The Quickening - Rules

The Quickening - Rules

Postby Radical_Yue » Sat May 31, 2014 5:27 pm

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THIS IS NOT THE SIGN UP THREAD.

Description of the competition
The Quickening Tournament is a contest for videos made using anime and music. This contest is free and non-profit. The Quickening Tournament was originally a contest created/hosted by AMV France but was sadly, left unfinished. This version is being hosted by AnimeMusicVideos.org and is open to all nationalities and skill levels.
There are 60 spots available. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis.
The competition will start June 2014.

Deadline for submission of Videos:
The deadline for submitting videos is fixed depending on the tournament schedule and match.
(Deadlines will be specified in each round)

Contest organizer
The contest is organized by AnimeMusicVideos.org.
Coordinator: Radical_Yue
Contact information for Radical_Yue

Conditions of Registration
4.1 The competition is free and open to all but the contest organizers and judges (screening and final judgment). Members of AnimeMusicVideos.org staff are allowed to enter as long as they are not involved in either judging or coordination.
4.2 The closing of registration is set for June 8th, 2014 at 11:59PM CDT.
4.3 Only one entry per person will be accepted.
4.4 The video entries may only use Japanese anime and follow the rules of AnimeMusicVideos.org. You may use multiple sources if you desire to do so.
4.5 You may NOT use pre-prepared rotos, altered footage, etc... You may pre-prepare footage before your round begins but you may not alter it with effects. If it is discovered that have pre-prepared anything more than basic footage, you will be disqualified.
4.6 The final entry submitted by the participant must be a minimum of 2 minutes long.
4.7 Videos used for commercial or promotional purposes will not be accepted.
4.8 Participation in this competition implies full acceptance of this Regulation.
4.9 You MUST use the audio that is provided to you. You may alter it in any way you see fit as long as it still possible to tell what the original audio was.
4.10 You may add bumpers and title cards to your video. The bumpers/title card sections will not be factored into the judging/time limit rule.
Ex. 1 1/2 minutes of video + 30 seconds of bumper ≠ 2 minute requirement
4.11 You may use additional audio sources such as sound effects, voice overs, or original audio from the anime as long as the total length of additional audio does not exceed 30 seconds.
4.12 If you wish to join in the competition you must post in the official signup thread on animemusicvideos.org and select one of the groups with time frames you'd like to edit with. If you post that you're interested but do not post a group, then you will not be counted as an entrant. Only exception to rule - See 4.13
4.13 If you would like to enter but remain anonymous you must contact the coordinator in private. Aliases or fake accounts are forbidden regardless of the circumstances. In order to signup anonymous, you basically have to follow the same rules as everyone else. I will not accept any private messages about signups until the official registration goes live. I will be checking time-stamps of the messages to make sure we follow the first come, first serve signup style. Anonymous entrants will be treated the exact same as any other entrant, their name will just not be released to the public while they are competing. And on the subject of names being released, if you enter anonymous you must release your name when you are either eliminated or if you make it to the final round.
4.14 While judging is not blind, please withhold on posting your entries on AnimeMusicVideos.org or any other video service website until judging for your round has completed.


Sending Videos
The videos will be sent either via FTP (information will be provided to the entrants on the final day of their round) or personal hosting. You will be given information to upload your video onto a server but if you wish to use your own hosting or use a file transfer site such as mediafire, dropbox, etc... you can also do so.
If you encounter a problem while sending videos, please contact Radical_Yue.

Technical Considerations for Videos
6.1 The videos MUST follow these formats:

Containers: AVI, MP4, MKV
Video codecs: H.264, XviD, DivX
Audio codecs: MP3, AAC, WMA
Framerate: Up to 29.97 frames per second

6.2 The size (in megabytes) of the video should not exceed 150 MB, unless an exception is requested and justified.

Agreements
8.1 Each participant hereby agrees to that he/she is the sole and exclusive author and does not violate directly and / or indirectly any third party rights.
8.2 Each participants understands that if they violate any of the previously stated rules, they will be disqualified.
8.3 Also, by participating in this contest, you agree that the decisions of the contest organizers and the judges are FINAL.

Judges
Aerialesque, Chiiisus, Fall_Child42, AimoAio, and Radical_Yue

Judging
Judges will be ranking videos from first to last and providing accompanying comments. The individual rankings each judge gives will not be made public, only the final result of the rankings. There is NO point based scoring system in place.

Audio

Each entrant will be required to submit 3 songs that they wish to edit with. The audio must be uncompressed WAV format or mp3 (minimum) 256kbps.
After audio is collected from all of the entrants, it will be randomized and assigned to different brackets. This means that you may get audio that was sent in from someone else in a completely different bracket. You must send your audio selections in to the coordinator within 48 hours after your initial sign up.

Trolling/Overused Audio: All audio viewed as "troll" audio will be removed from the list of possible songs. While we try to keep an open mind, the goal of this competition is to have fun and make great videos, not see who can edit with microphone feedback set to a beat and not smash their face into the keyboard in frustration. In addition to the troll songs, we are requesting for entrants to avoid sending songs that have been used in popular AMVs. If you are unsure if the song you are planning to send qualifies as a song used in a popular AMV, feel free to contact Radical_Yue for clarification.

