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    badgerboy
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    I know there’s a lot on the plate of people in charge right now, but I was just curious if there’s going to be an Official Brickfilms contest anytime soon. There’s usually one around this time of year, and I’d be disappointed if there wasn’t one.

    Heck, I wouldn’t even mind if there was a BCS.

    And if I recall correctly, TAAB once said that she’d be able to purchase great prizes without any money worries?

    #406115 Reply

    Absolutely. Contests will be a BIG part of BF 3.0. My question to the community is this:

    How often should contests be held? Should there be a series of monthly or quarterly contests with one Big annual contest?

    What do you think are “good” prize levels. Everyone would like to win a million dollars, but what would realistically motivate you to enter? What are your First / second / third prize ideas?

    My thoughts included: Money, LEGO sets, Amazon Gift Certificates, T-shirts …I think we may be able to get LEGO to sponsor some contests.

    How should contest themes be determined?

    How will winners be judged – a review panel? A democratic vote?

    As with the rest of the site, you are in the drivers seat here, so please give us your input.

    #406117 Reply
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    How often should contests be held?

    I’d say that there should be a Brickfilms Challenge Series contest every 2-4 months, and one big annual contest, like FAR or IDEA. Perhaps even some unofficial contests made by members could be made “official.”

    What do you think are “good” prize levels. Everyone would like to win a million dollars, but what would realistically motivate you to enter? What are your First / second / third prize ideas?

    I would say that every winner should receive a Brickfilms.com T-shirt.

    1st prize: A large LEGO set, or Bricklink money of equal value
    2nd prize: A medium LEGO set, or Bricklink money of equal value
    3rd prize: Bricklink money

    There could also be other prizes, such as microphones. I’m thinking that maybe there could be other categories other than “1st, 2nd, and 3rd” like Best Cinematography, Best Animation, etc, that award smaller prizes. Maybe there could even be a public vote and the winner of that wins a smaller prize.

    How should contest themes be determined?

    In the past, there would be a thread asking for contest ideas, and the Minister of Contests would choose the one he thought was best. I don’t see a problem with that, except we don’t have a MoC or anyone like it. I suppose you or ahnt could choose the theme.

    How will winners be judged – a review panel? A democratic vote?

    A believe in the past there was a judges panel, and I like that way. Like I said above, I think there should also be a public vote and the winner of that receives a smaller prize.

    #406123 Reply
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    Leonardo812
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    I agree with pretty much everything badgerboy mentioned. Oh, and definitely look into getting companies to sponsor contests. I remember one year I think we got Sony to give us a version of Sony Vegas, a piece of editing software for a contest.

    – Leo

    #406208 Reply
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    An Old Ore
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    What I have seen work well in other, similar situations is to not have a 1st – 2nd – 3rd prize setting but instead have a prize pool.

    What I have seen work well to motivate people was to have a prize pool of six prizes of roughly equal value. 1st place had their choice of up to 3 of the prizes, 2nd place could choose up to 2 of the remaining prizes and 3rd place got the remaining prize.

    Giving winners options seemed to work in that situation (no link available as the site is not around any more). Not sure how well that would work in this situation as the demographics are different.

    Choice of judges will be important. They ought to be people who will be seen as fair and neutral by the community. Usually the judging system is laid out in the contest conditions (such as Animation with a score out of ten, Story with a score out of 20 and so on). Some contests show how the judges voted, some haven’t. Personally, I’m happier when how the votes went are shown. This works for when there are a few selected judges on a panel.

    Other formats that have been used in the past had the entrants send in an email/pm with what they thought were the best films with those scores being added up. Patrons usually voted as well, but I think the patron system has been discontinued for BF3.

    As for choice of prizes – as badgerboy said. Lego sets are always welcome (especially ones which are either rare, hard to get or have several minifigs), equipment is usually a good idea (microphones and webcams), software is really nice but can be expensive – tshirts would be good, but sizes might be a bit of a problem. I think between the members we cover pretty much all shapes and sizes.

    I’ve always wanted to see physical trophies as part of the prize pool (in addition to, not instead of). Probably not needed for smaller or quarterly contests, but a plaque, certificate or trophy of some kind for the big end-of-year contest would be good I think.

    #406333 Reply
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    randomparrot
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    I think you summed up perferctly what i’d find good in a contest AOO.

    #406455 Reply
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    FLIPaBRIK
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    i think that those are all great ideas
    -LEGO sets for prizes sounds like the best way to go…it gives the winner incentive to continue making bigger and better movies. personaly i have never been involved in any brickfilm contest (if u noticed i just signed up today) but i would love to participate in such…

    #406486 Reply

    I think the contest should start at the beginning of Summer, and continue through summer vacation. That will give all participants enough time to make an exceptional film without getting in the way of school.

    #406488 Reply
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    Except the Australian folks.

    And personally, summer vacation actually gets in the way of brickfilming. I’m always so busy during the summer.

    #407243 Reply

    “badgerboy” wrote: And personally, summer vacation actually gets in the way of brickfilming. I’m always so busy during the summer.

    Yes it does, I have a busy summer planned already. Nothing, followed by more nothing, and guess what? More nothing!
    Actually I’m going to New Jersey, and a the beach, and Neverland Ranch, and Disneyworld, and Six Flags and Lousiana, and a whole bunch of other places.

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