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SHARKNADO 3: SUPER OBSESSED Official Rules

Mar 23, 2015 by Marie in Headline, News, Releases

Prove your fandom for a chance to be in the Sharknado making-of companion film!

The Asylum is producing the first-ever feature-length film about the Sharknado phenomenon, and fans have the chance to be part of it! The producers of the Sharknado film seriesare calling for fan video submissions to be judged for inclusion in their yet-to-be-named campy new film about the Sharknado franchise, the surprise phenomenon that first captured the public’s attention in 2013.

The film will be a no-holds-barred, hands-on look at the making of Sharknado 3 as well as a retrospective celebrating the rise of Sharknado and Sharknado 2: The Second One and how the franchise became a cultural juggernaut. The film will feature new in-depth interviews with cast and filmmakers, as well never-before-seen footage from the set. And it will explore why and how people respond to the films, which is where the fans come in: eligible video submissions will be included in the documentary to illustrate just how rabid Sharknado fans can be.

The official Sharknado companion film will be released by Cinedigm in Summer 2015. Sharknado 3 will air on Syfy on July 22nd.

All submissions are eligible for inclusion in the official Sharknado film and other media related to Sharknado 3. One first prize winner will also be awarded $250!

 

SUBMISSION RULES

You can submit three types of videos:

 

A. Video proof that you’re the biggest fan of Sharknado!

Please prepare a short clip explaining or showing why you are the biggest Sharknado fan. Show off your original costume, song, dance, video, or work of art. Did your family record your freakout when Sharknado 2 aired on Syfy? Do you have a slideshow of your wild Sharknado viewing party? Do you just need to film yourself explaining why you love it so much? Submit it!

 

B. A video of you answering 5-10 of the following interview questions.

1. Who do you want to see die in a Sharknado film and why?

2. What city would you like to see a Sharknado destroy and why?

3. How would you like to die in a Sharknado?

4. What weapon or strategy would you use against a Sharknado?

5. What other animal hybrid storms would you create if you had the chance?

6. What’s your favorite scene from the films?

7. If a shark took your hand, what would you replace it with?

8. Who would be the first person you would save? Who would be the last?

9. Who would you like to see have a cameo, and do you want them to survive or die?

10. What would be your catchphrase?

11. Which Sharknado character would you like to dress up as—or be?

12. What was your first experience with Sharknado?

13. What made you want to watch?

15. Sing the Ballad of Sharknado.

 

C. Recreate a 2-minute scene – WITH NO ACTORS.

What’s your favorite Sharknado moment? Fin slicing his way out of a Great White? April getting her hand bitten off? Create a short scene (under 2 minutes). The only rule is: you can’t use any human actors on screen! Voices and dogs are okay.

 

 

Please prepare your videos in a 16:9 ratio and (if you’re using a smart phone, that means hold it horizontally, not vertically). Send them to contest@theasylum.cc via Hightail, Dropbox, or other safe file-sharing service along with an email containing your name, contact email, and mailing address. Do not attach full, uncompressed videos to an email.

You may also mail your submissions on a disc or drive to The Asylum. However, we cannot return physical submissions, discs, or drives. Mail submissions to:

Attn: Lauren Hood

The Asylum

72 E Palm Ave.

Burbank, CA 91502

All submissions are due by 5:00pm PST on April 15th, 2015.

By submitting, entrants grant The Asylum permission to include their submission in the Sharknado 3 documentary and in any other media. Read complete submission rules here. Entries that fail to adhere to these rules will not be considered.

 

 

 

COMPLETE SUBMISSION RULES: THE FINE PRINT

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY

I. GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Global Asylum, Inc. is the sponsor of the Sharknado 3: Super Obsessed contest (“Contest”) and the sales agent (“Agent”) of “Sharknado 3″ (the “Picture”), a feature-length motion picture, seeking video submission by members of the public of their proof that he/she is the biggest fan of the films in the Sharknado franchise, for inclusion in the official Sharknado 3 companion film produced by Cinedigm (the “Feature”) and a first-place prize of $250. Only submissions conforming to these rules, based on Agent’s judgment, as it determines in its sole discretion, will be eligible for inclusion in the Feature and/or prize money.

