Weekend Roundup: Flugtag, Ridley Scott’s Filmmaking Contest, Pillars of the Earth Debut

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope y’all had a smashing weekend. Mine ended up being quite hectic that I didn’t get to see The Prestige that I rented again. As I said in my Top Five Nolan flicks post, I’m curious to see if I understand it better the second time around.

  • I had the pleasure of attending the Red Bull Flugtag event on Saturday, a first for the Twin Cities. What’s Flugtag? Well, it means “flying day” in German, but the Red Bull Flugtag is a competition that challenges teams of everyday people to build homemade, human-powered flying machines and pilot them off a 30-foot high deck in hopes of achieving flight! Well, team Major Trouble and the Dirty Dixies set a world record, as they flew 207 feet, beating the previous record of 195! Woot woot! You can watch the awesome team soared to victory here. Too bad we missed seeing this one as we were stuff in traffic and trying to find parking! But still it was fun to enjoy a day in the sun along with a bazillion people.
  • My friend and blog contributor Ted Saydalavong (who recently gave us Batman Begins & Superman Returns Vision-to-Film posts, the latter happens to be featured on IMDb today!) tipped me a short while ago about this Philips Cinema collaboration with Ridley Scott, called the Tell It Your Way contest. It’s based on the Philips company’s campaign “There are millions of ways to tell a story. There’s only one way to watch one.” What each contestant has to do is create a short film to go along with Philips’ Parallel Lines short films series available on their YouTube Channel. Five very different short films, five different genres, five different directors, but one unifying dialogue. So the challenge is to come up with your own 3-minute version, no matter what storyline, but using the same 6-lines of dialogue provided (i.e. It’s a Unicorn, Never seen one up close before).
    Ted’s one of the aspiring filmmaker hopefuls who’s vying to win the Grand Prize which includes a week’s worth of work experience at Ridley Scott Associates (RSA) in one of their worldwide offices (all expenses paid), as well as one of these magnificent Philips Cinema 21:9 HDTVs. “I’ve decided to enter into this film competition because I wanted to showcase my movie directing abilities, I’m a film fanatic and wanted to tell a good story in 3 minutes. Also, Ridley Scott is one of the judges on this competition and I hope he likes what I created and if I win I get to meet him in person. Scott is one of my favorite film directors, he has such a great visual on all of his films, bad and good ones,” Ted said, “I thought this competition is a great challenge to amateur filmmakers out there, you have lines of dialog to follow but you can tell it in anyway you wish. As a filmmaker wanna be, this is a great opportunity to showcase my talents and I think my team accomplished that with our film.”

    “It’s the competition to find the next Ridley Scott,” says Fame Magazine UK, where three rounds of judging will be held including public voting via YouTube. Ted told me Carl Erik Rinsch’s The Gift, about a futuristic robot butler who flees the police, is his favorite, and I can see why. It’s a gorgeously-shot and meticulously crafted sci-fi short, see it for yourself below:

    It is so impressive in fact, that Warner Bros. and Fox were apparently got into a bidding war in their quest to turn this into a feature film (per HeatVision blog). Though well-known in the commercial world, Risch’s name will soon be known to moviegoers, too, as he’s reportedly working on Keanu Reeves’ samurai film 47 Ronin, and possibly helming the remake of the 1976 Logan’s Run sci-fi adventure-drama next.

    Back to the contest, finalists will be judged on criteria including creative storytelling, use of dialogue, and technical achievement.This sounds like a super fierce competition, but of course with a prize like that, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime! So best of luck to you, Ted!
  • Speaking of sir Ridley, I wish I could watch his epic miniseries Pillars of the Earth, produced by his Scott Free production company. As I said in my previous post on it, the six-part, eight-hour miniseries is based on an International best-seller novel by Ken Follett, which tells a story about building a cathedral set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles in the Middle Ages (you watch the trailer here).
    Rufus Sewell as Tom Builder

    Starz premiered the show over the weekend and it generated pretty good reviews according to MetaCritic. Prairiegirl and my favorite Brit Rufus Sewell was often praised for his performance as Tom Builder, who apparently lives up to his name as a master builder for this massive Cathedral project. This one particular review even said Sewell pretty much stole the show. Well, I don’t expect anything less from the stunningly-handsome and talented actor! The show’s also got a stellar cast that include Ian McShane, Donald Shuterland, Rufus Sewell, Matthew Macfayden, Tony Curran and Hayley Attwell.

    Those who have cable, the premiere last Friday will be followed by one-hour segments until the two-hour conclusion on August 27. I’ll be sure to rent this once they’re available on dvd and write my review of it then.

14 thoughts on “Weekend Roundup: Flugtag, Ridley Scott’s Filmmaking Contest, Pillars of the Earth Debut

  1. PrairieGirl

    rtm, I’ll be patiently waiting for the POTE DVD too. Am not surprised about all the good reviews for Rufus, he’s superb in everything.

    1. What? No mention of that photo of Roof? 🙂 Yep, not surprised either, glad people recognize that he’s the best thing in this series! Hope this’ll be available on dvd at Netlfix soon.

    1. That is impressive, Dez. You know what, I think that was how I discovered your site, and I’m so glad I did now that we’ve become blog friends! 🙂

      1. oh, yes, HOLLYWOOD SPY rules Google image search 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 and I have many other posts and images up hing over there, but I think you’ve found me through mister Castor. I’m also glad to have you as blogging buddy. Not many people have such amazing taste as the two of us 🙂 🙂 🙂

        1. Oh right, it was Castor’s blog, but I remember clicking your site through Google search ’cause the Hollywood Spy font of yours is hard to miss (not to mention the hunks you put on your sidebar) 😀

  2. Ooooh so that’s what Pillars of The Earth is. I keep seeing it on Starz for the past few days but never really paid attention to it 🙂

    1. Would you rather watch the sensational Spartacus, Castor? 😀 I wish I had cable but then again I hardly have time to watch even network TV!

  3. Wow, Rufus Sewell looks like Steve Carrell’s British cousin. I miss Rufus Sewell, and come to think of it, James Frain and Christopher Eccleston too. What happened to those guys?

    1. Hmmm, I never saw the resemblance. A much better looking distant British cousin maybe 🙂 What’s your fave Rufus Sewell movie, Paolo?

  4. Mike B.

    Pillars does look to be very good. I almost thought it was a film with the quality of the production. Having studied the construction of the cathedrals in college I can say it would be a GREAT story. One that’s not been told on the silver screen yet to my knowledge. Go Ridley!

    1. Yeah, they spend money in these productions, but hey it’s the Scotts, what do you expect. I didn’t know you studied cathedral construction, that’s very cool. I agree, I think this would make for a good feature film, too, but the book is like 900 pages long so that’ll be a challenge.

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