AC-Cubed 2006 AMV Contest

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Postby eyevocal » Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:52 pm

Haunter103 wrote:So, it's after Saturday...
... Any word on any disqualifications :?:


Yeah, that one of yours did get disqualified due to content--but we liked it nonetheless, and we're considering showing it during the "Midnight Fanboy Theatre", which is an overnight room dedicated to fan-service-heavy shows.

One other video got dropped because it was shot right through with DivX and adult swim logos. Ugh. The other judges told me to have mercy on the other vids in which the DivX logo only happened once. This year, I did. Next year, I won't. Either learn how to shut off the logo display when you install the DivX codec (it's really not hard to do), or stop being so chintzy and invest a few dollars in either buying the DVDs if you can afford to, or renting them if you can't afford to buy them. Your AMVs will look better for it.

I'll also be more specific about one thing in next year's rules: No identifying marks in the video whatsoever. If you put credit screens in your entry this year, we're chopping them off (even if you did mention AC Cubed by name in them; thank you, but the rules clearly said no credits). Next year, if you put up a credit screen while the song's still audible, we'll either superimpose the generic AC Cubed credit screen over top of it, or disqualify it flat out if doing that is not plausible.

Still, only two out of 27 competing entries (and two exhibition entries) is not bad.

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Postby Haunter103 » Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:07 pm

eyevocal wrote:Stuff

I didn't know there was any late night content :o
I'll be sure to check that out when we're there :)
My entry originally did have my logo, but some of us like to pay attention to the lyrics, so I exported a version without the logo included.
Anyways, looking forward to it, hope to see you there!
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:06 pm

Alright, I hope I'm not the only one who's going to declare that the contest = win.

Had a great time. It ran for nearly 2 hours, and I think it says a lot that the general quality range of videos went from "OK" to "sheer awesome". There was also a total of 1.5 technical snags in the whole thing (I don't count the infamous chobits video related delay as a full-scale problem, it was worth it), which is pretty good for a con.

Ironically, the ones in the "sheer awesome" category were for the most part videos by the editing-bunch-in-attendance (myself excluded, of course, for the obvious reason). Props to all. Too bad you guys all ran off so soon or I would've gone on about how awesome your stuff was :P My more sensible side wants to pick Mike's Arjuna video as my favorite in the contest, and my more senseless side is definitely going for FC's and Haunter's stuff. Go figure!

I don't remember who won which categories exactly, perhaps because I didn't read every title screen as carefully as I should've, but if what I recall is right - all of them deserved it.

Props to Dave! Run it like this again next year.

Otherwise it was great seeing you guys. Hope I'll see you (the out-of-towners particularly) at Anime North.

In theory. :roll:
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Postby Fall_Child42 » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:15 pm

Otohiko wrote:(I don't count the infamous chobits video related delay as a full-scale problem, it was worth it)


Well, if i got Oto's approval that's OK by me :)

I have to give Congrats to Krat on Stealing my "most technical" award

And to Haunter for stealing my "Most Original"
:D

Just kidding ... Sounds like it was a good contest... And the only thing i REALLY wish i could have been there for was to watch the crowd watching my Schism Video.

oh well... There's always next year :\

We'll have to get together at A-North For sure
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:23 pm

I think yours should get my pick for one of my favorite videos after all. But you were there in spirit. Just ask Krat.

The audience laughed. It certainly did work!

[edit as I was slightly confused the video-in-reference :P upload it now so I can get it for myself though!]
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:26 pm

Now that I think of it, I hope people can fill me in with a list of titles.

I'm already forgetting what was titled what. I only remember stuff by creators, and I believe quite a few of these didn't get posted on the .org yet. :P

All the edits I had to make to these posts. Bah, I need sleep after the damn con :roll:
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Postby Fall_Child42 » Sun Nov 19, 2006 8:47 pm

Otohiko wrote:[edit as I was slightly confused the video-in-reference :P upload it now so I can get it for myself though!]


[vidid=107612]

[vidid=119088]

These are the two i sent to the Contest...
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Postby Otohiko » Sun Nov 19, 2006 9:08 pm

Alright, so I guess I was confused and credit en masse goes to you for Schizm (can't believe I missed it online before...) :) My previous comment relates to the panda video then.

Yea, Schizm totally destroyed. The audience didn't have much of a reaction (stunned?), but the way it looked/sounded on the big screen gives a hint of what they were probably thinking.

I correct myself. That was the big one of the con for me. Expectably? :P
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Postby Kristyrat » Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:10 pm

Yep yep, I definately have to say it was an improvement this year, very cool seeing some of these vids on the big screen. (If I'm not mistaken, Eek's Karas vid took best composition, and I didn't even recognize it when it was all theatre-like :P)

I'd try and post an unofficial awards list, but I figure I'll probably mess something up :X So it's probably best to wait for the official release :P

(Also, there was a really cool Various Anime vid called Solitude iirc, I looked it up but couldn't find it on the .org hopefully it's available somewheres)

But yeah, gotta echo Oto here, great show, great vids, looking forward to the next meeting :up:

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Postby Kitsuner » Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:54 pm

in before picture of Krat holding an "I MISS FC ;_:" sign

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The Official Report and Winners List

Postby eyevocal » Tue Nov 21, 2006 12:40 am

Hello, all. AC Cubed 2006 had 1200 attendees, who generally all left happy, including the enormous crowd who nearly packed a huge ballroom for the AMV Contest Showing. I wanna say thanks to everybody who entered the contest, so--thanks. If we didn't have you guys and gals, we'd have a big chunk of magic missing from the con experience. Only one video didn't have the crowd cheering afterwards--then again, I would have been surprised if they did. More on that one later. We had occasional technical problems and a couple of waits, but the audience was nice about them, as they at least got to see many more of the contest entries than they did last year.

