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Holiday Movie Marathon - 5 month UPDATE

Will you be entering this contest?

Yeah, possibly.46%[ 17 ]
No, probably not54%[ 20 ]

Total Votes : 37

Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 5:31am

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UPDATE - 5/6/08


Hey all! I never got around to getting all the judges to correctly tally their votes for this one, so I'm going to instead send off copies of Marathon to everyone that entered. I'll probably throw something else in there too, because of the huge time that has elapsed, but I dunno about that yet.

What I need the three entrants to do is email me their address information via PM and I'll get everything together as soon as I can. International stuff might take longer, but either way I'm going to try and make sure everything gets sorted out correctly.

All I ask is that when you get it you make sure it works and holler back at me that it's all received and correct. Alright, that's all!



Entries are due today.

Post a link to your file (preferably .mov) in this thread. Contact me (ben3308 AT gmail DOT com) if you need help with hosting your movie. If you enter, go ahead and adopt the entrant sig found in the latest update in this post.




It's that time of the year, folks, and here I am with yet another hare-brained idea. Credit for this contest goes to JANEP, who conceived the possibility in his "Christmas Movie?" thread; so here I am to bring it to fruition. Let's get started, shall we?

Before you do anything, check out the super-sweet website.

It will contain almost everything this post does, but it's much prettier.


So what's this all about?
The Holiday Movie Marathon is a contest to see who can make the best Christmas-themed movie. Applicants have two weeks to pull together a production, continue an existing one, or scrounge up a previously-completed project the deals with or involves Christmas themes. A ‘theme’ can be almost anything: inclusion of snow, a Santa hat, reindeer, Christmas lights- you name it; just make sure you put it in your movie! Check the rules page for specifics.

Who can enter?
Anyone can enter, permitting they sign up with and post their film in the Filmmaker's Forum “Holiday Movie Marathon” thread on the website FXHome.com. Please note that to enter, you must also agree to pay 50 FXPerience to the creator of the winning entry.

The main rules
The video created must be produced within the past two years and must contain an element that perpetuates a Christmas and/or holiday theme. In addition, at least one holiday-centered item must be shown in the film. This can be anything that pertains to Christmas or Hannukah, be it a reindeer or a dreidel.

Entering something like a gunfight test you have made just because it has snow in it is unacceptable, and will not be eligible for review. In this respect, the holiday elements can in the film can be small, but they must attribute a generally large amount of style to the overall ‘theme’ of the piece. For instance, a movie where the protagonist is after a ‘lucky Santa cap’ would qualify, because of its emphasis on the holiday item. Choose your items wisely and incorporate your theme as best you can. And, more than anything, be creative!

A few specifications...
Films must be submitted before December 25th, Christmas Day. I’m not gonna mess with time zones, just be sure to get it in in that general timeframe. To submit your film, simply post it in the “Holiday Movie Marathon” thread including a still (if possible), the title of the piece, the production company, the runtime, and the file’s size. After listing this information, be sure to either hyperlink or post up a link that directs the community to your movie.

Judging will take place from December 25th until New Years, and will be judged by a panel vote. I am still getting judges together, but on my end the whole Atomic crew will be individually critiquing all submissions. I will have all the judging stuff in better order near the end of the contest.

Prizes and such
If declared the winner, then you will receive the following:

-"$30 Film School" book, donated by Serpent

-Because of the contest's name, you get a copy of ”Marathon” on DVD, shipped to your residence


- 500 FXPerience from the Atomic Crew

- A short film produced by Atomic based on your idea

-The collective donated FXPerience from applicants

Further information
I know the judging may seem half-assed, along with a few other parts of this contest, but I am essentially trying to avoid the pitfalls of Hauntfest (relying on a bunch of scattered judges to turn in their votes) and actually get a winner by the time I say I will. I have drawn up a rubric for judging, and will post it on here in two days. Have fun!


UPDATE - Get the official 'Holiday Movie Marathon' signature by using the following code and pasting it into your signature box under your Forum Options.

