Blockbuster Description

Blockbuster Main Event:

Event Description: 

Welcome to Hollywood, young directors!  It’s ShowTime!  In this event, your team of 2 - 4 students will produce a 5-minute action, drama, or comedy blockbuster.  Virtually all Hollywood blockbusters follow the same structure: character development, conflict, and resolution.  Videos should be original with creative storylines and strive to keep the viewer engaged for the full length of the video. Students will mimic this structure by creating a 5-minute blockbuster, which includes the elements below. 

Common Core Standards: 

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.  Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.  Use technology to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. 

Designing and Creating your Project: 

  • The process of creating your project should include the following elements: 
  • Setup…You have approximately one minute to show the audience what the film is about by establishing the setting, characters, and conflict.  (One page of script yields one minute of film.) 
  • Conflict…This is the meat of the story.  You have approximately three minutes show rising actions leading to the antagonist winning and on the verge of defeating the hero; the hero is about to lose it all…(Climax) 
  • Resolution…You have approximately one minute for the hero to gain the upper hand, defeat the antagonist, and achieve his/her goals. 
  • These time limits are suggestions only. The five minutes may be allocated differently. What matters is having all three parts to create an engaging story. 

Technical Requirements: 

  • Adobe Premiere, WeVideo & Microsoft Video Editor software can be used and will be the only software available for the Live Challenge event.
  • Videos MUST BE uploaded as an mp4 format. Free online video converter: freemakezamzar, or MPEG Streamclip.
  • The video file needs to be less than 200 MB. 
  • The video needs to be 5 minutes or less (The credits DO NOT count as part of the time limit). 
  • The final project must be submitted by 10:00 pm on March 6, 2020, to the TOT App Submission Portal.
  • Complete all release forms for likenesses and locations.
  • Sound or music will be edited or manipulated in a digital format.
  • Follow all copyright requirements.

Reward Points:

5pts

Blockbuster is 5 minutes or less. The credits DO NOT count as part of the time limit.

15pts

Film is an original, creative idea with a driving storyline that is exciting for the viewer. Film is appropriate for an audience of all ages.

15pts

Film follows basic film techniques (rule of thirds, transitions, lighting, jump-cuts). Uses three or more camera angles.

10pts

Film includes actors appropriate for their role in the film. Actors know their lines and create believable characters.

15pts

Music selection matches the tone of the video. General audio quality is balanced throughout the film.  Film and transitions have a distinctive flow and flavor (jump cuts, if any, add impact and tension in the right place).

10pts

Scene settings (clothing/costumes, props, locations and sets) are consistent with the film’s storyline

30pts

Live Challenge (see next section)


Blockbuster Live Challenge:

Scenario: 

Your team of writers has been called in to create a 30 second (maximum time) trailer for another Blockbuster! There will be 3-4 teams working on individual group projects in the same room. 

Challenge:  

  • Review the blockbuster and take notes and storyboard key clips to use for your trailer. Be as creative as possible! 
  • Using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, We Video, or Microsoft Video Editor, students will import the blockbuster and begin editing/creating a trailer. 

Time:  

Your team will have:  

  • 50 minutes to import, review and edit the video
  • Judges will view original Blockbuster after students leave.
  • IT will export the MP4 file to the team’s thumb drive (Do not leave until this is completed and IT has received your file).

Judge Questioning/Check In:

  • As teams are working judges will approach each group and ask 3-4 questions about their work based on participation, collaboration, and creativity.  Each group member is expected to be ready to answer these questions.

Scoring:

You will receive up to:

6pts

Timing is 30 seconds exactly.

6pts

Team collaboration during the planning and editing stage.

6pts

Incorporation & participation of all team members when answering judges’ questions.

6pts

Creativity of the presentation.

6pts

Video contains the Intro slide, flow is well managed with use of audio, images, voiceovers.

Tips:

As with most of the live challenges, teams will need to be very careful with time management. They should allocate at least a few minutes to review their video and prepare for the presentation to the judges.

  • This year, students can only use Adobe Premiere Pro CC, WeVideo or Microsoft Video Editor for the Live Challenge.

  • IT will provide laptops as they always have to contain Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2017) and Microsoft Video Editor and of course, students will also have access to use online video editors such as WeVideo.
    • Students that use We Video will need to know how to access the website and log in to We Video.

