elements 2013

2013 Sleepless in Lake Placid:  Elements


Hi everyone.  Well, here they are- this year’s elements.  As always, we tried to tie  these in with the Lake Placid region and with other aspects of the festival.  Hope you find them interesting, and I hope they free up your creativity rather than the opposite!  Keep in mind that the goal here is to integrate these elements in as organic a way as possible with the other elements of your story, and not as items on a treasure hunt checklist.  We’ll talk a bit more about the difference between the two at the orientation.

A drum roll, please.  This year’s three required elements are:

1.  An opening quote about mountains, followed by an establishing shot of a mountainous, Adirondack skyline (see attached list of quotes).

2.  A scene with one or more people watching something on a device, oblivious to the world around them.

3.  A fishing lure.

LakereflectionshadowElement 1:  Mountains are synonymous with the Adirondacks, and ties the experience of the North Country to a great philosophical tradition expressive of the human encounter of people and mountains.   In addition, the Lake Placid Film Forum is this year screening two films about that experience (The Summit and The Mountains Will Wait for You).  The quote you choose will comment upon or in some way relate to the story that follows.



distracted-driverElement 2:  Following up on the Adirondack Film Society’s Go Digital or Go Dark campaign, this year’s Forum theme is “The Shared Experience in a Wired World,” and anchored in a discussion led by Emerging Pictures’ Ira Deutchman about how small theaters might continue to provide “the shared experience” of theatrical moviegoing in a digital age.  The scene you develop involving people watching something on a device relates to this theme.



Element 3:   Fishing is a central feature of Adirondack culture, and a fishing lure is a beautiful expression of it.  Your task is to incorporate a fishing lure as a visually and thematically expressive element in your film.  I will come with some lures you can use, and there is an Orvis store in town where you can pick up your own.

That’s it!  The rest is yours!  I hope you can use your time coming over together to come up with some good ideas!  Drive carefully, everyone, and see you soon.




Quotations About Mountains

It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain in your shoe.

–Robert W. Service

Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.

–Theodore Roethke

Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men to rocks and mountains?
–Jane Austin


I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street.

— W.H. Auden

There’s a lot of mountain climbers trapped inside of bodies of people behind the counter at Kinko’s.

— Henry Rollins

There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.

–Victor Hugo

What would be ugly in a garden constitutes beauty in a mountain.

–Victor Hugo

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

–Edmund Hillary

Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.

— Jeffrey Rasley

When preparing to climb a mountain – pack a light heart.

–Dan May

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime.

Edward Whymper


Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.
John Muir

Because it’s there.
George Mallory

God is not only something metaphysical, but also the physical world, the plants and animals, the mountains and rivers, the air and the sun and the earth.
Jeffrey R. Anderson

There are two kinds of people. Those who climb mountains and those who sit in the shadow of the mountains and critique the climbers.
Richard Paul Evans

All mountain landscapes hold stories: the ones we read, the ones we dream, and the ones we create.
Michael Kennedy

It’s impossible to fall off mountains you fool!
Jack Kerouac


If you despise the mountains you have climbed, you are not welcomed by the mountains you have not yet climbed.
Mehmet Murat ildan

Kid, you’ll move mountains.
Dr. Seuss


I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news.
John Muir

You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.
Tom Hiddleston

It’s easy to convince men to love you, Puck. All you have to do is be a mountain they have to climb or a poem they don’t understand. Something that makes them feel strong or clever.

Maggie Stiefvater


A simple act of kindness the size of a rice grain can weigh as heavy as a mountain.
Feroz Bham

(Quotations found on BrainyQuote.com and Goodreads.com)

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