Earlier in the summer we told you about the Ridley Scott-backed film-making contest being run by Nintendo and the BFI (British Film Institute). This was taking submissions of 3D films recorded on 3DS systems, with the winner then having an opportunity to create a professionally produced 3D film with Stuart Warren-Hill – founder of Hexstatic, Holotronica and co-founder of the Big Chill — and Asif Kapadia, director of Formula 1 documentary Senna.
Nintendo has announced the winner ahead of the big premier on 15th October; it's Nicholas Pratt, a 20 year-old student of Japanese at London’s SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies). He's already received mentoring from the two judges and has been filming his new creation with a professional crew. The three runners-up were Tom Rule, Jamie Mitchell and Charlie Doran, who also deserve congratulations and their year-long BFI membership, and all four winning submissions will be made available to watch on 3DS systems in a few weeks time.
Nintendo is planning more collaborative projects with the BFI, and below is the full press statement with details of the winner and screening of the winning film.
Nintendo and the BFI, both committed to finding and nurturing the best new British film talent, are thrilled to announce Nicholas Pratt as the winner of A Vision in 3D, a nation-wide competition, inviting emerging filmmakers to submit a short 3D film, using the wide range of filming modes on the Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL.
Supported by Ridley Scott and focused around the theme of ‘British Summer 2012’, the winning short film will be premiered before the Nintendo Gala UK Premiere of The Sapphires on Monday 15 October, 6pm, at Odeon West End at the BFI London Film Festival (10 – 21 October 2012) in partnership with American Express®. Feel-good comedy The Sapphires charts the fortunes of a larger than life female soul band, and stars Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids).
20 year-old Nicholas Pratt, a student of Japanese at London’s SOAS says, “I’m really excited to have this opportunity to get involved in the film industry! It will be incredible to watch the film on the big screen with an audience and walk the red carpet – I’m pinching myself here!“
Pratt has been mentored by AV innovator Stuart Warren-Hill and director Asif Kapadia and following his winning submission, has been shooting his new short film for screening at the Nintendo Gala on location in London, in collaboration with Warren-Hill and a professional crew. Director of Photography Malcolm Hadley who has worked on Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and upcoming 3D opus Frankenweenie, (the BFI London Film Festival’s Opening Night Gala supported by American Express), has also been on hand to wave his magic wand over the stop-motion process.
The 3 runners-up in the competition are Tom Rule, Jamie Mitchell and Charlie Doran. Each receives a pair of tickets to the BFI London Film Festival and a BFI Membership for one year.
All four films can be viewed on the Nintendo 3DS XL pods at the BFI Southbank from early October and will be available to watch on Nintendo 3DS XL consoles from 31st October - 21st November.
Nintendo 3DS XL and the BFI present A Vision in 3D offers an incredible introduction to the film industry for the next generation of UK film talent.
Award-winning director, Ridley Scott said: “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.”
Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director and Head of Exhibition added, “The BFI London Film Festival is thrilled to be working with Nintendo on this innovative new partnership that provides an opportunity for emerging filmmaking talent to be mentored in 3D filmmaking and we look forward to showcasing the winning film at the festival this October.”
A Vision in 3D is supported by competition figurehead Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Blade Runner, Gladiator) and entries were judged by an expert panel that included competition mentors Stuart Warren-Hill – an AV artist and innovator in the field of electronic music and visual media, founder of Hexstatic, Holotronica and co-founder of the Big Chill - and Asif Kapadia, director of hit documentary Senna.
In addition to this competition and as part of their wider cultural partnership, Nintendo and the BFI are working together on a number of new 3D content projects, details of which will continue to be announced.