Speed Film Point Scale and Criteria:
- SCRIPTURAL INTEGRATION - 20 points
Verse resonates beautifully throughout the piece, thought provoking, masterfully interwoven in the story.This is a full 20% (20 points) of a film’s total score. It is how skillfully, artistically, and ingeniously the producer uses the verse as a foundation to the story. It is not simply jamming the verse into the story or reading it at some point. Judges will rate the verse on face value, asking “Are all of the verse’s story points addressed?” Extra credit is given for representation of the verse’s context. Judges will watch for subtleties and symbolism (i.e. one character represents Jesus or Israel, etc.). The best films will communicate the spirit and the letter of the verse in a wondrous, positive way. Jurors are encouraged to study the verse before or after viewing the film. SI is independent of other scores, so a beginner film may have a very high SI score, and an expert film may have a low SI score.
- STORY/SCREENPLAY - 10 points
Story is inventive, fresh and masterfully woven. Dialog is excellent. Characters are compelling and distinctive.
- DIRECTOR - 10 points
Story is told in a unified, unique & cohesive, clear, distinctive style & tone, Relational dynamics are believable.
- CINEMATOGRAPHY - 10 points
Visually stunning. Camera movement and shot selection is excellent.
- EDITOR - 10 points
Rhythmic, moving, engaging arrangement of pictures and sound
- PRODUCTION DESIGN - 10 points
Outstanding set design transports us to the world of the characters.
- ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE or SCORE EFFECTIVENESS (if not original) - 10 points
The music perfectly complements the story and overall message.Original scores vie for special awards. Producers must note whether the music qualifies for Original Score in the Film Information Database, and composer must sign a certificate to be eligible for this award
- SOUND DESIGN - 10 points
Consistent levels, beautiful transitions between words and music, absence of distracting noises (buzz, hum, hiss, etc.) .
- ACTING - 10 points
Relational dynamics are strong & believable. Actors aptly reach our center of caring for them.
- TOTAL SCORE 100 POINTS. The top-scoring films advance....
Criteria for Non-Speed films vary according to their type.