LAKE GEORGE - Not that long ago, capturing life in moving images as an art form generally required expensive equipment and considerable training.
But now, with the proliferation of video options on cell phones and digital cameras, amateurs including teens and even young children have opportunities to express their take on the world through video.
The Lake George Arts Project is now tuning into this trend, that's expressed itself in such phenomena as YouTube, video blogs and postings on Facebook and MySpace.
The Arts Project as launched their People's Pixel Project, a video festival featuring dozens of video shorts, 3 to 5 minutes in length.
The Arts Project is now publicizing a call for entries for the festival that will culminate in a Grammy-style gala awards night on Feb. 6 complete with screenings of the top video art entered.
People of all ages who reside within 75 miles of Lake George Village are welcome to submit up to three entries on standard DVD format.
Arts Project Director John Strong said the video festival represents a new artistic venture for his organization.
"The Pixel Project is very exciting - Because most of the submissions are likely to come from a 15-to -30 age group, it's a whole new audience for us," he said. "There's incredible creativity out there, and we're trying to rope it in."
Pixel Project Committee Member Jeannette Brandt said that the Arts Project Board of Directors was seeking to delve into a non-traditional art form, and video offered contemporary, compelling works that related viscerally to a new generation.
"I'm excited about the entries we may get considering the community of people now doing videos," she said. "If it's good art, it will win, and it's not dependent on your equipment or your art resume."
Brandt said she'd like to see people of all ages and backgrounds submit works for the Pixel Project, regardless of their prior experience or credentials.
"We'd like to flush out undiscovered art talent," she said.
Pixel Project guidelines:
The deadline for all entries is November 20, 2009. The six categories are:
1. Tunes: Music-related video where the primary focus is the music. Music must be original work for which the entrant owns the copyright.
2. U14: Work by artists 14 years old and younger in any category.
3. Get Reel: A documentary video.
4. Animated: Stop action, table-top animation, computer generated, hand-drawn, slideshow, etc., as long as it is not primarily live action.
5. Experimental: Experimental work, not necessarily narrative.
6. Narrative: Telling of a story, but with the five-minute length, it must be quickly.
The top three in each division will receive both recognition and an award at the festival.
For details, contact the Lake George Arts Project at: 1 Amherst Street, Lake George, NY 12845, or call: 668-2616. The Arts Project can also be reached at: www.lakegeorgearts.org, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.