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SYFY Fan Favorite Movie Interstitials Project
Create interstitial spots of Shaun of the Dead & Armageddon.
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Due March 19th, 2018 - Create two different interstitial spots that celebrate the awesomeness of Shaun of the Dead and Armageddon for SYFY Channel’s upcoming May broadcast of these two phenomenal movies.

SYFY is the network for genre fans, so whom better to create their content than the fans themselves? Two genre classics - Shaun of the Dead and Armageddon – are airing in May on the SYFY Channel and the brand needs some talented fan creators to help with programming. They’re looking for genre fans to film a set of two interstitials, one 27 seconds long, and the other 12 seconds long, which will air during commercial breaks of each movie.

These fan-generated spots should be quick and entertaining riffs on the movies they’re sandwiched between: either Shaun of the Dead or Armageddon. The sky’s the limit creatively – these riffs can be recreations or reenactments with a novel twist, like the short fan swedes in style of this short that Tongalers created to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Jurassic Park; or they can be reinterpretations in other mediums, “Fan on the Street” style interviews about the movies, even fan art animations or puppetry, just to give a few examples. Obviously, your videos should clearly connect to the movies they're riffing on, no matter what you do.

Here’s a rundown of the project:

This is an open bid project and you will need to submit your proposed budget along with your treatment. You should target a total cost range of $8,000 to $12,000 for both videos.
You may NOT use any content from the actual films, and that includes video, sound, music, and titles.
They’re looking for two videos from each filmmaker – one 27 and one 12-second spot.
SYFY will add on a 3-second bumper, and they will also handle any branding and graphics, so you’re just being tasked with the interstitial video itself.
Your 12-second spot should NOT be a cut-down. It should be creatively different from your other video.
Videos must be shot in 23.98 FPS.
When submitting your Pitch, you’ll need to choose either “Shaun of the Dead” or “Armageddon” from the dropdown menu. If you’d like to pitch on both movies, please submit multiple pitches.
You will be required to use the SYFY-approved music provider Frequency to source music for your Video submission to this Project. Music from this provider is available only to the Pitch Winners at no charge solely for their incorporation into Submissions to this Project.
Your Video should not contain graphic violence, nudity, or explicit language.
First cuts of your interstitials will be due April 16 and final cuts will be due April 30.

Create a both a 27-second and a 12-second interstitial TV spot to run in between showings of either Shaun of the Dead or Armageddon on the SYFY channel.

They can’t stress enough that your Video should feel like it’s made for the fans, and the people who watch and love these movies. Get in touch with what you love and crave about your favorite characters and scenes, and offer up what you know fans want based on what you would want. Think about the most memorable moments, the wildest scenes, the craziest shots, weirdest devices, most bad-ass lines, and most watchable characters. Write to details and specifics that only a nerd would get, and have fun.

Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.

Prizes

Pitch Awards (Due 3/15/18)
The 4 most compelling Pitches will be selected and, upon submitting the Winner’s Affidavit and the IP Assignment, will receive a portion of their agreed upon budget to help create the Pilot. Please note the payment of the Pitch award is subject to a payment schedule determined by Tongal. Additionally, upon submitting a Video that satisfies the criteria laid out in your winning Pitch, completing Sponsor notes, providing the necessary release forms, and providing all assets required by the sponsor the Pitch winner will receive a final payment.

Pre-Production (Due 3/30/18)
If the Sponsor selects a Pitch Winner from the Pitch Phase, then the one Pitch Winner will enter the Pre-Production Phase. During this phase, filmmakers will need to receive approvals from the brand.

Approvals Required:
   *SCRIPT
   *HEADSHOT
   *TREATMENT

Video Awards (Due 4/16/18)
Once the Pre-Production Phase is complete, the Pitch Winners will each create one 27-second Video and one 12-second Video based upon their winning Pitch. Upon submitting Videos that satisfy the criteria laid out in your winning Pitch, completing Sponsor notes, providing the necessary release forms, and providing all assets required by the sponsor the Pitch winner will receive the final portion of your approved budget.

Revisions (Due 5/1/18)
Once the Video Phase has closed, the winning submitters will enter the Revisions Phase. During this phase, filmmakers will perform reasonable edits on their Videos according to the Sponsor’s feedback.

Assets Delivery
You must also provide all project files, editing sequences and a 1080p .mov master file, using a ProRes, Animation, or Uncompressed Codec in order to submit final payment. You will be responsible for the costs associated the hard drive (if necessary) and shipping.

Eligibility
Open to Tongal community members (it's free to register!), ages 13 and older.

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