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UPDATE - Two new happenings: Serpent has graciously donated the book $30 Film School to the prizes, and Aculag has agreed to come on board with the judging committee.

The signature image looks like this....


That's all for now!

UPDATE - Rubric (tentative) is now ready! Read below...

ben3308 wrote:

The Holiday Movie Scoring Rubric

The movies will be judged on a 100 point scale, according to the following rubric (in the event you want to finish filming/do some last minute tailoring).

The main sections (that comprise the total points) will be denoted by emboldening and underlining; and they'll have their sub-sections listed below. The beginning of a new overall section is marked by text that is indigo. Here goes....


Content - 30 points

Plot/Story - 10 points
Story Structure/How Creatively it is told - 10 points
Incorporation of Holiday Themes - 10 points


What does this mean for my movie?
This subsectioning of content means that you need to have a reasonable story/plot that you've tried to convey in a meaningful or creative way. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but style in the storytelling is always a plus. Watch the Atomic videos, and notice that while the stories are small and often a little vague, they're told in creative ways. Use anything from narrative to visual flashback in your movie to really get the story going. Classic storytelling will also work. Incorporating the theme is also equally-weighted in this section, as it is of large importance to the contest overall.


Technicals - 30 points

Camerawork - 15 points
Editing - 15 points


What does this mean for my movie?
Even though some film purists may disagree, (or anyone who worked with the late Stanley Kubrick) solid technicals are of supreme importance, even in the littlest of productions. While it might be difficult for more economical people to get decent image and sound quality, nothing can excuse poor camerawork and editing; for the tools for framing a camera (one's hands) and cutting footage (any editor) are almost universal. As such, it's important to remember that making your movie technically better is not only not a hard thing to do (simple after-the-fact editing can fix many mishaps) but it often makes the piece more easily viewed overall. Technicals matter, so don't just blow them off. Excuses for technical difficulties are allowed, though. wink


Entertainment Value - 30 points

Comedy/Humor Value - 10 points
Drama/Emotional Value - 10 points
Cool/Action Value - 10 points


What does this mean for my movie?
While these subsections are mostly haphazard, and can vary from movie-to-movie (as in, the movie can be all humorous and not dramatic, or vice-versa), it's important to keep in mind that movies really only serve two purposes in life: to convey meaning and to entertain. As this is a holiday film contest and is likely without too much meaning, we're looking for at least some mildly entertaining movie fare. Keep it snappy, short, and sweet. Impress us!


Cohesiveness - 10 points

Story/Characters/Plot works well with Technicals/Storytelling/Style Overall - 5 points
Has clear Beginning/Middle/End - 5 points


What does this mean for my movies?
This means that whatever you decide to do, it sticks together at the end. So if you make a secret agent movie, make sure the ending makes sense. Made a warm-hearted Santa film? Then figure out how to explain all the guys you have running around with AK-47's! biggrin Just make sure all the pieces fit properly together. For instance, you wouldn't want a film noir, dutch-angled black-and-white setting place into a movie about reindeer, now would you?javascript:buttonClick(0);
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In Summation
Just try your best, people. We won't be sticking to this rubric like Nazi's, but hopefully this should give you some idea of how we're grading the entries. Basically, no matter what you do: do it to the best of your ability. That's all I'm really asking.

But most importantly, have fun!

Now let's get those entries in on time, people!!!!!
UPDATE - Get the official 'Holiday Movie Marathon' entrant filmmaker signature. Adopt it as your own once you post your movie in this thread!



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Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 5:37am

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Hi. I'm Paul Newman. I'm sponsoring a contest to see who can make me smile. It's called the Paul Newman's Newman's Own Make Me Smile Contest. The winner receives a one-month supply of my Newman's Own Salad Dressing in your choice of flavor. Bye now!
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 5:47am

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Oh my god, Paul Newman just talked on FXHome! biggrin
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 5:48am

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I really want to participate in this! I hope I get my new GL2 from B&H in time to make something. One thing though, if you said that this thread is going to be in the General Chat, why is it in the Filmmaker's Forum? wink

BTW, that's a very fancy post you got there! and Website! +1
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 5:59am

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Wow.

