Topic: Christmas in a Minute 2013! [CLOSED]
Hello everyone and welcome to the Christmas in a Minute Brickfilming Competition for 2013! The idea is simple: make a 1 minute or less Christmas themed short film that can stand out and claim a victory. Watch the announcement video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBBbXzpo e=youtu.be
Last year we had over 30 entries, and this year I'm hoping we can go even further. Get in the Christmas spirit by joining in on the fun!
1st - £25.00 Gift Certificate (Approx. $40.00) to FireStarToys.com
2nd - $10.00 Gift Certificate to LEGO.com (Donated by Mighty Wanderer)
3rd - $5.00 Gift Certificate to LEGO.com (Donated by Mighty Wanderer)
1.) Entries must have a Christmas theme. They do not have to be religious, so you can choose whether to go for a traditional approach or a secular one.
2.) Entries must be 1 minute or less, with a minimum length of 20 seconds. There is an additional 5 second grace window which can be used for credits or whatever is needed, however entries must not exceed a run time of 1:05. (1 minute and 5 seconds) There has been some trouble in past competitions with a video having an additional second or two added when uploaded to YouTube. This is completely fine, just keep entries in the allotted time window.
3.) All entries must be family friendly, i.e. no explicit material. (sexual references, offensive language, or bloody violence) If you think your video has any chances of being disqualified due to this, contact me to provide details and I’ll let you know ahead of time whether the content is acceptable.
4.) Entries must be new and not previously released. If you are already working on a Christmas video and decide it would work to enter it into this contest, that is fine.
5.) The Contest's Logo must be put in the credits or title section of your video (either the animated version or the still image provided below). This is to further help to makes sure videos are new and not released before the contest was started. For emphasis: Your entry MUST contain the Contest's Logo. To download the animated logo or the still image, visit the following links, choose which one you want, then click "File", "Download":
Animated - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3e0Rs sp=sharing
Still - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3e0Rs sp=sharing
6.) Copyrighted material is not permitted. You must have all of the appropriate rights to use any content that is featured in your entry. If something is in question, you may be asked to provide the license to the material and where you got it. Some great resources for royalty-free, creative commons music that can be used would be Incompetech.com and MachinimaSound.com. For sound effects, try FreeSound.Org, however be sure to look at the individual license for each sound you use.
7.) Only one entry per person will be accepted.
8.) Entries must be primarily stop-motion animation and use LEGO or some similar brick toy.
9.) No entries based off 3rd party themes (i.e. Star Wars, Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings). You may use LEGO pieces and elements from these themes in your videos, just don't use the characters and places in your videos. Come up with something new and more creative!
Deadline for submitting entries will be Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th at 11:59pm Eastern (NY).
Judging will be conducted by a panel of three.
Judges will evaluate entries in the follow categories: Originality, Story, Animation, Audio, Set Design, and Incorporation of Theme.
- Submissions will be accepted by sending a link to your film via e-mail or PM. My e-mail is [email protected]
- Once your submission has been received, I will contact you confirming that I have received your entry. If you have submitted an entry and do not receive a confirmation within a day, please post to this thread letting me know, as I will be monitoring this thread quite frequently. You may also comment on the video announcement for the contest to let me know.
I reserve the right to disqualify any entry if I deem it unacceptable. I also reserve the right to adjust and change rules, prizes, and anything else pertaining to the contest at my discretion. By submitting an entry, you agree to the rules for the competition and agree to not hold me liable for anything in any way.
Prizes will be distributed by the contest sponsors in the weeks following the end of the contest, so I will have no control over the actual distribution. More details on the receiving of prizes will be provided to the winners. If you are a winner that is under the age of 18, please seek permission from your parents before accepting prizes and before giving out information.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask them here, send me a PM, tweet me, or e-mail me at [email protected] The quickest way to get in contact with me will be via this thread or by Twitter, as I will be monitoring both frequently. You can find me on twitter: @repellingspider
Good luck and may the best video win!
Question: Can I make a video that is more loosely Christmas themed? (i.e. snow fights, hot chocolate, mistletoe, etc)
Answer: Yes! These can be great areas to create a video from. Just remember that one of the judging criteria is Incorporation of Theme, so if you stray too far from the Christmas theme, you could lose some points.
Question: Can I use stuff besides LEGO?
Answer: Yes that is fine, so long as you use predominantly LEGO pieces, or have them as your main feature. (Think Brotherhood Workshop's Lord of the Rings videos)