Topic: BRAWL 2012
It is my pleasure to announce to you BRAWL 2012!
Rules & Requirements
Starting at 12 noon GMT on August 19th, 2012 (Greenwich Mean Time), you will have exactly one week to script, animate, edit, and upload a film. Any entries not received by the end of one week time period will be disqualified.
The theme will be announced in a thread titled "BRAWL2012 Starts NOW!" in the General Film Discussion forum
To prevent entrants from creating their films ahead of time, the contest theme, a crucial thematic aspect that entries should include, will not be announced until the contest begins.
In addition to the theme there will be two "mod" elements. The mod elements are visual elements that must be included in every shot of your film to ensure that nothing is animated before the beginning of the one week time period; they are different for every BRAWL and will be announced at the start time. There will be two kinds of "mod" elements, and entrants only need to ensure that one of the two elements is present in every shot of footage for their film. The two elements may be used interchangeably throughout the film, and must be physically included in the set, not added in post-production.
1. The first element will be a letter of the alphabet or a numeral. This symbol will not need to be used as letter or numeral in the context of the film, though it can be; a clear effort to include something in the shape of the letter or number will suffice.
2. The second element will be two LEGO (or other plastic brick) components of two given colors connected to each other, whether by locking into each other by the studs of the brick, or as pieces in a minifigure or technic construction. Baseplates and floor pieces will not be allowed to count.
Note: It is not original to make a film about how the element changes from scene to scene and appears in every shot. The element is not intended to be the focus for the film, just a way to ensure entries are made within the one week time period.
Entries must be animated and must be primarily composed of stop motion animation. 3D, Flash, or other animation techniques may be used to supplement the stop-motion but may not be the main focus.
The film should contain LEGO or similar 'brick' construction toys, such as MEGA Bloks.
There must be at least 30 seconds of animation in the entry. There is no maximum length.
Joint entries are allowed, as are multiple entries.
Entries may not contain adult language, graphic violence (blood and/or gore) or sexual themes.
While copyrighted/trademarked properties are allowed, you are discouraged from basing your movie off of preexisting films or franchises (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc.). It's not original, and will hurt your chances in the judging process.
Copyrighted music may be used, but if you do not wish to do so, you are permitted to create original music beforehand; music does not have to be created within the one week time limit.
Length and Format
To ensure that all entries are viewable by everyone, a version of the video with a maximum file size of 10 megabytes per minute must be submitted within the one week time period. For compatibilty and consistency entries must be encoded using one of the following codecs:
Realvideo (Realmedia), DivX (in a .avi file),.wmv Windows Media or .mov (Quicktime).
*The above paragraph does not apply if you upload to Youtube, provided you choose a format accepted by the site.
It is recommended that you upload to Mediafire. The site is simple to use and does not require an account.
Alternatively, you may upload to Youtube. However, instead of setting the privacy as "Public", ensure that you change it to "Unlisted". This means that the only way to watch the film is if you have the link. Send the link in an e-mail afterwards.
Other hosts not mentioned here are acceptable, assuming they keep your file private and do not require an account to access.
You may upload a high quality version if you want, but your film thread must contain the one you submit in the e-mail as well.
You may also upload a version to youtube.com or dailymotion.com or any other website once the one week time period has passed, and include this when you submit your film to the Releases forum.
Entries must be linked to me in an email, at an address to be announced at the start time. You will need a working email address in order to submit your entry.
Judging will occur over the next few days after the contest has ended.
Judging Panel: Goliathan, JustKidden, Chris W., Squash
Last edited by Goliathan (August 15, 2012 (11:28pm))