THAC2 Voting

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    David West
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    There are 2 different groups judging THAC. The winners will be announced in an awards chat on Thrusday, September 14 at 4:30 pm pacific time. Ballots are due on Wednesday, September 13.

    Update:

    Do to poor voting participation, the chat will have to be pushed back. I’ll announce a new date shortly, but it will probably be sometime in the middle of next week. The weekend won’t work for me.

    Judges -

    This group was handpicked by me, they are responsible for the awarding of the 1st, and 2nd place 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.

    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…

    Please DO NOT email me your ballot. I have been experiencing problems with my email address and have not been receiveing ballots that were sent. Please PM me your ballot, using whichever of the following titles is most appropriate.

    • THAC – Judges Ballot
      THAC – Entrants Ballot

    There are 18 qualifying films, but your ballot should only contain 5 in each category. Each position will be given a number of points. The best film should be ranked as 5, and it will receive 5 points. Next best as 4, and it will receive 4 points, etc. The fifth best film in each category should be ranked 1, and it will only receive 1 point. All films not on the ballot will not receive any points. 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.

    Animation:

    5. Best animation
    4. 2nd best animation

    1. 5th best animation.

    Cinematography:

    5. Best cinematography
    4. Second best cinematography

    1. 5th best cinematography

    Sound design:

    5. Best Sound design
    4. 2nd best Sound design

    1. 5th best design

    Story:

    5. Best story
    4. 2nd best story

    1. 5th 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.

    Darth
    caffinator
    LegoBrosJon
    LegosJedi
    GopedGuy
    The Duke/High Tower (joint entry)
    Aled Owen
    RyanD
    Twobit/Shale/Captain Bulldog joint entry
    acericardo
    Nosnibourus
    MB
    Tim
    Krick Films
    nightowlnikolas
    MindGame
    Quigibo/Fractalman joint entry
    Lord_Of_The_LEGO
    Sloth Paladin/B-Squared joint entry

    The following entries were disqualified, and the reason is listed. If you believe that you have beenunfairly disqualified, youmay speak up, but I will not be anywhere near a computer for the next 3 days.

    Dean42 -mod missing at 0:38
    Super Cameraman – missing mod at 2:54
    Littlebrick – more than 3mb/minute
    MR.un0 – Mod missing at 1:38
    Matt Gillan – mod missing at 0:10
    Ticket – mod missing at 1:46

    Update:

    I’ve decided to put up a list of all the entrant’s ballots that I have received so far. Here they are:

    Mindgame
    Lord_Of_The_LEGO
    RyanD
    Quigibo/Fractalman
    Shale
    The Duke/High Tower
    Krick Films
    LegosJedi
    Nightowlnikolas
    Sloth-Paladin/B-Squared
    Tim
    Krick Films

    #218123 Reply
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    Littlebrick
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    I think somewhat otherwise about the disqualification of my film. I said I’d submit a smaller version ASAP. I had a lousy compressor that didn’t let me compress the film into a 15 fps movie file that was 3 mb per minute or less, and I was already cutting into my deadline (I still had several hours left, but I just don’t work on films on Sunday).

    I can understand people getting disqualified because of the missing element, but filesize?

    EDIT: I just read the rules again, and it said to ensure that the film can be veiwable by everyone, it should be 3 mb per minute. I say it doesn’t matter how big the film is, everyone can veiw it (unless they don’t have the required codec). The only thing that would stop them from downloading the film is if the are pateint enough to wait for the download.

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    MR.un0
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    Meh. I got disqualified. I still had fun doing it, tho.

    #218132 Reply
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    LegosJedi
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    Okay, guys, to make it easy, here are the links to all the entries in the P&R forum:

    Darth
    caffinator
    LegoBrosJon
    LegosJedi
    GopedGuy
    The Duke/High Tower (joint entry)
    Aled Owen
    RyanD
    Twobit/Shale/Captain Bulldog (joint entry)
    acericardo
    Nosnibourus
    MB
    Tim
    Krick Films
    nightowlnikolas
    MindGame
    Quigibo/Fractalman (joint entry)
    Lord_Of_The_LEGO
    Sloth Paladin/B-Squared (joint entry)

    Sorry, but I couldn’t find caffinator’s, so, Dave, if you have the link, please post it.

    #218135 Reply
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    White
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    I can understand people getting disqualified because of the missing element, but filesize?

    It does say in the rules entries must be 3mb/min and must be recieved by 12 noon GMT on Sunday, submitting another one would mean it would be late.

    #218136 Reply
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    Night Owl
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    I’m just wondering – is there a rule against including one’s own film somewhere on the ballot for the entrants’ choice award?

    #218137 Reply
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    RyanD
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    Mine is a joint entry as well. NateE contributed tons to this film. I did list him in the people who helped out in my e-mail to David West. Just thought I would let you know. He is the only BF member who helped out on this film.

    See ya,
    Ryan : )

    #218139 Reply
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    LegosJedi
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    “nightowlnikolas” wrote: I’m just wondering – is there a rule against including one’s own film somewhere on the ballot for the entrants’ choice award?

    “David West” wrote: You cannot vote for your own film.

    #218146 Reply
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    Littlebrick
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    “White” wrote:

    I can understand people getting disqualified because of the missing element, but filesize?

    It does say in the rules entries must be 3mb/min and must be recieved by 12 noon GMT on Sunday, submitting another one would mean it would be late.

    I had a lousy compressor that didn’t let me compress the film into a 15 fps movie file that was 3 mb per minute or less, and I was already cutting into my deadline (I still had several hours left, but I just don’t work on films on Sunday).

    There is a new, 4 mb version. http://www.postbrickfilms.com/littlebrick/Films/The_End.avi

    And White, I at least submitted a verison of it, so everyone knows it was made within the time period.

    #218163 Reply
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    Dragoon
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    There were similar annoyances over disqualifications last year, and like then I have to support following what’s written in the rules. They may seem too strict, and I know how disappointed you are to be disqualified, but one diversion from the rules will lead to others and would not be fair to the other disqualified directors.

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