Here are the winners of this year's contest, as determined by a panel of 15 judges:

Grand Prize and Most Original:
haunter103--Marine Land
Music: Marineland Ontario commercial
Anime: One Piece
The crowd was already cheering like mad at the opening title screen alone. I might add that this was the only entry this year that made the judges applaud. With that said--no cloning, please. And haunter: You should put this on the Org soon.

Best Composition and Runner-Up: Best Technical:
Insomnia Studios--Overture Musica
Sheer class, I swear.

Best Technical:
Visualized Nightmare Studios--Crimson Memories
One of the most stylish AMVs I've ever watched.

Runner-Up: Most Original and Runner-Up: Best Composition (not Technical as I mistakenly put on the credit screen--sorry):
Corndog VidVids--Panda Punk!
Tweaked comedy anime + lo-fi Japanese indie punk = fun.

All the winners will receive a certificate commemorating their success and a DVD (courtesy of the good people at ADV Films). The runners-up will receive a commemorative certificate. As soon as the con heads have recovered (I anticipate it taking about a week), they will mail out the certificates and prizes. That's right; none of this "turn up at the con to claim it or lose it" crap here.

An honourable mention for Biggest Cojones to Corndog VidVids for the mind-shredding Schism of the Epistle to Dippy. One of the reasons I love Japanese noise is that it extends your life by slowing down time and this 45-second monster feels three times as long. I'm positive I heard people in the audience cheering when the effects were churning away on screen in time to the distorted looping roar (I was standing in front of one of the speakers at the time), but everybody was stunned afterwards--like I expected. At least it kept them from rushing the stage and maiming me for unleashing that on them. A last-minute exhibition entry by the tech who helped me compile and run this helped at least bring the shounen-ai fangirls back to life, and helped me end the showing on a good musical note.

In general, the crowd was very appreciative, and even seemed to like my MCing skills; very kind of them. I am very much looking forward to running this again for AC Cubed 2007. In the interest of helping encourage quality, I am going to tell you three major changes to the rules that will happen for that right here and now:
--The preferred submission format will be DVD-ready NTSC standard MPEG2. To those of you who submitted in this format this year, bless you.
--WMV format will no longer be accepted. Almost all of the WMV submissions we got this year looked awful, and the only one that looked excellent sucked up processor power to play well. If you haven't already, read the Org's guides on developing your AMV-making skills, including encoding to non-crap formats (especially for your archive copies).
--More emphasis on NO CREDITS WHATSOEVER IN YOUR VIDEO. The only identification points I want are in the application form and the file name. If you have to run a credit roll to fill out the end of the song, you should learn to either edit/fade songs tastefully or think your concepts through a little bit more.

For my first contest, it went well, and I hope to make it even better next year. Thanks to all the entrants (again), the audience, the AC Cubed con chairs for entrusting me with this, the judges, Ashley for the tech work (and putting up with me), and ADV Films for the prizes. Hope to see y'all in 2007.

Dave Watson
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Postby eyevocal » Tue Nov 21, 2006 12:55 am

Kristyrat wrote:(Also, there was a really cool Various Anime vid called Solitude iirc, I looked it up but couldn't find it on the .org hopefully it's available somewheres)

The entrant didn't actually submit a file, but sent me this Org link instead. I wish he hadn't; thank Belldandy we were able to find high-speed to pull it down with on the day of the judging. Guess that's something else for next year's rules.

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Postby Moonlight Soldier » Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:23 pm

Definately more enjoyable than last year 8-)

Props Dave.

Next year I'll have to work on something longer, so I don't a "that's it" reaction :lol:

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Postby Kristyrat » Tue Nov 21, 2006 4:30 pm

eyevocal wrote:
Kristyrat wrote:(Also, there was a really cool Various Anime vid called Solitude iirc, I looked it up but couldn't find it on the .org hopefully it's available somewheres)

The entrant didn't actually submit a file, but sent me this Org link instead. I wish he hadn't; thank Belldandy we were able to find high-speed to pull it down with on the day of the judging. Guess that's something else for next year's rules.

Dave Watson
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Awsm, thanks for the link and congrats to all the other winners. And big props to Dave for hosting such a great show : up :

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Re: The Official Report and Winners List

Postby Haunter103 » Tue Nov 21, 2006 7:00 pm

Whaaat? That's bull$#*^! I demand a recount! :roll:
Seriously though I wasn't expecting that at all. As far as originality goes, I really thought a chobits horror and noise video would have topped me. And there were a lot of other entries that looked like they had a lot more effort put into them than mine did. Frankly, I put a lot more effort into my other entry which was disqualified even :\
And thanks alot, I wasn't even planning to make an org entry for Marineland (Too much like an AMV Hell clip; I don't like making separate entries for those) but then you had to go handing out awards for stuff and now I have no choice >:|. bastid. Well, you'll have to make due with the You tube version, since my own computer wont start turn on at the moment (posting using family computer) and can't upload it.
That aside, it really was a great showing, and the audience was very responsive, and didn't loose enthusiasm as the evening went on.
eyevocal wrote:That's right; none of this "turn up at the con to claim it or lose it" crap here.
But if you do turn up you don't get anything anyway? I can only assume that you didn't have the certificates made up or something, because when you didn't call us up to the stage to receive awards, I wasn't able to stick around and inquire about it since I had to get going in order to be home sometime before midnight @_@. It's not a big deal or anything, I'm just saying that if you did have the awards there, you could have saved yourself some postage by letting us know (I know at least Kristyrat was in attendance as well, can't speak for any other winners :P)


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