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#1 RPO

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 07:07 AM

We all rely upon the spoken word, both in our daily lives and in our films. But what if there were no words? How would we get an idea across? How would we tell a story? This is the concept behind a new competition that I call "Films Without Words". Sound intriguing? Well, here's how it works:

1. Movies must be 5-8 minutes long -- NO EXCEPTIONS!

2. Movies can be made in any animation format, or live action if you prefer. They can be any genre but must be ORIGINAL films created for this competition.

3. The story must be conveyed through mood, music (without lyrics), actions and sound effects. If you feel your actors must communicate with each other verbally, it must be in gibberish -- no words, no foreign languages, NO SUBTITLES.

4. Movies must be submitted no later than Midnight GMT on March 31, 2016. Movies must be posted on the TMUnderground site with a link to the movie posted in the official TMU contest thread using the following format:

        Title:

        Director:

        Running Time:

        Format:

        Genre:

        Link:

        Poster (Optional):

​If you are not a member of TMU, you can join for free.

5. DO NOT POST A DESCRIPTION OF THE PLOT -- either in this thread or in any other thread, nor should there be a plot description on the movie's post. The idea is that viewers must be able to follow the plot without any external help.

6. Thebiz, Macweemys and myself will be the judges, grading the films on a point system. The movies with the top three scores will win prizes. In the event of a tie, the judges will determine which movie will win. ALL DECISIONS BY THE JUDGES ARE FINAL.

7. PRIZES: Prizes will consist of gift certificates for online vendors and services who offer them. Winners will decide which site they want a gift certificate for. Prizes will be as follows:

        First Place -- $50

        Second Place -- $25

        Third Place -- $10

8. Movies and judges' comments will be aired in a Live Stream broadcast on April 17th (time to be announced) at which time the winners will be announced.

9. ELIGIBILITY: Contestants must be members of the TMU community no younger than 15 years of age. If you are not yet a member you can join the community for free. Winners must provide their e-mail addresses, as well as a link to the site they want their gift certificate from.

10. All movies remain the property of the film-makers but may not be posted elsewhere until after the winners are announced.

So tape up your mouths and get crackin' out there. Remember: The deadline for all entries is Midnight GMT on March 31, 2016. Get those virtual (or real) cameras rolling!

FAQ

  • Do I have to use a particular animation software? No, any kind of machinima or animation software can be used.
  • Can I make a live-action film? Yes, as long as it meets the requirements listed above.
  • Can I use signs in my movie? All signs must either be gibberish or symbolic (e.g. a symbol of a man on a public bathroom door).
  • Can I make a music video? No, there will be a separate competition for that later.
  • Why do I have to post my movie on TMUnderground? Part of the purpose of this competition is to bring attention to everything TMU has to offer for the machinamist film-maker.
  • Can I use Voice Actors? You are welcome to use Voice Actors, provided they speak only gibberish with no discernible words.
  • Are you wanting something very simple just focusing on story? Yes, it's all about getting a story across without language. You should think in terms of a film that is plot-driven rather than character-driven.
  • A month is hardly time enough.  Maybe 6? Part of any competition is finding a way to meet the deadline, and if you think of other competitions I have run you know I don't believe in making things easy as that's not how people learn. The tools for animation have gotten so complicated, maybe it's time to start thinking of ways to produce them faster while sacrificing the minimum in terms of quality. I have heard any number of people say it's too hard to produce films these days because Machinima evolves so quickly. Maybe we need to start evolving more quickly as well. Think of that as a part of this challenge.
  • I'm assuming normal titles and credits can be used and those can contribute to the run time? You raise an interesting point here. First off: Yes, of course you can have credits because I firmly believe that you owe it to anyone who helps you to put their name in the film. A title for your movie is a little trickier, since a title could give us a notion of what you are trying to convey. I hadn't even thought about that until you raised the question. New rule: All movies must be titled "Without Words By" and the filmmaker's name. So, in my case it would be called "Without Words By RPoshard". And yes, all credits are included in the time limit of the movie.

Other questions? Post them in this thread and I will answer them ASAP.

 



#2 Poulet Noir

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 01:03 PM

Sounds like fun! Time to get thinking...

 


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#3 primaveranz

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 02:22 AM

Hmmm. I may have an idea for this one ;)


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#4 thebiz

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 02:39 PM

I just watched Ralvaz's Nocturne.  That would have been a perfect entry (its really good) though its too long for the requirements and wasnt made for the comp.  Still, its a great example of dialog free moviemaking and that MS is a great tool for emoting without words.  I hope to see a lot of MS entrees in this short competition!  Good luck folks.



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Posted 27 February 2016 - 02:18 AM

Acabo de ver Nocturne de Ralvaz. Eso habría sido una entrada perfecta (es realmente bueno) aunque su demasiado largo para los requisitos y no estaba hecho para la comp. Aún así, es un gran ejemplo de creación de películas libres de diálogo y que la EM es una gran herramienta para transmitir emociones sin palabras. Espero ver una gran cantidad de platos con EM en este corto competencia! gente buena suerte.

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#6 Ralvaz1

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 02:19 AM

It is a very interesting idea, I will try to think about some history and to be able to take part in the contest.


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#7 IronCinema

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 03:20 AM

Can we add two movies or parts to the film that has no dialouge. Because i am alost finished with it and wanted to know if its ok or should we only make a film that's 5-8 minutes with no dialogue.



#8 RPO

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 09:21 PM

Can we add two movies or parts to the film that has no dialouge. Because i am alost finished with it and wanted to know if its ok or should we only make a film that's 5-8 minutes with no dialogue.

Only 5 to 8 minute movies containing no words or dialogue (except gibberish) will be accepted. The idea is to put across a story or emotional mood without the use of spoken or written language.



#9 IronCinema

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Posted 28 February 2016 - 07:33 AM

Sorry guys I guess I'm not doing this competition because the movies I made and about to post on Moviestorm are in parts that are way over 5 to 8 minutes. But good luck to the people that enters the competition.

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Posted 29 February 2016 - 11:48 AM

The link is broken


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#11 RPO

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Posted 29 February 2016 - 10:36 PM

Hey everybody! Just a reminder to keep an eye on the OP as I am often adding things to the FAQ as they come in.

 

Could you be specific as to what link is broken?



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Posted 29 February 2016 - 11:13 PM

The page is not seen, and announces this:

"If you are the owner of this website, please contact your hosting provider "


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#13 Ralvaz1

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 11:26 AM

La página no se ve, y anuncia la siguiente:

" Si usted es el propietario de este sitio web, por favor, póngase en contacto con su proveedor de alojamiento"

 Already it is solved.


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#14 thebiz

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Posted 04 March 2016 - 03:38 AM

There's two entrees already and I know there's at least a third one on the way.  Really hoping to see some MovieStorm entrees in the mix!  Fun, fame, prizes!



#15 BensWorld

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Posted 23 March 2016 - 10:28 AM

I just made a film thats 8 minutes and think it would be great for the competition but how do link it to the competition.

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Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:44 AM

Might it extend the term to present the movies? Maybe On April 3? :)


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Posted 01 April 2016 - 02:56 PM

The deadline has come and gone. Winners will be announced on April 17.

 

@BensWorld -- I have been ill the past two weeks and was unable to answer your question, but since you asked before the deadline I will give you special dispensation and allow you to post your film for the competition. First, go to http://movies.tmunderground.com/ and register (it's free) and upload your movie (remember, it must be titled "Without Words by BensWorld"). Next, go to http://forum.tmunder...s-without-words and register (once again, it's free) and post a link to the film. Please do this as soon as possible to insure inclusion in the competition.




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