You knew I would join because of the Marathon DVD. I'm in.
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 6:13am

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Remember, SilverDragon7, that if you submit anything Christmas-themed (even if it's not that great) and you're the only one to enter, then you win.

Just keep that in mind. wink
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 6:20am

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Of course.

Even if I don't win, I could send a PM to the right person with a little bribe and may be able to get one anyway (probably not though).
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 6:50am

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Well, he won't be the only entrant! Count me in biggrin
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 8:04am

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ive had an idea and im going to try to make i have no idea how it will turn out thought razz
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 9:37am

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Well entering something, fxmaniac, is always better than entering nothing at all. So even if you still have some polishing to do, be sure to enter! biggrin
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 10:26am

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Aculag wrote:

Hi. I'm Paul Newman. I'm sponsoring a contest to see who can make me smile. It's called the Paul Newman's Newman's Own Make Me Smile Contest. The winner receives a one-month supply of my Newman's Own Salad Dressing in your choice of flavor. Bye now!
Hehe, classic.


Good luck to everyone entering this. Looking forward to seeing some good christmas films.
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 11:50am

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What the hell. It's 4:49 AM where I am. Why am I still awake?

...


...This looks fun. I just downloaded the entirety of DetonationFilms.com... so...
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 12:23pm

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I have a 98.5432% chance of not entering, due to having an extreme lack of equipment at the moment. However I will throw in a link for a cheap, environmentally friendly snow machine from Indy Mogul.

I'm not sure how well it works, but here it is.
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 1:39pm

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Any time/file size limits?
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 2:15pm

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Aculag wrote:

Hi. I'm Paul Newman. I'm sponsoring a contest to see who can make me smile. It's called the Paul Newman's Newman's Own Make Me Smile Contest. The winner receives a one-month supply of my Newman's Own Salad Dressing in your choice of flavor. Bye now!
Nominated for best post of the year by me.

If there was snow here, I'd enter. So let's see if snow comes!
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 4:40pm

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Wow, thats a really cool prize, especially the film based on your idea. I think it'd be awesome to see what you guys do with the winning film. Good luck to everyone, I don't think I'll be submitting a film, however.
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 9:02pm

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a christmas film sounds fun, nice job ben, very well presented! I'm anxious to see everyone's film.
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 9:45pm

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Will be fun to see everyone's christmas films! Unfortunantly I won't be able to enter this year since my new film probably won't be finished, and it isn't really christmas themed. Still, great contest!
Posted: Wed, 12th Dec 2007, 10:28pm

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I'm definitely interested in this. It is just a matter of whether or not I can conceive an idea and get my camera back from the repair shop in time. Just a quick question also: How is the panel of judges decided on? Because I'd like to judge if you need anyone else.
Posted: Thu, 13th Dec 2007, 4:27am

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I won't be entering, as I'm a judge. So, I'll offer these quick tips:

-Be sure to add lots of contrast. Otherwise, really, what's the point?
-Overact as much as possible without any point. Too little or just plain "acting" will result in at least a 3-point deduction.
-Make it awesome, add a gun into the equation!
-Lastly, hype the sh*t out of it, then don't show it at all. Ever.


Those things will lead to a 10/10 in my book! Now get crackin'!
Posted: Thu, 13th Dec 2007, 7:00pm

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Count me in.
Posted: Thu, 13th Dec 2007, 9:41pm

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I think I'll participate. I've been so busy with school, a movie will be the next thing I do during the break. I don't have snow where I live so I'll have to make something christmasy the hard way.
How does explosion and guns and fire and killing machines and secret agents sound?(that was what I had in mind before this contest) I think I could fit Christmas somewhere in there.
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 12:30am

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Atom wrote:

I won't be entering, as I'm a judge. So, I'll offer these quick tips:

-Be sure to add lots of contrast. Otherwise, really, what's the point?
-Overact as much as possible without any point. Too little or just plain "acting" will result in at least a 3-point deduction.
-Make it awesome, add a gun into the equation!
-Lastly, hype the sh*t out of it, then don't show it at all. Ever.


