The vision and achievement of the direction. The judge will think about the translation of the creative brief through a director’s vision and how well that vision has been achieved. This will include the way that production elements (including casting, set design, sound design and cinematography) have been used to bring that vision to life.
The technical and creative success of the edit. All aspects of the film’s edit will be considered, including timing, pace, visual dynamics, dialogue dynamics, sound integration and overall storytelling. The judge will respond to innovation and flair in the editing decisions, and think about the part that the edit has played in the success of the final execution.
The quality and effect of the cinematography. The style, artistic choices, camerawork, cinematic techniques, shot composition, lighting and other effects will be considered.
The film’s script, as written. Analysis of the script will include dialogue, voice-overs, scene-setting, movement, actions and expressions. The judge will look at how successfully the script delivers on the creative idea and supports the final execution.
FC05 USE OF MUSIC
The selection of licensed or adapted music within the film. The way a track supports the script, creates the necessary atmosphere or otherwise delivers on the creative brief will be considered.
FC06 MOTION GRAPHIC/ANIMATION/VISUAL EFFECT
The creation of film environments and other visual effects. The judge will consider the aesthetic and technical excellence of the effects themselves, along with the success of their integration into real footage.
The vision and achievement of the casting. This category includes the pre-production selection of actors, dancers, singers, models, non-professionals, animals and other talent. The entry process requires you to provide a description of the casting process and any significant information about the cast selected.
FC08 PRODUCTION DESIGN/ART DIRECTION
The aesthetic of the Production Design/Art Direction. This includes set design and location builds, as well as the overall look, feel and atmosphere of the piece. The judge will consider how the narrative has been enhanced by the artful management of the visual components.
FC09 INNOVATION IN PRODUCTION
Recognising innovation and advancements in the Production of the film. The judge will consider the inventive use of new or existing technology/methods to enhance the final execution. You are required to include a detailed description of the production process, including how the production team utilised these approaches to achieve unprecedented levels of accomplishment in production.