Get into some hot Virgin shorts

Virgin Media Shorts Competition is a short film competition that champions undiscovered talent. The competition is open to film makers and gives them the chance to show their work in cinemas, on TV, online and on mobile phones. Prizes include:

* 12 film makers win a chance to show their work on 214 cinema screen nationwide in the UK
* £30,000 to make their next film
* A “People’s Choice” winner will take home thousands of pounds worth of new film kit
* Films must be in English, or subtitled in English, and be of a duration of up to 2 minutes and 20 seconds.

Deadline: 28th June 2010. It doesn’t seem to be “UK citizens only”, as far as I can tell.

Your film has to be suitable for broadcast and for getting past the UK’s cinema film censorship regime, so no smut or gratuitous violence (although that shouldn’t be difficult considering the tripe they let through these days) — and remember that the SmartSound and SonicFire royalty-free music banks are not licensed for mainstream cinemas or national TV broadcast.

Abbey in Ruins

It looks like indie modeller Arteria’s announced “Medieval Worldbuilder Pack 2” is taking a little longer than planned, but today Arteria released a new Abbey in Ruins Worldbuilder Pack

“This beautiful abbey pack is based on a real abbey based in England, of which optimum care has been taken to reproduce the still standing structures that exist today. The pack is a faithful recreation of the site. Before the pack was produced, a trip was taken to the abbey, of which hundreds of pictures were taken, to carefully recreate the buildings and maintain total authenticity. All pack pieces come as separate elements, so you can actually design your own abbey scenario.”

It looks to me like it’s probably the famous Whitby Abbey (founded in the year 657, and destroyed by the Vikings), England — which of course featured in the original Dracula novel, after the author had a holiday at Whitby in 1890. As far as I can tell, there are no Google Warehouse models or archaeological models of this structure, so this is “a first”!

There’s a free “walkable” videogame version of the pack, for those who want to take a good look at it. In the pack there are FBXs and OBJs, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to convert for iClone. The pack is meant for use in videogames (hence the $100 price – UPDATE, $55 at April 2011), so everything is low-poly. There’s also a free horse, although iClone users are already magnificently served in the horse casting dept.

YouTube Play 2010

The Guggenheim YouTube Play 2010: a biennial of creative video

“aims to discover and showcase the most exceptional talent working in the ever-expanding realm of online video. Developed by YouTube and the Guggenheim Museum in collaboration with HP, YouTube Play hopes to attract innovative, original, and surprising videos from around the world, regardless of genre, technique, background, or budget. This global online initiative is not a search for what’s “now”, but a search for “what’s next”.

Deadline: 31st July 2010.