Official Rules

General rules:

Two participants will compete in a head-to-head weekend filmmaking competition. Each participant will produce a short film in a single weekend with the help of a Film Schooled coach. Participants must provide their own locations, cast, crew, and camera. Participants will be given a budget of $150, and all writing, shooting, and editing must occur during the weekend of the event. The resulting films will be screened at a local venue, free to the public, and the audience will pick the winner.

REQUIREMENTS:
In order to participate as a teen producer on Film Schooled, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 19
  • Must have at least 3 crew members who are 16 or over, not including yourself
  • Must have a parent chaperon if you are under 18
  • Must own a video camera, or anything that shoots full digital video and sound
  • Must have location(s) to write, shoot, and edit the film (Film Schooled will provide the editing gear)

THE PRODUCER:
There will be one teen producer per team. The teen producer is in charge of the production for their team, including securing a place to work, and securing film locations. The teen producer may delegate other roles, such as writer and director.

COACHES:
Prior to rolling, and after wrapping, the Film Schooled coaches can handle equipment, talk to everyone and answer questions, and basically help their team in any capacity that doesn’t violate any other rule.

REFEREES:
The Film Schooled production assistants will also act as referees.

THE SIDELINE:
From the moment that the team rolls the camera the first time, which means that the team is recording actual footage to be used in the film, the coach may only talk to the teen producer and cannot touch any of the team’s equipment. The rule remains in effect until the film wraps, which means that all photography is complete. By default, the film automatically wraps on Sunday at 9 AM, when post production begins.

PENALTIES:
If a Film Schooled coach is caught violating the above rule, the referee may give the Film Schooled coach a warning or issue a suspension, based on the severity of the violation. During a suspension, the coach must leave the set. Each suspension will be 5 minutes, and if any equipment was involved, the equipment will be in timeout for the same duration.

PARENT CHAPERON:
If the teen producer is under age, a parent chaperon is responsible for being present during the entire event. If the parent chaperon is not available, all production work must stop.

SAFETY:
The teen producer and the parent chaperon are responsible for their team’s safety. Both the Film Schooled coach and the parent chaperon have full veto power to stop any part of the production if they deem it unsafe.

No real firearms of any kind can be used as part of the production of the film.

THE LAW OF THE LAND:
Participants must abide by all federal, state, and local laws while producing the film.

WARDROBE:
Participants must not wear clothing that prominently displays a logo or trademark. We prefer our contestants not to be fuzzy on screen.

CONTENT:
Film content must not exceed the TV-PG rating. Kids will be watching this.

TIMELINE:
All writing, shooting, and editing of the film must be completed during the event.

GENRE:
The required genre will be assigned at the meet up. Many films combine genres, and that is allowed. However, the teams must incorporate some of the common elements of the required genre.

RUN TIME:
The film’s run time must be at least 4 minutes and must be less than 8 minutes. End credits do not count as part of the film’s run time, but end credits must be less than 2 minutes. Titles and beginning credits are counted as part of the film’s run time.

MEET UP AND COIN TOSS:
Prior to the beginning of the event, the teen producers will meet up with the Film Schooled coaches and crew at a neutral location. The teen producer is responsible for his or her own transportation to the event. If the teen producer is under 18, a parent chaperon must accompany the producer to the meet up. The remainder of the teen producer’s team does not have to attend the meet up.

One of the Film Schooled coaches will perform a coin toss. The younger teen producer will call heads or tails while the coin is in the air. The winner of the coin toss will get to choose the coach for their team from the two Film Schooled coaches.

The Film Schooled coaches will provide the budget money to each teen producer, in addition to any sponsored items, which the teen will use to help produce their film over the weekend.

The Film Schooled coaches will announce the genre just prior to the start of the event.

TEAM NAMES:
Team names must not violate the trademark of any third party.

ROLLING THE CAMERA:
The Film Schooled crew must be there to record the first time that each team rolls the camera. Basically, the Film Schooled crew must document the first shot of the project and all the takes of that first shot. Therefore, the team must roll the camera before 10 PM on Friday, or after 9 AM on Saturday, in the presence of the Film Schooled crew.

WRAPPING UP FOR THE NIGHT:
The Film Schooled coaches and crew will pack up and leave at 10 PM on Friday, 10 PM on Saturday, and 8 PM on Sunday.

HOMEWORK:
The teams can continue to work after the Film Schooled crew has left for the night. The team can only film if they previously rolled the camera while the Film Schooled crew were present. No work on the film is allowed after the Sunday 8 PM deadline.

EARLY TO BED:
The teen producer or parent chaperon can, at their discretion, stop production early on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, in which case the Film Schooled coaches and crew will leave early. However, if the team ends production early, no production can be done on the film for the remainder of the night, and no work can be done on the production until the Film Schooled coaches and crew arrive the next morning.

If production is stopped early on Sunday, the film cannot be worked on further.

THE WRAP (PRODUCTION DEADLINE):
All filming must be completed prior to 9 AM on Sunday. The team cannot roll the camera once the Film Schooled crew arrives on Sunday.

The teen producers can, at their discretion, wrap the film early. The only advantage to this is that the Film Coach can touch the equipment again to help with post-production.

After the wrap, the team can still record audio.

THE DEADLINE (POST-PRODUCTION DEADLINE):
All films must be completed by 8 PM on Sunday. At 8 PM, the plug is pulled, and whatever state the film is in is shown at the screening.

