Twentieth Century Fox’s upcoming romantic adventure Australia and Metacafe recently teamed up to launch The Thirty-Second Film Contest. The contest challenges aspiring film editors to use materials from the film as well as their own creative “spin”, including visual effects, music, and voice-over, to put together a thirty-second spot for the film.
The launch of The Thirty-Second Film Contest coincides with the release of a production video featuring director Baz Luhrmann discussing the editing process on Australia. Luhrmann, the Oscar-nominated director of Moulin Rouge! and William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, collaborated with editors Dody Dorn (Kingdom of Heaven, Memento) and Michael McCusker (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) to turn 2.5 million feet of raw footage into the finished film, which opens in theaters everywhere November 26th 2008.
Twentieth Century Fox and Bazmark Production will select the winning submission, which will be featured on the film’s DVD release. The winner will also receive a trip to Australia courtesy of Qantas Airways and Tourism Australia, and a trip to New York to meet Baz Luhrmann at a special event and attend a private screening of Australia.
The production video is part of a series of ten videos designed to educate and inspire high school and college filmmakers, taking them behind the scenes of Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman – and inside the creative process of Luhrmann and his production team. The previously released videos focus on Australia’s costume design, on-set photography, cinematography, production design and more – and can be viewed at http://www.australiamovie.com/behindthescenes.
Australia is an epic and romantic action adventure, set in that country on the explosive brink of World War II. In it, an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) travels to the faraway continent, where she meets a rough-hewn local (Hugh Jackman) and reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to save the land she inherited. Together, they embark upon a transforming journey across hundreds of miles of the world’s most beautiful yet unforgiving terrain, only to still face the bombing of the city of Darwin by the Japanese forces that attacked Pearl Harbor. With his new film, Luhrmann is painting on a vast canvas, creating a cinematic experience that brings together romance, drama, adventure and spectacle.
Get more info on how to enter at www.metacafe.com/australiacontest.