Topic: Cinematography Challenge - REDUX (read rules first)

First of all, why the changes?

The challenge has been an enormous success to date, but I feel that it can only go so far. What I've been seeing in too many of the more recent rounds are rather hastily-made frames that show the theme in an annoyingly direct way, with little thought for the aesthetics of the shot, or how it would work in a film. I think a lot of people need to work on creating images that have more planning and more work put into them, and that consider the nature of cinema as a time-based medium.

RULES

1. The judge (as before, this will be the winner of the previous challenge) will post a theme or objective. It can be a concept, but it could also be something like a line of dialogue, or simply a mood or environment that should be recreated. Please be both creative and considerate in what you choose; "sadness" is probably too simple, but something like "intelligence" might be too abstract. Feel free to give additional guidelines, for example "portray X, but without the use of Y".

2. Entrants will create 3 to 9 frames in clear chronological sequence in accordance with the theme. The judge can allow deviations from this number in certain cases, but there should be a clear reason for doing so. People should plan out a plausible shot sequence, and execute it in a way that shows both consistency and quality across all frames.

3. Each round will last for two weeks, and can be extended by a week if the judge feels that there are not enough entries of sufficient quality.

4. Captions are not allowed. Feel free to talk about behind-the-scenes aspects, but the entry itself should be purely visual.

5. Entries must be created specifically for the contest. You can certainly use the setting or characters of a current project for the challenge, but taking frames that were made for a different purpose is not allowed.

GUIDELINES

Don't make too many entries. It makes you look like you're desperate. Even if you show talent in all of them, it's unfair towards those who may have worked especially hard to create one sequence.

Display your images clearly and in the correct chronological order. If there are particularly large versions of your frames, link to them. Thankfully, we're mostly past the days of 56k warnings, but it's polite not to clog a page with images that are too large in format or file size.

Don't show the theme in a ridiculous way. It's so tiring to see endless boring frames of two people shot directly from the side that have no artistic merit whatsoever.

No judge can be completely objective, but try to spend time and back up your rankings with explanations of what you liked and didn't like. In-thread critiques are welcome.

Don't quote images.

Work carefully; don't build sets or take pictures on the fly.

Enjoy! I expect this to be a challenge for a lot of people, but a very rewarding one.

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The first challenge is to create a sequence that conveys a situation of realization. You have two weeks.

Re: Cinematography Challenge - REDUX (read rules first)

fair enough.

Re: Cinematography Challenge - REDUX (read rules first)

Tough theme, i like the ideas you have for the contest. I'm guessing you added the sequence of images because

Night Owl wrote:

frames that win tend to be somehow attention-grabbing, like a good photograph, even when some of the more plain entries would be effective in an actual film.

_2014

Re: Cinematography Challenge - REDUX (read rules first)

Hmm, I prefer the old contest. Oh well, I'll give this a shot.

Re: Cinematography Challenge - REDUX (read rules first)

So... like a sequence? A series of shots?

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Re: Cinematography Challenge - REDUX (read rules first)

Yes.

Re: Cinematography Challenge - REDUX (read rules first)

thats a really nice idea, on some pictures you just don't know what's going on.

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I actually dislike the idea of having to do multiple frames. The old style allowed us to experiment with image editing, something that would be harder in this format if we have to do multiple frames.

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...Posting a sequence? I preferred the old contest much better. A series will most likely make the contest mind numbingly painful to view, and doesn't add anything that the mind shouldn't be able to infer.  Also, 2-3 weeks? This contest doesn't seem like it should need 2-3 weeks. 1 week felt a lot better paced.

Re: Cinematography Challenge - REDUX (read rules first)

waaay too long of a deadline.

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I'm in love with this idea, Night Owl. Very nice.
I post an entry within this next week.

Re: Cinematography Challenge - REDUX (read rules first)

Thanks for posting this, Night Owl. Sorry I didn't see your PM earlier or I would have incorporated it into the previous thread.

Re: Cinematography Challenge - REDUX (read rules first)

I like the old idea more, but I'll give this a shot, if we could have a vote, see who wants the old contest.

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Re: Cinematography Challenge - REDUX (read rules first)

Very cool, Night Owl. I think the longer rounds and more liberal theme guidelines are good, but I can see how having to make multiple frames might discourage me from entering due to the extra time it will require. When you say "shot sequence," though, does this allow completely different camera angles for each of the frames, assuming of course they work chronologically?

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Yeah, that's the point.

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I do things waaayy to quickly:

http://rockfootage.org//files/81/STORY1%20%283%29.jpg
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I'm guessing, he didn't mean to kill the guy?

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Yep.

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My entry.
http://www.vulomedia.com/images/7898CCentry_1.jpg
http://www.vulomedia.com/images/31292CCentry_2.jpg
http://www.vulomedia.com/images/85773CCentry_3.jpg
http://www.vulomedia.com/images/64150CCentry_4.jpg
I was going to do one later this week, but I had some time on my hands so I made one anyway.

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I don't get it.

Changed my siggy.