Film Racing Grand Prix 09: Among the Clouds

greencloud A few weeks ago Very Clever engaged in another round of Film Racing, this time their 100 Hour Grand Prix. Starting with the theme of Privacy, and the prop of a balloon, we created Un Duet Dans les Nuages(A Duet in the Clouds), our French-est film yet. The film stars our friend Chicago commedienne Natalie Kossar, who co-wrote the music as well.

You can watch the film, along with the 50 other Grand Prix entries, and vote for your favorite at the Film Racing Website.

As is often the case in these timed races, there are tweaks we intended that didn’t get made before time ran out, so check back here soon to see our 101 hour cut.

Zombies Go National

asset 4.2 chuck faceVoting is now open for the national finals of the 2009 Film Race.  The winners of 24 Hour Film Races from 20 cities (in the U.S. AND Canada) compete for $40,000 in prizes.

If you have a chance, why not vote for The Never Did Do Blues, our winning entry in the Chicago Film Race?  Its a rollicking animated zombie musical, done by folks who still know what thats supposed to mean.  You can Vote Here.

rather easy being green

Here we are using our new green screen to shoot promos for the Improvised Star Trek, a new comedy playing at the iO Theatre Saturdays at midnight(watch your back Improvised Shakespeare). Every week is a new episode from a new crew in the Star Trek universe. Very Clever’s Christopher Rathjen is a cast member, and we’ll have some complete videos ready for mass consumption soon.

Image via Irene, another cast member, and a fine Starfleet officer.

Very Clever at Bughouse


Be aware: Very Clever has submitted a film to Bughouse’s Movie Night. The details are above, and if you’re a filmmaker yourself submissions are still open. Come by Thursday Dec. 3 for some shorts, some beers, and a raffle.

Another Race Run

If you follow our tweets you’ll know that this weekend Very Clever was participating again Film Racing’s Nationwide 100 Hour Grand Prix. Keep checking here to find out when you can view the product of our efforts. I’ll just say there was an organ.

Very Clever has previously entered the Grand Prix. Our 2008 entry The Flip Side received an Honorable Mention, and 2007′s Hope Hath No Halflife was awarded First Runner Up.

HRVC Update

Organizing For America has announced the winner of the Health Reform Video Challenge. Unfortunately Very Clever’s submission was not the final winner, but we honored to have been a finalist. The Health Reform Video Challenge received almost one thousand entries, and the Finalists garnered almost 4 millions views on YouTube. We’d like thank to everyone who voted for us, and hope Health Care Reform will be a reality soon.

And hey, we made the montage!

Crashing the Super Bowl: Jeff’s Brain

Nothing’s worse than having a roommate eat all your Doritos. Especially if that roommate borrows your mouth to do it.

One of three spots we made as entries to Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, in an attempt to win lots of money. This one, of course, builds on some of our previous work in the area of talking brain comedy.

Crashing the Super Bowl: Chip off the Old Block

A man who has become too emotionally attached to his Doritos learns a harsh lesson.

One of three spots we made as entries to Doritos’ “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, in an attempt to win lots of money. This idea came up about 2 hours before we shot it, after we had cast off a few previous ideas for being either predictable, difficult to film, or just not quite funny enough.

Health Reform Video voting open until 11/6

Just a reminder that voting is open on Organizing For America’s Health Reform Video Challenge until November 6th.  Check out the videos, rate them, and tell your friends and family to do the same! Very Clever’s video is : “Is This Really the Way it Should Work?

Improvised Shakespeare Co.

We’ve just put the finishing touches on some work for Chicago’s acclaimed improv group, The Improvised Shakespeare Company.  (Full disclosure: Very Clever’s own Nick Wagner is a member of the ISC.) We think it turned out very well.  The ISC is putting a new website together, and it’s likely that the video will be featured there in some form or another, but in the meantime, here it is!

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And if you like that, you should catch the Improvised Shakespeare Company live on Friday nights at the iO Theatre.

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