Since: Apr 2013
Please don't drop the required Technical Element, Its easily my favourite of the elements, and it gets teams to think more about the technical/visual language of cinema, the match cut was an inspired choice for technical element.
Something I've thought about in the past was mixing up Genre,
Currently we have two types of genre in the mix, standard genres like Horror, Rom Com, and then what i kinda call film descriptors like shyamalan twist, or the robot/cyborg movie, or one room movie, while these can be treated like genres they actually require the team to pick a genre on top of their required genre.
something I thought about a few years back is if each genre came with a theme r idea. something more open ended. then teams could pick genre or theme, or for extra big balls, they could use both. first time teams would be encouraged to go with genre so they know the kind of movie they are making, intermediate teams could pick the theme and pro teams looking for more of challenge would do both.
so a team might get Horror paired with 'Prejudice'. they could then make a horror movie, or a movie with the central theme Prejudice. or a horror movie about Prejudice.
or you might get the genre, Science Fiction and the theme of Courage,
Crime Movie &/or Isolation
Rom Com &/or Discovery
One Room Movie &/or Freedom
Sex Ed Movie &/or Ambition
The themes wouldn't have to relate to the genre at all, something like this would still add the quintessential element of a required story element, while still giving the team the choice of what kind of movie they want to make.
some might say I'm totally missing the point of 48hours, but I would prefer to use a required theme, than a really nutty required genre.
at the high end of the completion i think this would level the playing field, I think currently the luck of the draw around genre means that teams arn't really competing on a level playing field. at the moment you either get cursed by your genre or empowered by it, it's a real luck of the draw.