Hey Guys. The LCC VII has finally started and unlike last year where we gave you the whole month of January to begin planning etc... you only have half of this month to work with in addition to the regular length of the contest, if you all remember I personally (with Sage's permission) gave it an extra month. I do apologize for this as we were working out some details. This year something new has been added in the distribution area of the contest. The rules, time and length of contest remains the same and they are as follows: We added something new to the LCC this year and that is that all entries will been seen with the Vimeo Player on the LCC site in addition to being able to download them from the site itself. This is due to a lot of folks, for some reason, not being able to view the Quicktime files that are available for downloading. RULES OF THE LIGHTSABER CHOREOGRAPHY CONTEST VII 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 new maximum compressed file size limit is set to 45 Mb or under. Also, all files have to be QuickTime. This is a standard format that we've always used and we see no reason to deviate. However you do have a choice of either compressing it with *Sorenson 3 or H.264. Whichever will help you achieve the 45 Mb or under mark. 3) The new running times must come in under 7 minutes. Credits and opening titles, logos, etc., do not count against your time. 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 got. Just make sure you remember that this IS a LIGHTSABER CHOREOGRAPHY contest. Have fun, guys. Contest starts Sunday, February 1st 2009 and the deadline for entries is Monday, June 1st 2009. Your entry must be in my hands before 11:59:59 PM, EST Sunday May 31 2009. That's 8:59:59 PM, PST. * For those who want the best results on playback with the Vimeo player, use the H.264 codec for your final entry before handing it in. ** Make sure that the story isn't longer than the Choreography. There are writing/script contests for that. Guy # 1: "You killed my Brother!" Guy # 2: " No I didn't!" Guy # 1: "Yes you did!" Guy # 2: "No I really didn't" Guy # 1: "You so freakin' did!" Guy # 1 Stabs Guy # 2. Fin. Not acceptable as a Choreography Contest Entry Here are some answers to possible questions; I will not accept .WMVs, AVIs, .DIVXs, .FLVs or any other file type that isn't .MOV. Yes your entry will be disqualified if I see your entry posted somewhere else before the deadline of the LCC VII. No there will not be a DVD again this year because of poor response and lack of know-how by people new to filmmaking. Yes there will be outsiders entering the contest. I've got a few emails from people that are interested. Their entry, like last year will be marked "Non-TF.N Member". Yes, you are allowed to make more than one entry if time permits it. The 7 minutes will start once the lightsabers ignite. You can also access the rules from here. Questions and, when the Deadline approaches, finished Entries should be delivered to my LCC email with a link to either yousend or filefront, or any file hosting site to; ObiJuan2080@sabercomp.com Good Luck Gentlemen.