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September 18, 2003 at 12:55 am #14772
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BrickFest PDX 2004 Tell-a-Joke Animation Competition

The BrickFest PDX Tell-a-Joke Animation Competition will involve the animation of a joke or one-liner. The joke should be appropriate to all audiences. The jokes need not be original and may be taken from joke books or other sources.

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.

Copyright

All animation entries must comply fully with all copyright laws. Essentially this means that no entry may 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.

Duration

Each competition entry must last no longer than 1 minute (60 seconds). Credits must fall after the 1 minute time limit and should not last longer than 30 seconds. Any competition entry exceeding the time limit will have their entry cut-off at the 1:30 minute time limit. Extended play versions of an animation entry, those lasting longer than 1:30 minute, will be included on the DVD (see the BrickFest PDX Animation Competition DVD section).

Format Options

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 Tell-a-Joke Animation Competition sign the form granting limited distribution rights. Any entry NOT accompanied by this permission form, will be disqualified from the competition.

Deadline

The deadline will be January 21st, 2004.

Disqualification

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

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 questions.

September 18, 2003 at 2:40 pm #14879
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MarkB

Whats the difference between the Brickfilms contest (i.e. WoW) and a BrickFest PDX contest?

September 18, 2003 at 3:12 pm #14880
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Aerandir

And what does PDX stand for, anyway?

September 18, 2003 at 3:57 pm #14887
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Stefan

And why are there 2 simultaneous contests?

September 18, 2003 at 4:06 pm #14888
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RevMen

I kinda like this little joke contest. I got some monkey jokes that are real zingers.

The joke should be appropriate to all audiences

D’oh!

Well, there goes my favorite monkey joke.

September 18, 2003 at 11:59 pm #14952
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Blunty

well this should be more lively, exciting, and INTERESTING than the “history of flight thing” it offers much more in the way of flexability of ideas, and short, snappy FUNNY movies should help keep the attention of the afols who haven’t, to date, been able to “GET” brickfilming (judging by the wander-out of the comp this year)… but is this in ADDITION to that or INSTEAD?
we’re not mind readers….

September 19, 2003 at 12:30 am #14959
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kowarama skip

And what does PDX stand for, anyway?

Pink Deranged Xylophones
:lol:
This is an intresting idea for a contest, many ideas run through my head :|

September 19, 2003 at 2:45 pm #15026
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mrgraff

First an answer, then some more questions :)

And what does PDX stand for, anyway?

PDX stands for Portland (Oregon) International (Airport)

But here’s an even better answer: http://news.lugnet.com/events/?n=922

—-
I have a few:

All animation entries will receive one DVD with their entry with an option to purchase more at a reduced price.

Does this mean that several DVD’s will be put aside to make sure that each entrant will have the opportunity to purchase a DVD, if they wish, before they run out? Or will the entrant receive a free DVD as a thanks for their efforts in participating in the contest?

Also, if the DVD is sold, won’t this violate the non-commercial-use clauses in some shareware video editing tools (most notably VideoMach)? I haven’t taken the time to research it, but I think LEGO is going to have a problem as well if our films are sold. Keep in mind, I’m not a lawyer. so maybe all of my concerns are completely irrelevant; so feel free to demonstrate that to me :)

Finally, I understand that more official rules will be posted later, but one important rule, worth mentioning early IMO, is about whether or not previously submitted/viewed/entered/awarded films are eligible. I hope that we don’t have to keep our PDX entries a secret for nearly 4 months. The temptation to share will kill some of us!

– Thanks for listening…

– mrgraff

September 30, 2003 at 1:44 pm #16297
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ToddThuma

To answer these points…

Does this mean that several DVD’s will be put aside to make sure that each entrant will have the opportunity to purchase a DVD, if they wish, before they run out? Or will the entrant receive a free DVD as a thanks for their efforts in participating in the contest?

