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Film Challenge

The Spring 2015 Film Challenge is upon us!!

This year's kick-off will be on Wednesday, March 25 at 5pm in the RU Center For Innovative Teaching and Learning (Walker 275). Students will have just over a week to produce their film and submit to the CITL by 5pm on Friday, April 3. All entries will be publicly screened at the Radford Theatre on Saturday, April 18, 12-2pm.

Films must be between 1 and 4 minutes (not counting title and end credits), and must meet the challenge requirements (a genre, and also a line of dialog and a prop you must somehow include in your film). There will be awards, and the theater has offered to show the winning film(s) before the evening feature for the entire week following the awards screening.

Be sure to check out the OFFICIAL RULES, as well as the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. Please direct questions to citl@radford.edu.


If you are new to moviemaking or simply need some guidance, check the short video directly below to learn how to get started. In addtition, there are numerous resources further down the page: how-to's, tips and tricks, software tutorials, and related info.

Additional Resources

Producing Your Movie

Vimeo Video School - visit the lessons area to view three short, general tutorials on preparing for, shooting and editing video. Also visit the main area to view other people's short films and to check out their weekend challenges, in case you want to try one for practice.

McConnell Library - students can checkout camcorders, tripods, DSLR cameras, and audio recorders. The default period is three days, and it's a good idea to make a reservation in advance (contact the Front Desk). You might also consider spending some time with the camera you'll be using before you check it out to shoot your movie.

Apple iMovie 2011 Tutorial - a brief, narrated video tutorial on using Apple's iMovie. If you're a Mac user, this is for you. While the latest version differs a bit, most of the features are the same.

Windows Movie Maker Live Tutorial - a brief, narrated tutorial on using Microsoft's free video editor. If you're a Windows user, this is for you.

Windows Movie Maker Live download - if you need to get the software, download it.

Audacity - a really great, freeware audio editor for Windows or Mac. Good for recording voice, mixing multiple tracks together, special audio effects. etc. Click link to download. If you need help getting started, download the quick reference.

CITL New Media Center - if you need to speak with someone about questions you have or how to do something -- or, if you need access to a computer for editing, then this is the place. Email citl@radford.edu with general questions, or to set up an appointment with one of our staff, or to make a reservation to use a video editing station.

DSLR video tips - a short document containing tips for using a DSLR camera to shoot video. Anyone with questions can also email citl@radford.edu for info or to set up an appointment to talk about it.

Additional Media

Creative Commons Search - use to search Flickr, Google, SoundCloud, etc., for open-license images and audio to use in your movie.

Vimeo Music Store - use to find open-license music and sound to use in your movie.

The Free Sound Project - use to find audio and sound effects for your movie (you have to sign up to download stuff, but it's free).

FindSounds.com - use to find sound effects (household, nature, etc.) to use in your movie. TIP: search for 16-bit/44100 format WAV or AIF files.

The Internet Archive - use to find public domain or open-license media to use in your movie.