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Churl Video Contest
No-goodniks. Dastardly dudes. The kind of fiends who might kick a puppy while stealing candy from a baby. These folks are otherwise known as bad guys--and gals. Even though we love to see them get their just desserts, we all know the villain is the most interesting part of the story! Check out these words used to talk about the dark side of the human experience.
Look at the seven words below. Choose one. Take a close look at the definition in the brief to craft a story that conveys the word’s definition. Then, make a video, one minute or less, that effectively and creatively teaches the meaning of the word you’ve chosen. Are you up to the challenge?
The seven words you can choose from in this challenge are: opportunist, corruptor, villain, churl, foe, braggart, tyrant.
Before you get started, here are the MUST-HAVEs for your video:
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Always looking for an angle.
Thought starter: Have you ever gotten away with something when you knew someone wasn’t looking? Or taken advantage of a situation because you knew you’d never be caught? Make a short video that shows how you became an opportunist when the situation presented itself.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word opportunist to talk about someone who looks for chances to profit from someone else’s misery or inattention.
This is why we can’t have anything nice.
Thought starter: Isn’t it awful when something good gets ruined? Or when someone normally full of light is convinced to go over to the dark side? Make a video about a situation where a corrupter influences a good person to break bad.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word corrupter to when illustrating a person who willfully turns something or someone very good into something or someone pretty bad.
Gets things done. Bad things.
Thought starter: Movies are full of colorful villains who make problems for the hero. In many cases, the villain is the best character in the story! Make a one minute video about a villain who hatches an evil plan, only to see it foiled.
Pro-tip: The word villain is used by writers when they talk about someone who intentionally creates problems, and does things that are objectively evil.
What a jerk.
Thought starter: Talking during a movie? Putting his feet up on the furniture? Calling someone a name just to watch them cry? These are all the actions of a churl. Make a short video about a churl who gets an unexpected comeuppance.
Pro-tip: The world churl is used by writers when talking about someone who callously ignores, and breaks, the rules of polite society.
Frenemy? Nah, straight up enemy.
Thought starter: Ever hear the phrase “fought like cats and dogs”? These two animals are often foes--neither one liking the other, against each other, no matter what. Make a one minute video about someone who meets her greatest foe, and unexpectedly becomes friends with them.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word foe when they talk about someone who actively opposes another individual or group.
A legend in her own mind.
Thought starter: We all know someone who thinks they’re the best thing since sliced bread. These braggarts talk non-stop about the amazing things they’ve done. Make a short fictional documentary about biggest braggart in the world, and all of the amazing feats they say they’ve achieved.
Pro-tip: The word braggart is used by writers to describe someone who goes on and on about her achievements, and how great she is as an individual.
Iron fisted, steel willed.
Thought starter: Have you ever been bullied? Or pushed around by someone who was stronger and had more authority than you? Make a fictional historical biopic about a fictional tyrant who caused people to revolt against them.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word braggart when talking about someone who rules by force and always gets their way, no matter what.
In a video, no longer than 1 minute, you must:
Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:
In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken on the basis of the tied entrants’ scores in the “Educational merit and accuracy” criteria.
Prizes per contest vary. In most cases, a grand prize will be awarded to one video in the ‘Youth’ category and one in the ‘Adult’ category. All entries are categorized by age of the submitter. Submitters under the age of 18 are placed into the ‘Youth’ category and submitters 18 years or older are placed in the ‘Adult’ category. Finalist videos will also receive a prize. In the case of winners under the age of 18, prizes will be awarded to a legal parent or guardian. Rules for each contest explain how and when we will notify you and the date the prizes will be announced. Prizes are awarded at Amplify’s discretion and are subject to the applicable district and school policies. Prizes for teachers may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.