The 600-Second Film Challenge

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Information about The 600-Second Film Challenge

Published on February 26, 2014

Author: mistersisu



All successful projects start with ambitious ideas. The 600-Second Film Challenge workshop teaches attendees how to take their media products from concept to reality.

Drawing from our experience producing an award-winning film for the 48-hour film challenge (, we will take attendees through the process: creating their initial concept, testing their ideas, and sorting the great from the uninspired. Then, they’ll put what they’ve learned to work in our challenge: 10 minutes to develop their own dynamite video concept.

Jaana Hein is head of production at sisu production. She has produced numerous films in Germany, the Middle East and Canada. She likes all things weird and Excel sheets. Jazz Virk is a film director with more than a decade of professional experience in the UK and Canada. He likes blood and zombies.

Questions answered in this workshop:

How to create and develop an idea?
How to be creative while being practical?
How to be practical while being creative?
How to be inspired by their environment?
How to work under pressure?

The 600-Second Film Challenge Feb 2014 / Jaana Hein / Head of Production @mistersisu

Meet Jaana, Jazz & sisu 12


Your Own Idea Bank 1

Drama News Sports Romance ➔ Comedy Look what’s happening around you Action Topical Issues 1

What if? The basic question in idea creation. Take your idea and twist it. Think ‘what if?’ about everything you encounter.

Central Conflict Physical Emotional Identify a problem, then figure out different ways it will affect your characters (physically & emotionally). 1

Science Combine what you find with ‘What if?’ News websites. Trade magazines. Discovery Channel.

Issues Classic sci-fi stories discuss social, moral or political issues in the safety of fantasy. Image source: 1

History History is full of inspiration! Heroes. Wars. Villains. Strange events. Death. Image sources:

Fears What scares you and other people? Think of both physical and emotional fears. 1

True Stories Events you have seen, heard, read about, witnessed or experienced. 1

Arena The world where a story takes place. The possibilities are endless. High school sports Hospitals Boot camp 1

Ask: What is the worst or best thing that could happen to someone? 1

Cousins Take an existing story and change one central element. 1

Other Ideas One idea will trigger another. Let your ideas build on each other. 1

Flip an idea Take an idea and do the exact opposite. 1

Other Films Watch a film Try to predict the outcome Guess a good plot twist in an upcoming scene. 1

Updated Classics Fairy tales. Shakespeare. Greek plays. Novels. Disney films. Classic films. Image source: 1

THE CHALLENGE ➔ Pick your own genre ➔ Pick a location that you have access to ➔ Prop: skipping rope ➔ Inspiration: newspaper 13

Literature 1

GET YOUR SISU @mistersisu +1 416 649 4180 © 2014 sisu production / Ingle International Inc., all rights reserved.

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