Welcome to the third monthly lens-bending, hustle-flexing, movie-making challenge.

The rules are explained after the jump, or go directly to Making the Movie Challenge Number Three.

The jump…Rules

There are two official ways to play. You can write your own script, or you can adapt one of mine. Once again I’m publishing a script written specifically for this challenge under a Creative Commons license that allows you to rewrite it to your heart’s content and even make money off it without having to repay me with anything but a miniscule “based on a story by” credit: Laundromat (right click/control-click to save as Rich Text, Final Draft, Movie Magic, Adobe Acrobat [.pdf]).

You can, of course, opt to write your own original script. 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. An orange
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 college or high-school drop-out
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. The diagnosis of a rare disease
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. Must cross the 180 degree line five times within the movie
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

A. Prop # 4 – an orange
B. Character # 2 – a stressed-out yoga instructor
C. Situation # 5 – an argument over clothes at a laundromat
D. Technique # 3 – if people are shown, it must be in a tight close-up

You have until October 15, 2005 when I’ll release the 4th challenge. Beyond the bragging rights and resume boost “I won Making the Movie Blog’s Six Obstructions Challenge,” there are now small prizes of Amazon gift certificates available!

All formats accepted, but different formats have to be sent to different mailing addresses. For the mailing addresses or further questions, contact makingthemovie AT-SIGN gmail DOT com with the subject line “Six Obstructions Challenge #3”.

RELATED: Six Obstructions Challenge #1 (explains the origins of the Six Obstructions Challenge), Six Obstructions Challenge #2 (a film noir challenge)

PHOTO CREDIT: Flickr’s A is for Angie.