Director's Bureau 60-Second Film Contest
In late January the LA-based production company, the Director's Bureau, put out an open call for submissions, tasking aspiring filmmakers with creating a 60-second film about love. After Director's Bureau execs and RES founder Jonathan Welles whittled the entries down to five finalists, they screened the shorts as part of RES' monthly events in Los Angeles this past Tuesday 18 April 2006 and put them online today. Taking home top honors (and a briefcase filled with 2,000 one-dollar bills), Eric Tu 's The Ballad of Gabrielle is a charmer composed in a grainy, pastel palette about a man named Amor. Other honorees include Scott Thrift, one half of our very own m ss ng p eces (the production company behind Cool Hunting Videos ), whose gorgeously-shot piece, called Lv (pictured), might be the ultimate metaphor for fleeting love. Also be sure to check out Sole Mates , which stars a classic hi-top sneaker, the beauty pageant-themed Simple Passion , and Radical Friend 's rock opera, titled Mating Call .