are there any medications or substances I should avoid while making/watching slow motion videos?

  • Dover's Powder, Paregoric, Laudanum
  • Morphine, Roxanol, Roxanol-SR
  • Tylenol w/Codeine, Empirin w/Codeine, Robitussin AC, Fiorinal w/Codeine
  • Diacetylmorphine, Horse, Smack, Dragon's Tail
  • Dilaudid
  • Demerol, Mepergan, Pethidine
  • Dolophine, Methadone
  • Vicodin, Dilles
  • Percodan, Percocet, Tylox
  • Numorphan, Tussionex, Fentanyl, Darvon, Lomotil, Talwin
  • Amytal, Butisol, Fiorinal, Nembutal, Seconal, Tuinal, Phenobarbital, Black Beauties
  • Ativan, Dalmane, Diazepam, Librium, Xanax, Serax, Valium, Tranxene, Versed, Halcion, Paxipam, Restoril
  • Quaalude
  • Doriden
  • Equanil, Miltown, Noludar, Placidyl, Soma, Chloral Hydrate
  • Marinol
  • Beer, Wine, Liquor

who are you and what is your goal in doing this?

we are mediamakers and festival programmers. we enjoy touring the united states with creative film projects. We think there's a need for another awesome theme-based festival. we think a lot of people will enjoy it. we think people will want to buy the dvd to play in their homes and at parties. people love the SLOMO VIDEO!

is this whole thing part of the so-called "slow movement"?

yes and no. in all honesty, we had no idea there was such a thing as a "slow movement" (e.g. slow food, slow sex, slow [insert thing here]) until after we started googling variations on the word slow which led us to many other experiments with slowness. the idea for this project originated from an appreciation for psychedelic cinema and experimental video. there is definitely some overlap and people who are into slow stuff are definitely going to want to visit what we're doing... we're no more part of the slow movement than we are part of the independent media movement than we are part of the theme-based video festivals movement than we are part of the let's-do-anything-but-buy-another-lame-hollywood-produced-dvd movement.

i've been looking for some good stock slomo (droplets falling into water, hummingbird in flight, dancers etc.), do you know a good source?

I have no idea about stock slow motion video... I really want to STRONGLY encourage filmmakers to get out there and film original slow motion stuff. let's build a new archive of indie stock slomo that anyone can use.

may i submit more than one SLOMO VIDEO?

more than one submission is encouraged. that 2+ will make it in to the festival is determined by the number of submissions... however if we get 1000 submissions then we're going to have to select the best 120.

is it ok to mix the slomo with other time speeds?

the videos merely have to address the concept of slow motion... how you implement is up to you... the PRIMARY focus of the video should include some form of slow motion.

does time-lapse count as slow motion?

unfortunately, time-lapse is only slow motion for the subject of the photography and the person actually shooting time-lapse... it would feel like "fast-mo" to the audience. if you're dying to get your time-lapse short film out there though you should consider talking to the t-minus timelapse film festival dudes about 2006.

does it have to be video or can it be an animation?

oh my goodness, PLEASE submit a slow motion animation!!! it can be any moving image that addresses the concept of slow motion.

Will this be presented in 4:3 aspect ratio, or 16:9? If 4:3, can I submit 16:9 material, letterboxed for 4:3? what about HD

the final format will be 4x3... you are more than welcome to letterbox your work, but please submit your final file as 4x3...

this is not an HD project

is PAL also ok to submit?

we will be playing back all the videos on NTSC. if you can make it NTSC before sending it, that would be ideal. you can use a plug-in to do conversions... this might be a wise investment ($100) for you if you intend to make videos that need to be NTSC. there are a bunch of other ways to convert your piece using software and hardware. anything you can do would be a great help. but if you can't figure it out, please just send a quicktime PAL movie on a cd-r or dvd-r.

Can I include original music on the soundtrack, composed specifically for the piece?

you are ENCOURAGED to include original music on the soundtrack... we will certainly not be able to publish the dvd with music that you don't own the copyright to... so YES... MAKE MUSIC... or if you'd like me to match you up with a musician to score your music, I know several that have offered to create custom music for one minute slow motion pieces... email but don't let this stop you from letting the natural audio roll at its own beautiful pace... slow audio can be as effective as slow video

Should my piece fade in/fade out, or do you prefer image to be onscreen for the full 60 seconds?

do whatever works for your piece, but a hard cut is fine by me... all credits will be rolled at the very end... hardcuts into the next piece would be kinda weird and possibly a good effect...

I was about to make a DVD and realized, maybe you don't want a regular DVD and maybe just want a DV or .mov file on the DVD for you to copy. what can I do to make your life easier?

a .mov file on a DVD is exactly what I need. I need to be able to just drag and drop the file into final cut pro. we are happy to accept mini-dv cassettes, but a file on a disc is ideal.

can I post my high resolution dv or .mov file online and just send you a url?

totally. email the url to

will you credit all the selected works?

all works will be credited, most likely at the END of the program. filmmakers are required to NOT include credits IN their piece... the full minute should be dedicated to the slow motion.

what, if any, payment for DVD sales?

all DVD profit will be put back into the project to either fund a volume 2 or to keep volume 1 in print in the event that they all sell out. this is definitely a zero-sum project.

does the artist retain the rights for any other use? what's the creative commons thing?

participating filmmakers are required to license their slow motion video under one of the following licensing options: (A) a Creative Commons Attribution License or (B) a SLOMO VIDEO License Agreement. the filmmakers fair use and other rights are in no way affected by either of these licenses.

Use of the Creative Commons Attribution License (the preferred license, by the way) means that the piece can be used by other artists as creative fuel as long as the original artist is given proper credit. read the text of the license agreement to see what others are able to do with work under this license. if you are still confused or curious about Creative Commons, watch these helpful flash animations to learn more.