At 6/11/12 01:25 AM, ExtremeFudgeMaster wrote:
It seems that structure is consistently the lowest score. I understand the ABC thing, but how can everybody be doing so badly on structure? What are the judges looking for in structure?
Every entry is different and many scored lower in Structure than other categories for various reasons. If you have a specific entry in mind, we can help point it out to you. However, the primary reasons for structure being marked down are
A) Incompletion. This is the category where an incomplete entry will hurt you most. or,
B) Abrupt / unresolved ending. Keep in mind that a chaotic ending is fine, but there were some entries that never got to the main point at all.
Emrox had a fantastic entry, but all we get is a description of a really badass elephant assassin. Who was the rabbit at the beginning? Why does he want the dog dead? Who is the dog? What happens to him? Does he get killed? Does he run away? This story literally never goes anywhere, and so he was marked down for structure for this reason.
Other entries (such as Fungasm's entry) have a good establishment but then because it is incomplete (and without a storyboard, to boot), we have no idea where the story goes. What happens after the elephant comes out of the head and pulls the boy's spirit out? It never resolves in any way.
TL;DR: Structure is all about the story. Establish a premise, create a conflict or situation, and resolve it. Many entries failed to resolve due to incompletion or an abrupt ending. Other entries (such as LazyModeComics) never had a premise to begin with.
I will see if Thor can write up a helpful article on structure for everyone. It's a category that is not exclusive to animation, but to any form of motion media (film, video games, television, some comics, etc.)
Also below are the total statistics of everyone's combined scores in each category.