THAC2 Voting

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August 23, 2006 at 10:41 am #218089
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David West

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

August 23, 2006 at 2:26 pm #218123
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Littlebrick

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.

August 23, 2006 at 2:32 pm #218126
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MR.un0

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

August 23, 2006 at 2:57 pm #218132
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LegosJedi

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.

August 23, 2006 at 3:10 pm #218135
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White

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.

August 23, 2006 at 3:14 pm #218136
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Night Owl

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

August 23, 2006 at 3:15 pm #218137
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RyanD

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 : )

August 23, 2006 at 3:27 pm #218139
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LegosJedi

“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.

August 23, 2006 at 4:05 pm #218146
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Littlebrick

“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.

August 23, 2006 at 6:17 pm #218163
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Dragoon

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.

August 23, 2006 at 9:25 pm #218211
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High Tower

So the entrants just vote for one, and only one? Do we have to do it like the smple, or is that just for the judges?

-ht

August 24, 2006 at 2:36 am #218329
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Super Cameraman

Super Cameraman – missing mod at 2:54

Oh, come on! It’s not even animation! This isn’t fair! This is the second year I’ve been diqualified! Can you still judge it? I just want to see how good it would have been! I mean it’s not like I would win a prize!

-Super

August 24, 2006 at 3:15 am #218338
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The Duke

Should HT and I vote seperately or do we have to vote together?

August 24, 2006 at 3:21 am #218341
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Caffinator

our mod element at 1:46 was the “e” in security on the back of the guy’s shirt. however, due to compressing our film multiple times, the image only appears as a blur

*edit*

i don’t know if the high quality version works, but you should be able to view it in one of those versions

August 24, 2006 at 7:41 am #218353
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saulgoode

If appeals are to be considered, there shouldn’t be any disqualifications announced while judging takes place. Voters will exclude such disqualifications from their ballots and, if the appeal is granted, that entry will have missed an opportunity for more votes.

Either the balloting shouldn’t start until all appeals have been resolved or possible disqualifications should not be announced until after balloting has concluded.

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