Make it Short is merging with Liberatr Presents

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If you are still subscribed to this RSS feed, this is a notification that these posts will all be migrated over to Liberatr Presents ( or shortly. Florida Creatives takes the same creative spirit behind this podcast and incorporates a tangible element: at this time, a group of 50 or so people is meeting each third Monday of the month at the Crooked Bayou in Downtown Orlando. Liberatr Presents will have event announcements pulled in from all over the web, recaps of said events, interviews with cool people and tons of your input.

Please change your subscription, as Make it Short will be dissolving sometime this year. Thank you for your support, comments, suggestions and your listenership, and thanks to the Florida Film Festival crew, as well as JJ, Brian and Michael for doing these initial interviews. Your permalinks will still be good and the downloads for the mp3s will still work for a little while, but make sure you check Florida Creatives or Liberatr Presents if you ever lose them.

I’d especially love for all of our past guests to attend the meetup in May on the 21st or June on the 18th.

Ryan Price

An Evening with Imageworks: The Life of an Animator – Thursday, April 19, 2007

This just came across my email. Any event put on by Orlando SIGGRAPH is amazing. Always great learning experiences, fantastic for networking and running into people you wouldn’t otherwise see normally. Make sure you show up for the mingle and refreshments before the presentation – that is the best part.

Orlando ACM SIGGRAPH presents:
An Evening with Imageworks: The Life of an Animator
Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sony Pictures Imageworks presents a special evening and behind the scenes.

Speakers, Dan Lobl and Stan Szymanski, will be talking about Imageworks and their four pipelines: live action animation and visual effects (Spider-Man 1,2,3), all CG animation (Surf’s Up), performance capture (Beowulf and Monster House), and 3D stereoscopic (Open Season and Monster House).

This event will be hosted by Electronic Arts – Tiburon.

6:00-7:00pm – Event Mingle
7:00-7:15pm – Orlando ACM SIGGRAPH announcements
7:15-8:00pm – EA Presentations
8:00-9:30pm – Sony Presentations

This event is open to all current Orlando ACM SIGGRAPH members and $25 for non-members (Includes an Orlando ACM SIGGRAPH membership for one year).

We can accept cash or checks only at the door. Click here to become an Orlando ACM SIGGRAPH member and pay online using PayPal.

Sony Pictures Imageworks

An Evening with Imageworks: The Life of an Animator

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Electronic Arts – Tiburon
1950 Summit Park Drive
Orlando, FL 32810

For more information and speaker’s bios please visit

Handmade Puppet Dreams Screenings This Week

Handmade Puppet Dreams is a shorts collection put together by Heather Henson of the annual Orlando Puppet Festival and many many other creative projects. Heather has funded some of the shorts she includes in the collection (namely Harker), whereas others are made by friends and acquaintances or picked up at other festivals as she takes the program on the road. There are some very entertaining pieces, also including the surreal Unicycle Baby Guy, and Project Huxley none of which should be missed.

This first screening is happening Monday in or around SXSW, but the second one is right here in Florida, even if it is down South. Delray Beach is, to my understanding, in between West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, about 3 hours from Orlando. If you have the time next weekend, check out the festival and Handmade Puppet Dreams (myspace).

Showing Handmade Puppet Dreams Volume ll

MARCH 12th, 2007 @ 7:30 PM
Rain on 4th
Rt 217 B West 4th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

Hosted By:
Dreamland Village

Showing Handmade Puppet Dreams Volume ll

MARCH 17th, 2007 @ 9:30 PM
Delray Beach Film Festival
919 Foxpointe Circle
Delray Beach, Florida 33445

Hosted By:
Delray Beach Film Festival

BONUS: If you are going to be in Delray for the festival, please please please let us know – < liberatr AT gmail DOT com > – I’d love to have someone talking to filmmakers and reporting back, or posting photos at the very least.

Tampa February Film Events

From Sticks of Fire:

There are plenty of local events for film fans this month.  Here are a few to consider:

  • February 9-16 — Film Noir Film Festival at the Studio(at)620 in St. Pete — An exhibit of 20th century mug shots complements the film noir classics showcased in this festival.  Films such as Laura, Sunset Boulevard, The Killing and Blood Simple will be introduced by local authors, filmmakers and film critics, with discussions following each screening.  $7 for one film, $10 for two films, exhibit admission is free.
  • February 16 at 6 p.m. at Studio XP in St. Pete — Pinellas Filmmaker Society meeting and indie film screening — This focus of this new monthly event is to identify and promote local talent.  People are encouraged to bring in their films, resumes and questions and/or to promote their businesses during the Showcase part of the evening.  This event is free and open to the public.
  • February 28 at 8 p.m. at the Studio(at)620 in St. Pete — Ironweed Film Club — A monthly screening of socially conscious films.  Films scheduled to be shown this month are short films Fair Trade:The Story and Interview With Amartya Sen, and feature film Black Gold.  General admission is $5 or $3 for Studio members.
  • February 28-March 4 — Gasparilla Film Festival — Movies.  Parties.  Filmmakers.  Panel discussions.  Movies.  Parties.  More movies.  Be there or be square.

