ABOUT THE COMPETITION
2005 saw a program called ‘The Movies’ enter the market. The program was made by Lionhead Studios and allowed you to run a movie studio. It was marketed as a game but was in reality a movie making tool. Lionhead Studios conducted several official contest with some great prizes and several users decided to hold minor contests on the forums. The Passion Competition started as one of these minor contests.
The competition started out with virtual credits as prizes (to be used on the Lionhead site) but with some suggestions from the community started dealing with cash prizes. This turned into to software provided by corporate sponsors. As of 2017 the contest will be in it’s 10th edition.
A short story writing category was added a few years back but now has morphed into a script writing category with it’s own sponsor.
A theme, which changes every year, lays out the general direction of the contest and a specific set of rules and guidelines are written for that specific theme. You make a video, write a script, or both, based on the theme and rules and submit on our forums. You must be registered to enter but registration is free and easy.
PRIZES AND SPONSORS
As noted, the contest started with virtual credits with no actual value. These credits were used to purchase new sets, props and costumes for The Movies game on the Lionhead Studios website.
Then cash prizes were introduced. Prizes of $75, $50 and $25 were awarded to the winners. A suggestion was made to see if some of the companies that make the animation software would be willing to give some of their products. After much work, companies like Reallusion, Moviestorm and Sony Software agreed to sponsor us.
Reallusion makes the programs iClone, CrazyTalk and other animation and photo editing software.
Moviestorm makes animation software that you can either purchase straight out or subscribe to and then purchase addons by either buying them or renting them.
Final Draft agreed to come on with sponsorship of the script category. They are the premiere writing software used by many professionals.