Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Abingdon Shorts competition!
The short film competition was created to promote and support the creative talents in our region, while celebrating the unique people, places and events that make Abingdon a tourist destination.
Films had to be less than three minutes long, and embody the spirit of Abingdon’s tag line: “It’s Always Play Time in Abingdon.”
There were several short films submitted, of which the judging committee selected the top three to receive awards. The winners will be used in promotional content on the Visit Abingdon website and social media channels.
Abingdon has just announced the next round of competition, with submissions due July 19, 2017. To enter or learn more, visit AbingdonShorts.com
First Place: “Like a Kid Again” by J.R. Linkous
J.R. Linkous is a Bristol based designer and filmmaker. “Like a Kid Again” was filmed entirely on location on Abingdon’s Main Street. See more of his work at jayarelinkous.com.
“When I first read the details for the Abingdon Shorts film competition, I knew in about 20 minutes what I was going to do. When trying to put together an idea for a video or film, I have these “easy ideas” that come to me right away. You know, the ones that make sense. I typically try to bypass any of those and come up with something that goes the extra mile and looks at communicating the same point or story in a completely different way. When I read the line “it’s always playtime in Abingdon”, my initial thought was to highlight the Creeper Trail, fishing, backpacking, all the elements that easily communicate “playtime”. However, I decided that I wanted to connect Main Street Abingdon with “playtime”. As always, I’m working with no budget and little time. What I had to come up with would have to be simple but communicate the point just as well. I decided that I wanted to use my 5-year-old daughter because she’s cute and she didn’t charge me a dime to act. At this point, I have to connect shopping and tourism with a 5 year old. It was all downhill after this! The phrase “makes me feel like a kid again” came to mind. That idea combined with the desire to have a twist at the end resulted in my Abingdon short film entry “Like a Kid Again”.
Second Place: “The Shoot” by Jon Phelps/Nice Marmot Productions
Jon Phelps of Nice Marmot Productions is an IT professional in Abingdon, Virginia. For more from Nice Marmot Productions, visit their Youtube channel.
“Because we had to use the tagline “It’s always play time in Abingdon” I thought it would be amazing if we were shooting a commercial centered around that one line and the actor just couldn’t get it right. I pitched it to my friend Ryan Henderson, the main star of the short, and we wrote it in an evening and shot it the following day in the upstairs of the Barter Theatre. I think I decided to go with a comedy narrative because I have always enjoyed making people laugh and once I had that central idea the script really wrote itself. We went super meta with the ending, having his girlfriend be the actual star of the commercial, but in the end I think it worked well and was a nice little button on the whole thing.”
Third Place: “Playtime” by J.R. Linkous
“Playtime,” also produced by J.R. Linkous, took home the third place price.
For more information about the Abingdon Shorts competition, visit AbingdonShorts.com.