Spring 2016 Prompt

Best Overall Film – Inflection – Strictly Platonic

Best Screenplay – Falling Flat – Nocturnal Films

********* Fifty Hour Film Contest Spring 2016 Prompt *************

Your Genre: Fish Out of Water

In a “Fish Out of Water” film, the main character is thrust into a situation unusual to them or extraordinary in circumstances. The plot tends to be driven by the character’s struggles in dealing with the situation. Although “Fish Out of Water” films tend to fall under the larger genres of drama or comedy, this is not always the case.

Example “Fish Out of Water” Films:

Legally Blonde

Alice in Wonderland

Billy Madison

Stranger Than Fiction

Back to the Future

Shaun of the Dead


The Blind Side

Crocodile Dundee

Meet the Parents


E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

Finding Nemo


Your Prop:

A vehicle tire (unattached to the vehicle)

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 in the background.

Your Character: “He/She Who Must Not Be Seen”

This character often plays an important part in the story,  but is either never seen on screen or whose face is never shown. Examples include the Witch in the Blair Witch Project, the Once-ler in The Lorax (book), George Steinbrenner from Seinfeld, and Wilson from Home Improvement.

Your Dialogue

  • I suppose that’s one way of doing it.

  • You’re the only one who has noticed it.

  • Close the door. It’s showtime.

  • This wouldn’t be happening if ___________ was President.

  • It all ends up in the same place.

  • I can’t explain why, but this is really difficult for me.

  • What we have here is an opportunity.

  • I would, but I…uh…just don’t want to.

  • I tried to reason with you. Now, I’m starting to get angry.

  • …And that’s how I ended up in this place… of all places.

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

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