outlawed wrote:Other thematic elements can assist with an action video but if your intent is to tell a story then you have already failed to make a pure action video. This is a common mistake some editors fall into when classifying their video.
Then what the fuck.
I should clarify this more. A good action video does not have to be 100% non-stop action. As for common mistakes classifying editors often fail to factor intent and delivery but instead think in terms of footage. Kind of like "hrm I think this has a lot of action scenes in it.. I should place this in the action category". There is the flip side of this where someone makes a drama video and it's almost nothing but cuts and action scenes which they say are done in a dramatic mood. But since the video has no underlying cohesion, story, or theme the AMV is basically just another action video.
Please keep in mind the context of contest categories I was writing from in my original post you quoted. I don't think that convention contest categories have ever really existed to help the creators but rather assist classifying content that convention audiences have historically enjoyed. The categories are basically saying send us this stuff because the audience will like it and we can have some level of objective class-based judging.
Take your Gurren Lagann ACen entry (An Armcannon to Pierce the Heavens) for example. I can't remember if you had any notes on it (files not here where I'm typing from) but you had it classified as action. While it has does have lots of action content and I thought there was some humor perfectly worked into the action (the sound effects rap delivery sequences) you have to admit there are some other elements at the end that completely work away from the thing's action tone as a whole.
My idea for a future contest category to more accurately reflect hybrid or experimental works is what I'm currently calling "Freestyle" and it would be for entries whose intent or delivery falls outside of the normal categories. We tagged on "other" this last ACen with the dance/upbeat category as a bandaid solution and ultimately nothing that qualified as "other" was a finalist. I think there were only two or three entries even flagged "other". I was on the right track when suggesting it originally but I think my idea of freestyle category is much better and fixes this. My only worry is people needlessly flagging their video "freestyle" when it's basically action or drama but I think I have a good way of writing this up to limit that.
I've been so deep in the mix maybe I don't see the forest for the trees. We haven't included category detailed descriptions in the ACen rules for some time. But then again a lot of other contests are the same. Perhaps that needs to be corrected by contest coordinators. In my case if the freestyle category goes through I will pretty much need to write them all up regardless.