Those things will lead to a 10/10 in my book! Now get crackin'!
So I'm trying to figure out if someone hacked Atom's account to post that or whether he really has the self referential humor necessary to pull that off.

Either way, bravo.
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 12:40am

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Oh, I wrote it. Only because I know our Splinter Cell movie, what we have of it, is quality stuff that won't ever see an end. And I'm willing to make fun of my baby because I know it's good enough to take it.

That, and guns and contrast are cool. If you don't agree then don't enter. Because you better bet your ass those rules are real. And even if they aren't, I'll add them all to the idea of whoever's movie wins in our recreation version.
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 1:09am

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Of course I'm the moderator of the contest, and we will have no such hackneyed rules. But I like the idea about the contrast. biggrin
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 1:14am

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oh come on. i was gonna add a gun
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 1:56am

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You can have a gun if you want. In fact, I encourage it, because, unless you're a die hard director (literally, Die Hard, heh) most people can't do a good Christmas action film. Take the challenge, good sir!
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 2:38am

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Let us not forget Reindeer Games. I think that was nominated for Best Picture.
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 3:17am

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Hahaha, Reindeer Games? Nope, not even a measly Saturn Award. biggrin
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 5:00am

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I don't quite understand this prize:

"- A short film produced by Atomic based on your idea"

I probably won't enter because I'm already working on two other films.
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 5:37am

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If you win, you give us an idea (a short enough [5 min story] one, granted) and we're obliged to make it.
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 5:55am

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Heh, I guess that idea might appeal to one who likes to write and not shoot, or one who wants to write something to make you look foolish. If I come up with an idea that I want on film, no one gets it but me unless I don't want to do anything with it or I want to sell my idea (hasn't happened yet). Also, I'll donate "$30 Film School" to the prize list, I'll deliver it to the winner. I was donating it to Hauntfest, but had no idea what happened there.
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 6:01am

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Cool, Serpent, I'll add it to the prizes!

The point about filming someone else's idea is twofold:

I like shooting stuff. My brother likes editing stuff. We love adding that 'edge' to everything, maybe even almost to a fault. We also like coming up with parts of movies in our heads, but never full, solid ideas. Furthermore, a lot of people on FXHome have some great stories to tell but perhaps aren't as equipped to tell them as Atom and I are.

That and, as many have told me in messages and so forth, they would love to see their idea undertaken by our crew. In fact, I've storyboarded all of an idea Fill gave me a year or so ago, but have yet to shoot [all of] it. But that's another story.

Plus, I needed more prizes on the list, and free is always easy. biggrin
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 9:24am

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If all goes well next weekend we should be able to do this.
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 12:24pm

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Alrighty, I've written a first draft of the script and, if my sister agrees to play the part, it's got the tick
Posted: Fri, 14th Dec 2007, 1:58pm

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I'm looking to film mid next week with next weekend being the latest.
Posted: Sun, 16th Dec 2007, 5:42pm

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I'm definitely entering this. So, do we just post our entry in this thread?
Posted: Sun, 16th Dec 2007, 6:09pm

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ben3308 wrote:


Anyone can enter, permitting they sign up with and post their film in the Filmmaker's Forum “Holiday Movie Marathon” thread on the website FXHome.com. Please note that to enter, you must also agree to pay 50 FXPerience to the creator of the winning entry......

........................

A few specifications...
Films must be submitted before December 25th, Christmas Day. I’m not gonna mess with time zones, just be sure to get it in in that general timeframe. To submit your film, simply post it in the “Holiday Movie Marathon” thread including a still (if possible), the title of the piece, the production company, the runtime, and the file’s size. After listing this information, be sure to either hyperlink or post up a link that directs the community to your movie.
Posted: Sun, 16th Dec 2007, 8:39pm

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wall Duh. Sorry... I think I spaced out.
Posted: Tue, 18th Dec 2007, 4:58pm

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I wanted to do this, but started to have computer problems and had to pull out. I had a good idea too! sad
Posted: Tue, 18th Dec 2007, 5:07pm

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One week left in the competition, folks!

