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#DVMISSION17 Obstructions

Genre: Lynchian Musical

Dialogue: Q. “What’s it like?” A. “It’s like nothing at all”

Title: The Last Game

There is an additional obstruction for previous prize winners – you need to include a man eating an ice cream while holding a red bucket full of pop corn.


AN ACADEMIC DEFINITION of Lynchian might be that the term “refers to a particular kind of irony where the very macabre and the very mundane combine in such a way as to reveal the former’s perpetual containment within the latter.” If you ever need to try explain to someone what Lynchian is, any of these answers would probably suffice:

  • It’s like being dropped into the middle of someone else’s dream.
  • It’s like the real world, only people speak backwards and the sun rises at night and sets in the morning.
  • It’s what avant garde would look like if it was personified as a sociopathic serial killer trying really, really hard to not to kill again (but failing pretty bad).
  • It’s a woman’s crimson lips, a highway at night; it’s red drapes and a spotlit stage.
  • It’s an inescapable small town in America.
  • It’s eery detachment and a crushing blow.
  • It’s ostensible — you’ll know it when you see it.

How would you describe Lynchian?

If you are really stuck take a look at what Kevin B Lee says on the subject in this video essay hosted on Fandoor: WHAT IS LYNCHIAN

The musical film is a film genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing. The songs usually advance the plot or develop the film’s characters, though in some cases they serve merely as breaks in the storyline, often as elaborate “production numbers”.

We are thinking BUSBY BERKELEY here so don’t let us down. We want to see some aspiring Fred Astaire’s and Ginger Rogers teaming up with the Blues Brothers for some Singing in the Rain. Think big and then get even bigger for that spiral staircase shot over the swimming pool full of bathing belles and cheerful charlies.

The best of luck and we look forward to seeing all your films on Sunday night. Don’t forget the upload deadline is 5pm and we need your press pack as well as the film. Please render a 1080p version for submission.

Mission Director