Miscellaneous

Results/Winners
The entrants will be placed in brackets of 10 and will slowly move forward, reducing the number of entrants every round.
Entrants have 1 week to produce an AMV with the audio they have been provided with.
After the deadline has been reached, the videos will be sent to the judges for evaluation.
The judges will then submit votes based on the videos they have received, ranking them from first to last. The judges decision is non-negotiable and is not open for appeal. The top half will move on to the next round.
The Championship Round will pit the six best amv editors against each other, these six editors are the ones who have won all their previous matches.
The final winner will be presented with a $70 Amazon Giftcard, second place will take home a $20 Amazon giftcard, and third place a $10 giftcard. Note: Winners now have the option of having the prize money sent to them via paypal as opposed to an Amazon Giftcard.
A special award will be given to the judge's choice video. This is a video that can be an official entry or non-competing and can be from any round.
This year, Fall_Child42 is offering a very interesting prize for the video of his choosing. Fall_Child42 Discordian Trophy Prize Pack will be a video hand picked by Fall_Child42 from any round, both non-competing and official entries.

Grounds for disqualification
12.1 The disqualification of a participant is left entirely to the discretion of contest organizers.
12.2 Any use of moving works of pornographic, racist, defamatory content or likely to impair the physical or moral integrity will result in immediate disqualification of the participant.
12.3 Failure of one or more articles of this regulation will also be considered disqualifying.

Amendment or Cancellation of the Competition
The administrative staff of AnimeMusicVideos.Org reserves the right to modify, postpone, or cancel this contest without notice.

Non-competing Entries

We will be accepting non-competing entries. Non-competing entries will be expected to follow the same rules as competing entries. Anyone, including judges and AnimeMusicVideos.org administration, has the ability to send in a non-competing entry if they wish to do so.

Round 1 Non-Competing Entries: For the first round of the tournament, all editors (with the exception of judges) who submit non-competing entries are given the option of being a backup.
In the event of a drop(s) in the first round in any group, all non-competing videos that are submitted for that group will be presented to the judges and depending on how many editors have dropped, the best ranked non-competing entries will be selected to take their places. An editor may submit multiple non-competing videos for multiple groups, but only 1 video per round for a specific group. So if you wish to make a video for every single Round 1 group, then do it. An editor submitting a non-competing entry in the first round is not required to be a backup if they so choose. The backup/non-competing first round option is simply the chance for editors who missed the initial sign up to have a chance at making it into the competition, but it is NOT a requirement. After an entrant is eliminated they are allowed to make non-competing videos and are still eligible for the Judge's Choice award.

If you want the short but sweet version, this is how it works:
In a tournament style competition, editors are divided up into brackets depending on which group they've selected. The entire bracket is provided with a song. The editors in said bracket then have 1 week to make a video from scratch. The videos are then evaluated by our panel of judges with the winners moving on to the next round while the losers journey ends. Eliminations take place in a battle royale style where only the top editors/videos move on to the next round.

The available groups are A, B, C, D, E, and F. To see the schedule and decide which group would be best for you, please click on this link.

Text Based Judging Calendar
Spoiler :
Round 1 (10 People Per Group) - 60 People Total
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A June 16th - June 22nd - JDB - June 28th
B June 17th - June 23rd - JDB - June 29th
C June 18th - June 24th - JDB - June 30th
D June 19th - June 25th - JDB - July 1st
E June 20th - June 26th - JDB - July 2nd
F June 21st - June 27th - JDB - July 3rd

Round 2 (5 People Per Group) - 30 People Total
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A June 30th - July 6th - JDB - July 12th
B July 1st - July 7th - JDB - July 12th
C July 2nd - July 8th - JDB - July 13th
D July 3rd - July 9th - JDB - July 13th
E July 4th - July 10th - JDB - July 14th
F July 5th - July 11th - JDB - July 14th

Round 3 (6 People Per Group) - 18 People Total (Semi-Finals)

AB - July 14th - July 20th - JDB July 26th
CD - July 15th - July 21st - JDB - July 26th
EF - July 16th - July 22nd - JDB - July 26th

Round 4 - 6 Person Finals

ABCDEF - July 28th - August 3rd - JDB - August - 9th

*JDB = Judging Due By
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby Radical_Yue » Sat May 31, 2014 5:29 pm

Reserved For Additional Information/Updates


New: The amount of entrants has been increased to 60.
New: The amount of rounds has been decreased to 4.
New: The final round will now be a 6 editor showdown.
New: The Judge's Choice Award has been added as a possible prize.
New: We will *now allow video game footage (as long as it meets Org criteria) to be used.

*This was a change that was made after the start of last year's contest. I wanted to repost it to once again clarify that video game videos are allowed.


Now, time to once again meet your incredibly sexy and talented judges~!

