Watson For Minister of Film Contests

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June 27, 2007 at 5:12 am #299622
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Welcome to the official Watson for Minister of Film Contests thread. Here you will find information on my ideas and campaign, and have a chance to express your thoughts.

What I want to do

  • Restrict my efforts to key biannual contests, focusing on making them successful[/*]
  • Dramatically decrease the number of contests which are official.[/*]
  • Work to restore prestige, glory, and significance to official brickfilms contests, thus reviving interest and boosting quality.[/*]

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I believe that over the last year, there have been so many contests, that the significance of any one contest has been diluted. This includes our major contest for the year. I’m not against the creation of private contests, which is really out of my jurisdiction (I can’t tell you whether or not you can hold your own contest), I’m against the number of official contests that have been created.

Richard Frost has certainly done a wonderful job in creating these contests – that’s not the problem. It’s merely an issue of flooding the market. If we want to have a large, community-encompassing, prestigious competition (as we always used to have) we need to once again create a certain degree of scarcity on our contests. If contests are scarce, the value placed on any one contest increases dramatically. That, in turn, ramps up competition for the contest, which brings with it increased quality and effort.

Furthermore, as quality and effort increases, and as more importance is place on any one contest, the prestige of that contest also increases. This creates a circular relationship which, over time, ought to improve the overall effectiveness of competition on brickfilms.

What is the purpose of contests, anyways? There are a variety of benefits. Offering a prize and prestige creates motivation which otherwise might not exist. It pushes people to really put in their best efforts. Year after year, we’ve seen our contests push the boundaries of our hobby, which is what has made them so successful. Should they become watered down, this benefit will be severely diminished. It is this effect which I seek to squelch.

Please share your thoughts and concerns with any aspect of my campaign or potential ministry here in this thread. I will attempt to address them expeditiously.

Watson

June 28, 2007 at 7:26 am #300001
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Smeagol

Sounds good. Have you contacted David West about the next THAC, and if he is not planning on organizing it, would you?

-Smeagol

June 28, 2007 at 5:06 pm #300155
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I love the THAC contests, smeagol, and I do hope that David West is able to put on another, but I recognize that he is quite busy at this time. While, as I mentioned above, I do not wish to flood the market with contests, I would be willing to organize an official 24-hour contest because its short time-span makes it a bit of an exception.

I think I would prefer it if David West simply named a successor to handle it on his behalf, but if it’s necessary for me to organize it, I will.

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