The Come Out and Play Festival is a street games fesitval dedicated to exploring new styles of games and play.

Come Out & Play 2008 in New York

Speed Director
Using the city as your set and cast, stage classic movie scenes as fast as you can.

Start Time: Saturday June 7 at 2 PM
Starting Location: Bluestockings, 172 Allen St (between Stanton and Rivington)
# of players: 20-100
Duration: 2.5 hours
Designers: James Stuart, Betsy Williams

Think you can dodge bullets? Part the Red Sea? Fake it in a deli? Now can you do that in under 2 hours?

Teams of 3-4 players receive a list of famous movie scenes to depict. Roving the city to find scenery, props, and actors, or just using your own natural talents, teams take one picture for each scene, and submit via cellphone or memory card.

Elsewhere in the city, these pictures are projected onto walls for passerby and put on the internet. The team whose scenes are correctly identified and judged the most awesome wins!

For results visit:

The Rules
Setup: Players gather together at the start point and are organized into teams of 3-4. At least one member of each team must have a digital camera which uses SD or CF media, or a phone which can send photos to an email (or via MMS). During the setup period, we will have a staff member around so you can test that your preferred camera works with our system. At the beginning of play, each team will receive a list of 20 famous movie scenes.

Play: Teams have 2 hours to go out and depict as many of these scenes as possible. Teams can only submit 1 picture per scene, and no videos are permitted. Note that teams should aim to complete at least two scenes using no team members in the shot. (see: scoring)

Teams are encouraged to:

  • Be creative.
  • Use willing participants.
  • Be nice to the people and businesses around them
  • Use special modes and scene settings on their cameras.

Teams may not:

  • Use a computer for anything, including downloading photos, using photoshop or any other photo-editing software.
  • Do anything potentially dangerous or illegal involving themselves or others.
  • Use any of their own property or friends' property as props.
  • Use of friends not in their team in a shot.
  • Use any non-publicly available buildings or settings (such as apartments, workplaces)
  • Spend meaningful money on a scene. (If a building is gracious enough to let you use their site for a picture, patronizing them is encouraged).

Submission: Photos should be taken in JPEG format. RAW or TIFF images are likely to be rejected. All submissions must be entered in by 2 hours from the start of the play time to count. Pictures may be submitted by email, cell-phone MMS, or by going to an arranged drop-off point, where a staff member will be available with a memory card reader for CF and SD type cards.

Scoring: The team's depictions are uploaded on a website for both the public (via projector) to try and identify the movies the scenes are from, as well as on the internet for people to judge. You may submit depictions for all 20 scenes, but only the 10 highest ranking scenes will count (so try to get as many done as you can, but aim for high quality). In addition, at least two of your top 10 scoring scenes must involve no members of your team visible in the shot. Results will be available and updated in realtime on the Speed Director website (coming soon). At 8pm on June 8th, voting will be closed, and the winners crowned.

Bio: James Stuart
A lifelong New Yorker, who due to rumored stork corruption, only ended up moving here 4 years ago. Organizer of the Ice Cream Crawl and Hot Chocolate Crawl, he spends his days dreaming of running a Crawl of Crawls. Alternative goals: taking every class, ever; making a living teaching people how to play bridge,

Bio: Betsy Williams
Like Google, Betsy was born in Silicon Valley and eventually expanded to New York; aims to not be evil; is interested in economics; sets aside time for fun, experimental projects; and comes up with many facts you never knew you needed to know. Unlike Google, Betsy does not make billions of dollars, but contributions are welcome.

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