Make A Movie Trailer Competition

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Feet First Eventertainment (www.feetfirstevents.com) has produced hundreds of team building movie productions on the back lots of film studios, in parks and in hotel meeting rooms.  Team sizes range from 10 to 25 (so everyone can be involved).

Each team draws the name of a famous movie out of a hat (doesn’t have to be a hat), and they test their cooperative skills by determining how to best use their teammates’ strengths to produce the best Movie Preview possible of that famous movie’s sequel (director, camera person, boom person, costumer, sound person, editor, and of course, the actors). They can tie the sequel to your company theme, or make a commercial about your product… or about… anything really. Sky’s the limit.

Teams receive all the professional equipment necessary to make their movie preview, plus a Producer (a Feet First facilitator) to ensure that they know how to use the equipment properly and stay on track.  After all shooting is completed and edited, the previews are screened to the entire group. Perhaps at an Academy Awards-style theme banquet? (ooh, idea for another blog).

Make A Movie

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Back in 1983 I was on-site in Hawaii at Apple Computer’s annual sales meeting. My assignment: to manage their off-site theme party on a resort’s golf course overlooking the ocean. And by manage… for the most part it involved letting a lot of very professional people do their work. We hired vendors to a) build a movie set for a cowboy western… a complete Main Street with a multitude of saloons, jail, general store, livery stable, all the trimmings and b) the director, film crew and stunt team from Hawaii Five-O, along with an entourage of in-character and costume actors to run the casinos and card games and in general to give the whole scene some “color”.

When the 300 or so Apple salespeople arrived (my, how they’ve grown), they were also given basic costumes and let loose on the set to party and be “extras” in what turned out to be a Cowboy Movie about ridding the town of “Big Blue” (sounds funny now).  The whole party, with the Apple executives as “stars”, was professionally filmed, edited, and shown at their final banquet the next evening to overwhelming applause and standing ovation… and all I can say is… it was probably the most fun party I ever worked on… and based on the amount of alcohol consumed, I am guessing a lot of people felt that way too.