Each animator/animation team will receive one DVD as part of their entry to the contest. If you submit an entry to each contest, you will receive 2 DVD’s. After the convention, you will be provided the oppotunity to purchase more DVD’s at less than the conference price.

Also, if the DVD is sold, won’t this violate the non-commercial-use clauses in some shareware video editing tools (most notably VideoMach)? I haven’t taken the time to research it, but I think LEGO is going to have a problem as well if our films are sold. Keep in mind, I’m not a lawyer. so maybe all of my concerns are completely irrelevant; so feel free to demonstrate that to me :)

In response to this let me first say that this is not a “commercial” project. We are not commercializing the contest. We are making DVD’s of the Animation Contest available to convention participants and animators that took the time to enter a competition entry. The price of the DVD’s will be set at a level to pay for the production of each DVD. There will be no profit obtained from the project. What ever proceeds are left will be used for the prizes in the contest and shipping costs. All details of the project will be made public for all to review.

Finally, I understand that more official rules will be posted later, but one important rule, worth mentioning early IMO, is about whether or not previously submitted/viewed/entered/awarded films are eligible. I hope that we don’t have to keep our PDX entries a secret for nearly 4 months. The temptation to share will kill some of us!

I understand the desire to show everyone what you have done, but you must resist the temptation. No entry to either contest can be made public prior to the public showing of the video at the conference. In fact there will be a date, announced soon, when entries to either competition may be made available for public viewing online. Also any previously viewable entry will not be considered and will be disqualified from competition. Sorry, but there is no serious animation festival on the planet that allows entries to be public prior to their festival. I want to make this as nearly professional as we can to make this a serious activity/event. This is the only way we will be able to paint ourself as serious to sponsors.

Todd

September 30, 2003 at 1:48 pm #16298
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“Bluntman” wrote: well this should be more lively, exciting, and INTERESTING than the “history of flight thing” it offers much more in the way of flexability of ideas, and short, snappy FUNNY movies should help keep the attention of the afols who haven’t, to date, been able to “GET” brickfilming (judging by the wander-out of the comp this year)… but is this in ADDITION to that or INSTEAD?
we’re not mind readers….

There are two competitions. A quick ans easy “Tell-A-Joke” and the longer more difficult “History of Flight”.

September 30, 2003 at 1:49 pm #16299
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“wandrer2″ wrote: And why are there 2 simultaneous contests?

Yes, there are two separate competitions.

Todd

September 30, 2003 at 1:51 pm #16300
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“MarkB” wrote: Whats the difference between the Brickfilms contest (i.e. WoW) and a BrickFest PDX contest?

Words of Wisdom are not necessarily funny. If your “Tell-A-Joke” entry is not funny, then it belongs in the “This-ain’t funny” competition, which has yet to be (and never will be) announced. :lol:

Todd

September 30, 2003 at 2:04 pm #16304
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Yolegoman

To answer Mark’s question a bit more clearly…

I think what you want to know, Mark, is that Brickfilms WOW contest is hosted by the owner of Brickfilms.com, Josh/Revmen, while a Brickfest contest like this one is a part of Brickfest, a Lego Convention held yearly, in fact the exact same one Rise of the Empire was made for. 8)

Yolegoman

September 30, 2003 at 7:47 pm #16320
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Stefan

“ToddThuma” wrote: [quote="wandrer2"]And why are there 2 simultaneous contests?

Yes, there are two separate competitions.

Todd[/quote]

Yes, I think I got that, but WHY?

Stefan.

January 8, 2004 at 8:41 pm #28562
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ToddThuma

Animators,

Entry Forms are now available for the BrickFest PDX 2004 Tell-a-Joke Competition. Please download them from this web site:

http://pdx.brickfest.com/contests.php

Every entry will need to be accompanied by an entry form. Please fill it out on the computer and print or hand print on an blank form and included that in the mailer you send your competition entry in.

I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone has done.

Todd

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