Submissions should be videos consisting of either the entrant answering the interview questions provided or recorded proof that the entrant is the biggest fan of the Sharknado films. One submission will be awarded first prize and $250. Submissions that do not receive first prize may still be included in the Feature or other materials related to the Picture or Feature or the promotion thereof. All entrants will receive a Sharknado 3 promotional poster and button upon receipt of their eligible entry. No additional compensation will be given to any entrant. If the Feature or Picture is unable to be completed due to forces beyond Agent’s control, such as cancellation or a guild strike, Agent reserves the right not to award any or all of the prizes set forth above.

II. PROCEDURES

  1. Persons wishing to enter may send their submission(s) via email to contest@theasylum.cc as delineated belowor by mail as delineated below.Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. See section VI for information on deadlines.
    1. Submissions may consist of either:

i.     Video evidence that the entrant is the biggest fan of Sharknado, or

ii.     A video of the entrant answering or performing between 5 and 10 of the following questions or actions:

1. Who do you want to see die in a Sharknado film and why?

2. What city would you like to see a Sharknado destroy and why?

3. How would you like to die in a Sharknado?

4. What weapon or strategy would you use against a Sharknado?

5. What other animal hybrid storms would you create if you had the chance?

6. What’s your favorite scene from the films?

7. If a shark took your hand, what would you replace it with?

8. Who would be the first person you would save? Who would be the last?

9. Who would you like to see have a cameo, and do you want them to survive or die?

10. What would be your catchphrase?

11. Which Sharknado character would you like to dress up as—or be?

12. What was your first experience with Sharknado?

13. What made you want to watch?

15. Sing the Ballad of Sharknado.

iii.     A recreation of a scene from one of the Sharknado films. Must be less than or exactly 2 minutes in length. Must not contain human actors on screen. May contain objects, animals, human voices, digital effects, illustration, or animation.

  1. Submissions must consist of video files in a 16:9 ratio.
  2. Entrants may submit videos via a file-sharing service such as (not limited to) Dropbox or Hightail. Entrants must submit download links to their videos to contest@theasylum.cc, along with an email stating the entrant’s name, contact email, and mailing address. Full, uncompressed videos may not be attached to an email. Entrants are responsible for ensuring proper formatting and delivery of their files.
  3. Submissions may also be mailed, on a disc or drive, to: Lauren Hood, The Asylum, 72 E Palm Ave., Burbank, CA 91502. No element of a mailed submission, including the disc or drive containing the video file, will be returned to the entrant. All contents of mailed submissions will be retained by The Asylum. All mailed submissions must be received at The Asylum by the due date. Entrants are responsible for ensuring timely delivery of mailed submissions.

2. All submissions become the sole property of Agent and may be used in any manner, commercial or otherwise, in any and all media and/or technologies now known or hereafter devised throughout the universe in perpetuity. This includes but is not limited to the Feature, supplementary materials relating to the Feature or Picture (such as making-of or behind-the-scenes featurettes), and any marketing or promotional materials on video, online, in print, or on social media.

3. Entrants are responsible for all fees incurred through their electronic device associated with participation. Please consult your service provider for details regarding your message & data plan(s). Entrant understands and agrees his/her submission may receive exposure on theasylum.cc and/or Youtube.com and/or other websites, platforms and media as Agent determines in its sole discretion and may be subjected to comments and popularity ratings from the public at large. Agent is not responsible in any manner for any critical or derogatory remarks posted by the public pertaining to an entrant or an entrant’s submitted material.

4. Agent reserves the right to edit and/or alter any submission in Agent’s sole discretion. Agent reserves the right to place submissions in the Feature or any other media in any form.

5. Agent’s decisions regarding all Feature matters are final and non-appealable. All submissions are subject to the terms of these rules and all entrants agree to be bound by these rules and Agent’s decisions. Agent reserves the right in its sole discretion to amend these rules at any time and Agent will post the revised rules on this site. The rules in effect at whatever time the submission is judged will apply regardless of submission date.

6. Agent is not responsible for Internet system and hardware failures; delayed, incomplete or unsuccessful transmission of video or other entry information; technical malfunctions of any kind; human error; information loss and downtime; or any costs, losses, liability or damages resulting from any such failures. In the event of any such technical difficulty, malfunction or error, Agent reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to take such actions as it deems appropriate, including without limitation a determination to take no action.

