It's that time of year again. Spring in here and the summer is coming and you feel the need to cut your friend's head off in a lightsaber duel. But how can you do that without having your local police at your door? Simple, if you join up to be a part of the 9th annual Lightsaber Choreography Contest. Cheesy intro, I know...shut up. Here are the rules: 1) We reserve the right to adjust, alter, add, remove, and downright screw with any rule that we choose. There is a reason for this. Circumstances change. We are not omnipotent. We cannot foresee every bump in the road. When things go bad, we have to do what's best for the contest. We will, however, do our best to keep things set in stone. 2) The maximum compressed file size limit is set to 50 MB or under. Also, all files have to be QuickTime (.mov). Using the H.264 codec will help you achieve the 50 MB or under file size limit while giving you very good quality video for your entry. Quicktime is a standard format that we've always used and we see no reason to deviate. 3) Running times must come in under 7 minutes. Credits and opening titles, logos, etc., do not count against your time (don't worry, I always do the math). 4) ENTRIES MUST BE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED. We can not stress this enough. We are not flexible on this rule. This one has been around from the beginning. 5) No single contestant extensions. If we reach the deadline and we deem that there are not enough entries received at the time, we may grant a small extension to try and accommodate as many as possible. 6) Go nuts. Use anything you want. Weapons, costumes, and yes a story too, if you like. As long as you meet the time limit criteria, we want to see what you have. Just make sure you remember that this IS a LIGHTSABER CHOREOGRAPHY contest. Have fun, guys. Contest starts Friday, June 3th 2011 and the deadline for entries is Sunday, September 4th 2011. I threw in an extra month as usual by making the announcement today. Your entry must be in my hands before 11:59:59 PM, EST Saturday September 3, 2011. That's 8:59:59 PM, PST. Here are some answers to possible questions; I will not accept .WMVs, AVIs, .DIVXs, .FLVs, .MP4s or any other file type that isn't .MOV. Your entry's file name must end with the .MOV extension. I will time Chase scenes and dialogues a usual. If they are longer than the Lightsaber Choreography, you will be disqualified. Yes your entry will be disqualified also if I see your entry posted somewhere else before the deadline of the LCC IX. Yes there will be outsiders entering the contest again this year. Though with the site down, I don't know how the news will get to them. I will use Vimeo once again this year to host all files from the LCC Account. The scoring system will be the same as before (1st place will get 3 points, 2nd place will get 2 points and 3rd place will get 1 point). Questions and, when the Deadline approaches, finished Entries should be delivered to my personal e-mail with a link to either yousend or filefront, or any file hosting site to; email@example.com Please send your e-mails with the subject line "LCC IX" for entries and "LCC IX Question" for questions. Good Luck everyone and have fun.