September 18, 2003 at 12:26 am #14765
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 640×480 or 720×480 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 640×480 or 720×480 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 640×480 or 720×480 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.September 18, 2003 at 12:30 am #14768
Do you know if we can enter online?September 18, 2003 at 12:40 am #14769
well… I’m dissapointed… “history of flight” exciting? no.
plus it’s a concept that’s been covered an a few brickfilms already in a previous comp.
After the current sucsess of the wonderful WoW comp (33ish entries… most of which are BRILLIANT works of art), this is a real letdown… give us something more conducive to being really creative… we’re artists, not doccumentarty makers.
sorry Todd, I respect the hard work you do, but I’m dissapointed.September 18, 2003 at 12:59 am #14774
It is easy to criticize an idea when you have posted none. When the call came out for input where was yours?
If you do not like this idea, give the group one that we can change it to. It is not too late to change it at this point.
I understand that you don’t like the idea, give us one that we might like.
Also, please link me to where this idea has been done already. I missed it in my research.
ToddSeptember 18, 2003 at 1:06 am #14777
Todd, this sounds like a fun contest. My First Lego League team is competeing in the Mission Mars contest this year, so I think it would be fun to make an animation tying in with it.
Which brings me to my point, you say:
“Todd Thuma” wrote: 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
In which I assume you mean that I could create a film based upon future Mars landings, the least of which is not Man arriving on the Red Planet.
Before I ran off and got up to my elbows in this, I wanted to make sure.
Nathaniel “Yolegoman” JonesSeptember 18, 2003 at 3:09 am #14815
Even though I’ve been heartily assured that I simply have no time for this, I’m excited already and right now I do not indeed have any time. Good thing I have four months.
At any rate, I think this will be a great theme! I can think of a thing or two to do already…
Argh.September 20, 2003 at 9:06 am #15097
Ach finnaly a contest theme where I got some ideas for.
I’m in on this!September 20, 2003 at 12:18 pm #15103
Would that be because over the past few months you’ve posted and showed us shots from your film about flight? So essentially you’ve got a nice head start…
haliSeptember 20, 2003 at 1:40 pm #15109
You’re sharp Hali.
But after I’ve rendered the first 40% of all cgi I thought it looked horrible, so I’ve “Iced” the project.
That could be a nice entry, but for the moment I got an very very old idea that I always wanted to make.September 30, 2003 at 12:48 pm #16292
Sorry for the late reply to some of these posts, but I had one more big commitment to the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a convention, that kept me offline all last week.
As for taking digital solicitations I am working on this. I am adamant that the video not be available online for the public to see prior to the festival. After the festival public viewing and display is encouraged, but prior it is grounds for disqualification. We will need an FTP site to be able to transfer files. When I figure out a way that is fair to all then I will post.
A movie about Mars is welcome because it will be the future of flight which was allowed within the rules. This was done so that animators would be encouraged to do a variety of history of flight (and future of flight) topics.
Seeing tha bluntman has no ideas other than the ones posted here, the constest will remain the “History of Flight”.
“T” make certain that you do not show any more segments of your video in a public way. You may show members of the Brickfilms community to get ideas and have things proofed. Do NOT post the film here until the contest is over. Serious video and animation festivals do not allow you to publicly preview the video prior to some of their festivals and we have adopted this rule as well.
If you have questions, please email me or post here.