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posted by [personal profile] deathisyourart at 07:53pm on 08/05/2010 under
Commentary Challenge 3

The next [community profile] vid_commentary challenge is coming up! Unfortunately, only 10 people answered our poll for the timing of the next challenge (I get it, you don’t like polls), so I just have to hope that the timing works for a majority of you.

We are going with a VIEWER COMMENTARY challenge for the summer, and we will try to follow that up with a combined challenge or a vidder-only challenge in a few months. We’ve had some requests for additional content in the community, and we are making some changes to our format for the Fall (Northern Hemisphere). See below for information on that, but first, let’s get to our challenge dates.

Next Challenge: Viewer Commentary

Sign-up: May 16th – 31st
Posting Dates: July 5th – July 30th

These dates will give everyone, no matter when they signed up, more than a month to write or record their commentary, take their screencaps, and upload everything for posting. The rules will be reposted right before the sign-up period begins, but if you would like a refresher now, they can be found: HERE

Note 1: If you posted an incomplete commentary for the last challenge, please complete it prior to the start of the next posting period.

Note 2: A reminder that all commentaries posted to the Dreamwidth community have been added to the memory section; however, all future challenges will only be held at the Livejournal community with links to the LJ memory section or masterlists posted here at the end of each challenge. I apologize for the inconvenience, but the participation at the DW community was far too low compared to the hassle of reposting for those who are not on Dreamwidth. This rule will be revisited in the future if the situation changes.

LJ vid commentary memory section

At the suggestion of some of our members, and to fill in the time between vidder profiles (starting again in August), we will be trying out both an interview and a meta series. If they go well, we will try our best to continue them in the future.

Interview Series

It has been tried in a few fandoms, but let’s try takin out the singular fandom focus and question a vidder about their entire body of work. This interview series will be made up of vidders suggested by YOU, and questions submitted by YOU. If there are vidders whose brain you want to pick, this will be where you can do that.

Vidder suggestions: Now to May 23rd
Question suggestions for early interviews: June
Posting: August to January

How vidders will be chosen: All vidders interviewed will be at the request of the community members; however, this will not be a popularity contest and there will be no voting. All suggestions for vidders you would like to see interviewed can be e-mailed to me at deathisyourart at livejournal dot com, with “Interview Series” in the subject title of the e-mail. Vidders will be drawn at random and contacted after the suggestion deadline. If a vidder agrees to an interview then we will start to request questions for them.

How questions will be chosen: All questions submitted will be asked of the vidder; however, we cannot guarantee that they will have an answer for all of them. A vidder may chose not to answer a question, and we will not insist that they do so. If two or more questions ask essentially the same thing, they will be combined into one; and any follow-up questions can be submitted in comments to the interview.

If there is a vidder you would like to see interviewed, then feel free to e-mail me immediately with their name.

Meta Series

This community needs some straight-up vidding meta, don’t you think? I’ve contacted a few people who I know write about vids when they can, but I don’t know everyone, or what strengths most of our members have when writing about vids. So, I am looking for volunteers to round out our meta writing staff.

We are not looking for an academic paper. The aim is to produce a piece structured like an informal essay, or a magazine article. Authors pick their own topics (though we will try to avoid repeating the same one), co-authors if you would like one, and word count. In the piece you can get quotes from other vidders, link to vid examples, or provide screencaps; whatever you need to make your point. This is a stress-free project that will hopefully be fun for authors and readers alike.

If you were wondering what kind of topics we are thinking of, let me give you a few suggestions:
- Title Design
- The use of Black and White footage
- Religious themes in vids
- Vid distribution choices

If you would like to volunteer to write vid meta for us, then please e-mail me at deathisyourart at livejournal dot com, with “vid meta series” in the subject title of the e-mail.
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