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Poll: And the next competition will be... up to you! (46 member(s) have cast votes)

  1. Monologue (18 votes [39.13%])

    Percentage of vote: 39.13%

  2. Change (9 votes [19.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.57%

  3. Surprise ending (19 votes [41.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.30%

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#1 matt

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 03:44 PM

We'll shortly be launching our next competition, but we can't decide which of the various ideas we like best. Then we realised, it really doesn't matter what we'd like to do, it matters what you'd like to do. So we figured we'd just ask you straight out.

Here are the three options: please give us your votes!

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And while you're at it, suggest any other competition ideas for the future.
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#2 act3scene24

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 03:54 PM

Honestly, I like them all. I voted for surprise ending, but I wouldn't mind any of those listed.

We should definitely do each one, eventually.
In a class I had, we had a theme each week. The theme was one word and it could be involved in any possible way. It was a fun year. But instead of writing a story about it, it would be funner to make a movie about it, so these competitions are really fun for me.

I'll see if I can come up with other suggestions to post later. smile.gif



#3 lucindamc123

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:47 PM

I vote for change but would be happy with the surprise ending too. The monologue doesn't appeal to me because I always want to SHOW a story, not just speak it and showing the story would show off Moviestorm much better. A monologue is kind of for an acting competition.

#4 mellowhardy

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:58 PM

As it's Oscar season, how about a MovieStorm oscar-type ceremony. The awards could even be animated :-)

#5 act3scene24

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 04:59 PM

As for me, I already have ideas for each of the categories.

For monologue, you can have someone telling a story and use Moviestorm to show the story the person is telling in VO form. That's what I'm going to do if we go that way.



#6 Nahton

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:51 PM

[quote=act3scene24]As for me, I already have ideas for each of the categories.

For monologue, you can have someone telling a story and use Moviestorm to show the story the person is telling in VO form. That's what I'm going to do if we go that way.
I actually have made a series of movies with The Movies using that technique and I thought I could go that way with this comp should monologue win out but I re-read the post and it says that it would be limited to one character or something to that effect so I don't think that would be allowed.

I guess if anyone wanted to get a head start they could start working on a monologue about change and throw in a surprise ending. 8)

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 05:55 PM

The monologue would be great for new users and people who haven't been able to afford addons, so I hope it happens sometime if it doesn't win now.

My only objection to "suprise ending" is that if you're expecting a surprise, the surprise ending isn't as likely to work. That happens all the time with movies that get initial buzz because of their surprise endings, but later viewers say, "I don't see what the big deal was. I figured it out..."

#8 sisch

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 06:06 PM

I voted for monologue, too - I already have ideas (involving the new addon soon to come..)

Only bad thing is, if the comp starts when the addon comes out, I likely won't be able to take part because of the deadline for my ongoing project... sad.gif ... ah well.

#9 act3scene24

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 06:40 PM

(willshetterly)
The monologue would be great for new users and people who haven't been able to afford addons, so I hope it happens sometime if it doesn't win now.

My only objection to "suprise ending" is that if you're expecting a surprise, the surprise ending isn't as likely to work. That happens all the time with movies that get initial buzz because of their surprise endings, but later viewers say, "I don't see what the big deal was. I figured it out..."


That's why you can have a surprise ending by NOT having a surprise ending in a surprise ending category. I know it doesn't seem to make sense, but it can be done. You make it so a surprise ending is expected but it turns out to be nothing.

As for Nahton, you can still do a monologue VO/flashback sequence with one character if done right. It might be more challenging, but that's what a good competition is about. :-)

And great idea on mixing all three together. Hmm...



#10 iceaxe

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 07:54 PM

I like surprise ending.

You could do it as a monologue, and cover two bases at once. Make it a monologue about change, with a surprise ending and you're laughing. (Or you will be if it's a comedy too)


Or you could go with surprise ending, and the surprise is, there's no surprise.

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#11 primaveranz

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 08:26 PM

I voted for monologue because I think it is the most challenging. Needs good writing especially in Machinima where it's hard to be subtle with facial gestures.

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#12 Xolotl

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 09:26 PM

I voted.
But only me and my barber knows which one.
My idea for a comp is for there to be an obsession somewhere in the plot. Stories driven by an overwhelming motivation would be fun.

#13 Armanus

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 10:30 PM

[quote=act3scene24]As for me, I already have ideas for each of the categories.

For monologue, you can have someone telling a story and use Moviestorm to show the story the person is telling in VO form. That's what I'm going to do if we go that way.


That, I think, would be considered a narrative, not a monologue. I love narratives, they make movies seem more intimate to me if done right...but I think it was specifically mentioned that in the monologue the character is facing the camera saying the monologue...think a State of the Union address or Jay Leno wink.gif

But a narrative movie contest sounds great too, so if you weren't suggesting it I would be happy to smile.gif

I voted for change, because that's the first one that I had an idea for.

#14 davidwww

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Posted 11 February 2009 - 11:00 PM

I vote for a monologue on change with a surprise ending.

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#15 Armanus

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 12:24 AM

Seconded!

#16 act3scene24

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 05:00 AM

For future reference, a type of competition I'd like is the old "You Make It!" competition. It could be one of many types.

For example, have a pre-written script that we all have access to. Could be an original work or something from the public domain. And the one you like best could win.

It doesn't have to be that, it also be where you make us film an entire movie using a set of your choosing. It could also include a necessary prop, etc.



#17 lucindamc123

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 01:05 PM

It looks like Monologue is winning. I can see where most of you who are voting are coming from, but since I write all the time, it isn't anything new for me or especially fun to do.



#18 matt

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 01:08 PM

10 - 9 It's early days yet. It'll be a couple of weeks before we make the final call. I'd call it neck and neck so far wink.gif
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#19 iceaxe

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 01:49 PM

The thing I'd say about monologue is that it is less challenging.

I think it is much harder to deliver a movie that has a story told both visually and through dialogue. All good movies need to be planned, but as soon as you involve multiple characters the planning becomes exponentially more complex. If the purpose of the competition is to see what can be done in 'Storm then you're more likely to be dazzled with dialogue.

Certainly there'll be more entries with monologue, but without throwing down the gauntlet that there should be some surprising element to the story we could end up with a whole series of man-in-chair talking to camera type movies.

C'mon folks - the way to showcase this software is to encourage great story telling, and superlative cinematics.

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#20 Poulet Noir

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 02:00 PM

I've plumped for "surprise ending".

Monologue is more about scriptwriting, which in itself is no bad thing, but it overlaps with the Christmas Message competition to some extent - we'd be hard-pushed to compete with act3scene 24's awesome monologue that actually won that one.

Change would be pretty cool as well: in fact the more I think about it the more intriguing it becomes...

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