Empire’s Done In 60 Seconds Competition 2009

Empire Jameson logoEmpire magazine are running their Done in 60 Seconds competition again this year.

This involves them challenging budding film makers to put together a 1 minute video of their interpretation of a film.

The entries are submitted and the winner gets an Empire Award presented to them at the Empire Awards aswell as having their 60 second video played at the ceremony.

Here is a compilation of last years entries:

The rules remain basically the same: your movie must be a 60 second remake of a feature film and not involve any copyright infringement, ie music, product placement or nudity.

The only other stipulation they have this year, as 2009 marks Empire’s 20th year, is that the film you choose was made during Empire’s lifetime (ie, since 1989).

Here are a list of do’s and don’ts


  • Remake a movie of your choice from 1989 onwards (no originality required)
  • Use your friends and family (make sure your cast have agreed to perform)
  • As many as you want (it’s your time)
  • Feel free to ‘adapt’ the film to fit the format (you don’t have to be completely faithful)


  • Go over one minute in length, you’ll be disqualified
  • Slander anyone (Empire have an aversion to court cases)
  • Do pornography, we are trying to run a decent magazine here
  • Use any footage that is not your own (no ‘mashing’ allowed)

To enter just visit the Awards section at the Empire site:

DVD & Blu-ray Interviews

Interview: Ian Freer on Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs was a gangster film that landed like a bombshell in the early 90s, making an instant star of writer-director Quentin Tarantino.

The tale of a heist gone wrong it starred Harvey KeitelTim RothMichael MadsenChris PennSteve Buscemi and Lawrence Tierney as a gang of criminals struggling to find the traitor within their group.

The innovative flashback structure, pop-culture laden dialogue, clever soundtrack and unnerving violence all marked it out as a major film of the decade even though it wasn’t initially a major success at the box office.

It is being re-issued on DVD in the UK this week and I recently spoke to Ian Freer of Empire Magazine about the film.

We discussed various aspects, including the importance of Harvey Keitel in getting it made, its impact and how it compares to Tarantino’s other work.

Listen to the interview here:


You can also download it as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here.

Reservoir Dogs is out now on DVD and Blu-ray disc from Lionsgate

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Buy Reservoir Dogs on DVD or Blu-ray at Amazon UK
> Reservoir Dogs at the IMDb
> Official site for Empire Magazine
> Ian Freer’s entries on the Empire blog