Let's hurry up and get those entries polished off and ready to submit. If you don't have a place to upload the file, send it to me via email (ben3308 AT gmail DOT com) or YouSendIt (using the same address) and I'll upload it to my server.

By Christmas Eve I'll have a teaser up for the contest. So be watching for that, and get your movies done! biggrin
Posted: Tue, 18th Dec 2007, 8:37pm

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i may not be able to get it done sad but ill try my best
Posted: Tue, 18th Dec 2007, 9:12pm

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Darn, I really wanted to make something. I thought that I'd have my GL2 back in time from B and H (I exchanged it for a brand new one because the refurbished one I bought from them was broken) but they sent me the wrong cam so I have to wait until they get it back and then they'll send the new one. Considering that the earliest possible time that I could get one would be Christmas Eve... I doubt I'll be able to submit anything. frown
Posted: Tue, 18th Dec 2007, 9:59pm

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My original plan was to take this Action movie I'm writing and put christmas themes in it, but I don't have enough money for all the props, so I have to go with something new.
Posted: Thu, 20th Dec 2007, 3:16am

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Just a few days left! Don't let this end up like Hauntfest, get cracking and put those filmmaking muscles to work, guys!
Posted: Thu, 20th Dec 2007, 6:49am

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*insert expletives here*

My computer is playing up and I had to send it in to get repaired. Estimated time in shop: at least a week.

Although, after what happened with the other computer (7 weeks in service and then it was finally replaced....) I won't hold them to that date...

*insert more expletives here*
Posted: Thu, 20th Dec 2007, 9:48am

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The Holiday Movie Scoring Rubric

The movies will be judged on a 100 point scale, according to the following rubric (in the event you want to finish filming/do some last minute tailoring).

The main sections (that comprise the total points) will be denoted by emboldening and underlining; and they'll have their sub-sections listed below. The beginning of a new overall section is marked by text that is indigo. Here goes....


Content - 30 points

Plot/Story - 10 points
Story Structure/How Creatively it is told - 10 points
Incorporation of Holiday Themes - 10 points


What does this mean for my movie?
This subsectioning of content means that you need to have a reasonable story/plot that you've tried to convey in a meaningful or creative way. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but style in the storytelling is always a plus. Watch the Atomic videos, and notice that while the stories are small and often a little vague, they're told in creative ways. Use anything from narrative to visual flashback in your movie to really get the story going. Classic storytelling will also work. Incorporating the theme is also equally-weighted in this section, as it is of large importance to the contest overall.


Technicals - 30 points

Camerawork - 15 points
Editing - 15 points


What does this mean for my movie?
Even though some film purists may disagree, (or anyone who worked with the late Stanley Kubrick) solid technicals are of supreme importance, even in the littlest of productions. While it might be difficult for more economical people to get decent image and sound quality, nothing can excuse poor camerawork and editing; for the tools for framing a camera (one's hands) and cutting footage (any editor) are almost universal. As such, it's important to remember that making your movie technically better is not only not a hard thing to do (simple after-the-fact editing can fix many mishaps) but it often makes the piece more easily viewed overall. Technicals matter, so don't just blow them off. Excuses for technical difficulties are allowed, though. wink


Entertainment Value - 30 points

Comedy/Humor Value - 10 points
Drama/Emotional Value - 10 points
Cool/Action Value - 10 points


What does this mean for my movie?
While these subsections are mostly haphazard, and can vary from movie-to-movie (as in, the movie can be all humorous and not dramatic, or vice-versa), it's important to keep in mind that movies really only serve two purposes in life: to convey meaning and to entertain. As this is a holiday film contest and is likely without too much meaning, we're looking for at least some mildly entertaining movie fare. Keep it snappy, short, and sweet. Impress us!