Aerialesque - Aerialesque won last year's Quickening and has opted to judge this year as opposed to defend her title. A member of Visualized Nightmare Studios, she is a long time member of the Org with a lot of talent.
Chiiisus - While she may be a tiny girl from Belfast, North Ireland, Chiiisus can edit with the best. She was a top competitor last year and has returned to assist with judging this year's contest.
Fall_Child42 - No stranger to Org Supported Contests, Fall_Child42 has a passion for the strange and original. The best way to impress this penguin man of Canada is to have a lot of fun and think outside the box.
AimoAio - Aimo was a winner in the 2014 VCAs with her video Boxxed. She's a skilled editor and veteran judge from Code's Project Org Editor competition.
Radical_Yue - And me? Well, I'm your admin, coordinator, and judge. I'm a long time member of the Org and I'm not afraid to tell it like it is. Impress me.


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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby Radical_Yue » Sat May 31, 2014 6:25 pm

Oh, and I should add....THIS is the Judge's Choice Award prize

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Yes. That is Rei from Evangelion doing BMX tricks.
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby AmvLuna » Sat May 31, 2014 6:40 pm

i think i will try again this year, last year was awesome.
4 rounds looks perfect and nice schedule! ( even if i did say i would not do it again ) :D
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby [madaraxD] » Sat May 31, 2014 6:44 pm

noooooooooooooooo
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby Radical_Yue » Sat May 31, 2014 6:46 pm

[madaraxD] wrote:yeeeeeeeesssssssss
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby Koopiskeva » Sat May 31, 2014 7:05 pm

I'm inclined to join
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby blaksun » Sat May 31, 2014 7:13 pm

I hope i get a spot :)
just hope i will not be 5 days to late this time XD
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby MouseBollocks » Sat May 31, 2014 7:15 pm

I was hoping to take part since I had to drop from Roulette, but none of the groups work out for me :(
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby Pauratagashi22 » Sat May 31, 2014 7:24 pm

Um....I feel insane for deciding to enter, but screw it, I've always wanted to see what this contest was like lol. Uh, can I be put in Team F please?
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby Fall_Child42 » Sat May 31, 2014 7:29 pm

For the last two Online contests I participated in I made

A: Anime sperm swimming through a vagina and conceiving Air Bud

B: A horror Psychedelic Nanoha video that Yue, despite writing paragraphs of comments for everyone else just wrote "Fuck You Todd" for mine.

I want to see strange videos, I want to see weird videos, fun videos, and videos that do things WAAAAAAY outside of the box. If it seems too strange? Do that. Does it seem too stupid? Do that. Does it make you cackle uncontrollably and question your own desires? Definitely do that.

I understand making videos like these are pretty huge risks, they can either pay off really well for points, or drop them to nothing. So I want to add one more special prize for this competition for anyone that is brave enough, strange enough, and has a vagina powerful enough to make a risky outside-the-box entry.

I well provide a special discordian gift package for the video I determine was the most "Todd video" during the whole competition. This package are always filled with random interesting things and as far as I know usually make people smile. The only condition is that you feel comfortable giving me your shipping address and you must post pictures of the contents when you receive the package.

tl;dr

Make a really weird video for me, I send you a special Fall_Child42 Discordian trophy prize pack.
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby Pauratagashi22 » Sat May 31, 2014 7:32 pm

Fall_Child42 wrote:For the last two Online contests I participated in I made

A: Anime sperm swimming through a vagina and conceiving Air Bud

B: A horror Psychedelic Nanoha video that Yue, despite writing paragraphs of comments for everyone else just wrote "Fuck You Todd" for mine.

I want to see strange videos, I want to see weird videos, fun videos, and videos that do things WAAAAAAY outside of the box. If it seems too strange? Do that. Does it seem too stupid? Do that. Does it make you cackle uncontrollably and question your own desires? Definitely do that.

I understand making videos like these are pretty huge risks, they can either pay off really well for points, or drop them to nothing. So I want to add one more special prize for this competition for anyone that is brave enough, strange enough, and has a vagina powerful enough to make a risky outside-the-box entry.

I well provide a special discordian gift package for the video I determine was the most "Todd video" during the whole competition. This package are always filled with random interesting things and as far as I know usually make people smile. The only condition is that you feel comfortable giving me your shipping address and you must post pictures of the contents when you receive the package.

tl;dr

Make a really weird video for me, I send you a special Fall_Child42 Discordian trophy prize pack.


.....I am actually interested in this. Always have wanted to make something completely out there lol.
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby Fall_Child42 » Sat May 31, 2014 7:35 pm

People will tell you my Gift packages are pretty cool!
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby Nya-chan Production » Sat May 31, 2014 7:46 pm

Ohdayumn... those semifinals dates are tough, since I'll be in Ireland... gotta ask my GF about her laptop editing possibilities, because I certainly feel like editing these days...
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Re: The Quickening - Rules

Postby AiimeaMVs » Sat May 31, 2014 7:59 pm

Guess I'll give it a shot. I was liek waiting forever. :bear:
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