Other than that I have no ideas. Let you know if I come up with any.
OK, I will let myself know if you think of anything. ^.^
I do like to shuffle things around from year to year, but the editors seemed to have fun with everything we asked of them this time around.
The current definition of 'Retro' moves forward in time automatically, (Good idea, Raven!) so we don't need to discuss cutoff years all over again.
The editors have fun with that one and the audience seems to like them too, so I'd like to call that a keeper for one more year.
One category thought up by one of the judges last year or the year before is:
"This is so NOT what that anime is about!"
Needs a little shorter category name, but the jist of it is that the story seen in the AMV is unrelated or opposite to the story told in the actual anime series.
- Make a romantic couple or relationship that does not exist in the show
- Depict secondary characters as primary driving elements of a new story
- Make a cheerful show come to a tragic or somber ending, or vice-versa
- Rearrange story elements out of their original timeline to create a new plot
- Apply digital effects / composites to create new settings, lighting, mood, and feel*
- Color-swap hair, skin, eyes, clothing and more to depict new and different-looking
characters, objects, and settings**
- Composite characters onto a new setting from another show
- Composite a character from a different show with a similar design style and make
a new story or relationship
* Take the 'two kids talking on the school roof' scene and bend over most of the buildings in city backdrop to make it a post-apocalyptic setting?
** This can also include adjusting the color of tattoos, a facial mole, other facial markings, earrings, or other jewelry or fashion accessories to match the character's natural skin color so as to erase these things and thereby change the emotional presentation of a character.
All this and MORE!
Composite work MUST be CONVINCING and of a quality that you will REALLY FOOL the audience into thinking that the source materials are naturally SUPPOSED to be the way YOU depicted them. The objective here is that if people see your AMV *first*
without having seen the series and then
they watch the actual series afterwards, they get disoriented and confused. ("Wait, I thought he had this seriously cool girlfriend." "Why is everyone wearing the wrong colors?" "What - that's her MOM?!?" "Why is this guy so LAME?" Etc.)
I am thinking that we might try this as either a new, additional category or run this instead of 'Effects' because several of the above points require skillzz in digital effects. Then the standard flash-bang whizz-boom effects AMVs might compete in 'Intensity.'