Greetings to all participants and watchers!
As we close in on the deadline date, it's finally time to add a few final precisions before proceeding with the evaluations.
Submissions & Extensions
As a friendly reminder, the submission cycle is scheduled to end this Friday, on the 17th of August, at 11:59 PM, Eastern Time.
I strongly recommend that any necessary extra time that any of the editors would need to complete their submission, should be requested as soon as possible. Furthermore, the request can be sent via private-message, or even mentioned in this thread, without any problem at all.
In the situation where not enough entries have been submitted in this round, compensation prizes will be given to those who have tried their best and have worked hard to submit an original entry.
The compensation system has been reviewed, since the last round, and has changed to the specific details mentioned below.
A round is eligible for compensation when it receives only one video as an entry. Not being able to compete with anyone, the editor will at least be rewarded, in some way, for his efforts on the supplied submission.
As a result, the compensation prize is a $50 J-List Gift Certificate, which corresponds to $10 less than for a First Place winner, which seems reasonable, considering the circumstances. Following the same idea, the worth of compensation prizes may vary in potential following rounds and will be fairly announced at the beginning of each submission cycle.
If a round obtains only two submissions, only the Top 2 Prizes remain official. In other words, the J-List Gift Certificates amounts will be distributed according to the following enumeration:
- 1st Place: $60
- 2nd Place: $40
Comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated about this particular decision. If ever additional ideas of fair compensation arise, please do not hesitate to share them in this thread.
As it was done in the third round, members of the community are invited to join the Judge Panel. All who wish to join are invited to send me a private message. However, if one is unfamiliar with the voting process, it is strongly recommended to read the following information, before applying.
The panel will be consisted of a maximum of ten members. It is important to note that certain small restrictions apply.
- Being a member of this website, for at least one month.
- Not participating as a video-editor, for the current round.
Furthermore, a judge in this contest will be asked to evaluate all AMVs, based on the following criteria.
(This information is also available on the first page of this thread.)
Synchronization(/10): The grade is given based on the editor's ability to have properly timed the audio track with the events in the video.
Rendering(/10): This is somewhat like evaluating the overall quality of the AMV, but by only considering the final scaling. As an example, if the frames appear stretched or if the resolution changes from one scene to another, points will be removed.
Theme Representation(/10): A forbidden love is the objective of this round. Evaluations will be based on how well it is clearly shown that the general relationship between the individuals cannot be. Are they related, as in, from the same family? Is one the student and the other his/her teacher? Are they of the same gender or from rival families? It is also important to keep in mind that the taboo must be felt, even by those who have not watched the selected series.
Originality(/10): As the title says it, this category gives freedom to the evaluators, in what concerns their views on the originality of an AMV. Points will mostly be given out, based on never-before-seen content.
As it can be deductible by reading the information above, members of the Judge Panel will be evaluating all entries by giving a personal grade between 0 and 10, for each judging criteria. An average will then be calculated by them at the end, which will determine each and every judge's Top 3 choices. Furthermore, a sentence or two is recommended to explain the reasoning behind the given evaluation and to potentially offer constructive improvement possibilities.
Ideally, seven days are given, after the deadline, for the judges to post their evaluations in the contest thread. However, as it was done with last round's judging, extensions of a few days, or hours, can be given, according to the judges' availabilities.
On a final note, I wish courage and perseverance to all of the current round's participants! It would indeed be pleasant to have the opportunity of viewing more entries. :D