October 2, 2007 at 12:18 am #331025
will be interesting to have THAC on satruday after X-Mas,
having my parents as guests in the room where I normaly make my films … and them in X-mas mode, me making this 24h session,
The only advantage is them taking car of the kids and having several people for making voice acting.
I guess it will be fun… And I bet, we would get THAC holiday editions…
ArendOctober 2, 2007 at 12:29 am #331029
ShaleParticipantOctober 2, 2007 at 1:04 am #331055
What if the contest lasted from Friday to Sunday, with each animator having 24 hours that weren’t necessarily simultaneous? After the contest starts, when someone is ready to enter they send in an e-mail requesting their mod codes. 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.
Again, using gmail (or something else that sorts e-mail into conversations) it would be very easy to track whether people finished within their allotted time. This would be a lot more fair across the different time zones and would allow some people to participate that wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. You lose the element of racing simultaneously with people around the world, but not completely. There would be a lot of overlap and it would be kind of fun to have people come into the chat throughout the weekend at various points in their 24 hours.
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.October 2, 2007 at 1:19 am #331065
How to prevent Person A to enter at the beginning getting any a mod element and the theme, giving the theme to his friend who enters at the last possible moment, getting his mod element, but the theme is the same.
I know animation could only be done in 24h, that is for sure, but what about the story, for me getting the idea and writing the script was the hardest part.
I woud suggest that to resolve it, the theme is known 1 week ahead, and the mod is declared as RevMen suggested.
I guess the film quality would increase, we would get more time for thinking and layout of the story and cinematography, but the time pressure for animation is still the same.
It is hard to estimat how much change this would be to THAC?
ArendOctober 2, 2007 at 1:46 am #331081
RevMenParticipantOctober 2, 2007 at 1:54 am #331088
TwickABrosParticipantOctober 2, 2007 at 1:58 am #331089
Lord_Of_The_LEGOParticipantOctober 2, 2007 at 2:19 am #331096
brianfastParticipantOctober 2, 2007 at 3:35 am #331110
“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
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.
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