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Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Trentonian Movie Contest

TRENTON -- I like to take pictures and videos of people, places and things. And I like to use Windows Movie Maker to stitch those pictures of videos -- with a dose of music, text and graphics -- into short movies. It's a hobby. It's fun. The finished products won't win Oscars but I'm working toward the big stage of Hollywood. I will make a great movie one day. Here's a little joint I made today from pictures and videos of a recent train ride to NYC.

As I was making the movie, a thought occurred: Start a contest for movie-makers in Trenton. So here is the official clarion call for The Trentonian's 1st Movie Contest. 

The rules are simple:

1) The movie must be 5 minutes or less.
2) No cussing or nudity, but that does not mean you can't be artistic about language (think "A Clockwork Orange") and bodies.
3) Do not infringe anyone else's copyrighted material or you'll be disqualified, and possibly sued -- then thrown in jail for 25 years and forced to wear a nightgown and dance with Bubba every night before the two of you spoon into a midnight dreary.
4) Every entry must be posted at YouTube, and you can enter only 1 movie.

The theme is "Trenton, My Trenton" -- what does Trenton mean to you?

The deadline to submit your movies is May 1. From that point voting will take place for 2 weeks -- and the crowd is the judge. We'll narrow the list to a top 10 and have a new round of voting till we have a top 3. At that point we'll try to find some professional movie-makers to vote for a winner.

The top 3 movie-makers win prizes.

Send a YouTube link -- your official entry -- to

So, movie-makers, what is your cinematic vision of "Trenton, My Trenton"?