Each team is to produce a short video inspired by the armageddon. Some ideas in this vein include a documentary, a how-to-survive guide, a tale of what caused the apocalypse, and a zombie musical. Be creative, and feel free to adopt any style or theme under the general topic of "Armageddon".
We will be burying these videos in a hermetically-sealed vault, to be unearthed in the coming millennium when (or if) mankind crawls its way back to hegemony. That is, if we ever figure out how to decode H.264 video again.
The film competition is traditionally the biggest event in the Olympics, and the team that wins this event brings home the grand prize. Really, though, this is an opportunity to have a lot of fun. Check out some of the previous years' entries for inspiration. Oh, and start early! It always takes more time than you think.
- Maximum length 2min 30sec, but shorter is fine.
- Videos must be submitted DRM-free in a suitable file format posted online and e-mailed to Michael Bernstein [msbernst (preposition) mit.edu], Katrina Panovich [kp (preposition) csail.mit.edu] and James Cowling [cowling (preposition) csail.mit.edu] by NOON on WEDNESDAY, January 20th. The viewing of the films will be later that day at the closing ceremony.
- Best Film, voted overall winner [150pts for first place, 100pts for second place; 50pts for third place]
- Best Actor: [25 pts]
- Best Special Effects or Animation [25 pts]
- Best Musical Performance [25 pts]
- Getting team members to appear in your video: [4pts per team member]
- Getting a CSAIL professor to participate in your video as one of the horsemen of the apocalypse, suitably costumed [8pts per professor]
- Someone completing the simile, "The apocalypse is like grad school: [...]" [5pts]
- Getting Richard Stallman to dress up as the fifth horseman of the apocalypse, Proprietary Software [25pts]