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October 2, 2007 at 1:54 am #331088
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TwickABros

Please let’s keep it to only one or two THACs per year. Freaked

I’d have to agree with Shale. I’d rather just do it in the summer and maybe another time.

October 2, 2007 at 1:58 am #331089
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Lord_Of_The_LEGO

No one’s forcing you to enter, you know.

And I say just keep the same rules and everything. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

October 2, 2007 at 2:19 am #331096
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brianfast

And please bump up the starting time. It will be late anyway so why not just start an hour later so you don’t need to wake up at 5.

October 2, 2007 at 3:35 am #331110
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Lechnology

“RevMen” wrote: A crew of people would have to be monitoring the entry e-mail (not hard with gmail) and could respond quickly with a ‘go email’ containing a unique mod element/color combo, at which time that entrant’s 24 hours begin. When the entrant finishes their film, they can reply to the ‘go’ email with a link to their film.

In order to simplify the process of mod element checking, each film could be required to start with a screen declaring what the mod elements are for that person.

If possible, I would volunteer to participate in this crew.

Here’s an alternative to emailing as there’s always a chance the message is delayed: Chatroom. This is more instant.

Have a crew of trusted non-participants to be in the Brickfilms chat at the start of the Friday/Saturday contest run. The contestants must go in private chat with whoever is giving out mod element/theme.

Each contestant will be given a random mod element and (if we have multiple themes to keep people from cheating) one of 2 or so themes sent. This is also logged somewhere to keep track of who has what element and theme and when they were given. Contestant would respond with a confirmation of receiving the mod and theme quickly. If they do not confirm, the mod and theme appointed to them is null and will have to receive a new set of mod and theme. Each contestant is still given only 24 hours to complete their entry, upload and provide a link.

There’s a lot of scenarios where this method would work.

Say THAC is modified to run 48 hours while still limiting animation to 24 hours. The contest would start 24 hours earlier with mod/theme appointments. If that is the case, then RevMen’s gmail idea would work better.

If THAC started 12 hours in advance for mod/theme appointments, then Brickfilms Chat would work.

This method is only to allow more people flexibility on when to start their entry. In the past, THAC started 12 pm UT. It maybe convenient to some, but inconvenient to others. Some people work in the weekends but not on Friday or can’t animate at certain time of the day, etc.

October 2, 2007 at 3:54 am #331113
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Nick Durron

Judging would be much harder if the theme were different for different entries. I like the idea of the contest running for 48 hours or so, allowing animators to start at their leisure (to an extent), but I think the theme should be the same for all films. When we’re talking about this short of a time period, I wouldn’t be too concerned about cheating. There’s still the mod element.

October 2, 2007 at 3:59 am #331114
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TwickABros

No one’s forcing you to enter, you know.

I realize that now and wonder why I posted that at all. Sorry.

October 2, 2007 at 4:13 am #331115
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ahnt

“Nick Durron” wrote: Judging would be much harder if the theme were different for different entries. I like the idea of the contest running for 48 hours or so, allowing animators to start at their leisure (to an extent), but I think the theme should be the same for all films. When we’re talking about this short of a time period, I wouldn’t be too concerned about cheating. There’s still the mod element.

Yes, different mod elements are okay, but different themes are not.

I guess since it is anyway 24 everybody has to face the same problem, either you get up early or you have to stay awake very long, either way, sleep deprivation included. And in my oppinion this gives it the extra kick!

Arend

October 2, 2007 at 4:18 am #331118
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Lechnology

Well, it’s not likely that anyone can cheat with knowledge of the theme in advance of receiving the mod element, other than getting a script written. In such a case, if we still desire to keep the theme as unknown as possible until the date of the contest, then going with a limited time advancement for mod appointment would do. They still only allow 24 hours to animate, but have a chance to start at a different time.

October 2, 2007 at 4:24 am #331120
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brianfast

Brickfilms chat has major stability issues.

October 2, 2007 at 8:40 am #331143
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SlothPaladin

Why do different themes make it harder to judge, if anything multiple themes would give the entries more variety which would greatly reduce the number of films with similar stories. I like these contests becouse they provide a burst of new content and having some verity would be great for the community. I really like the idea of having the contest start when you ask for a key word becouse that lets you get a good nights sleep which can really help an all nighter.

Also, if multiple THACs happened would it become an official contest? I don’t know why it was not classified as ‘official’ this year as it is supported by RevMen and has been an annual event for the last three years.

October 2, 2007 at 3:41 pm #331228
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Rsteenoven

Well, i favour the idea about each person having a different mod, and i like the “Key word” thing, so that people can start their 24 hours when they want. However i dont think everyone should have a different theme, maybe 3 different themes, and then there is a random selection of themes for each person.

If it was at christmas it would be great, as many people will have lots of new filming equipment, and lego, and time off. It would also be a good start to 2008. 3 THAC’s a year is good i think, Easter, Summer (Current date) and christmas.

Also i think a discussuin thread should be made for the possible THAC’s, because this thread shouldnt be cluttered.

October 2, 2007 at 5:46 pm #331273
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ahnt

I have a solution:

THAC double feature

We start one contest with a mod and a theme at the normal time, and 12h later the second one with a different mod and a different theme.

So you can choose in which THAC you want to be! Or if you are nuts enough you can make two films THAC 4.1 and THAC 4.2 as a double feature!

As a recomendation I would suggest themes that work together very good:
Theme 1 love
Theme 2 hate

or something like that, because the themes have to be comparable. Than we can judge everything at once. Two different categories to judge would be way too much!

What about that?

Arend

October 2, 2007 at 6:51 pm #331283
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Lechnology

I like it. Of course, that’s just one opinion.

October 2, 2007 at 7:58 pm #331304
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“ahnt” wrote: I have a solution:

THAC double feature

I like that idea. I don’t really support the idea of starting in chat, though; chat doesn’t work for me, even though I have Java installed. But THAC double feature is a good idea.

But I don’t think the themes should be comparable, like love and hate. By seeing the first one, people might be able to guess the second one. Of course, they might not get it right, but love and hate is simple.

October 2, 2007 at 8:28 pm #331314
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RevMen

Multiple themes aren’t harder to judge, logistically, but it makes it harder to judge from a fairness standpoint. When everyone is aiming for the same theme it’s great to be able to compare how everyone did in addressing it.

Plus it’s actually really difficult to come up with contest themes. A lot harder than you’d think. David West does an amazing job at this, I hope no one takes it for granted.

The reason THAC is not officially sponsored by Brickfilms.com is that it relies on the use of music and other material which is not totally legit from a legal standpoint. If I knew that everyone who entered would be using legal music and sound effects I would be able to make it official.

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