|Posted by Jorgha Haq on August 22, 2015 at 1:55 PM||comments (1)|
One thing I can say about the survey that we posted is that it's giving us something to write about in the blog area for a change This post in addressing the feedback we have gotten on the survey is going to be quite long, I am afraid. Apologies in advance.
The survey was made anonymous for a reason. We want to encourage the feedback and get opinions, especially with some of the things going on behind the scenes. Sometimes, though, I wish that I knew who gave the answers where I could talk to them and get more information. If anyone wants to discuss anything that they have put in the survey they can email us at [email protected] Right now I want to once again address some of the specific feedback
"Make a contest only for people who are new with the sims stuff." - In theory, this isn't a bad idea, but it's something that would take time and planning. Having said that, we do have an award for Best New Director. New Director means someone who has made 5 or fewer machinimas. I don't remember how we came up with that number, honestly. t's voted on internally by our Machinima Masters. This season we have a number of people who have been brave enough to share their very first machinima projects with us and we want to do something to bring a bit of attention to these new directors. Since we do acknoweldge the new directors on their own, I'm not sure that we need to set up a contest specifically for them. In some ways I feel that this would be doing them a disservice since SIFF has always been a way to introduce people to new directors and people use it as a vessle to get more views on their projects as well as more subscribers. Doing a separate, new and therefore less known, competition probably wouldn't provide them with that. This is a topic that we really need more feedback on.
"I would love to see more of an inclusion for animators, pose makers and cc creators. I know they are already welcomed and encouraged to participate but perhaps if there were awards for say, best costume designer, animation and pose creator more people who aren't as into the machinima aspect would participate and get in on the fun, as well as helping to spread the word." - I feel like I am picking on whoever suggested this but that isn't my intention. SIFF is and always has been about machinima. Without CC makers machinima wouldn't be what it is. It would all start too look the same very quickly. The CC community is a valuable resource. However, this isn't a CC awards show. It never will be. As a CC creator myself, I would love to get more attention for what I do but that's not going to happen, not through SIFF. There is no way we could do this. Every piece of CC, every pose, every animation would need to be kept track of along with what submission it's in there would have to be a way for the audiance to know where and what they are looking at. I don't even want to think about the logistics involved there. Having to pay attention to every little detail, like what outfit Alex, Tyler, and Samantha wore in each scene of "I Dream of Plumbobs" is just going to make the audiance tune out. Yea, CC awards are not going to happen. We do have awards for costume and set design that go to our directors because they are the ones that are putting all the CC together like a giant puzzle and making it work together.
Many of our directors list in their credits the CC creators that who's stuff they use. If you want to get the word out for stuff, let us know. We have been telling everyone over and over that we want adverts for the magazines for your content and websites and yet people don't take advantage of this.
"I feel like battle of the bands could be more a summer thing." - Battle of the Bands. Ah yes...my baby. LOL! This survey has told us two things that have been extremely helpful.
|Posted by Jorgha Haq on August 20, 2015 at 4:30 AM||comments (4)|
As you all know, we have been talking a lot about the future of SIFF and what we need to do to enure it's sucess as it grows. We've gotten a deal of feedback and we will probably continue to throw ideas out over the next several weeks in the form of SurveyMonkey surveys since they are quick and painless for everyone to answer while preserving anonymity. Bare with us, we want to make sure we make the best decisions. I do want to take a few minutes to address a few things that have come up wthrough the survey process thus far.
Lets start with site features -
Chat/Instant Messaging: There is no easy way to do this. This is NOT something Webs supports. We have tried to institute this before and we have tried again recently. It's not going to happen. Not on Webs. The site would have to be moved and that means hosting, and hosting isn't free.
Profile Pages: Again, this is NOT something that can accomplished with Webs. It's not that we don't want to add features that would encourage use of the site it's that we are limited with what we can do with what we have have Remember, we all do this in our spare time and we make no money off the site.
If you take a look around, the site is ad free. Minraed pays for hosting out of her own pocket and has invited everyone to to use the site. This has always been a labour of love but when things don't pay for themselves costs need to be kept under control. We hope that you all understand this.
Moving on to SIFF -
More Catagories: We would love to do this, in fact, we have had different catagories over the seasons. The problem is, they don't get used. Someone suggested an anime catagory. We don't have people actually submitting those kinds of films to justify giving it it's own catagory. This goes for a lot of other things. There is a complaint that things are all English based. This goes along with the catagories. Peopel weren't use the Foriegn Film catagory. At most we got two or three entries a season. Some seasons none at all. We have pushed this catagory in the past and people just choose not to use it. If we get the entires to support it we will, by all means, bring it back.
Support for other languages: We have tried really hard to do this in the past. It's something people want, but it's not something we have had a lot of help with when asked. We need people who will help us keep rules updated in other languages. It's an ongoing theme. SIFF has a staff currently of three people. Three people make everything happen. We make sure emails and questions are anwered, that the playbill gets updated, that our YouTube channel is maintained and playlists are updated, that voting happens, that there are articles for the magazines, and so much more. We can't do everything. People want SIFF to happen and for things to run smoothly but they don't want to help. Not to sound mean, uncaring, or rude, but we are three people and we can only provide those things that we can do ourselves.
