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Film Challenge: This is Your Story

By Darrel Swann, Education Program Manager 07.21.20

Sound Film Challenge #1: This is Your Story

Challenge posted Thursday, July 23; submissions due Monday, July 27 by 5:00 pm.

Congratulations to last round's Film Challenge winners Chloe Mace and Sofia Alvarez, whose short film The Vet's Mistake wowed the judges! Click HERE to watch their film.


General Challenge Rules

  1. Film Challenges come out on THURSDAYS. To enter the prize pool, you MUST send us your film, or a working link to your film, to filmchallenge@burnsfilmcenter.org by the following MONDAY at 5 pm.
  2. Films must be under 2 minutes.
  3. Films must be “family-friendly” to win the challenge. Nothing R-rated!
  4. All film challenges have three components - an Image, Sound, and Story element. Each submission must include the requirement for each category.
  5. The prizes are having your film featured on JBFC YouTube Channel and free film and concessions tickets!

Congratulations to Chloe Mace and Sofia Alvarez, the winners of our last Film Challenge! You can view their prizewinning short film The Vet's Mistake on our YouTube channel HERE.

This is Your Story

PROMPT: Think of a story from your life that you like to tell people. This can be something funny, scary, exciting, or routine. This will be the basis for your story.


IMAGE

Last month’s activities and film challenges focused a lot on the Rule of Thirds, but it’s important to remember that rules are meant to be broken. 

TASK: Frame your main character in the center of a shot. This is called center-framing


SOUND

Voice Over is when a voice we can’t see on screen, speaks directly to the audience during a film. Often, this is a character in the movie that’s sharing the story, or a real person sharing information in a documentary, but there are many types of voice over. 

TASK: Record yourself telling the whole story about your life and use the best parts, the parts that add information about your character/or situation, as voice over.


STORY

Great stories come from your life. Filmmakers often put everyday problems in fantastic settings to create something universal and yet, magical. Have you ever been nervous about a new school? So have Miles Morales and Harry Potter. Ever been tired of your small town? Just ask Dorothy Gale or Luke Skywalker about that.

TASK: Take your everyday story and add a touch of magic to it... or fantasy, or sci-fi, or western vibes, whatever you think will enhance the original story.


This is Your Story Film Challenge Recap

PROMPT: Think of a story, from your life, that you like to tell people. This can be something funny, scary, exciting, or routine. This will be the basis for your story.

  1. Frame your main character in the center of a shot.
  2. Record yourself telling the whole story about your life and use the best parts, the parts that add information about your character/or situation, as voice over.
  3. Take your everyday story and add a touch of magic to it... or fantasy, or sci-fi, or western vibes, whatever you think will enhance the original story.


We can't wait to see what you create! All submission information is available at the top of the blog. Good luck!