Shoot Master Chief and win

Master Chief from Halo 3 Fancy yourself as a movie producer? Microsoft invites South Africans to enter an international competition to shoot and upload a video of the character Master Chief, the star of the Xbox 360 exclusive game Halo 3, in circumstances outside of his usual world. Note that entrants need to be 18 years or over and the winner will be required to travel to the USA to take part in the movie making course. The guidelines are to keep the video under 10 MB in size and no more than 3 minutes long.

The official press release follows:

JOHANNESBURG March 2008–Microsoft today announced the launch of a unique competition looking for fans to help create and show the unseen adventures of Master Chief. Whether its Master Chief’s “Meet the Parents”, a Spartan high school reunion, or even break dancing to MC Hammer, the “HALO: RECUT” contest is encouraging gamers and filmmakers alike to be as creative as possible, with the lucky winner scooping a once-in-a-lifetime masterclass trip to Los Angeles.

Microsoft is looking for innovative movie makers to construct their own original video of Master Chief, which sees him taken away from the Halo universe and remixed into different scenarios.  Whether created using a traditional video camera, gaming footage, old school animation or the latest video editing software, the point is just to be creative.

To enter the competition participants simply have to visit the following site and upload their video until 21st March 2008. The entries will then be judged by a panel of experts from the gaming industry to find the most creative concepts. One winner from each country will win themselves an Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and a copy of Halo 3.  Terms and conditions apply, please visit for details.

Each country’s winning video will then be put through to the grand final which will be judged by the creators of the game, Bungie Studios. The overall winner will win a trip to Los Angeles to study for one month at the New York Film Academy, where they will learn all they need to know about making movies. The prize includes return transatlantic flights, accommodation, car rental and $2,000 spending money.

Brian Jarrard, Bungie Studios added:  “This competition is a great way to showcase the creativity and passion that drives the Halo fan community. We can’t wait to see how people infuse their own style and personality into Master Chief and deliver a whole new take on the Halo phenomenon. May the best Spartan win!”

Have you got what it takes?

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