Date and time:
Friday Apr 15, 2016 at 07:00 PM
to Sunday Apr 17 at 11:55 PM
Want to have an energizing documentary production collaboration with others from the community? Doc Around the Clock is an intensive weekend where you will eat, breathe and sleep documentary film as your team races to produce a short documentary.
Both amateur and professional filmmakers are welcome to participate. Teams of 2-5 participants will gather on Friday night at 7 pm at Docs In Progress to hear the final guidelines and size up the competition. Over the following two days, teams will plan, shoot, and edit short documentaries of no more than five minutes. Final projects must be submitted by the crack of dawn on Monday morning. Projects will be judged and we will showcase some of the best entries and give out prizes on Monday, May 2 at the Silver Spring Civic Building in downtown Silver Spring. Get on the ground floor of this new event!
Registration Fee (per team/max 5 per team)
Earlybird (register and pay by April 1) – $100
Regular (register and pay between April 2-12) – $125
Late (register and pay beginning April 13 or at the door of the kickoff event on Friday, April 15 in downtown Silver Spring) – $150
Because this is a special event, there are no Docs Insiders or All-Access Pass discounts
Looking for a team?
You can come to our Meetup on Monday, April 11 or respond to this survey and we will post people looking for team-members in our weekly e-mails between now and then.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the parameters?
We will review these at the kickoff event on Friday, April 15. They won’t be quite as complex as many other timed competitions. The main rules are that the film:
(a) Must be a documentary (though we have a fairly wide definition of what constitutes a documentary stylistically);
(b) At least 75% of what ends up in the film must actually have been filmed during the competition weekend (the other 25% could include archival materials). You must conclude the film with a date stamp (a person in the film holding up a newspaper headline from that weekend) as proof;
(c) At least one scene in the documentary must be filmed in a recognizable part of Silver Spring or Takoma Park even if place is not central to your story.
(d) No more than half of the finished film can consist of interview.
(e) The film can be no longer than five minutes, including credits and the date proof shot.
(f) The finished film must be delivered no later than 8:00 am on Monday, April 18 to Docs In Progress either in person or via Dropbox, Hightail, or a downloadable Vimeo link to email@example.com . Films delivered after that time will be automatically disqualified.
What do I do for camera and editing equipment?
Each team will be using its own equipment. Docs In Progress equipment won’t be available since it will be otherwise occupied for classes. You can shoot on whatever you like (anything from a Smart Phone up to a fancy pro camera). The only requirement is that you deliver the final projects as a .mp4 or .mov file or as a downloadable Vimeo file. We cannot accept any other formats.
What if I don’t have an idea for a story?
Sometimes you find a story and sometimes a story finds you. Since there is a requirement to film at least one sequence in Silver Spring or Takoma Park, you may want to get a lay of the land first and see if there is something interesting going on in the community that you would like to film. There is no prohibition against doing some scouting or pre-production ahead of the competition to find someone or something of interest to film.
I don’t know anyone yet in the community? How do I find collaborators?
Our goal is not only to have fun and exciting event, but also help foster new collaborations and connections. If you are new to the community or want to work with people who are new to you, plan on coming to our April 11 Documentary Roundtable to meet up with other potential collaborators. You can also respond to this survey form where you can share what you are looking for in a team. We will post these queries in our weekly e-mails between now and the competition (we won’t include your contact info in the e-mails but will ask anyone interested to send their response to us and we will forward to you).
I like working alone. Can I be a Team of One?
Because of the timed nature of the competition to plan, shoot, and edit a short documentary in essentially two days and some change, we strongly recommend that participants have teams of at least two people.
What if I want to register but don’t yet have my team together?
That is fine. As long as you have a captain, you can add up to four other team members anytime from the time you register up until the kickoff event. We will just need names and e-mails for everyone on the team.
Why do you charge for participation?
This event has a lot of moving parts and will require significant time commitment from our staff, as well as some expenses for marketing. Additionally having a financial commitment makes it more likely that teams will see the project through. The cost of registration is much less than many other timed filmmaking competitions in the area.
Can each member on my team pay separately?
The team captain is responsible for paying Docs In Progress in full. Your team will not be officially registered until full payment is received. How you decide to split that up and collect from your other team members is up to you.
What if I need to drop out?
We hope you will see the weekend through. While this is a challenge, it is also a way to really draw on all of your filmmaking potential, energy, and collaborative spirit. While we cannot give refunds one you have paid, you can transfer your team captain status to someone else up all the way through the kickoff event on Friday night. After the competition officially begins, whoever is the team captain must remain in that position.