Cohesiveness - 10 points

Story/Characters/Plot works well with Technicals/Storytelling/Style Overall - 5 points
Has clear Beginning/Middle/End - 5 points


What does this mean for my movies?
This means that whatever you decide to do, it sticks together at the end. So if you make a secret agent movie, make sure the ending makes sense. Made a warm-hearted Santa film? Then figure out how to explain all the guys you have running around with AK-47's! biggrin Just make sure all the pieces fit properly together. For instance, you wouldn't want a film noir, dutch-angled black-and-white setting place into a movie about reindeer, now would you?


In Summation
Just try your best, people. We won't be sticking to this rubric like Nazi's, but hopefully this should give you some idea of how we're grading the entries. Basically, no matter what you do: do it to the best of your ability. That's all I'm really asking.

But most importantly, have fun!

Now let's get those entries in on time, people!!!!!
Posted: Thu, 20th Dec 2007, 8:48pm

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I love how the actual story is only worth 20% of the total (I'm not counting Holiday theme as story).

I have no idea why you'd make a scale though, in all honesty... Just pick the one you like the best. Now people have expectations for top marks in all categories to win. You can't judge art on a scale like that, come on now.
Posted: Fri, 21st Dec 2007, 1:15am

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It's a tentative rubric. Just a guide by which to (generally) make a movie. Nothing's final or anything, they're just guidelines, not rules.

And I'm sure you must at least sort of know what I mean by story. Vivification was extremely well done, and even then the real story is just "boy is sad because he's paralyzed/finds rock/is healed/boy not sad". Some of the greatest plots are very, very simple.

It's FXHome. A lot of the time people have trouble telling even a simple story. That's why cohesiveness is 10%-ish. Entertainment value is also determined by how well a story is told with the technicals/everything else, so there's something else to consider. biggrin
Posted: Fri, 21st Dec 2007, 5:11am

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Just (roughly) three days left now, people! Get it moving! biggrin
Posted: Fri, 21st Dec 2007, 6:36am

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So I'm pretty much boned, I have to work the weekend and probably Christmas Eve... So unless you want to extend the the date to January 1st, I got nothin.
Posted: Fri, 21st Dec 2007, 1:13pm

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Filming today and tomorrow. The best kind of competitions are those without competition. Fingers crossed.
Posted: Sat, 22nd Dec 2007, 9:42am

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Down to the wire with just TWO DAYS LEFT, people!!!!!!!!

If there are no entries on the duedate, then it might be extended. If there's only one entry, however, that person wins it all. wink
Posted: Sun, 23rd Dec 2007, 4:59am

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Oh frosty you and your one liners, your crossed fingers have done nothing more than trigger my creativetyness... hmmm, I like the sound of that. Its just something I whipped up at about 1 in the morning... yeah I'm that good.
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 9:08am

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Try and get all the bits and pieces of your movies together, because...

Entries are due today.

Post a link to your file (preferably .mov) in this thread. Contact me (ben3308 AT gmail DOT com) if you need help with hosting your movie.
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 1:26pm

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How many people realy made one? I was, but had problems with my computer.
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 1:36pm

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I'm just doing a sound mix now, i should have it uploaded in a few hours, once the 3D scene has rendered.
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 6:02pm

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If you're having problems rendering/uploading I will be completely lenient. I've been there before in a timed contest and I know it can be a huge pain.
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 8:11pm

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Finally rendered!

Its called "Ice'd" produced by Global Line Productions and is about 6 minutes long.

Ice'd

Its nothing special, but i think it gets the point across.
Hope You Enjoy!
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 9:06pm

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Global Line Productions,

That was exceedingly good. The ending was a bit dragged on, and the middle was a little too long, but I really liked it overall, especially the beginning. The Christmas-ness of it is really high, too. The music sets a very celebrational tone.

A full grade/rubric adherence/judgment will be up before New Years, I just wanted to share a few of my thoughts with you before that time.
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 9:14pm

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I guess that means no extension? sad
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 9:20pm

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Hey great job Global Line! I agree with everything that ben said. How long did it take for you to make it? Oh, one last thing. You were driving on the wrong side of the road wink
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 9:21pm

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About a possible extension:

I'm sorry to say that there won't be one, no. I'm genuinely sorry about your computer problems, though, Digerati Media, I've been there before.

