Part documentary, part music video, meet the ever-joyful Ricky Lee Robinson: professional floor cleaner by day, beloved freestyle rollerskater by night. All to the tune of "Dance Yrself Clean" by LCD Soundsystem and set deep in the heart of Florida.
Using this image as inspiration, write a story or scene, shoot a video, create an animation, or record an audio piece which includes these skates as a central part of your story. Let your imagination flow in the genre of your choice (comedy, horror, thriller, drama, etc.). The work can be fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid. Have fun and bring your unique voice!
Our monthly challenges are open to everyone in the Sundance Co//ab community. One entry per person, per challenge. All submissions will be viewable to the community. Each person who participates will receive a completed feedback form on the work they submit by one of our Sundance judges. All submissions will be given equal consideration and the final winner will be determined by the consensus of the designated Sundance judges.
Only those submissions that meet the criteria outlined in the submission guidelines will be able to be selected as the winner.
The challenge closes on May 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM PDT.
The winner will receive a Sundance Co//ab subscription for one year, a one-on-one mentoring session with a Sundance Advisor, a free master class, and will be featured prominently on the site.
One entry per person, per monthly challenge. The limits for monthly challenge submissions are the following: scripts – 10 page limit; video – 10 minute limit; audio/podcast– 10 minute limit;
Videos: Accepted video file formats: AVI , FLV, MOV, MP4 or MPEG-2. Note: If you choose to upload a .MOV file make sure that it is not using the Apple ProRes compression. We do not support reading Apple ProRes files or raw camera formats like ARRI and RED at this time.
Scripts: PDF format only, please
Other: If your file format fits outside of the video, pdf, audio file category, please contact us and we will see if we can accommodate it.
(Please do not use copyrighted material without permission as part of this monthly challenge.)
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