Tim Nikias wrote:
> IRTC's guidelines say that sound may not be available everywhere.
Yes, but that's rather theoretical - I don't know anybody who has no
soundcard and no speakers or headphones. (I don't think that the makers
of this rule had the hearing impaired in mind).
I interpreted the rule about sound as: Not everybody has got expirence
with sound mixing or has the hard- and software needed to record
dialogs, compose/perform music, record sound-effects, etc. So it's not
about being able to hear the soundtrack, but about being able to create
a soundtrack. And as this contest is about animation, the judges should
focus on the animation, i.e. not give an entry a better score just
because it includes a soundtrack. That does IMHO not imply to penalize
entries that do!
Some entrants/judges also seem to destinct between sound and spoken
words. Take a look at the 1st and 2nd place winners of the January 2004
round (finale and rpaz_teo). Both rely on the soundtrack, the first one
on the piano playing, the second one on dialog. By reading the comments
I got the impression that rpaz_teo was penalized because it had a
dialog: "Concept: Weakened by reliance on soundtrack." (John VanSickle)
> It's not a "Short-Movie" contest, but "Animation", and there
> definitely is a difference between the two.
Well, if the difference is that a "Short-Movie" may include or rely on a
spoken dialog but an "Animation" must not, then this should be
explicitly mentioned in the rules, e.g. "The animation must not contain
However, the rules say: 5.d "MPEG audio streams are allowed in the
animation file, but not everyone will be able to hear them; also
remember that judges are instructed to focus on the rendered animation.
For the time being, audio streams will probably be just a waste of space."
To sanction a general "background" soundtrack, but penalize dialog seems
a bit random to me.
If the distinction in fact is "dialog", then I don't understand John
VanSickles comments: Most of his Rusty animations rely heavily on dialog
(he uses this fancy LED-displays on the robots, which can be considered
as subtitles) - [btw, I like his Rusty animations!]
Ok, lets come to the point: Do you think that, if a stroy relies on
dialog, addind subtitles is ok (and will not lead to penalizing the
entry), or do you think that a story that relies on dialog is generally
weak (for an "Animation")?
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