Each month, Vimeo users will vote on finalists to select a winner who will receive either a Canon EOS 7D or 5D Mark II, along with a Canon lens of their choice. (That lens prize could get interesting if the winner really has a pick of all of Canon's best glass.)

The winner is also slated to receive an all-expenses paid trip to shoot a short film with Laforet. (We hope it's some place warm.) The list of judges, which includes Laforet himself, is impressive.

Phillip Bloom
Shane Hurlbutt
Rodney Charters
Russell Carpenter
Nick Childs
Stu Maschwitz
Rick McCallum
Blake Whitman

Check out Laforet's "Cabbie" film below. More info at Laforet's blog. More details on the contest coming soon at Vimeo.

The Cabbie from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

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