III. ELIGIBILITY

1. Employees of The Global Asylum, Inc. and any parent, subsidiary, and affiliated companies and anyone involved in the production or distribution of the Feature and/or the Picture, as well as the immediate family/same household members of any of the foregoing individuals are not eligible to enter or to win any prizes. “Immediate family members” shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses, regardless of where they live. “Household members” shall mean people who share the same residence at least three (3) non-consecutive months a year, whether related or not.

2. Submissions are open to both U.S. and international entrants. All entrants are responsible for ensuring timely delivery of submissions to The Asylum by the due date.

3. Agent reserves the right to at any time implement new eligibility criteria and/or modify existing eligibility criteria, including, without limitation, geographical and age restrictions.

4. Entrant must be 13 years of age or older as of the date of entry.

5. Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that competing submissions may or may not have received exposure in any or all types of media, including without limitation social media sites, news, and entertainment sites (collectively, the “Media”) prior to their submission to Agent. Entrant understands, agrees and assumes the risk of any such Media exposure of competing submissions, whether or not commensurate with that of their own submissions. Entrant explicitly acknowledges and agrees that the Releases given by entrant shall cover any claim, expense or liability arising from or relating to such Media contact or exposure, or the lack thereof.

6. Each entrant acknowledges and agrees that his/her submission may or may not receive exposure in any or all types of media, including without limitation social media sites, news, and entertainment sites (collectively, the “Media”), that competing submissions may receive more or less exposure in the Media subsequent to submission to Agent, and that Agent and/or third parties may initiate, assist or cooperate with Media requests or exposure in connection with any submission(s). Entrant understands, agrees and assumes the risk that Media exposure of his/her submission, if any, may not be the same or commensurate with that of other competing submissions. Entrant explicitly acknowledges and agrees that the Releases given by entrant shall cover any claim, expense or liability arising from or relating to such Media contact or exposure, or the lack thereof.

7. All entrants grant to Agent the ownership rights in any visual medium submitted and the right to use such person’s name, voice and likeness in any manner, commercial or otherwise, and in any and all media and/or technologies whether now known or hereafter devised throughout the universe and in perpetuity, including, without limitation, for promotional and advertising purposes. Notwithstanding the foregoing, and without limitation of the rights granted to Producer, the submission of a video or any other tangible media constitutes the entrant’s permission to use the video (or other media) and the name, voice and likeness of the entrant, as well as the entrant’s representation that he/she has obtained all necessary permissions and approvals to use the media and the name, voice and likeness of all persons appearing in the video or other media, in and in connection with the Picture or Feature and any and all other exploitations thereof or otherwise, including, without limitation, for advertising and promotional purposes, in all media and/or technologies, now known or hereinafter created.

8. Each submission must be solely the original work of entrant/submitter.

9. Each entrant represents that his/her submission does not infringe on any third party’s copyrighted material trademark or other intellectual property rights, or privacy or publicity rights.

10. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to release, discharge, defend and hold harmless Agent as well as any parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies and each of their respective licensees, assigns, officers, directors, employees, members, partners, agents and representatives, from and against any claim, expense or liability arising from or related to submission, exhibition or exploitation of the entry, participation in this Contest, or otherwise and/or acceptance or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel or production services related thereto).

11. Each entrant agrees that his/her participation and submission shall be governed by and construed under and in accordance with the laws of the United States and of the State of California applicable to contracts entered into and wholly performed therein. Each entrant consents and agrees to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the federal and state courts of the State of California, located in the County of Los Angeles.

12. Illegal acts, including, but not limited to, unlawful graffiti, destruction of property without permission, theft, trespassing, or any other crime or misdemeanor are ineligible and will not be considered.

13. All submissions must include contact information including your full legal name, home address, viable telephone number, email address, and a link to your website or Facebook if possible.

IV. JUDGING CRITERIA

1. Submissions will be judged by Agent’s staff and the Feature producers and is utterly subject to their whims, opinions, and summary judgments in determining which submissions should be included in the Feature.

