All entries must come in under five (5) minutes (this DOES include bumper and titles). There is absolutely no exception to this rule. Even an entry with a 5:01 timecode will be disqualified.
Entries must revolve around the theme. This year’s theme is “Balance.”
Weapons are limited to those seen in the Star Wars canon — Single bladed, double-bladed, dual-wielding, cross-guards, dark sabers, Inquisitor rotating-sabers, heck, even a Z6 baton! Blasters are acceptable as well. For a full approval list, visit the rules page on sabercomp.com/rules
The Saber Comp 2019 bumper must be attached to the beginning of all entries — You can download it on the resources page.
Your entry may come from a larger, pre-existing project, but said project must be unreleased before the deadline.
There is no limit on how many entries you can enter as long as they are submitted individually (this makes it easier for us to organize).
Deadline for all entries is Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 11:59 PM (23:59) PST. However, we will accept entries starting Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at 12:00 AM (0:00) PST. You can enter by filling out the submission form after October 1st.
There will be four judges this year. The committee of judges will determine their top ten favorite nominees. Those nominees will duke it out in a live judging on LCC’s official YouTube page on a date to be decided. Winning entries will be awarded best theme, choreography, production design, cinematography, editing, and VFX, respectively.
Keep YouTube’s content guidelines in mind when it comes to music. Copyrighted stuff will likely get muted or ads placed upon it. It also runs the risk of being blocked in some countries.
Judging will be based on five categories: Theme, Filmmaking, VFX, and of course, Choreography.
Each year, all entries revolve around a theme. This year’s theme is “Balance” (as voted by last year’s participants and viewers). Your heroes hold complete parity with one another, each are equally matched. They know each other’s every move, every stab, cleave, and parry. The power of dark and the tranquility of light have met an impasse. So who comes out on top? And more importantly... How? It’s up to you! The more creative the better!
This category is a based on the creativity of the move set itself. Is the choreography interesting or is it just gratuitous stick-bashing? Even if you have Maul-esque choreography, it’ll mean little if your actors aren’t giving their all behind each of their strikes. So be sure not only to come up with unique sequences but also consider how your characters react to your fight design. Do they seem frightened or determined, exhausted or fresh? Character-driven fights will always trump a pretty dance. “Selling the punch,” as movie-people say, goes a long way.
Does your Art Direction support your narrative theme or your character’s struggle? This category is based on your locations, sets, costumes, lights, etc. and how they all work together to create a world on the screen. And this world is a crucial part of telling your fight’s story and mood.
This category is based on your shot selection and shot movements. Is your camera another participant in your duel? Is it involved with the fight in a significant way? How about your color settings? Does it represent the mood of the fight? Keep this all in mind as you shoot your videos.
This category is based on how you cut the action together. Editing dictates the pace of your fight. Are you choosing long shots for more tension or fast cuts for more kinetic energy? How are you choosing the sequencing of your shots, and are they the best choices to represent the feeling you want your audience to experience?
No lightsaber duel has been brought to life without the aid of visual effects. Whether you're blurring once-twice-thrice or matching your grain one channel at a time, do your sabers feel like they fit within your scene? Is your rotoscoping top-notch? Are you employing invisible effects to help tell your story? Feel free to release a VFX-breakdown with your entry! And don't forget: the judges panel usually consists of one or two industry professionals who got their start with lightsabers in the backyard.