Ashton wrote:I hella want to see if I can challenge Tim next year for Fanime, but I don't know if they would let a lightweight like me do it. ^_^
Well it's not a "challenge" or anything. You are hand-picked by Quu. There's no real set qualifications or challenging involved. If Quu thinks you'd make a good challenger based on a number of things (to which I am clueless), he picks you.
Those were the ambiguous reasons I was chosen for ACen. He hasn't even told me any specifics
As for being a lightweight, I think of myself as the same since I've been doing this for about a year. But at the same time, I was able to do alright regardless of my "Normal AMV" skillset, so don't downplay your abilities by some stupid thing like "time" or "experience." One thing I learned from this entire contest is that anything can happen and that there are no "definites" (like a "great" editor doing great in the contest). Even if you're capable of making a great video...making a great video in two hours requires different skills. Also, there are a lot of factors that can tip the balance like the secret ingredient (mine was something I could easily use) and theme.
Good luck to you though!