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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
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.
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...
UPDATE - Get the official 'Holiday Movie Marathon' entrant filmmaker signature. Adopt it as your own once you post your movie in this thread!
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.
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?
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!!!!!