The other aspect of 'Tension' that I really had wanted (but maybe didn't know how to ask the right questions) is TENSE - just like a rope stretched taut.That's essentially my problem with the idea behind this category: you are describing exactly one video. ... I think we're best off splitting into "action" and "special effects" and then assuming that any "tension" worth its playtime would make adequate use of one or the other.
For your 'one video,' I meant more like this is only one possible example
- try whatever you like - but go for suspense and intensity. Sorry if it sounded too limiting. I just described situations that personally get me engaged. YMMV - and that's why (a zillion times again) I convene a panel and exclude myself from it. ('cuz I know I have unusual personal preferences ...)
Typically in selecting 'Action,' the judges have tended to prefer AMVs that have a strong, coherent story
behind the selected scenes and the lyrics chosen. We don't want to just see
Sword Dude 'A' vs Sword Dude 'B' unless something original
is happening (an unusual weapons form or an exceptionally authentic kata?) or somehow the conflict gets more and more emotionally engaging, or we get to see how the stakes are escalating.
Mecha combat? Fine, but what's the reason
we're getting 'rough on the real estate' in southside Yokohama?
Anyways - heres a more GENERAL question: HOW MANY categories is 'about right?'
5? - 6? - 7? - 8? This also affects how long the contest goes (4min 40sec x 6 per category x No. of categories,) but is modulated by the fact that certain categories (eg 'Trailers') often have shorter durations than others.
For M_Evans' question about a second off-hours contest event, I'm thinking that that might be a single category (HMV) showing, with the main criterion for entering (or getting pulled from 'Main' and submitted for 'H') is content 'beyond the pale' of PG-13. One other item to note is that there was one year that the judges panel decided that the best way to winnow the field was to step up to 'PG' and see what dropped out. Some of the saltier works ended running fine in the off-hours show I ran later. I'd also be happy to send over stuff that doesn't get picked for the Main Show audience and let him (or a panel he convenes himself) decide what may fare well in the 'Off Hours' category. Then, he lets me know what got picked up, and I make sure it doesn't show until after his phase of the AMV events.
However, I'm perfectly eager to run 'weird-strange-bizarre' and 'scar the audience with BAD puns,' or
'I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves ...' in the main event. Example: Monty Python
skits can make VERY STRANGE yet SQUEAKY CLEAN comedy/bizarre works. Avenue Q
would be for his event, because they often sing stuff that's not 'radio clean.'
Maybe we could call a category 'Planet Facepalm?'