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Ridley Scott Wants 3DS Owners To Follow In His Footsteps

Posted by Damien McFerran

Director of Blade Runner is backing new joint venture by Nintendo and the BFI

Nintendo and the British Film Institute (BFI for short) have joined forces to create A Vision in 3D — a ground-breaking initiative to get Nintendo 3DS owners making movies with their consoles, with the central theme being "British Summer 2012". Expect a large proportion of the resultant entries to boast record amounts of rain and people complaining about the Olympics.

Nintendo and the BFI have even managed to rope in legendary film director Ridley Scott — responsible for such solid-gold classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator and Prometheus (OK, maybe not the last one) — who had this to say about the noble venture:

“Digital and 3D filmmaking is within the grasp of everyone these days. I’m excited by all the skill and talent that’s emerging in the UK, telling stories in different ways and it’s vital that it gets our support. This competition launched by the BFI and Nintendo opens up a big opportunity for emerging filmmakers to make their mark and they should grab it with both hands. I can’t wait to see the results.”

Submissions will be judged by Stuart Warren-Hill – founder of Hexstatic, Holotronica and co-founder of the Big Chill — and Asif Kapadia, director Senna, one of the most popular documentary films ever made. The eventual winner will then get to create a brand-new 3D epic with these two mentors, to be shown at the 56th BFI London Film Festival, which takes place in October.

"Short films must be recorded using a Nintendo 3DS or 3DS XL and should be no more than 60 seconds long. Special attention will be given to films demonstrating adherence to the theme, imaginative content and clever use of the 3D technology," sayeth the rules. Entries must be under 40MB in size and should be submitted by midnight on the 2nd September. You've also got to be over 16 and a British resident.

Details on how to upload your cinematic creations can be found on the official competition page on Nintendo's site.

[via nintendo.co.uk]

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User Comments (14)

ajcismo

#2

ajcismo said:

That backhanded slam on Prometheus was harsh. Anyways...
Why can't they do this in America too? I'd love to do a 3D movie on the fatness that is the American Mid-West.

Araknie

#3

Araknie said:

I didn't even have seen Prometheus, thank you very much for condinating my judge when i will see it. Geez...

Birthday_Boy

#4

Birthday_Boy said:

So now on a related question. Was Nintendo so inspired by Ridley, that they used his name for one Samus' main bosses? Considering he made such a successful Alien franchise.

JonWahlgrenAdmin

#5

JonWahlgren said:

I read this as FBI at first and thought the sneaky spying spirit of Hoover lived on.

@Klyo Seems likely! Metroid owes a lot to Alien thematically.

SMEXIZELDAMAN

#7

SMEXIZELDAMAN said:

60 seconds? That's barely enough time to do anything other than take a quick tour of my mansion's first floor assuming the catgirls don't get in the way :O :O

triforcepower73

#8

triforcepower73 said:

Darn. I'm 13 and I live in america. The only videos I've ever made were these stupid two-minute long stick sword fighting movies with a few of my friends when we were in 4th grade. They were fun to make though.

Popyman

#13

Popyman said:

This is cool! I wish there was an American version of the contest!

I, um, honestly didn't know you could take video on a 3DS though. XD

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