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Four Eyed Monsters: Enzian, Wed Feb 14

Start a little romance but rule out conversation. Communicate only through videos, art, emails, written notes. Then share the experience with the world in a narrative film and video podcasts under the banner of �Four Eyed Monsters.�

I think this is taken from the Apple site.

This indie-film/podcasting/internet phenomenon is coming to our fair city, and I intend to let people know about it! I posted it to my, as that is how I’m letting people know about events lately.

Arin Crumley and Susan Buice created this film and they’re taking it all over the country. They have three screenings in Florida on this day, so I don’t know if they’re actually going to be here, but come and see the film anyway. Also, right now I don’t know when the screening is. Their blog didn’t list a time. Still, it looks like most Enzian screenings are happening at 6:30 and 9:45, but call ahead and ask them yourself. (407) 629-1088

F.E.M. on MySpace

Do you have a Four Eyed Monsters story?

Here’s a podcast with the filmmakers.

Tampa: 48 hour film project

From Sticks of Fire on 1/15/07:

For the first time in its six years, the 48 Hour Film Project is coming to Tampa.  The 48HFP is a unique contest where filmmaking teams have only two days to make a film from start to finish.

From the website:

There’s a random drawing just prior to the start of each competition, where each film team will select a genre for its film. In addition, we will announce a character, prop and line of dialogue that must appear in each film. You are responsible for putting together your own cast and crew, and getting equipment and anything else you need to make a film/video. Because we guarantee a screening to all teams that submit an on-time film, we limit the number of teams that participate in each city. 

Visit to learn the rules, read about the prizes, sign up for the newsletter or register your team.  Bill Rogers of Windsong Productions is producing the project in Tampa.  His website is

On your mark, get set, ACTION!

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Sunday Film Slam Lives on at the Enzian

I learned from the Feedbag Films guys that Film Slam is about to be resurrected from the throes of DMAC-closing obscurity and confusion with an upcoming debut at Central Florida’s own Enzian. Here is their page with all the relevant info.

The submission rules are a tiny bit misleading — there is a big heading for Entry Fee which goes on to say that there is no entry fee, and that all attendees (including filmmakers I assume) must pay $5 at the door to cover the expense to the Enzian. Am I wrong or is this a new rule… feel free to chime in with your memories, guys.


Originally a project of University of Central Florida’s Downtown Media Arts Center, the FilmSlam seemed fated to end when DMAC closed earlier this year. The local filmmaking community and FilmSlam organizers came to Enzian with a request to continue the monthly screenings of local filmmakers’ projects. As a result, Enzian will continue the program to focus on the growing number of indie and student filmmakers in the State of Florida.

FilmSlam will be held on the second Sunday of each month at 1:00 PM at Enzian Theater. Below are the dates for 2007:

January 14 May 13 September 9
February 11 June 10 October 14
March 11 July 18 November 11
April 8 August 12 GrandSlam at Brouhaha:
December 8 & 9

Brouhaha Film Festival

Since I have the Enzian as a friend on MySpace (you do too, don’t you?) I got a bulletin from them today saying the submission deadline to the Brouhaha Film Festival has been extended until Friday, November 3rd.

The festival itself takes place on December 2nd & 3rd, one can only assume it takes place at the Enzian. Another fun fact: according to the entry form the festival has been showcasing Florida filmmakers for 15 years now.

Also know that this festival is for short narratives and documentaries, less than 25 minutes. If you’re entering as a student, you need to have created your film on school time.

There really isn’t much other information as to the origins or organizers of the festival, but I would like to know so I can post it here, and just for me.

Update: One piece of info over at the Enzian Blog. The best 90 minutes of Brouhaha will be featured at this year’s Florida Film Festival, as “juried by local industry professionals”. Now the rule about “Films that played at the 2005 or 2006 Florida Film Festival are NOT eligible for Brouhaha” makes sense.

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Orlando Film Festival – Brian Quain & Michael King

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Brian Quain and Michael King are in charge of programming for the first ever Orlando Film Festival, held from October 19th – 21st. We discuss the films they presented as well as the challenges of holding a festival downtown.