Great prizes for best 65 second video about you and/or San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka
San Francisco Ballet — the oldest professional ballet company in America and the first in the country to perform sfballet.org/contest, for details prior to posting their video entry on YouTube. On December 2nd, five semi-finalists will be announced, based on criteria including creativity, relevance, views on YouTube, and adherence to the contest guidelines. The winning semi-finalist videos will be showcased on the Ballet’s contest page and will also be available for viewing on Comcast OnDemand. All five semi-finalists receive prizes and three of these participants, chosen as finalists by popular vote, will receive additional prize packages.
The contest runs from November 2nd – December 14th, with submissions accepted November 2nd – 29th, and public voting held online at: sfballet.org/contest, from December 2nd – 13th. Finalists will be announced on the Ballet’s contest page on December 14th.
A six day-five night trip for four to Aspen, Colorado, including flight, deluxe hotel accommodations, rental car, and entertainment. In addition, the grand prize winner will receive a four-pack of tickets to see San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker this December, and a commemorative book, San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five, filled with stunning images of the Company. (Approximate value of Grand Prize package = $6,710)
Two-night stay at The Fairmont San Francisco – includes daily breakfast, dinner for two at the Tonga Room, two Center Box seats to a performance of SF Ballet’s SWAN LAKE in January 2010, and a VIP backstage tour.
Dinner for two at SEASONS RESTAURANT, located in the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, as well as a $300 gift certificate to Amazon.com.
All five semi-finalists will receive a four-pack of tickets to see a performance of SF Ballet’s NUTCRACKER this December, in addition to the commemorative SF Ballet book, San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five.
VIEW THE CONTEST LAUNCH VIDEO
Reenact or re-imagine a magical scene from Nutcracker OR create a video depicting your favorite magical Nutcracker memory. Your video must contain at least one Nutcracker character. If you need ideas, click click here to read the Nutcracker story. Videos must be 65 seconds long. That’s one second for every year Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in America, since SF Ballet first staged it on Christmas Eve 1944. “San Francisco Ballet” must be mentioned or displayed visually in the video. Be creative! Be funny! Innovative characters, dancing, scenery, costumes, and props will be judged favorably. Featuring San Francisco settings or a San Francisco landmark in your video in some way will be judged favorably. Videos must be tasteful and family-oriented. Any videos containing inappropriate content will be immediately disqualified and removed from the contest.
THE ARABIAN DANCE, NUTCRACKER. Photo, Erik Tomasson
“We can’t wait to see what you come up with!”
— Ruben Martin, Principal Dancer, SF BALLET
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Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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