xstylus wrote:Very curious as to what the metric is for determining what gets in and what doesn't get in.
How far down the bottle the judges are when your video plays
All kidding aside, we have a semi-open screening each year (semi-open in the sense that if you try to bring 10 friends to stack the votes, you best make other plans) and this year we had 15 people watch all of the entries, even the trolls and DQs, and score each video from 1-5. Then I punch in all the numbers (nearly 2,000 unique votes), take the averages, and then start grabbing the highest rated entries. I then make personal decisions if a category is extremely stacked or barren, and that's sometimes why a video that could go in 2 or more categories, ends up where it does. Sometimes I also have to drop the lowest scoring (yet still qualifying) videos in a category if there is way too many, and drag up a few entries that just barely didn't make the cut, and place them in less populated categories. If a video scores way too low, I won't move it up into finals, no matter how badly the category needs it. Usually the "swing" videos only scored withing 0.1-0.2 points of making finals anyways, so it's not like I'm gaming the system and bumping some real bad videos for the sake of category balance.
And that's how Equestria was made.
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