I had a BRUTAL week at the office, so I have not had time to write the rules.
When I am rested tonight Ill start writing them.




Just want to reply here to show the interest in this. I am currently not able to participate yet, I am currently focusing on story concepts and screenplays until i can afford a camera and have people to shoot with, but I do think this is a great addition to these forums, i think these forums have a lot of potential even though they are not very well visited yet, and I hope this contest will start and run good so i will be able to enter once I’m ready for it.

good luck


Ok here is a DRAFT of the rules I have in mind:

CgTalk: 2-MINUTE FILM CLUB Challenge:1
Looking for a team?
Click >>Here<<

inspired by JE1

Proposed Scene:


[b]Create a short micro movie inspired by the published topic.

The finished short can be LIVE ACTION, LIVE ACTION WITH VFX or ANIMATED. But you only have ONE MONTH to finish the piece. The projects can be done by an individual but team entries are encouraged.

The key of the challenge, for all entry types, is to do an simply do a short. This means that the final piece will be evaluated mostly on the principles of story telling. My advice, keep it simple and work as part of a team.[/b]

Rules for the different types of entries:

ANIMATED (Difficulty Level HIGH)

[li]Pre made models can be used.[/li][li]The story and animation must be done after the topic has been selected.[/li][li]Extensive WIP posts are required as evidence that the work has been done after the topic selected.[/li][/ul]LIVE ACTION WITH VFX: (Difficulty Level HIGH)

[li]More emphasis on composite work and Visual effects[/li][li]The Effects must complement the storyline[/li][/ul]For this kind of entry You can do anything you want, as long as the entry looks polished, and has at least some basic filmaking theory behind it. The entries will be judged more on the esthetics of the scenes and the dynamism of the finished effects.

LIVE ACTION: (Difficulty Level MEDIUM)

[li]More emphasis on editing, lighting and cinematography.[/li][li]The scenes in the entry require good flow and good camera work[/li][/ul]For this kind of entry You can do anything you want, as long as the entry looks polished, and has at least some basic science behind it. The entries will be judged more on the esthetics of the scenes and the dynamism of the finished animation.

HYBRID ENTRY: (Difficulty Level VERY HIGH)

[li]It combines the required of both the LIVE ACTION and the VFX entry.[/li][/ul]The best animation/short will be selected by an open vote
for these categories:

[li]Best Cinematography[/li][li]Best Storyline[/li][li]Best Editing(NEW!)[/li][li]Best Visual Effects (NEW!)[/li][li]Best Overall Entry[/li][/ul]The winner will get bragging rights and a small banner
designed by me.

DATELINE: Monday June 25th 12:00 PM

YOU HAVE One month and two weeks to do the challenge.


[li]No work taken DIRECTLY from an existing tutorial. You may use an existing tutorial only for reference.[/li][li]You may use a pre exiting models and filmed footage, as long as you have the rights to use them.[/li][li]If you create models for this challenge but you need to post development images on your WIP thread.[/li][li]VFX ENTRIES: You may provide a heavily edited animation with all the trimmings (hell add animation if you want), as long a you provide another PLAIN wireframe animation or image of the VFX shots at work.[/li][li]Remember the key of the challenge if for you guys to brush up on your filmaking skills.[/li][/ul]GENERAL RULES:
[li]Work on the mini film, and animation (if any) must have been done AFTER the topic has been announced.[/li][li]WIP are encouraged if they are posted in ANOTHER thread. Please provide a link to them on this thread.[/li][li]WIP thread should be posted on the Cinematography, Editing and Directing forum and should follow[/li]the following naming convention:
(Note: Group entries are allowed)
[li]It is Recommended that Final movies should be rendered at 320 x 240 or 640 x 480 in Quicktime* format (Sorenson Compression), but other resolutions and formats are allowed. * The animation format is open for discussion.[/li][li]The animation should follow the following naming convention:[/li]MYNAME_2-MINUTE FILM CLUB[b]/b.mov.
[li][left]Add the following tile card at the beginning and end of the animation:[/li]
MY NAME (Individual or team)