A Third SIFF Cycle During the Year: Wow. I don't even know where to start with that one. Let me repeate something I have said already. We have a staff of three people. Three people with families, work and school. To add a third season would be very stressful to us. As it is, we get a two month break between the fall and spring seasons before we have to start doing all the things that happen behind the scenes to make SIFF happen. We are talking about moving Battle of the Bands bewteen SIFF Seasons at the moment for a number of reasons, and that will fill those few months of down time. We really don't want the quality of anything to suffer and we don't want to run ourselves ragged and suffer from burnout where we end up canceling seasons because we can't keep up.
Do More with Vocie Acting: We are working on this. The last two seasons we started working more with voice actors and we are still working out the best way to do this. We will be adding a voice actor to our staff to help us with this. We are oppen to suggestions.
Sectons for Stories, etc: You can always add these things to the forum. I know it's not ideal, but we have always tried to encourage people to share what they do there. You are allowed to start your own threads to showcase your work.
Limiting: I know this suggestion was made with the best of intentions as a way to keep things under control, but we will never limit the number of peopel that can join in one season. We want to give everyone a chance and no matter how many entries we get each season, not everyone gets their films done. Last season we had close to 80 entries and only 53 of those films were released at SIFF. Many of those people we found out when films opened that their products were not done. We also won't limit the amount of time for projects. It counter produtive to creativty on a number of levels.
Please, keep sending us your feedback. We are listening and discussing everything you tell us. You can always tell us what you think anonymously through tumblr
|Posted by Jorgha Haq on August 17, 2015 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
The Sims International Film Festival is now in it's 12th season. For those of you keeping track at home, that's 6 years. 6 years. That's a lot of machinima. I know we have said this a million times, but SIFF has grown so much larger than we expected it to over the seasons. Recently when the Machinima Masters Page was put up and we were going through all the past magazines hunting down this information, it was amazing to see that progression from having just a handful of films to over 70 entries a season. SIFF has grown into this huge thing that has become a lot of work for a small staff to manage.
We made no secret of the fact that this season Minraed stepped back because her personal life has become very busy and demading. Now it's time for us to step back and re-evaluate where we are going with SIFF. We realize that there is no other Sims fan site dedicated to machinima and nothing comes close to what we do. That is why, as we make these decisions, we want to hear from you. We want your feedback on SIFF. What you like. What you don't like.
Please take a moment and visit our SurveyMonkey opinion survey and give us your feedback. It won't take long and all responses are anonymous.
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|Posted by Jorgha Haq on September 1, 2014 at 6:45 AM||comments (1)|
So many entries for SIFF this season! We have a record number of entries and it's going to make voting that much harder. But that's good. It means that this little thing called The Sims International Film Festival that started 10 seasons ago is getting bigger and bigger each season. With that said, the polls are now open for Best Trailer/Promo and Favorite Movie Poster. Be sure to come out and vote!
|Posted by Minraed on August 31, 2014 at 7:25 AM||comments (0)|
Well here we are just days away from game release for The Sims 4 and already machinima makers are testing out the waters. With only CAS to offer, creative movie makers are showing us what might be possible. The examples below will show you what people are already able to do with just simple CAS animations and some creative green-screening. I like how we are seeing some good variety in the examples. I think this provides some perspective, since we all have very different styles when it comes to the type of machinima we like to make. As machinima makers, we can all recognize that we are never restricted to the confines of style dictated by the game alone. With creative scenery, set design, green screens, costumes and lighting we can create truly unique genres that may not reflect what the game alone is offering us. So check these out...
Essiepictures may have been the first person to put out a CAS demo turned into a machinima.These various clips are a brilliant example of the possibilties.
Anyone who is familar with Bahariawans Studio and director Fadhil will know that he has a very oddball and quirky style that is all his own. Ok well, he's inspired by the film genre's that he imitates, but as far as Sims machinima goes, he's always making us laugh. His take on The Sims 4 CAS demo is no different. We can expect some hilarious new machinima from him I'm sure.
And finally, I will indulge myself by sharing my very own Sims 4 machinima. This may be the first one made from game footage because I had the advantage of capturing some footage while I was at the EA Creator's Camp. My intention was just to explore some of the camera moves, and some of the basic machinima making features and tools, but I ended up with enough to make this funny little thing. Keep in mind that what you are seeing is very basic, and even given that I am feeling impressed with the possibilities. There is no cc, no special lighting technique, no mods, just plain and simple in game capture. I hope you enjoy.
Enter your early attempts at Sims 4 machinima at SIFF this season!
Since people are already exploring Sims 4 machinima we know that there will be some being made right away as the game is released, so we are going to allow these early attempts into SIFF. We will open up a separate Sims 4 category and will allow late submissions for Sims 4 only. Here are the ammended rules for your Sims 4 submission...
1. All usual SIFF rules apply - your machinima should not be released before September 15th and needs to be completed by September 20th
2. Deadline for Sims 4 submissions will be September 10th. Your film does not have to be ready by then, we just need to know that you are entering, so have your submission form in by then.
3. Have fun with it. We don't have all the CC and tools yet, so most people will not have time to finish a really in depth production. Try out an advertisement or something fun.
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