Day of:

  • Each computer will contain the files necessary to complete the event.
  • When Teams complete projects and BEFORE leaving the room:
    • Teams must verify their file exists on their application of choice.
  • With the help of an IT technician, teams must export the video as an MP4 onto the master flash drive with the team’s name and event abbreviation:
    • Example: TechGirlsBB.mp4
  • Teams may leave the event room ONLY when the video is verified on the flash drive (with a judge or IT person) as a working mp4.

Getting Help: 

Visit the Blockbuster Documents Page to see a sample Design Document, Event support files, and sample Live Challenges to help prepare and practice.   

Contact Jonathan Graney at Jonathan.Graney@fresnounified.org if you have any further questions about this event.  


Blockbuster Reward Points:


Scoring Breakdown Description / Formula Max Points
Online Design Document 70
Live Event Live Challenge 30
Design Document Scoring Rubric
Category Exemplary Proficient Partially Proficient Incomplete

Blockbuster is 5 minutes or less. The credits DO NOT count as part of the time limit.

Blockbuster is 5 minutes or less (credits to be within 5 min timeframe).

Blockbuster is 1 minute over 5 min. timeframe.

Blockbuster is 2 minutes over 5 min. timeframe.

Blockbuster is 3 minutes over 5 min. timeframe.


Film is an original, creative idea with a driving storyline that is exciting for the viewer. Film is appropriate for an audience of all ages.

The story is mostly original and holds the viewer’s attention for part of the film. Somewhat appropriate for all ages.

The story was difficult to follow at times, but the general ideas were presented. Struggles to keep the viewer’s attention. Is not appropriate for all ages.

The story wasn’t clear or creative. Needs major improvements.


Film follows all basic film techniques. Everything in this Blockbuster is perfectly executed. No lighting issues. Editing choices all work to create a distinctive flow and flavor. Uses 6 or more camera angles.

Film is missing 1or 2 basic film techniques. BB is technically well executed. Uses 4-5 Camera angles. Shots are framed, but SOMETIMES are too light/dark. Camera movement is MOSTLY smooth.

Film is missing 3-4 film techniques. BB is partially proficient but lacks a distinctive flow. Uses only 2-3 Camera Angles. Shots are MOSTLY too light/dark. Camera movement is shaky & unsure at times.

Film is missing basic film techniques. Uses long continuous shots. Lighting is bad. Camera movement is distracting and shaky. There is no distinctive flow to the Ad.


Film includes actors appropriate for their role in the film. Actors know their lines and create believable characters.

Actors are somewhat appropriate for the roles and mostly know their lines. Characters are somewhat believable.

Actors are not so appropriate for the role, struggling with lines and creating believable characters.

Actors are not appropriate for the roles and do not succeed in creating believable characters, distracting from the film.


Audio quality is exceptionally balanced, and voices are clear and precise throughout the film. Music selection and volume are exceptionally executed throughout the video.

Audio quality is somewhat balanced throughout the film. Music selection is somewhat matched throughout the video.

Audio quality was weak and unbalanced through much of the film. Music selection was weak and only matched through a portion of the video.

No audio exists in the film. Music selection is completely mismatched with video, or there is no music at all.


Scene settings (clothing/costumes, props, locations and sets) are consistent with the storyline.

Some attention is paid to Scenes settings.

Minimally creative with Scene settings.

Scene settings are not consistent with the film at all.
Live Challenge Scoring Rubric
Category Exemplary Proficient Partially Proficient Incomplete

Timing is 30 seconds exactly.

Timing is 30 seconds exactly.

Timing is + or - 5 seconds.

Timing is + or -10 seconds.

Timing is + or - 20 or more seconds.

Team collaboration during the planning stage.

The team was highly collaborative throughout the process.

The team was mostly collaborative.

The team was somewhat collaborative.

The team had little to no collaboration.

Creativity of the video.

The video was very creative and includes audio.

The video was typical in its creativity.

The video was lacking in its creativity.

No creativity was present in the video.

Incorporation & participation of all team members when answering judges' questions.

EACH member of the team participated and answered a judge's question.

One member dominated slightly in the answering of judge questions.

One member dominated the majority of the answering of judge questions.

One member dominated the entire aspect of judge questions. Other members did not speak/talk at all.

Effective Editing: Video contains: Intro Slide/Title, Audio/Music, Images/Video, Voiceovers, Transitions. Flow is well managed.

Incorporates all requirements into presentation with consistency and flow.

Incorporates majority of requirements with some inconsistency and minimal flow.

Incorporates half of the requirements and somewhat lacks consistency or flow.

Does not incorporate any of the requirements and has no consistency or flow.