Sunday, July 11, 2010

Day One

UThink Media is now officially online!

To introduce myself!  My name is Sam.  I'm 17, and an aspiring filmmaker.  I've been making videos for a while, and I even won an award for my first documentary!  Since this winter I've been looking for a unique event to make a documentary about...and one has finally come.

ArtPrize is a unique art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from September 22  to October 10.  It was founded by Rick DeVoss last year, and was a great success!  Over 1000 artists entered their works for the $490,000 in prize money.  The uniqueness of this contest is twofold.  One, it is the largest prize for any art competition in the world!  Two, the winner is determined by popular vote.  Anyone and everyone is encouraged to come to downtown Grand Rapids and vote on their favorite pieces.  The art that was presented ranged from classical to strange, but everyone had a great time.  Here is their website-

Now it's 2010, ArtPrize is come again, and I want to make a documentary about the competition!   The purpose of my film will be to showcase a few local artists who have great talent.  I want to follow the artists from late July to the competition in September.  The art I will be showing will be everything from the sentimental to the fantastic; from oil paintings to giant metal sculptures.  I hope to give viewers something to be proud of, that they belong to the same community as these brilliant people, and can call this great state of Michigan home.

I'm still selecting and contacting artists right now, but I have gotten the go-ahead from the ArtPrize people.

To make this whole project possible, I need a camcorder and sound system, so I'm starting a fundraiser!  If you will donate to my project (suggested $20), I will put your name (or desired message, as long as it is not profane or otherwise unacceptable) into the end-credits of my movie.  The perks of this?  I hope, if all goes according to plan, to enter the film into several film festivals!  Your name could be in front of hundreds of viewers!  Plus, you will be aiding and advancing the arts in West Michigan...pretty cool.

So, now that I've gotten my fund-raising appeal out of the way, let's make a movie!  This blog will be giving updates on the progress of the film, interviews, videos and more!  So, stick around, it'll be fun!

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