Last one, I promise =)
I'm working to draft an all new, refreshed set of rules for this contest going forward. I'll be working with Mikal, as well as a few others who have had experience running these types of contests to collaborate on some changes that will allow our contest to be more inclusive to the entire community, and encourage folks from all different kinds of skill level to participate. Some of our best AMVs in years past have been done with Windows Movie Maker, believe it or not. You don't need expensive programs or years of knowledge to make something that the fans in the audience will love.
These new rules will be written brand new from the ground up. I want to take all we've learned over the past few years, through our mistakes and feedback from the community, and do our best to make this contest one to look forward to every year. I want to ensure that regulars are welcome year after year, while bringing in a lot of new talent and fresh ideas from people who perhaps would not have been able to participate in years past due to certain restrictions.
My goal is to make this contest friendly and inclusive to as many members of the community as possible. The one thing I hate seeing is so many people in the Anime LA threads saying how they're so sad they're not able to submit to the contest for one reason or another. There should be no reason why our contest has to be so restrictive. Unlike the Masquerade, where you are judged on workmanship for your costume as well as your presentation on stage and in front of the audience, AMVs are judged by the work the creator had done weeks or months before the contest is held. Whether you do that work in one part of the country or another, its still time consuming and something the creator is often proud of. Sometimes, real life gets in the way of what we want to do, and we shouldn't exclude people who happen to have lives that take priority over one weekend on the calendar.
These new rules won't appease everyone. Trolling, for example, still needs to be addressed and debated as far as what defines it. Depending on your definition, we've either never had a problem in the past, or we've let the problem grow out of hand! No one said this was going to be easy =(. However, I am confident that we can draft a fair, properly balanced solution that should work for most.
If anyone here finds this rather lengthy post and wants to help us out, the best way is to email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit alaamv.info
and tell us what your thoughts are. The feedback from the community we get tells us what areas we need to focus on the most, and gives us some valuable information from a fresh perspective. You can also PM me here or send an email to Yuusharo@gmail.com
if you'd like to get a hold of me directly.
And I apologize for making you sit through this rather long post. This is sort of my post-con wrap up that I'd like to reference to throughout the year, so that I keep on track