Dell Frame of Reference Winner!

September 12th, 2008 by Clint Posted in film | 2 Comments »

On Sunday August 31, at the 35th Telluride Film Festival, really early in the morning, we were announced as the winners of the Dell Frame of Reference competition for our short film Prohibition 2020, starring three friends from work, Nick Heredia, Christine Hara, and Kyle Phew.

As one of three finalists, I was tasked with creating a ten to twenty minute short film. This project was the longest and most complicated that we’ve attempted. Selected by a panel of judges as the winner, our entry screened at the Dell Lounge in the Brigadoon tent during a special breakfast awards ceremony. The competition called for a film in the style of French New Wave, with an “Out of My League” theme, featuring the song They’re Outnumbered by Dignan.



Prohibition 2020 takes place in the not-too-distant future in San Francisco, where strict prohibition laws are being enforced. David’s hobby is making moonshine whiskey in his garage, and he meets a well-connected wine dealer that he wants to impress.

The entire project was done in about seven weeks. The first two weeks after getting the contest requirements were spent watching and learning about French New Wave films (the commentary track on Breathless is magnificent). Script planning took a week or so, and most of the principal photography was done in a weekend. A week-long vacation to Portland gave me a break in the middle. Finally, editing and filling in the gaps took every bit of free time and every ounce of energy I had for the last three weeks. More behind-the-scenes action will be available soon.

The other entries are both impressively well made, and definitely worth watching. From what we heard, our use of French New Wave elements is what set us apart.

Read more about Prohibition 2020

Huge thanks again to everyone who helped out, and to everyone who encouraged us along the way!

2 Responses to “Dell Frame of Reference Winner!”

  1. This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long while. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the video link, I can’t wait to get home to watch it.

    Congrats, Clint, you deserve big recognition like this.

  2. Great work Clinton! Let’s do another one and win next years contest!:))

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