THAC3 Results

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September 28, 2007 at 3:44 am #330019
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Timothy Ratner

Congrats to all who entered!

September 28, 2007 at 3:53 am #330020
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Nick Durron

On my ballot I gave Flashbacks and A Night at the Pier top place in two categories each, so they would definitely have been the two big winners. The Pepperonis placed second or fifth in two other categories, the only film to do so, which meant it would have come out third. Sounds about right, and remarkably close to the actual results.

September 28, 2007 at 4:33 am #330029
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Well, if anyone’s interested, here’s what my ballot looked like:

5. Night at the Pier – SlothPaladin
4. Flashbacks – Lord_Of_The_LEGO
3. Abduction – Nick Durron
2. The Truth – Matt Gillan
1. Deathbed Revelations – Krick

5. Breakdown – Nathan
4. Night at the Pier – SlothPaladin
3. The Truth – Matt Gillan
2. Spontaneous Insanity – Night Owl
1. Flashbacks – Lord_Of_The_LEGO

Sound Design
5. Night at the Pier – SlothPaladin
4. Stromausfall – nichtgedreht
3. Reformation Day – RyanD
2. Breakdown – Nathan
1. The Truth – Matt Gillan

5. Divine Intervention – ahnt
4. The Pepperonis – Smeagol
3. Deathbed Revelations – Krick
2. Inhibitions – Captain Bulldog, Shale, Twobit
1. Storyline Buildup – BertL


September 28, 2007 at 4:38 am #330030
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A big thanks to David West for running another successful THAC, despite not being a daily visitor to the site. I think this is the most fun event at brickfilms. I’m serious about doing this more often; there are a lot of people (myself included) who wanted to do this but couldn’t. I might see if I can find some kind of angle to generate some good sponsorship or prizes for this thing. If anyone has any ideas, please share them.

If you think about what’s involved, the quality of these films on average is pretty amazing. Despite being made in 24 hours, the top 10 or so films from this contest are higher quality than a significant portion of the films in the directory.

For next THAC I recommend adopting a system similar to what we used for some of our previous contests with a set of nominees. This has a few advantages:

1) Ranking films is much easier (ranking >20 films in 5 different categories… are you kidding me?), which encourages more ballots to be submitted. In addition to being difficult, judging was really a lot of work.

2) No one ends up with 0 points. If you’re a non-nominee you stand beside the 15 other non-nominees and no one has to be last.

September 28, 2007 at 5:19 am #330035
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I have two other comments,

the rules say: the mod element has to be in every frame.
I would like to change this into: the mod element has to be in every layer of every frame.

We used a greenscreen, and after doing it I saw that we haven´t put a K or a green black brick combo in the first layer. Fortunately two of the handles look like the letter K, but that was just pure luck. I guess if someone is sinistre enough, he could film portions of the animation with green screen and just put the mod in the background. Not that someone did that, but if the rules exclude such thing already, it will not happen.

The other idea that I had, would be to benefit the set building. Night at the pier had an amazing set and the cinematography really benefitted from that. Still I guess it was made beforehand. I have no problem with that since it was allowed in the rules, and anyway a good film is always better than a bad one, right? And in my oppinion this is anyway more about films than about winning?
So maybe next time films with new created sets might get a bonus or instead of the four categories one for setdesign as well?
I anyway think that most contests lag this category, and I honestly don´t know why. But I guess the rating was already difficult enough that another category would really be too much…

Cheers Arend

September 28, 2007 at 5:52 am #330041
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I won the first contest I placed in, hurray! Congrats to everyone, there were some really great films, but why didn’t Stromausfal do better, that film was amazing, I was sure it would be in the top 5.

September 28, 2007 at 11:59 am #330069
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skull brick

w00t! My film got no votes! Anyway, congratulations to the winners!

September 28, 2007 at 12:16 pm #330075
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I didn’t really expect any votes in the first place. My film didn’t turn out at all how I had planned. Oh well… maybe next year. Congrats to all the winners!

September 28, 2007 at 2:37 pm #330111
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Woohoo 0 votes! I don’t care at all anyway, I know people made much better ones. Night at the pier was great, what an awesome set. Good job everyone.
EDIT: Wait, we could have voted? Oh…

September 28, 2007 at 5:44 pm #330206
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Matt Gillan

Congratulations to the winners, Smeagol and Sloth!

I was surprised to hear that only one person submitted a judges ballot, oh well.

Here is my ballot, if like MindGame, you are interested…


5. Abduction
4. Arthur’s Legacy
3. A Night at the Pier
2. Flashbacks
1. Spontaneous Insanity


5. A Night at the Pier
4. The Pepperonis
3. Spontaneous Insanity
2. Arthur’s Legacy
1. Deathbed Revelations

Sound design:

5. Abduction
4. The Pepperonis
3. A Night at the Pier
2. Arthur’s Legacy
1. Deathbed Revelations


5. Arthur’s Legacy
4. Deathbed Revelations
3. The Pepperonis
2. Reformation Day
1. Spontaneous Insanity

September 28, 2007 at 5:48 pm #330209
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What is the prize exactly, or is it the brickfilms DVD?

September 28, 2007 at 10:11 pm #330324
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Man, my film did terrible…

I don’t mind much. It didn’t turn out like I hoped it too, and I expected it to do terrible. I was disappointed at first, but I understand :)

But I don’t think anybody should get 0 points. That could really lower someone’s self asteem, and they may quit brickfilming. Its not doing that to me, it just makes me want to try harder, but someone could feel that way.

Anyway, congradulations to the winners! :)

September 28, 2007 at 10:51 pm #330333
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If your film got a zero or another very low rating, keep in mind that with the way the system works, if entrants did not feel that your film was in the top five technically or in the quality of the story, it didn’t receive points; this doesn’t mean people didn’t like your film. It’s unfortunate that the scoring system works out the way it does, (such that there will inevitably be a lot of people who don’t receive any points) but I think Revmen’s suggestion is a good one, though it would draw out the process somewhat.

September 28, 2007 at 11:13 pm #330337
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I agree, there should be nominations.

October 1, 2007 at 3:09 am #330794
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David West

Some pretty good ideas to consider.

Say, if more people are in favor of doing this more often, how would a winter THAC sound? Maybe one over Christmas Break? I wouldn’t mind running a few more before I have to pass the baton on to someone else when I join the Army next summer. If we do do more, though, prize sponsorship would be really cool. My wallet isn’t exactly bursting at the seams.

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