One thing to look forward to, however, is the upcoming 'Drama-thon' in March. It will almost certainly be better and bigger in scale/time/prizes than this contest.

Keep in mind, this Holiday Movie Marathon was suggested by someone else and I just saw fit to bring it to fruition with prizes, a thread, and a website.

Even though I've tried to hype this contest to no end (which many will admit I'm good at biggrin), it wasn't anything I planned months in advance. So if you couldn't get a film in: no problem!

No harm, no foul, right?

Look forward to March, and more than anything: enjoy Christmas and the entries that come in today! I know people have worked hard on them, so let us praise the people that are fortunate enough to enter the contest on time! wink

Merry Christmas to all!
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 9:26pm

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Hey great job Global Line! I agree with everything that ben said. How long did it take for you to make it? Oh, one last thing. You were driving on the wrong side of the road
it took a few days to make, although i started panicing yesterday when i still had quite a bit to shoot. and in britain its the right side of the road its all you other countrys who are on the wrong side. wink
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 9:37pm

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Remember, people, that really ANY time before Christmas Day (in ANY time zone, pick the latest one if you have to! biggrin) makes your film eligible.

You could even make something right now.

There's still time!!!
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 11:24pm

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How anti-climactic. Someone else enter, PLEASE!
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 11:47pm

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Global Line Productions wrote:

and in britain its the right side of the road its all you other countrys who are on the wrong side. wink
hehe. I beg to differ.


(Sorry to get topic everyone smile )

Oh, and to everyone else that's has an entry, LET'S SEE YOUR FILMS!
Posted: Mon, 24th Dec 2007, 11:52pm

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I'll actually be entering something. I just finished my 35mm Adapter completely so I really want to give it a go. I'm going to make it tonight and submit it just in time. I've already written it, just in a couple minutes, it won't be fantastic, but it's something.
Posted: Tue, 25th Dec 2007, 1:55am

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That's cool Serpent! I'll look forward to seeing it.
Posted: Tue, 25th Dec 2007, 3:27am

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Title: The Christmas Cookie

Runtime 02:23

Description: A short clip I made for my family last Christmas. An opportunity for me to practice 3D animation, compositing, and color correction techniques. This version fixes all of the interlacing issues from the old one and has some updated shots. For now, All I have is this YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpVAAaI7q0s
Hopefully it will be hosted properly soon! smile
Posted: Tue, 25th Dec 2007, 9:26am

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Title: December 2007
Run Time: 2:45
Description: I wrote this film in literally a couple minutes after ben/Atom (one of the two) said "you could even make it tonight" or something. So I decided to put something up so the contest would have more. This film basically describes my Christmas, I've just had a lot hanging over me, a lot on my mind, so I made a film about that really. The ending and story itself are kind of overly dramatic and cheesyish, and I hate being in films, acting, etc. I stay far behind the camera, and as you can tell: far away from the mic. I know that a lot of it sounded unnatural, but I just wanted to put up something. I did have a lot of fun with my 35mm adapter. I didn't have time to reshoot, shoot anything extra, re-record, white balance, or use a diffuser on my lights (some harsh shadows in this film). I used an f/2.5 Canon 50mm Macro lens, and a 17-40 F/4L Canon wide angle lens. I wrote a monologue, put no thought into it, shot a bunch of footage, edited it, revised the monologue slightly to fit, and slapped some music in there (which ended up fitting decently). The "it was a dream" thing is cliche, yeah, but I couldn't think of any other way to make a story out of me whining about my sucky year. smile PS-I suck at acting/talking. Bear with me. I'm saying all this because this is obviously rushed, and nowhere near represents my abilities. Just look at the pretty 35mm adapterness of it all and ignore the film part. wink Sorry for the wall of text, but I just find the film slightly, or more than slightly, embarrassing. Sorry it's not a traditional fun Christmas film, I'm just not feelin' it. Also, I don't normally wear glasses, or wear pajamas. God I am insecure.

