Hey Mike, technically I'm not back but I have been on the side-lines with a paper bag over my head trying to look inconspicuous all the while just watching what you lot have been up to...
Living in a paper bag this last while has given me perspective of sorts, about film anyway.. not sure why but for some time now films have made me seriously angry and everything that I used to love about them so dearly now just makes me want to madly smash holes in things with the biggest hole smashing implements I can lay my hands on..
Last year I looked at film like an onion and I just started peeling away at the layers... Does it need this layer, nope not really peel it off and throw it away, does it need the next not specifically, peel it off and throw it away.. I just kept doing that till I got right down to the very nub, the heart of what is a film (or what I think is a film) and it was not what I expected..
All those things I thought were essential were actually all the things that were making me angry and frustrated..
Last year I did my own random pick of lines, props etc and made a 6 minute film with just 1 naked male who's only movement was to move his head once.. nothing sexual about the nakedness, costuming was one of the layers I peeled away and discarded.. there was a second unseen character so there was dialogue and just two props.. Although the naked man made not one step he moved through five different sets without fancy green screen or any trickery of camera and editing, in fact there was no editing at all, just one continuous shot and to me it worked perfectly.. Note I did say "to me" most everyone else I'm sure would have taken issue with that..
Of course if anyone else tries to do it like that this year you can point your finger at them and say "use your own imagination buster and not rely on others to think for you" The ultimate end-game is to get it down to 1 naked character, 1 prop, no dialogue and yet still tell a story but that's a way off yet as I still haven't peeled away all the layers that make a story a story..
But like I say finances being what they are I'll be doing it again from the side-lines.. Luck has not been on my side lately and everything I seem to touch blows up and sucks away at my meagre resources..
However I will watch closely what Nutbar and Nimlin do though not comment, nothing personal I just feel I no longer have the right to make any statement on anything anyone else does, it's not my place...
Good luck and have fun ...
2012 - Nimlin Productions - Hira's Tree - Urban Legend
2011 - Divide That By 9 - No Country For Fake Women - Crime
2010 - Off To The Accountant Films - The Meek Shall Inherit - Twin Movie - Regional Finalist