Six Obstructions Challenge #3 is now available.


Welcome to the second monthly brain-bending, muscle-flexing film challenge.

The rules are explained after the jump, followed by Making the Movie Challenge Number Two.

The jump…Rules

There are two official ways to play. You can write your own script, or you can adapt one of mine. In addition to last month’s script, Twenty Dollar Love (right click/control-click to save as Rich Text, Final Draft, Movie Magic), I’m offering The Case of Windy Macgillicuddy, specially written for this challenge (right click/control-click to save as Rich Text, Final Draft, Movie Magic).

Both are licensed for any use, commerical or non-commercial, as long as you include the credit “Based on the story by J. Ott”.

If you’re using a pre-written script, only obey part D. Otherwise, you’ll need some obstructions in the premise of your script. I’ve updated the list of choices in Props, Characters and Situations. A roll of the die will select the obstructions in this challenge.

If you want to play unofficially, you can roll your own dice or cherry-pick from choices below.

A. Props
The prop must be featured prominently in the plot.
1. A red baloon
2. A backpack filled with women’s undergarments
3. A black leather glove
4. A pocket fan
5. A power drill
6. Sixteen candles

B. Characters
This must be a prominent character, defined as having twenty percent+ of lines or screentime, although he/she/it need not be the protagonist.
1. A mute little boy
2. A stressed-out yoga instructor
3. A talking fish
4. A noir detective
5. A pious politician
6. A clean-cut skateboarder

C. Situations
The following location or scene must be in the movie.
1. Set in 2056
2. Someone is taken hostage
3. Set in a nursing home
4. A wedding of some kind
5. An argument over clothes at a laundromat
6. Someone makes a bet of $100,000

D. Techniques
1. At least three shots inspired by shots from Alfred Hitchcock movies
2. Cannot contain a single spoken word of English*, or subtitles
3. Only tight close-ups on people (no wider than the top of the head to the shoulders)
4. No camera movement or zooms allowed
5. No sync sound allowed
6. Except for the eyes of actors, must not contain the color blue (color may be removed or altered in post)

* that’s in the American Heritage Dictionary, sticklaz. And if you’re fluent in a language other than English, keep in the spirit of the obstruction by not using it.

For the next challenge, I’ll be replacing some of the choices. Send your obstruction ideas to makingthemovie AT-SIGN gmail DOT com with the subject line “Obstruction Ideas”. We’re looking for challenges that can be done quickly and on a low budget and that force the filmmakers to be creative.

Now, the results…

The Challenge

This is the second challenge, decided from rolling a six-sided die four times:

A. Prop #4: A pocket fan
B. Character #4: A noir detective
C. Situation #2: Someone is taken hostage
D. Technique #5: No sync sound allowed (good thing noir goes well with voice over)

You have until August 1, 2005 when I’ll release the 3rd challenge. There are no prizes planned at this time, but you never know.

If you’re proud of your results, send me a web-compressed file or a miniDV copy and I’ll try to get it up on the site. For a mailing address or questions, contact makingthemovie AT-SIGN gmail DOT com with the subject line “Six Obstructions Challenge #2”.

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