Spring 2018 Prompt

********** Fifty Hour Film Contest Spring 2018 Prompt **********************

Your Genre: MacGuffin Hunt

A “MacGuffin” is a plot device that takes the form of some goal or object that triggers the events of the story. The characters’ search for this person or thing drives the plot of the film. For example, the search for the “Holy Grail” sets up the narrative for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and The Da Vinci Code

 Other “MacGuffin Hunt” Examples:



Pulp Fiction

The briefcase

Lord of the Rings

The One Ring

Saving Private Ryan

Private Ryan

Finding Nemo


National Treasure

The treasure

Star Wars: Rogue One

The plans for the Death Star

Harry Potter

Philosopher’s stone, Chamber of Secrets, horcruxes, Deathly Hallows, etc.

Your Prop: A mountain

This prop must be clearly seen in your film and incorporated into the story in some way. Top screenplay points will be given to teams that make this prop a part of the story rather than simply showing it on screen.

Your Character: “The Persuader”

This character has the knack for making others see things his/her way, even when that way seems foolish to most reasonable people at first.

Your Dialogue

  • I’d love to stay and chat, but not with you.

  • It turns out that my only mistake was getting caught.

  • Have you seen my sandals?

  • Despite everything that’s happened, this could still be the best day of your life.

  • You have one shot. Do you think you have the arm for it?

  • I think we’ll have to blame the government for this one.

  • I haven’t had my twelve Diet Cokes today.

  • It’s at 99%. It’s pretty much guaranteed!

  • Did I tell you about my trip to Colorado?

  • Meet me outside. How does that sound?

You must use at least five of the lines above! This dialogue must be kept in intact sentences, but the order, timing, and usage of these lines is entirely up to your group. These five lines MUST be clearly heard in your final film.

Good luck!

Tom and Nick

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