The BrickFest PDX Animation Competition will be a themed competition among animators illustrating stop-motion and computer-generated techniques.
The Theme of the Contest "History of Flight"
The BrickFest PDX 2004 "History of Flight" Animation Competition will be open to animators that wish to portray a moment in time, a series of events, or breakthroughs in the History of Flight. The depictions can be historically accurate or be based upon historical events. In other words, the animation may fictionalize a historic event or be highly accurate. The future history of flight may also be portrayed and moments involving space flight are welcome since space flight is considered part of the History of Flight. The animation may biographically represent a single individual or multiple individuals involved in flight or depict a particular aircraft. Animations may be humorous, dramatic, action-based, or a combination of several genre.
The Use of Lego Elements
The use of Lego Elements is required unless the animation is based upon computer-generated graphics. Animators may use non-Lego elements in their video provided that such use does not represent the majority of elements used during the production of the animation. Any competition entry found not to be using Lego Elements or using principally other non-Lego Elements will be disqualified from the competition. In computer-generated animations, only the depiction of Lego Elements will be allowed. Where appropriate, non-Lego Elements maybe used in computer-generated video as long as there use is a purpose for their use in the animation.
All animation entries must comply fully with all copyright laws. Essentially this means that no entry my use copyrighted material in the production of their video without the written consent of the copyright holder. This goes for audio, video, graphics and musical elements that may be incorporated into your animation. Upon submitting your animation, any and all written permission statements must be sent along with the entry form and the video entry. Any competition entry not compliant with copyright law will be disqualified from the competition.
The Animation Committee advises all participants to create an original work creating their own audio, video, graphics, and music tracks. The Animation Committee will aid interested individuals with finding resources for copyright free material upon request.
Each competition must last at least 1 minute (60 seconds) and no longer than 5 minutes (300 seconds). Credits must fall within the 5 minute time limit. Any competition entry exceeding the time limit will have their entry cut-off at the 5 minute time limit. Extended play versions of an animation entry, those lasting longer than 5 minutes, will be included on the DVD (see the BrickFest PDX Animation Competition DVD section).
All animations submitted for this competition must comply with one of the format options stated below. Any entry not in compliance or any animator that does not communicate by the 15th of November an alternative submission format will result in that entry being disqualified from the competition.
Option One - VHS
Entries may be submitted on VHS in the NTSC format. The video image is expected to fill the screen in 4:3 or 16:9 (letterbox) resolution.
Option Two - mini-DV
Entries may be submitted on mini-DV in the NTSC Format. The video image is expected to fill the screen in 4:3 or 16:9 (letterbox) resolution.
Option Three - QuickTime/CD-Rom
Entries may be submitted on CD-Rom in the QuickTime (MOV) format. The video must be formatted to 640x480 or 720x480 screen resolution. The video resolution maybe in the 16:9 television dimension, but the resolution must be at least 720 in the horizontal dimension.
Option Four - AVI/CD-Rom
Entries may be submitted on CD-Rom in the AVI or Windows Media file format. The video must be formatted to 640x480 or 720x480 screen resolution. The video resolution maybe in the 16:9 television dimension, but the resolution must be at least 720 in the horizontal dimension.
Option Five - MPEG/DVD or CD-Rom
Entries may be submitted on DVD-Rom or CD-Rom (Video CD) format. The video format needs to be in the NTSC video standard unless otherwise pre-arranged with the Animation Committee. The video must be formatted to 640x480 or 720x480 screen resolution. The video resolution maybe in the 16:9 television dimension, but the resolution must be at least 720 in the horizontal dimension. The MPEG2 compression is preferred but the Animation Committee will accept MPEG1.
Note: Streaming media is not allowed. Be certain not to encode your video for streaming in QuickTime Stream, Real Media Stream, or Windows Media File Streaming.
Any entry received that cannot be converted by the Animation Committee into a format used in public display, videotape or DVD, and cannot be included on the BrickFest PDX Animation Competition DVD, will be disqualified from the competition. The Animation Committee and the BrickFest PDX 2004 Organizing Committee cannot be held responsible for failure to comply with the submission format policy or the inability for personal computer equipment from converting your files to a public format.
BrickFest PDX Animation Competition DVD
The Animation Committee will be placing all competition entries on a single DVD that will be playable in a television DVD player and computer-based DVD drive. The Animation Competition entry form will include a form granting the Animation Committee limited distribution rights to your original animation. Limited distribution means that the BrickFest PDX 2004 Organizers and the Animation Committee will distribute your animation entry on a BrickFest PDX 2004 DVD for a limited period of time as defined in the entry form. The creator or creators of the animation entry will retain the copyright on the animation entry throughout the distribution of the DVD, but animation entries will be limited by agreement from distributing their animation during this brief period.
The DVD will be available for purchase and ordering at the time of the convention. The cost of the DVD will be nominal covering the cost of production and competition prizes. Although the price of the DVD is yet to be set, it is expected that the price of the DVD will not exceed $10.00 per unit and not be priced below $5.00 per unit. The cost will be set at a level sufficient to recover the cost of production and delivery. All animation entries will receive one DVD with their entry with an option to purchase more at a reduced price.
It will be required that all participants in the BrickFest PDX "History of Flight" Animation Competition sign the form granting limited distribution rights. Any entry NOT accompanied by this permission form, will be disqualified from the competition.
The deadline will be January 21st, 2004.
Any entry that does not follow the rules stated in this notification or in the official rules document, will be disqualified from the competition. Disqualification means that the video will not be shown at the public viewing, will not be included on the BrickFest PDX Animation Competition DVD, and will not be considered for the competition awards. Entries cannot be returned.
Official rules will be posted in the near future but enough detail is provided here in order to get animators started. From the date of this posting animators have 4 months.
Please contact Todd Thuma at Todd.Thuma@gactr.uga.edu with specific questions.