MoveOn.org is sponsoring the contest Bush in 30 Seconds, “a political TV ad contest to help us find the most creative, clear and memorable ideas for ads that tell the truth about George Bush’s policies.” At the time Rae and I decided to go ahead and submit an entry, the deadline for submissions was a week away (December 5). By Sunday, Rae had the script and storyboards worked out, and by Tuesday we had all of the props and backdrops created. Thanks to our friends and family, we were able to get all the filming done on Wednesday evening. Thursday was spent editing the sound and video footage. On Friday, we finalized the last few details before submitting it to MoveOn’s web site around 6:00 pm.
Thanks again to our actors and actresses in the short, Dardy, Thomas, Randy, Ginger, Javier, Raphael, Heather, Joon-Mo, May, Salim, Steve, Susan, Vanessa, and Levi. Thanks go out also to Po’k and Jim, who helped us with the sound and soundtrack! We couldn’t have done it without you!
After the deadline passed, we learned that there were over 1500 submissions to the contest! MoveOn was expecting between 300-400 submissions, but clearly they underestimated the demand. Online voting has begun on December 17 and will run until December 30. Finalists will be chosen from among the 1500 entries to be voted on by a panel of celebrites, including Michael Moore, Jack Black, James Carville, Margaret Cho, and Al Franken. To promote fairness, MoveOn is randomizing which videos appear to visitors.
Here are some of the behind-the-scenes photos taken during the filming of The People Are Waiting by Rae Chang and Adam Tow.