THE BUDGET:
The teams are allowed to use anything that the teen producer or team owns prior to the event. However, everything that is purchased or leased once the event begins must be paid for from the budget, including food and drink, but not including gasoline.

The teen producer is allowed to pay for cast, crew, and locations, however, any payment must come out of the budget. There is no limit to what the teen producer may purchase or lease with the budget, as long as it aids the production.

The teen producer is responsible for keeping a receipt for every payment made from the budget. The receipt totals will be added up after the film wraps, and any remaining money from the budget, minus the sum of the receipts, must be given back to the Film Schooled coach.

The teen producers are in charge of managing the budget, and they must not go over budget. If a team somehow goes over budget, the team will be penalized at voting time.

FEEDING THE CREW:
The teen producer is in charge of feeding his or her entire team, including the Film Schooled coach, but not the Film Schooled crew. The teen producer must feed their team three square meals and provide drinks throughout production day on Saturday. Any crew that are present during post-production on Sunday must also be provided for. Providing food and drink on Friday is optional.

TRANSPORTATION:
The teen producer is responsible for managing transportation for their team. The Film Schooled crew will only provide transportation for Film Schooled coaches and crew.

RENTING EQUIPMENT FROM THE CREW:
The Film Schooled crew has a lot of equipment typically found on a low-budget film set. The teen producer may rent equipment that is not being used by the Film Schooled crew. The teen producers are responsible for negotiating fair terms with the Film Schooled crew, and the teen producer may use money from the budget to rent the equipment.

THE EDITING BAY:
A computer with a complete suite of editing software will be provided to the team. The Film Schooled coach will be available to help edit the film, including actually operating the hardware and software.

A library of royalty free music will also be provided, but the team must buy a license for each title from the budget. Free music resources may be used, as long as they are free for all uses, including commercial use. Original and third party music resources are allowed as long as full rights are provided to the teen producer and Film Schooled.

The editing bay will not be provided until 9 AM on Sunday.

The film must be edited on the Film Schooled editing bay, however the team may use other equipment to supplement the editing, such as for creating graphics, special effects, sound effects, etc.

VOTING:
Each audience member attending the film premiere gets to vote for their favorite film. The film with the most votes wins, period.

If the team goes over budget, the total budget amount will be communicated to the voting audience prior to the vote. The voting audience will be instructed to take the budget amount into consideration in their vote.

PRODUCTION DOCUMENTS (PAPERWORK):
All paperwork should be turned in to the Film Schooled coach by 8 PM on Sunday. If all paperwork is not turned in by the time the film is screened, it may not be shown, and the film will be disqualified.

ANYTHING GOES:
If there is a question or concern regarding the rules due to omission or error, anything goes as long as both Film Schooled coaches agree.

Timeline:

Friday (Meet Up, Coin Toss Event, and Pre-Production):

Meet Up and Coin Toss Event (5 PM):

Prior to the start of the competition, the teen producers, the Film Schooled coaches, and the Film Schooled crew will meet at a designated location. The teen producers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the coin toss event. If the teen producer is under 18, a parent chaperon must be present.

The teen producers will be formally introduced to the two Film Schooled coaches. The teen producers will provide a team name for their team.

The coaches are well rounded in the art of filmmaking, yet, each coach will have certain strengths.

A coin toss will decide which team of filmmakers each coach will work with. One of the Film Schooled coaches will toss the coin in the air. The youngest teen producer will call heads or tails while the coin is in the air. The winner of the coin toss gets to choose the coach for their team.

Episode 1 Coaches:
Marcus Adams (Stronger writer)
Russ Lamkin (Stronger director)

Once the teams are finalized, one of the Film Schooled coaches will announce the required genre. Both teams must produce films that incorporate the same, required genre.

One of the coaches will hand deliver each teen producer $150 in cash for their team’s budget.

The teen producers will then shake hands. After the hand shake, the teen producers are free to leave and begin production on their film.

The Film Schooled coaches and crews will follow the teen producers to the locations where they will be doing pre-production work.

Pre-Production:

Friday is generally used to craft the story, write the script, and do all pre-production work.

The teams will be given an opportunity to inspect the equipment that can be rented from the Film Schooled crew.

The Film Schooled coaches and crews will wrap up for the night at 10 PM. The teams may continue working after the Film Schooled crew has left, at the discretion of the teen producers and the parent chaperons, yet restricted by the “ROLLING THE CAMERA” rule and the “WRAPPING UP FOR THE NIGHT” rule.

Saturday (Production):

Saturday is generally used to film the entire production. The teams can work before the Film Schooled crews arrives at 9 AM on Saturday, restricted by the “ROLLING THE CAMERA” rule and the “WRAPPING UP FOR THE NIGHT” rule.

On production day, the teen producers must feed all team members that are present. See the “FEEDING THE CREW” rule.

The Film Schooled coaches and crews will wrap up for the night at 10 PM. The team may continue working after the Film Schooled crew has left, at the discretion of the teen producers and the parent chaperons, yet restricted by the “ROLLING THE CAMERA” rule and the “WRAPPING UP FOR THE NIGHT” rule.

Sunday (Post-Production):

Sunday is generally used for post-production. The teams must cease all filming once the Film Schooled crew arrives at 9 AM.

The teams will be responsible for editing the film, creating graphics, completing digital effects, and scoring the film. The Film Schooled coaches will be available to help with all post-production work.

On post-production day, the teen producers must feed all team members that are present. See the “FEEDING THE CREW” rule.

All paperwork must be turned in and the film must be complete and rendered by 8 PM on Sunday.

Now, sleep!

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