Insomnia Redux

insomnialogo.pngOver 2,000 student film makers had to use at least three elements out of these eight: Location: Park Bench, Prop: Bird Cage, Character Name: Robin Darjeeling, Background Sound: Radio Static, Costume: Tuxedo, Camera Angle: Dutch Angle, Narrative Device: Dream Sequence, Editing Technique: Match Cut, Dialogue: “Don’t tempt me,” and Makeup: Old Person. Then they had 24 hours to produce 3 minutes. Easy, right?

I spent a few days vetting a couple hundred of the entries; making sure they were PG-13 and had at least three of the elements (a few squeezed in all eight). It was a lot of fun, but if I ever really meet a Robin Darjeeling, I may die laughing. 1,837 videos made the cut. That’s just over five years of makin’ movies by my reckoning and you can see them all at I’ve been randomly skipping through entries and hope to see them all before the next Insomnia Film Festival rolls around. Thought you might enjoy this quick trip to the coffee shop for starters.

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  1. Tim Childers said:

    The Trip to the Coffee Shop was fantastic! 24 hours? Seems impossible to get this quality in that length of time. You almost need a video to show how they made the video! I’ve bookmarked the page so I can go back and see the other 1800 entries!

  2. Joe Brennan said:

    I agree. I’ve got to think that veterans of this contest already have a lot of things planned out. Then all they need is the “elements” to add in and they’re off and running.

  3. Brian Ernst said:

    It is a fun experience…hopefully i’ll be better situated for next year.

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