now that I have had a full nights sleep in my own bed, a good meal without haveing irritiablity due to stress from the con, and have been properly re-hydrared, hopefully I can clear up a few topics regarding the Fanime AMV contest
A few thigns the bear in mind, yea the accustics are terrible in the Civic Auditorium, it is designed mainly as a live performace theater, nto a video presentation theater. It doesnt help when there are less peopel in the room than capacity, since the sounds then reflects off concrete floors, and metal seats, not people. It also doesnt help that musicfest did in fact blow out an amp the day before that was not repaired. And just for good mesure, we have to rely on the union reps to adjust the sound, we on fanime staff are not allowed to make any adjsutments to the sound board at all. Hence why we ask that you use the best audio possible, cause the venue isnt the greatest, but until we move to a new venue, I have to work with what I got.
2. AMV editor badges
The AMV editor badges that were sent out were an experiement this year. The purpose was to correct a long standing problem we have had over the years, which was to give all AMV editors easy priority seating to the AMV contest. In the past we have tried RSVP, we tried researved seating section, among other things, but always had an issue of some kind. I sent out these badges to each editor for a few reasons. Yes I know that not everyone can attend, but thsi way, it made sure that if an editor did show up, they had the tools for access to the priority seating. And if you didnt end up attending, then at least you get a trinket form the con, we dont have a great budget to give out lots of prizes and such, so I try to give our editors something to show that we are so thankful that they supported our event.
3. Title bumpers
I understand that yea having all the credits before the video can have peopel cheer or groan before a video ever starts, but I guess the topic for debate is does it really have an effect on the voteing outcome? We still would put the information at the end of the video, unless it is thought that would skew the results as well. I guess right now my attitude is that this is a contest and as a result we put the full information before and after each video so that the voters have access to all the information available. But certainly I am up for suggestions, If I return next year I expect to make an overhaul of the judgeing and awards system, so makeing a change to the title card system could certainly be a viable change.
Typically I only notify editors that make it into the finals that their video is in, the others I leave no notification and that means they are in the AMV overload event. The first reason for this is that I do like to have a small amount of mystery of what videos will be shown in the finals, I always have a fear that if the full play list is released prior to the con, then lots of peopel will simply download all the videos...and not attend the event, which can effect the turnout, which in turn may lead to my termination of the position of AMV Coordinator. Another reason is that the list is fully finalized so close to the convention, that there simply is not time to notify them all, While some of my emails may look like it, I dont batch email individual results, so if I notify someone they are in or out, I write them an individula message, and with over 60 editors, that can take a long time for someone who types as terribly as I do.
5. THE FUTURE
Well I did say I was gunna quit after 2005, but I came back in 2006, and as far as I know there is interest in haveing me come back for 2007. Although immediately my attention is on the AMV Contest for Nan Desu Kan Oct 6-8 http://www.ndkdenver.org/main/
While I do think the judgeing staff concept I developed over the years is a good idea, I have found that over time I have disagreed more and more with the rest of the judges and have given them too much authority to override my thoughts. On a side note this authority lead to a edit that was made which deeply upset another editor in the AMV Overload event, I was deeply saddened that they were so upset over the change, but it was a judges decision. So certainly next year, there will be alot of changes, and I welcome any and all suggestions on how to make next years show even better. I strive to make the AMV contest new and exciteing and any input I can get from the AMV community will certainly be welcomed and considered.
that being said.....get your videos in to NDK!!! Times a wasteing!!!