The Ultimate Sequel

The trailers

Click the images below to download the corresponding teams trailers:

First, in their full, uncompressed glory (uncompressed dv/ntsc, gi-normous)

the Godfather
The Godfather
Back to the Future
Back to the Future
Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones
Star Wars
Star Wars

or, try it in DIVX format (tested with mplayer and vlc):

The Godfather Back to the Future
Indiana Jones Star Wars

Note from the commissioner: the above trailers are currently only available in raw dv and experimetnal divx format, meaning they are HUGE! Don't hurt yourself while downloading. They will soon be available in a variety of different formats (MP4).

The results

CSAIL Studios were blown away by strength of ALL the trailer submissions this year. Not only were these new masterpiece mash-ups more exciting than the originals that inspired them, but they also demonstrated unimagined uses of iMovie special effects, revealed professors' hidden talents, and exposed heart-wringing storylines portraying real lives of CSAIL graduate students! It is the organizers' opinion that based on the quality of all of these trailers, many olympians might want to seriously consider a change-of-career ...


Although judging was difficult, team Star Wars managed to pull together a piece-de-resistance with enough je ne sais quoi to sweep the most coveted of the awards. They grabbed best acting (James Cowling), best special effects/postproduction (Patrick Schmid and James Cowling), best cliffhanger, best character impersonation (Harold Fox) and overall audience favorite.

The scenario

You have been put in charge of CSAIL Studios to reverse the recent downturn of movie watching among graduate students, by producing an irresistible tour-de-force. Encouraged by the blazing success of "the mash-up revolution" resulting in such box-office blasters as "Alien vs Predator", your secret plan to break all box office records is to create the ULTIMATE SEQUEL.

Since MORE is always BETTER, you've decided to extend the finest of the crop, the proverbial creme of the cream -- the finest trilogies, quadrilogies, pentalogies, sexilogies, septologies ... of the past two decades into one, unforgettable masterpiece. BUT, before the production studios will hand over the $300m you need to produce it, they need to be convinced that your idea is worth funding. They want to see a a trailer - between 2.5 and 3.5 minutes - that captures the essence of your production.

Your goal is to unify as many box-office smashing trilogies into your team's trilogy trailer, making one, epiphanic storyline -- to move, entertain and surprise graduate students worldwide. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us forget about our paper deadlines! To jog your memory, an incomplete list of audience favorites you might incorporate include:

  • Lord of the Rings
  • Star Trek
  • Harry Potter
  • The Matrix
  • James Bond
  • Mission Impossible
  • The Terminator
  • Batman
  • Spiderman
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Naked Gun
  • Spaceballs
  • Scary Movie
  • Poltergeist


The length of your movie trailer (in seconds) MUST be between 150 and 210, and either divisible by 7 or prime.** Trailers must be submitted DRM-free on a cued mini-DV tape to Yuan Shen (, 32-G494) or electronic Max (, 32-224) by HIGH NOON on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3nd.

General Scoring:

Participation                 3 points will be awarded for every team member to appear in the video.
                              3 points will be awarded for every trilogy incorporated
Story Coherence		      0-5 points		
Editing                       0-5 points
Sound Track                   0-5 points
Special Effects               0-5 points

Creative use of the Wilhelm   2 points


Best Character Impersonation        5 points
Best Voiceover                      5 points
Best Cliffhanger		    5 points
Best Trilogy Combinator             5 points  (Most # of trilogies combined)
Best Special Effects	            5 points
Best AND Worst Acting In One Movie  5 points
Audience Favorite		    10 points

Final scores will be weighted by performing logistic regression over scores from previous years, with a strong bias for hilarity.

** Credits, titles, and outtakes do NOT count towards final trailer length.