What to Expect at the Launch Event

July 30, 2010 in Uncategorized by admin

The Launch Event is upon us, a gathering of over 300 filmmakers, animators, writers, musicians, artists, actors, and community volunteers all gearing up to create a short film or animation as a part of the 2010 21-Day Filmmaking Competition. Never been to a Project Twenty1 event?

Here is what to expect:

Getting There

Photo by CrazyWillie21

The Launch Event is located at North Bowl Lounge & Lanes, 909 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123-2301, (215) 238-2695. Event starts on July 31, 2010 at 3 pm, element is announced at 7 sharp, we’ll be around for final questions until 8.

Driving: If you don’t mind walking two or three blocks, there is FREE PARKING across from the Piazza around 2nd St and Germantown Ave. There is also valet and metered parking right near the venue, so take a spin around and see what you find. Note: North Bowl is slightly set in from the street, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for it. Lookey, I made you a GoogleMap so you could see!

Mass Transit: North Bowl is a five-minute walk from the Spring Garden stop of the MFL (Market-Franford Line). Simply head west on Spring Garden Street towards N. 2nd Street, make a right onto N. 2nd Street.  Here’s a Google Transit Map!

Stick It to Me

As you enter the event, a Project Twenty1 volunteer sitting at a table to the left will ask you what you are:  Filmmaker, Animator, Writer, Musician, Actor, or Crew. These badges are to help identify you to everyone else in the room who is looking for your exact talent, not only for their Team, but for livelong film and animation partnerships. Don’t worry – we have blank badges you can fill in yourself if you don’t quite fit into the above categories, or if you’re just visiting to bask in the energy of this event.

Work the Room

Everyone is attending this event to make new friends, so make sure you introduce yourself. Make sure you visit the tables as well – we’ll have Door Prizes, a 50/50 raffle AND prizes all night long, a Member-Only Raffle for two VIP All-Access badges, and more! We’ll also have special guests Matt Bright from Bright Images Multimedia Services to give you DVD duplication/replication tips, as well as Heath from Reclaim Clique with custom T-Shirt deals.

Submit a film to the Filmathon
Tomorrow is the last day to submit an independent short or feature for consideration to Project Twenty1′s other competition, the Philadelphia Filmathon. Although most people submit through Withoutabox, tomorrow you can fill out paperwork and hand in a film in person. Click here to learn about the Philadelphia Filmathon.

Right before we announce the “Secret Element”, we will have a brief discussion about the general rules of the competition. Celebrity judge James Rolfe, a.k.a., “The Angry Video Game Nerd” will make a special appearance to assist with announcements. Make sure you pay close attention:  If you do not follow the guidelines, your film might not qualify for awards or worse – it might not even screen! We’ll have the rules listed online and printed out in case you miss any, but this is the best opportunity for you to ask questions.

“The Element”
After synchronizing out watches, “The Element” will be revealed. We are aiming for 7 p.m. exactly, but we’ll make the technical “Element-call-time” at the moment so everyone has EXACTLY 21-Days to produce their films (we’ve had a few folks come in 10 minutes late. (::cough cough::) The Element will be automatically e-mailed to Team Leaders, Tweeted, blogged, and Facebooked all over the place, so if you can’t make it to the event, watch online. If you will not have access to the internet and cannot attend the Launch, you can call 215-253-7640 by 7:15 or so and a volunteer will tell you the Element. We are also hoping to have a live simulcast of the event on www.ProjectTwenty1.com so our Teams from the UK, Hong Kong, and beyond can watch live, but given that we are a non-profit funded out of pocket by 100% volunteers, we are aware of our technological limitations. But damn, we’re going to try like hell!

What to Do After the “Reveal”

Photo by Rex Alfes Photography

You are welcomed to stay at North Bowl and brainstorm or run to your subsequent homes to start typing away. You’re also welcomed to keep networking and hold impromptu casting-calls to find your perfect star on the spot!

Remember, North Bowl requires that you be 21 years old after 9 p.m., and closes for everyone else at 2 a.m.  Team Leaders: Make sure you have received all of your Team paperwork, including release forms, in your e-mail. If you have printer/e-mail issues, we will have hard-copies at this event, which you can get from the tall Official-Looking-Guy named Matt at the end of the night.

More than anything, have a safe trip home and if you’ve had a few too many drinks with all the excitement, make sure you alert a volunteer so we can get you home safely.

See you tomorrow!