The Wired Knight wrote:As for pro, I am somewhat confused as to its overlap with masters now. So basically is Masters just a sub-catagory of Pro that is entirely decided by you? So it basically has two best in show awards? The other rules I don't mind so much (though I am going to have to revise my editing schedule to compensate).
This is one reason I was reluctant to do this at all. I did not want to end The Masters or lobotomize it, but I also did not want to ask editors to do two exclusive videos. This was the compromise I worked out... in order to "raise the bar" of The Professional Awards, I decided that Masters candidates would be selected from its videos.
The two contests remain distinct in my mind. Only the submission process has been streamlined, and Masters videos now gain the benefit of the peer recognition that is The Professional Awards.
Whatever anyone was planning for Masters, I encourage them to proceed as if nothing has changed. Whatever anyone was planning for Pro, I'm letting everyone know as soon as possible that they'll need to keep it secret, and that there's a chance
they might also get a nifty green jacket, as well as a trophy next year.
The Wired Knight wrote:Secondly, what about identifying features of a video removing something being blind? You'll have to hear me out on this because it's a VERY awkward scenario that is something I've been considering doing in videos for a bit. In al my videos henceforth I've been planning on hiding a character from another show in all my videos. Somewhere really hidden in the backgorund, never front and center. But if someody catches it then it's clearly my video. This isn't to make the video identifiable as mine but it IS something I've been planning to do just for the kicks. So my name isn't attached but basically there is a signature on it by virtue of one particular thing I do in editing.
Yes... I think you understood me perfectly and this is going to be a grey area that I'm going to hate to police. For example, nearly all my videos have a brief opening sequence followed by the title cards from the shows I used. This is so trademark for me that even my Iron Editor effort uses this gimmick. But this isn't exclusive to me... and though someone might suspect that a old-school fade/cut video with title cards is more likely to be mine than any other given video, they couldn't be certain, and it would be OK. However, if I digitally added Jingoro, the cat from Orange Road, to the background of my entries, I think it would remove all doubt (well, except for the abject shock that I'd be technically able to do that) and it would be grounds for disqualification. Um, well it would be grounds... except how much y'all like to troll and shit. If Mr. Pilkington decided to mimic your style, right down to putting your trademark character in the background of his next Lady Gaga video... well, let's say it was the first thing that came to mind when I thought about how I'd handle that.
I have never done such a broadly open blind competition before and I dread the moment I have to tell one of you one of your best efforts won't be in the contest because of something like this.
In the past, we've accepted self-censored videos in Masters. I will make sure our submission process would allow you to submit a "judging version" that, for example, does not include your name on a title card, or in this case does not have the signature character included. You can then submit a second "screening version" that we'll show at the convention that includes all your identifying elements, so long as the screening version does not change the character of the video the judges voted on (and as you've described this to me, it wouldn't, but I just know [name ommitted] would send me a Studio Ghibli judging copy and something like Bible Black for the screening copy, so it has to be said).