Competitors should form teams of 4-6 members and choose one of the eleven Screenplays listed below as the basis of their brief, which they can answer using any medium or mixture of mediums – the judges will be hoping to see examples of 3D photoreal animation, 2D or 3D character animation, stop frame or any combination of the above, with or without live action elements/backplate acquisition. The final sequences should be between 15 and 30 seconds long and of HD quality.
Your chosen screenplay should act as your narrative – establishing character, environments and story; we want to see innovative treatments that take these narrative elements and turn them into engaging and challenging visual sequences. It is up to you to decide the screenplays Genre (Comedy, Horror, Thriller etc.) – you have creative freedom in this respect.
Remember – you can choose to tackle the entire screenplay – or just a certain section or paragraph. This again is up to your team to decide.
Each team needs to produce a pitch document, outlining exactly how they intend to answer their chosen brief – the document should include a scene by scene breakdown/shotlist, a creative and technical treatment and can be supported by storyboards, mood boards, character/set designs and any other material the teams think relevant.
Selected teams will live on campus at BU free of charge for seven weeks as they then produce their sequences, during this period they will have access to the facilities of the NCCA and AUB, including studios, workstations/software platforms, cameras and lights. In 2013, professionals from MPC, The Mill, Cinesite, Double Negative, Hibbert Ralph, Framestore, The Quarry and Outpost VFX mentored the teams regularly which is something we are looking to repeat this year, both in person and over the Internet; they will also have the support of academic staff and technicians from both universities.
Along with their final sequences, the teams will also be expected to submit accurate, clearly titled HD breakdowns, which explain all relevant aspects of their production process – the breakdowns should be no more than 3 minutes in length.
The teams should be prepared to defend their finished sequences and breakdowns in front of a panel of mentors and judges.
The Screenplays below are also available in the Application pack.