The Project: Market analysts have calculated that the film industry will succeed if they produce a blockbuster dramatizing an event that changes Earth’s surface. It’s a cutthroat industry, and two producers are duking it out for Hollywood funding. Each has their own idea, backed up by their Chief Scientist, and they are trying to sway a Hollywood executive to pick their film idea. In this Challenge, your team chooses and researches an event for each Hollywood producer that must a) change Earth’s surface; and b) make for a good movie! But more importantly, your ideas must be backed up scientifically. Will it be a sci-fi thriller about tectonic processes and deep-sea life near oceanic trenches? Perhaps a depiction of a natural disaster: San Andreas II, anyone? Or maybe a futuristic drama about the role of water in Earth’s surface? Climate change, perhaps? Something having to do with a …meteor? Each pitch must include between 3 and 5 scientific facts that give more information about the event: how often events of a similar manner happen, how they change Earth’s surface, why they occur, and anything else relevant to the topic scientifically. Then film the meeting in a Hollywood studio or office where the producers – with their scientists, if you want to include them – pitch their ideas and try to convince the Studio Executive that THEIR plausible scientific event deserves to be the next big blockbuster! Now, the Studio Executive has given each producer just 60 seconds to pitch his or her idea. At the end of the pitches, the Studio Executive must make their decision, explaining why they have chosen one pitch over the other.