The Amman Filmmakers Cooperative (AFC)
E-NEWSLETTER | January 04, 2006
1) Join us in selecting a twist for a short film.
2) AFC Filmmakers'Update.
3) Digital Editing Workshop Refresher - Friday January 6, 2006.
1) Seeking a Twist for a Short Film
Do you want to contribute to the script of a short film?
Cooperative filmmakers Omar Saleh and Mohammad Abujarad have almost
completed the production of their short film code-named "Help Not
Wanted," but after the shooting, the co-directors and the creative
team have still not decided on the ending twist for the short film.
We are inviting you to share your ideas on the film's ending. The
author of the winning ending will get credit as a script co-writer.
All contributors will be listed in the "Thank You" section.
This is how the short film goes...
SEQUENCE 1: A young man reads the newspaper and sees an ad. We do not
know the content of the ad yet. This is part of the ending twist that
we are opening for discussion.
SEQUENCE 2: A group of young men are setting tensely in a waiting
room, supposedly in response to the ad.
SEQUENCE 3: Another man enters the waiting room and distributes papers
asking those in the room to fill them out.
SEQUENCE 4: Later, The same man enters the room to collect the papers.
SEQUENCE 5: After a while, the same man retunes and calls on their names one at a time to accompany him outside the waiting room.
SEQUENCE 6: The last filmed shots show each one of the interviewees
escaping from the office where supposedly they were being interviewed.
The exit efforts lean towards the comical.
ORIGINAL TWIST: The ad in Sequence 1 may have said "WANTED: RESPONSIBLE YOUNG MEN FOR A REWARDING JOB THAT WILL IMPROVE THE
QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MILLIONS. SIGN UP FOR AN INTERVIEW TO
LEARN MORE." Of course exact wording can be modified to match one
of proposed endings.
SEQUENCE 7: This has not been shot yet. At the end of the film, the interviewer while looking at an 8 x 11 paper with something written
on it makes call, and the conversation goes like this:
INTERVIEWER: We have interviewed hundreds but no one wants the job.
PHONE: I guess we need to change the job description again.
INTERVIEWER: Will do. Good bye.
The interviewer leaves the paper on the table so camera can zoom in on
it. It says something about one of the following (the co-directors
have not decided)
1) Understanding women. (no accusations of sexism please).
2) Living independently from parents.
3) Becoming responsible heads of households.
4) Joining the anti-corruption task force.
5) Becoming a Jordanian government minister.
ADD YOUR TWIST OR VOTE FOR ONE OF THE ABOVE ONES!!!
AFC Filmmakers' Update:
Suhad Khatib's "3 Ghettoes 1 Land" has been selected for the Rio de
Janeiro International Short Film Festival, Brazil. Suhad has produced a number of films on her own some of which have screened at cultural centers internationally.
Ammar Quttaineh's Overdose has participated in the competition for the
International Panorama of Independent Film and Video, Greece. He is
currently in Amman to produce his next film. He recently purchased
Panasonic's latest compact 3-CCD video camcorder the GS400, which
promises to bring quality images to the masses at a reasonable price.
We will write an evaluation of the camera shortly.
Dalia Alkury's short film Arab Terrorists Management Camp (ATMC) has
screened at the New Mexico Middle East Film Festival cultural event.
Aseel Mansour has completed shooting a short film in Amman on the
the devastating consequences of ignoring safety procedures
while on the road. Film is in post-production.
Filmmakers Omar Saleh and Mohammad Abujarad have teamed up to produce
a short film code-named "Help Not Wanted." See details in above report.
Yahya Abdallah is pursuing his film studies in France. Yahya has produced a number of short films to further polish his filmmaking skills.
Outside of the AFC realm, Jordanian indie filmmaker Amin Matalqa has
completed shooting two short comedies during his stay in Amman. Ameen
is completing his film studies at the AFI.
For more about AFC filmmakers and their films:
3) Digital Editing Workshop Refresher
This is a refresher workshop on Adobe Premiere for AFC filmmakers who
are in the process of editing their latest films and for AFC students
who did not have the chance to complete the last filmmaking workshop.
This workshop covers only the technical aspects of editing.
Friday January 6, 2006 - 10:30am - 6:00pm
This workshop is open only to AFC students who already completed AFC's
Introduction to Filmmaking Workshop. Others by special invitation
only. YOU MUST CONFIRM VIA SMS 079/5308232. Seating is limited;
admission based on order of registration.
To be determined.
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