Re: THAC XII - Coming January 2015!

BoatsAreRockable wrote:

Internet speed could give an advantage of 1 or 2 hours for some.

Even on modern dial-up internet it shouldn't take more than 4 minutes to upload a megabyte of film (33kb/s upload speed roughly), meaning you could upload a 15MB film in around an hour. On older contests we used to require that films be less than 3MB per minute, and people still managed to submit at reasonable SD quality.

People with more LEGO can build better sets and people with large families may have better access to voice actors, but there's no setting a level playing field here- what it boils down to is that folks need to do the best with what they have. We can't have people submitting films that are borderline unwatchable because of compression and then releasing a crystal clear version to the public during the judging period for the reasons Smeagol mentioned. It's having your cake and eating it too. If someone wants to make a prettied up version of their film after the judging is over, that's completely fine.

The fact of the matter is that if you're uploading your film at 144p, you need to give yourself more time because you're uploading at a standard below what was used 10 years ago when we had rules regarding max file sizes as half the site was still on 56k.

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Unfortunately I can't enter this year due to reasons beyond my control, but I wish everyone the best of luck. Hope the Skype call manages to keep going again this year too, someone else will have to host it.
Sorry for taking it down with me when I quit last time.

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I guess I see what your saying. Make the most of what you've got!

Well anyway I hope I can finally enter again. Having the contest start in January should make things better for me this year with my family commitments probably done by then

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I should actually be able to enter this year, I'm going to try to.

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Unfortunately, I'm unable to enter THAC this year. However, I am looking forward to watching of all the entries!


Once again, there will be an unofficial skype group for THAC. In the group, you can discuss THAC, brainstorm ideas, get voice actors quickly, and share your panic with everyone in the last hour. This group is only open to people entering THAC, spots are limited.

Please keep in mind, the chat and 24 hour call is unmoderated, so uncensored thoughts may reach you. THAC Chat is not recommended for delicate snowflakes. Ask yourself if THAC Chat is right for you.

If you wish to join, add me on skype (funtastic-films) requesting to join the THAC Chat.

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It's been so long! I can't wait.

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Fun Sucker wrote:

Ask yourself if THAC Chat is right for you.

In the rare event of a Skype chat lasting more than 24 hours, seek immediate medical help to avoid long-term injury.

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Sméagol wrote:

In the rare event of a Skype chat lasting more than 24 hours, seek immediate medical help to avoid long-term injury.

Exactly the reason why dozens of us ended up in A and E right after THAC X, stay safe kids.

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Shiny! Lookin' forward to it! This'll be my first THAC, but I survived my first BRAWL, so I'm optimistic.

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Well... this is quite nice! mini/bigsmile I'm totaly gonna enter this one. It's gonna be my 3rd THAC. The competition in the previous THACs was always exciting. Gonna try to make a good film this year. mini/tongue

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I won't be entering (I think I'm done with THAC) but maybe I can offer some assistance to those who need it. Voice acting, story ideas, second opinions etc. etc.

Heck, just to hang out would be fun. It'll all depend on where I'm at January 3rd, but hopefully I can help in some way. mini/smile

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Nice!

Nathan Wells wrote:

Entries below 10th place will not be publicly ranked.

Drat. I'm guessing there's reason behind this, though (like the Documentary).

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Honestly, the decision isn't related to the documentary.

Sméagol wrote:
Nathan Wells wrote:
Dyland wrote:

I'm still not a big fan of this change for the contest, however, I think changes like this are understandable now with the Documentary and BiM Collection in production.

Expect to see this change stay in place for future official BiM contests. [...] Also, there's no more silly competitions for "last."

To elaborate on this point, there's been a consistent feeling that films below 10th place are typically shades of mediocrity -- it becomes very hard to distinguish one as superior to another. The point of judging is to celebrate the best entries, not create hard feelings by saddling somebody with 87th place.

It's very unusual for a film contest to announce results below third place, and I think that's probably wise. The whole point of announcing winners is to celebrate the finest entries. However, given the traditions here and the high volume of entries, we've gone for a top 10 as sort of a middle ground.

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Oh. I personally never thought of it that way. I just liked to know where I placed.

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LASF wrote:

Oh. I personally never thought of it that way. I just liked to know where I placed.

It's a waste of the judges time for petty vanity. Only doing the top 10 lets the judges focus on discussing the films. It also prevents people purposely making bad films to try and get last place which has been done previously.

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LASF wrote:

Oh. I personally never thought of it that way. I just liked to know where I placed.

Personally, I enjoyed the (for lack of a better term) "kick in the face" of getting 64th place in THAC X, my first THAC entry. It really inspired me to expand and improve, and, after several contests, my rising (or declining) placement would have clued me in on what I was doing right, or wrong, each time.

From a participant's point of view, I really would like to know where I place. But, thinking from the point of view of a judge, it would be much easier, and, perhaps, 'nicer' to only showcase the top 10 entries.

AquaMorph wrote:

...lets the judges focus on discussing the films.

It would be nice to be let in on a bit of this discussion - as a form of constructive criticism.

If only the judges were encouraged to comment (whether publicly, or by pm) on every entry: That wouldn't require the judges to rank all entries tediously, yet, would still give constructive criticism - perhaps in a more obvious and friendly way. A sort of win-win scenario?

Either way...

...thinking from the point of view of a judge, it would be much easier to only showcase the top 10 entries.

This seems like a perfect compromise, especially with the documentary project ongoing.

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I am not going to ask my judges to comment on what probably will be over 70 entries. That is absolutely unreasonable. And to reiterate what Smeagol has said repeatedly, this decision to rank only the top ten entries has nothing to do with the documentary. Please read his posts on the matter.

If anyone, including the judges, desire to give constructive criticism, they may post it in the entry's thread in the Releases forum.

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Yeah, we get more entries to THAC every year than to any other competition. And historically, the trend from year to year has been upward.

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I remember the year we had a THAC A and B. Crazy to think that we now get as many (maybe more?) entries from one competition as we did from both of those combined.

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Personally, I'm always confused with any rules for any contest haha. However, I think these rules are reasonable. Besides, if we can't come up with a good story with these rules, then that just shows how creative we really are.

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