THAC Judging

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August 29, 2005 at 8:39 pm #127274
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There are 3 different groups judging THAC, check to see which group you fit in. You may only submit ONE ballot, so if you submit an entrants ballot you cannot submit an audience ballot as well. The winners will be announced in an awards chat, the date of which will be announce soon. All ballots must be in by Friday, September 23rd.

Judges -

This group was handpicked by me, they are responsible for the awarding of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, as listed on THAC website.

Entrants -

Anyone who entered a film in THAC and was not disqualified can submit a ballot. The winner of this will receive the Entrants Choice Award, as listed on the THAC website. To be eligible for this award, you MUST submit a ballot. Any entrants who win a prize but fail to submit a ballot will have their prize handed down to the next highest scorer. If your name is on the list at the end of the page, you are allowed to submit a ballot for this award.

Audience -

This group is open to ANYONE who wants to submit a ballot. It does not matter if you are a patron, I only ask that you view ALL the films before voting. This group will be awarding the Audience choice award, as listed on the THAC website.

All of the qualifying THAC entries will be ranked in 4 separate categories, Animation, Cinematography, Sound Design, and Story. All are evenly weighted. A films total score will be calculated by adding together its scores in all 4 categories. Below are some guidelines you can use when ranking your films.

-Animation: 25%
Several things have to be taken into account when judging the animation. Focus should be on: (i) technique (actual animation skills when under pressure such as smoothness, impressiveness, appropriateness to the situation) and (ii) quantity within the time period.
Note that lots of animation at high quality should rate higher than 45 seconds (minimum required amount) of high quality animation or 10 minutes of horrible animation.

-Cinematography: 25%
Cinematography should be judged on the skill of the director’s shot construction and technique throughout the animation. Things to look for would be effective framing of the shots, camera movements, angles, steadiness, lighting, use of color and all those other elements that demonstrate planning and/or a keen visual eye. We want to stress that actual image quality should not completely be taken into consideration when judging cinematography. Of course if the viewer cannot read or see important on-screen information cinematography will be effected, but we do not want to be unfair to entrants with lower quality cams. Cinematography (even if a bit grainy) should be viewed with what the director is intending to convey in mind.

-Sound Design: 25%
Sound design is the general sound of the movie. Films will be judged on use of foley, sound effects, effective usage/appropriateness and use of music to modify/enhance mood. Using foley or music etc is not mandatory; thus the overall effectiveness of whatever sounds are included is what this should be judged on. Notes: If there are ‘speaking’ parts the quality what is said should not be judged as this relates to the next section, story. The audio quality of spoken parts should not be judged (unless, of course, the spoken parts are so badly recorded that they are inaudible or not understandable); we are not judging the quality of your microphones! (It does help not to use the mic in the QCP4000 or the LEGO cam if at all possible though…)

-Story: 25%
It is expected that your film will include some sort of story that relates directly to the theme (remember, theme will be released at the moment the competition begins). Ideally, the story should be judged primarily on its plot, the skill and manner in which it is told and how well it relates to the theme. Remember, a story can be told in many ways, however the way you choose to express your story may impact directly on how well it is understood by others…

Your ballots MUST be emailed to, be sure to state your name and/or brickfilms username in the message, and use whichever of the following titles is most approriate:

  • THAC – Judges Ballot
    THAC – Entrants Ballot
    THAC – Audience Ballot

There are 22 qualifying films, but your ballot should only contain 10 in each category. Each position will be given a number of points. The best film should be ranked as 10, and it will receive 10 points. Next best as 9, and it will receive 9 points, etc. The tenth best film in each category should be ranked one, and it will only receive one point. All films not on the ballot will not receive a point at all. You cannot vote for your own film. This is an example of what your ballot should look like:

“Sample Ballot” wrote:
Hey, this is [your name], and this is my ballot.


10. Best animation
9. 2nd best animation

2. 9th best animation
1. 10th best animation.


10. Best cinematography
9. Second best cinematography

2. 9th best cinematography
1. 10th best cinematography

Sound design:

10. Best Sound design
9. 2nd best Sound design

2. 9th best Sound design
1. 10th best design


10. Best story
9. 2nd best story

2. 9th best story
1. 10th best story story

Theses are the entries that can be included on your ballot, all the disqualified entries have been removed. Any film not on this list has been disqualified and should not be included on your ballot.

Colin Boyle
Jason Boyle


The awards chat will be held on October 3rd at 4:30 PM Pacific Standard Time. Check this chart to figure out what time that is for you.

August 29, 2005 at 8:54 pm #127278
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Does that mean we should rank our own film as well? I don’t like that.
EDIT: damn, and Protowrxs disqualified? You’re really too strict!


August 29, 2005 at 9:00 pm #127280
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Gah, I gotta get all the films watch them and rate them before September 10th.

August 29, 2005 at 9:20 pm #127285
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August 29, 2005 at 9:21 pm #127286
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Yes, I don’t think we should judge our own films. Anyhow…

August 29, 2005 at 9:28 pm #127289
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Oh great. I have some work to do…


August 29, 2005 at 9:38 pm #127292
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22! :twitch: Thats going to take forever! Why can’t we just do the top 10?

Oh well, I got a lot of re-watching to do :|

EDIT: Do me and fractalman both submit entries? Or does mine count as a “animator’s choice” and his count as “audiance choice”? :?

August 29, 2005 at 9:55 pm #127297
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[sarcasm]Now you know I’m just going to rank my film the highest if you have me included in the ranking.[/sarcasm]

August 29, 2005 at 10:20 pm #127303
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Because I did my entry with one of my friends would he get a vote or would we just submit one vote?

August 29, 2005 at 10:40 pm #127307
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So what date do you need the ballots in?

:lol: I think I’ve secured worst in most, if not all, categories.

/me glad there isnt a category for set design too.

August 29, 2005 at 11:31 pm #127319
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Oh crap, I deleated about half of the films, now I have to re-download them…

And my film was made with B-Squared. Can’t take all the credit can I?

August 30, 2005 at 12:03 am #127330
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David West really is too stict with this. one frame where its not there JESUS.Also the 22 films will not produce a fair vote because its too many to remember everything. I think this is the last contest that DW should run because this contest really wasn’t run too well. I mean how could someone cheat like that.

August 30, 2005 at 12:21 am #127333
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I have a passing interested in voting methods, and I thought this might be of interest to some.

It appears the voting method used here is the “Borda” method as defined at The linked website is promoting the Condorcet winner and specifically the Ranked Pairs method. (’s list of voting methods).

I’m not sure how the multiple categories of voting fits in however… Any math people have some insight?

Of course, the dynamics of a brickfilm vote are much different from a political vote; I’m not expressing an opinion on the voting method used in this contest. It would be interesting howerver, to see if different tabulation methods come up with different winners. Some software to do just that is listed at

August 30, 2005 at 1:21 am #127344
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There are over 10 disqualified entries, and there are 20 entries that did not get disqualified. I think Proto’s should be fine.. I know proto would never cheat, anyways.

August 30, 2005 at 2:20 am #127354
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Proto is a cheater.

Seriously, I encourage David to stand by the decisions he has already made. Making wishy-washy changes halfway through is never really a good idea.

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