Link: http://cpostudios.com/movies/December2007.mov

Music is, appropriately, "Our Happiest Days Slowly Began To Turn Into Dust." by Red Sparowes. Amazing band, amazing song.

EDIT: I rendered it out and hit the wrong aspect ratio settings, so for now, imagine it stretched in true widescreen glory. I'll replace it on my server in the morning. It's late now though, so I'm off.

Merry Christmas.
Posted: Tue, 25th Dec 2007, 10:54am

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I liked Serpents, it was fun to hear how his life sucks. and I liked pixelsboy's because it did have some pretty good animation to it.
Posted: Wed, 26th Dec 2007, 4:22am

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SilverDragon7 wrote:

I liked Serpents, it was fun to hear how his life sucks.
That's the Christmas spirit!



j.k. (not Rowling)
Posted: Tue, 1st Jan 2008, 1:07am

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Any news on a winner?
Posted: Tue, 1st Jan 2008, 1:43am

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Yes, soon.

Remember that I'm on central time, so here it's not quite New Year's Day. Before New Year's Day is over, there will be a composite verdict with descriptions of opinion.
Posted: Tue, 1st Jan 2008, 1:56am

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cool. i wish i could have entered. i should be getting a hv20 too so if theres another comp like this after ive got it ill get straight to filmming smile
Posted: Wed, 7th May 2008, 4:25am

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UPDATE - 5/6/08


Hey all! I never got around to getting all the judges to correctly tally their votes for this one, so I'm going to instead send off copies of Marathon to everyone that entered. I'll probably throw something else in there too, because of the huge time that has elapsed, but I dunno about that yet.

What I need the three entrants to do is email me their address information via PM and I'll get everything together as soon as I can. International stuff might take longer, but either way I'm going to try and make sure everything gets sorted out correctly.

All I ask is that when you get it you make sure it works and holler back at me that it's all received and correct. Alright, that's all!
Posted: Wed, 7th May 2008, 4:26am

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UPDATE - 5/6/08


Hey all! I never got around to getting all the judges to correctly tally their votes for this one, so I'm going to instead send off copies of Marathon to everyone that entered. I'll probably throw something else in there too, because of the huge time that has elapsed, but I dunno about that yet.

What I need the three entrants to do is email me their address information via PM and I'll get everything together as soon as I can. International stuff might take longer, but either way I'm going to try and make sure everything gets sorted out correctly.

All I ask is that when you get it you make sure it works and holler back at me that it's all received and correct. Alright, that's all!
Posted: Wed, 7th May 2008, 4:43pm

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Hey, I'm glad you brought this up. I was thinking about this just the other day.

I never did get around to entering, but if I had entered, there was one prize in particular that would have interested me:

Prizes and such
If declared the winner, then you will receive the following:

-"$30 Film School" book, donated by Serpent

-Because of the contest's name, you get a copy of ”Marathon” on DVD, shipped to your residence

- 500 FXPerience from the Atomic Crew

- A short film produced by Atomic based on your idea

-The collective donated FXPerience from applicants


If I had entered and won, I had this idea for a film that you guys would be "obliged to make" (according to post #31).

Synopsis:
The two main characters are identical twin brothers living in Texas. One is gay, one is straight. The gay twin's boyfriend and the straight twin's girlfriend used to be best friends (BFF), but had a major falling out some time ago. To get back at each other, the gay twin's boyfriend is trying to seduce the straight twin (i.e. to anger the girlfriend). Likewise, the girlfriend is trying to seduce the gay twin -- to anger the gay twin's boyfriend (her old BFF).

But... I never did get around to filming anything and entering the contest. Its a shame, really.

Tim L
Posted: Wed, 7th May 2008, 6:13pm

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hehe, I guess the obvious question would be, who is the gay Adams bro and who is the straight one? I'm not going to guess... although I have seen plenty of "Glamor Shots" from Ben.... hmmm wink