V. PRIZES

1. Prizes will be awarded promptly to Contest winners when available, provided they certify and establish to Agent’s satisfaction that they have complied with the official rules and signed all necessary Releases and any other forms as determined by Agent.

2. Winners of any prize are solely responsible for all federal, state and local taxes.

3. If the anticipated production of the Picture is not commenced or completed for any reason, including without limitation as a result of force majeure or labor dispute, Agent reserves the right to terminate, suspend and/or modify the competition, award the prizes by any other means Agent deems appropriate, and/or limit, reduce or not award the announced prizes.

4. If mailing address and/or contact information for the entrant is no longer valid, Agent is not responsible for delivery of any prize.

VI. CONTEST DEADLINES

1. The deadline date for the Contest is 5:00 p.m. PST on April 15, 2015. All submissions must be received by Agent on or before the deadline date to be eligible for inclusion in the Contest.

VII. RELEASES

1. All entrants agree to sign general Releases and other documents in the form provided by Agent or be eliminated from consideration and declared ineligible to win any prize. Releases will include, among other things, a statement that the submissions were the exclusive property of the entrant(s) at the time they were submitted.

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Avengers Grimm: Where to see it

Mar 17, 2015 by Marie in Headline, News, Releases

AVENGERSGRIMM_key_hr[1] Here’s where you can see Avengers Grimm in theaters around the U.S. on 3/17. Click the links to buy tickets and be sure to check individual listings for showtimes! And remember, if your city isn’t on this list, you can now watch the movie on-demand at home.

Boston – Brattle Theatre – tickets

Cleveland – Capitol Theatre – tickets

Dallas – Texas Theatre – tickets

Denver – Oriental Theater – tickets 

Detroit – Birmingham 8 – tickets

Los Angeles – Laemmle Music Hall 3 – tickets 

Minneapolis – Pepito’s Parkway Theater - theater info

Philadelphia – Hiway Theater - tickets 

San Francisco – Balboa Theatre – tickets 

Washington, D.C. – West End Cinemas – tickets

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Official statement on the Sharknado 3 strike

Mar 13, 2015 by Marie in Headline, News, Releases, VIP

Below is a statement from Paul Bales, Chief Operating Officer of The Asylum and one of the producers of the SHARKNADO films:

Before I started with The Asylum, I worked at Screen Actors Guild for almost ten years; first as a contracts representative, and then as Director of SAGIndie. In fact, I was instrumental in unionizing the SAG business reps and still consider myself a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Five years prior to that I was West Coast Representative for the American Guild of Variety Artists. The Asylum, at my insistence, has voluntarily signed agreements with all of the entertainment unions and guilds when the budgets allowed. And while other studios have moved to Canada or elsewhere, we have chosen to keep our production business in the United States. So, to accuse me, my partners, or my company of somehow being anti-union is insulting and untrue.

It is true that SHARKNADO 2 was made under an IATSE contract. However, dealing with the New York City locals was the worst experience we’ve had in making over 200 movies. After all of the manipulation and bullying, inefficiency, overcharging, lying, and featherbedding, we had absolutely no desire to repeat this experience on SHARKNADO 3.

The IATSE’s actions on this film have confirmed that we made the right decision.

Unmotivated by the crew themselves, the IATSE pulled the union members working on the film and coerced most of the non-union crew not to cross the picket line by claiming that they would never be able to join the union in the future. The replacement crew and the crew who have continued to work have been subject to everything from cyberbullying, threats, objects being thrown at them, verbal and physical intimidation, staged pedestrian accidents, and mysteriously flattened tires. Most disturbingly, the majority of the vitriol has been directed at the women on our crew, including the posting of their photographs, phone numbers, and license plate numbers to invite their harassment.

Furthermore, of the 30-40 picketers who paraded around our sets in Los Angeles and Washington and our production offices, only about three or four of them had any prior involvement in this project.

The crew was replaced within a day and production has continued unabated. The delivery and release of the film is not, and has never been, in jeopardy.

The only thing the IATSE’s 1920s shakedown tactics have achieved is the unemployment of our original crew, erroneous stories planted in the press, and the persecution of a young and dedicated crew who want nothing more than to be a part of the cinematic history that is the SHARKNADO phenomenon.

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