[/u][/b], and if you can, also add a small non disruptive watermark during the animation.
[li]If for some reason, you can’t host movies, sequential images (Thumbnails size 160 x 120 ) are accepted.[/li][li]Please add a brief text description about your piece.[/li][li]The artist also has to post total length of time it took and program used.[/li][li]Collaborative pieces are accepted and encouraged, but Teams entries must have a identifying banner and a name. Shot lists should be included with the entry.[/li][li]Individuals participating in a team CAN have their own individual entries.[/li][li]The topics will be picked at random from the list on[/li]this >>thread << (The author will be given credit). So
guys keep them coming.
[li]Post on this thread your link to your WIP thread and your FINAL piece.[/li][li]You can add multiple entries, as long as they have different WIP threads.[/li][li]Only participants who follow the rules and submit a final entry will be eligible for the voting process.[/li][li]Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.[/li][/ul]

Good Luck



Sounds Great, but there is conflicting information. Do we get 1 month or 1 month 2 weeks?


If I understand correctly, we find out in a week or two what the topic is, which will be randomly selected from a list of hundreds (and if I know this forum, will include characters with
demonic-looking heads, and don’t tell me its a Sith thing, this has been going on since 1988). I don’t know why it’s being called “The Chase,” some ouroborous thing maybe.

People wacky enough to animate have to also send some sort of WIPs, but we can use any objects we want. Cow chasing teapot…

Then we’ve got until August 6 or so to make something and post it at www.triggerstreet.com under 15Meg, or wherever we can, though a list of huge-file freeservers would be nice, since places like www.50megs.com , who I love, actually cap single files at 250 K.


The topic is NOT the real topic…

Oh sorry it should say
My bad



Sounds good to me… Just one question. Is that “2 minutes” a real limit or can it be little longer?

Let´s get it started, dudes :slight_smile:

peace, pete


I think the 2 minute maximum is a good guideline, because we want people to come and review the shorts…

Now and then we could so something longer.



So should I start a Wip thread?


Roberto-This is a great idea! I like the topic “THe Chase” but I see you added “The topic is not the real topic”. I was thinking of tapeing the chase scene from my 2D Master and Servant entry “Escape From Area 51” using the plastic plane model I made and the metal model which I bought made. With live action, a miniature hanger set and effects and animation.


Not yet. That wasn’t the actual starting post or even the first topic that will be used.



(i even began plot outlines and some storyboaeds!:cry: :arteest: :banghead: :banghead:I need to learn how to read)


Yeah, that’d be great. I’m really sure there will be enough entries, you can count me in for some shorts!

grtz gotan


i think its great, but monthly, i think it takes time, how about once every two months , ill definately try


great! at last it started! (and the theme is funny)

2 question/discussion/whatever they are

1- 2 minutes are intended WITHOUT end credits right? (it’s quite important this)

2- the link of the “suggested topics” bring to the one of the fxwars. Is that right?


Next challenge is in sight so i post here some new topics

[li]epidemic [/li][li]the box [/li][li]movie trailer (not of an existing movie) [/li][/ul]
and a subject

[li]A person has lost his memory, in the end he remembers everything but it would be better not to [/li][/ul]


Im shure somebody must have posted it allready…

“The fight”

(it can be anything from martial arts to domestic problems)


A fight scene sounds good but sounds hard. If the comp is once every
two months, after seeing all the good fun stuff from this first competition,
I may give the second comp the good old one-two try as well :).


I love the trailer idea! It’d be a lot of fun to have an exercise that focus’s on mood/theme and interesting shot setups as opposed to focusing on a linear story.


Thanks step! I love trailers (as you can tell by the thread I opened some times ago in GD:p).
I put them a little under music videos and commercials in my preferences list.
Some times ago i was thinking about this topic and man it’s not easy…not easy at all:shrug:

Well another topic suggestion, an evergreen:

[li]FORBIDDEN LOVE [/li][/ul]