The Secret Element – 2011
The Secret Element is…
START WITH A CRASH
Wait? What the heck does that mean?
We’re not going to get into the semantics of a what a crash “is” verses a clatter, bang, clank, etc. or how we want you to “start off” with it – we trust that you will come up with something creative.
All Teams must write, shoot, edit, and/or animate a short that incorporates the Element within the next 21 days. Judges will be instructed to evaluate shorts as a whole, but place more emphasis on those with creative incorporation of the Element. The better incorporated the Element, the better chances your film has to win “Best Film”. Please, do not title your film “Start with a Crash”.
Local Teams can drop off films in person on August 20 by 6 pm SHARP at Lucky Strike, 1336 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19401 to be eligible for awards. Doors open at 4 pm. Even if you are handing in a short, we highly suggest mailing a copy because we cannot make exceptions for lateness due to parking, traffic, etc.
Out-of-area Teams can mail their films to: Project Twenty1, 107 East Main Street, Suite LL1, Norristown, PA 19401. Films must be timestamped August 20 by 6 pm SHARP or earlier and in our hands for judging by August 23 – NO EXCEPTIONS! Please read Official Rules for guidelines and tips so you can plan in advance.
YOU MUST READ ALL OFFICIAL RULES AND HAND IN ALL OF YOUR OFFICIAL FORMS & WAIVERS BY AUG 20 @ 6 PM SHARP OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!
TEAM LEADERS (not all participants, just the person who registered to sign up): You should have received this via your registration e-mail. If you didn’t, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure we have the correct e-mail address for you.
Good luck & happy filmmaking!
We’ve had a couple of questions on the Element this year. Here is our official clarification, so that everybody is on the same page:
A crash does not have to be the first thing you see/hear in the film. But something in your film should start with a crash. And of course, the more integral that is to the movie, the more it works to your advantage when it comes to judging.