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By Friday, February 12th, 11:59 pm est, you must write a script (properly formatted)8 - 12 pages (courier 12 point font) on the following theme and genre:
Theme:The Dark - A complete story that sheds light into the darkest reaches of the mind, into deepest shadows of the imagination and into the blackest void at the end of the universe.
Genre:horror, supernatural thriller, fantasy, or science fiction
Limitations: The script must be between 8 and 12 pages. Properly formatted. All sounds and effects should be capitalized. Do not include specific songs. Avoid descriptions of the sets and costumes, unless there are specific items that are required for the story. No children or animals. Keep the cast to a minimum. Try to concentrate more on character than on action. This is to be a micro-budget script.
This is not a contest, it is a challenge, so with that being said, up to six scripts submitted will be selected for production and distributed on the Machinima.com network (upon approval by the author of the work). The only compensation will be "Written By" credit. It is recommended that your script be written with the target audience of Machinima.com subscribers in mind. That audience would have a significant majority of gamers.
If you aren't acquainted with Moviestorm, it wouldn't hurt to visit the site here. Once there check out the packages that are avialable in the Marketplace to get an idea of what sorts of sets and characters are available. Check out the Favourite or Top Rated videos to see these packages in action.
Bear in mind that props and the actions you can do with them are also limited. The list of props available are: Briefcase Empty, Sports Bag full of Drugs, Knife, PDA, Megaphone, Shotgun, Badgem Wallet, Drumsticks, Microphone, Glock, Cell (Mobile) Phone, Electric Guitar, Wine Glass, Coffee Mug, Book, Mistletoe, Carol Sheet, Snowball, Spraycan, Magic Wand, Torch (the kind with fire), Sparkler.
This doesn't mean that you can't use other props, just that we can't see them being used. A very good technique for dealing with this is to mention the prop in dialogue.
The challenge is not supported nor endorsed by machinima.com or moviestorm.com
Timeline The scripts must be received by Friday, February 12th at 11:59 pm e.d.t.. Please do not put your real name on your script, however, please use your real name and real e-mail address on the submission form below. (After the exercise closes you can either have your script removed or resubmit the script with your name on it). Please put "(c) Copyright 2010" on your script.
This is completely Free to enter.
This is only an exercise. There is no prize for winning (after all, we all win if we have fun). There will not be an official judging for the best script (after all, we all win if we have fun).
All submitted scripts will be posted anonymously for a few weeks before the writers are revealed.
The Schedule: 2/5 - theme and genre revealed
2/12 - submissions due 11:59 pm edt
2/14 - 12/21 - scripts posted without author's names review, critique, comment, guess who wrote what
2/21 - Author's names revealed.
Please post any questions you may have in this thread.
Thanks, Michael, that definitely helps...a little. I'm confused about what we can and can't bring into the script though. I guess we're talking about what animation is available for different items? Not sure, still confused. Remember, I'm slow...r...e...a...l...s...l...o...w...
To ski or not to ski...that's not even a question.
What you can or can't do varies a lot with what you add onto Moviestorm. Therefore, it is too complex to explain easily. It's actually best if you watch a few Moviestorm films to see how things are done.
Suffice to say that if you keep things pretty simple then there shouldn't be any isse.
Try to stick with the list of props given. You can do basic things with the props, shoot a gun, hold a bag, speak or sing into a mic. The first part of this clip shows the props I currently have and what you can do with them.
There are other things that can be included and if you are that interested doing something different you can have a look at some of these movies which show demos of modifications other people make available for use in Moviestorm.
Be warned though, some of these may not actually be available due to various reasons so it's risky to plan on them.
You have a lot of leeway with sets and props that are not interacted with. I can produce mods of just about anything Google has in it's 3d warehouse and include them in Moviestorm.
I can also produce some special effects, like fires, or even a meteor shower. I would have limitations where water is concerned though, so running water is out.
The biggest restriction is the models and their clothes. The characters. There can be no children, no overly fat or skinny people. The models that are available with Moviestorm are the ones you must use.
Hope this helps some. If you have any specific questions, please let me know and I will try to answer them.