Results of Voting

The vote has finally taken place.

Just before the Spotlight Films Tuesday showing of Nebraska on May 27, 2014, at the GEM Theatre we showed both the entries to the audience on the BIG SCREEN. Then we went around with a pair of ballot boxes and they cast their votes.

The results: 68 votes cast. Megan Kienas got 45 and Helen Durham got 23.

Which means Megan garnered 66.176% and Helen 33,82%.

In my speech to the audience I stated that I would round the kitty up to an even $1000.
That means Megan will get a cheque for $661.76 and Helen will get one for $338.24

A number of Thank Yous need to be given here:

Thanks to Spotlight films for letting us intrude on their evening.

Thanks to the GEM Theatre for helping out with this.

Thanks for Lizanne Eastwood and Lorraine Davies-Van Boeyen for being ‘on board’ and the helpful input.

Thanks to both Lorraine and Helen for donating money to the prize kitty. Lorraine put in $300 and Helen put in $100.

And thanks to Lorraine for the materials, photocopying and putting up with my lunacy

And last, but not least, a BIG Thank You to Megan and Helen for all their hard work and the fine productions they have wrought.

Both the movies looked great on the big screen and everyone enjoyed seeing them.


Final Entry

This is Helen Durham’s entry. She wrote the song and the music.

Well our Final Entry has been received. That’s TWO.

Or is it? As I filed this I found a song that was passed to me last summer by Dave Soroka. It’s called Little Lazy and even though he did not create it for this contest he says its about Grand Forks – except he calls it Lil’ Lazy in the song. I’ll talk with him and find out if we officially entering that in. So it might be THREE.

BUT that’s it. No more. Much as I’d like there to be.

UPDATE: Feb 14 – 2PM

I talked with Dave and it wasn’t a contest entry in the end. He’d created a nice piece of music called Little Lazy which he did to juxtapose the laid back life pace of Grand Forks against the more urban lifestyle of that other city on a river, the Big Easy; New Orleans. Originally it was devised to celebrate drifting down the Kettle River and then it expanded to be about the place that drifting happened in, the valley the river wanders through. With Grand Forks along the way.


Our first Entry is online

Megan Kienas has become our first official entry!

She has posted her entry online and you can all view it below:

Megan is up and coming producer. Her growing list of video on YouTube is evidence of her creativity and talent – you can check it out for yourself by visiting her Channel at YouTube.

We hope you like it.

The End Is Nigh

The End Is Nigh … or In Sight anyhow.

It’s the last half of January and you should be down to final production. You’ve had many months to work on it and a few seasons to collect media from – time is close on to show us what you’ve got!

Over 50 people are registered with the site … now we’re curious how many of you have been working on something to show.
Well we’re more than curious – we need to know how many videos and how long they are so we know how much time the viewing and judging will take. And seeing as I never set up a mechanism where you could ‘officially register an entry’ I have to canvas you. If you have an entry (or two or three) please let me know.

In a few days we’ll use the feedback we’ve gotten to determine the date and time for the judging.

– Les

PS: If you’re not making a video but want to help be a booster you might think about donating to the prizes.
We could use swag or money. All the money donated goes to prizes for the media makers.
The costs of this website and miscellaneous printing and such are donations from myself, Les Johnson, and from Lorraine at Select Office Products. The Paquet’s at the Gem Theatre are donating place and time for the viewing and judging by you, the people of Grand Forks.
Lizanne Eastwood and Helen Durham have been good supporters of the community and are supporters of this effort as well. We hope there are more of you out there … if you want to help fill in the above form with a 0 in the duration, an ‘other’ in the media type and use the comments for further info.


Date Shifted

Change of date!

The Contest ‘judging’ has been moved from September 2013 to January of 2014.

This gives some late comers time to think and everyone to get Pretty Fall and Exciting Winter footage. Think about it … Halloween’s coming, Fall leaves, Christmas Parade, seasonal decorations on houses, Fireworks!!



another promo video

So I put another promotional video up today, regarding one of those events that happens in Grand Forks: Farmers’ Market.

See how easy it is to make simple videos?
I’m willing to bet you could make something much better … to help promote the town and fun surroundings. Prove me right and you could win money and accolades from your friends and neighbours 🙂


Contestant contributes to the prize money

Pardon me if this is a bit late (the actual item happened last week) but I’ve been busy.

Ok – How many contests have you heard of where one of the contestants donated money towards the prizes?
Still trying to remember? Well while you do that I’ll fill you in.

Mrs. Helen Durham wants to be a contestant.

  • She’s written a song.
  • She’s inveigling people (hey she’s in her mid 80’s so inveigling seems to be an appropriate term) to help her get that recorded and put under some sort of video or slide show.
  • She also thinks the idea of a contest to do this promoting the community is a good idea.
  • So she’s donated $100 towards the prize money … wow!

That brings the money in the bank up to $900.
Anyone want to help us drive it over $1000

Hat’s off to Helen.

Release Forms

I know of at least one contestant that has been waiting for Release Forms … well they’re here – finally.

I’ve uploaded 4 forms for your use. Which one you use depends on what or who is being filmed or used.

For people who appear in your production there are two forms.

  • For adults you need to get them to sign the Standard Release Form.
  • If you are filming minors (children or teenagers) you need to get their parents (or legal guardians) to sign the Minor Release Form.

More things appear in videos than just people … there’s places and sometimes there’s music or artworks or pictures. And often these are not things you have created or own, so to keep it all strictly legal and above board we asks that you get signed releases for these as well.

If you are shooting on a location that is somebody’s private property that is not your own you should get their permission in writing on the Location Release Form.

If you are including material created by another person or company (like an artwork, pictures or music) you should get their permission in writing using the Material Release Form.

You might think this is just paperwork that you can skip or do later – please don’t keep thinking that. Get the permission in writing before you shoot anything or anyone or you might find that permission may be hard to get later. If they refuse to sign afterwards you have to go and do it again with someone, place or thing later and that just adds work to your project. Worse – you might later on end up using some of that material you gathered that you didn’t get releases for. That might get you (and us) in trouble – that’s bad especially since this is a non-profit, community spirited project. So we will be asking to see these things in order to allow your entry in the contest.

Not sure if something needs a release? A simple rule to follow is: get one signed anyway.

Another positive thing that these forms add is they force you to think about details that you might not otherwise consider going into the project (or shoot). And you know what they say about details, don’t you? Those are the things that come back to bite you later if you do not take care of them up front.
One of those details is this: What is your movie / music piece called?

These forms are modified versions of forms found on the site