Vig/orama Contest Announcement! . Fame. Glory. Swag. . Announcing two contests running concurrently:
The Skunk Works Vignette Contest
The Skunk Works Diorama Contest
Theme/Scale: Any, all, or none. Play to your strengths. (Be warned though, a Star Wars or Halo scene, or anything else way overdone for that matter, would have to be the greatest work of art since Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel to have a snowball's chance in Hell of winning.) Microscale, minifig scale, Miniland scale, Technic fig scale, some other scale, anything goes.
Deadline/Timeframe: 11:59 PM, December 31st. (This is MOCpages time, which is also United States Eastern Standard Time. If a link to your entry is not posted to the appropriate group thread by this time, you're out of luck.) Winners should be announced within a week of that. New MOCs only -- to be valid it must make its internet debut after the announcement of the contest.
Prizes: Two MISB LegoŽ sets.
8707 Boulder Blaster
4939 Cool Cars
The winner of the Vignette Contest will choose which one he or she wants (because, in my opinion, a good vignette is harder to make than a good diorama), and the winner of the Diorama Contest will get the other one. There will be no second place, just a bunch of losers.
There will also be ONE Honorable Mention (not one for each contest, one total). The prize for Honorable Mention is some Brickarms stuff I accrued during BrickCon08 and 09. If you, Mr. or Ms. Honorable Mention, are a devout purist who's never going to use these things either, then you don't get squat but the Mention.
You must be willing and able to give me an address in order to receive your prize. (If you cannot, I will keep it myself, thank you very much.) I will ship anywhere, within reason. Bear in mind that if you live somewhere especially remote, or on the opposite side of the world from me, I'd love to shoot it over there by the quickest possible method... but that a slow boat or pack mule might be friendlier to my bank account. If you, the lucky winner, are underage, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get your parents' okay before emailing me your address.
Limits: One entry per person per contest. You may enter both contests, but you will not win them both. Once you make an entry, you may not replace it with another.
Judges: Me. I reserve the right to appoint other judges to help out should the whim take me. These hypothetical judges may enter either or both contests, but will not be allowed to vote for themselves.
Entries will be judged on:
Build quality/technique/parts usage/general awesomeness - This will be my main focus. Show off dem skillz.
Concept/originality - Wow me with your creativity. The Battle of (insert Star Wars planet name here) is not winning anything. Period. You don't have to invent a new theme, but show me something original. Something clever. Something cool. Make me laugh. Make me think. If you can make me cry, you automatically win.
Presentation - Clear, well-lit pictures against a non-distracting background are a must. Photoshoppery is okay, but you better make sure it's done well, and don't go overboard. You cannot fool me with smoke and mirrors. I will be looking at the build. Similarly, well written captions or a story can enhance a good entry, but will not serve to hide a mediocre one. I invented that trick. Don't think I won't see right through it.
Reading comprehension - You must have the words "Shannon rocks" somewhere on the page for your entry to be valid. Title, caption, word balloon, brick built, I don't care. Yes, I am burying this key bit of info way down here on purpose. Let's see how many people read this far.
Who built it - Your reputation, like your nose, precedes you. Entries will be judged on somewhat of a sliding scale based on the entrant's past work (if any). Don't think you're coming away with anything from me but contempt if you clutter up my contest with second-rate work. I want your best. If you've got a super-impressive portfolio and/or are one of my buddies, you will not skate through on your reputation.
Purity - If you absolutely must modify your Lego by drawing on it, cutting it, putting decals on it, gooping clay on it, mixing Megabloks in with it, or equipping your minifigs with aftermarket weaponry and accessories, well, it's yours to do with what you will. But keep in mind that I am a pretty strict purist. Any impurities better be subtle and better unquestionably add to the presentation. It would be a shame to lose just because you got a little sticker-happy.
Know what a vignette and a diorama is.
For the purposes of the contest, a vignette shall adhere to the standards set in this thread in the Vignettes group, and amended slightly by me here:
Anything on an 8x8 or smaller base, regardless of height or action, shall be considered a vignette.
Anything from 8x8 to 16x16 will have no more than two characters or significant events to be considered a vignette.
Anything larger than 16x16 will be limited to one character or significant event to be considered a vignette.
Basically, as the footprint grows, less must be going on for it to still have the "feel" of a vignette.
(Another helpful hint is that I myself, your judge, prefer the 8x8 standard for vignettes.)
Put simply, a diorama is larger than a vignette, and more is going on. There is no upper limit on size or action. There must be some kind of built setting. A car or a ship or a minifig alone is not a diorama. A car on a road, a ship in a hangar, is.
This is unquestionably a vignette:
It is not a particularly inspired one, but illustrates the points I want. (For one, it's in focus, centered, and you can see everything -- this is key, people.) It's on an 8x8 base, so by definition it's a vignette.
But what about this?
It's in the diorama folder on my page because its footprint is larger than 8x8, but since there's only one significant event (the guy walking), it would count as a vignette in my own contest.
This is a diorama:
Again, not a great one -- it's got potential, but lacks oomph (it's actually a test shot of an abandoned WIP -- there was to be stadium seating around this). As you can see, the ring itself is 16x16, and we have four characters on it. This would make it a diorama even without any surrounding structure.
Got it? Good. Now go build! And join the Vig/orama group to enter for your chance at stardom and free Lego!