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    BEGINNERS - Unconventional Weapons ($1,000 in prizes! $330 first place!) Spring 2017


    We're back for Season 3 of the beginners SP Animation Competition! In previous competitions we've seen some very interesting and unique designs for weapons come from the creative minds of the artists participating. Inspired by those, we want to do an entire competition dedicated to Unconventional Weapons! This is a wide open concept to explore: think up some unique ideas for weapons that no one else would come up with. You must come up with at least two, and as long as you're involving these unconventional weapons the rest is up to you! Think you're inventive enough for the challenge?

    We would like all entrants to make a thread in the Works In Progress forum and keep it updated with your progress as you animate your submission. Doing this is not a requirement but we will be granting bonus points to those that keep their thread up to date, so make sure you make your thread to collect those points! Here are some past examples of the kind of thread we want you to make:

    Note: This competition is intended for beginners only. If you can make a better animation than this, you should join one of our main competitions instead. Otherwise, feel free to join in!

    Entry Scoring

    Submissions will be scored on the following criteria:

    • Animation - Demonstration of technical animation skill. Things such as timing, rhythm, arcs, squash, stretch, etc. will all be taken into account.
    • Art - How well you can draw. We'll look at things like design, detail, coloring, outlines, etc.
    • Length - We require a minimum of 60 seconds, but it doesn't have to be exactly 60 seconds. A longer animation is better as long as the quality doesn't suffer because of it.
    • Originality - We're looking for entrants to try new things! The more you set yourself apart the better.

    • Posted in Competition Thread
    • Created WIP Thread
    • Kept WIP Thread Updated

    The animation itself accounts for the majority of total possible points, but final ranking is not determined solely by how good your animation is.


    Competition Begins
    The competition officially commences, entries can be submitted any time after this.
    Deadine - Judging Begins
    Submit by this date! Judging starts this day!
    Absolute Deadline
    This is the latest you can submit and still have your submission scored!
    Judging Ends - Winners Posted
    The judges will submit their scores by this date, with winners being posted shortly after!

    How To Enter

    To enter the competition all you need to do is reply to this thread stating what your weapon ideas are. After posting, make your progress thread in the Works in Progress section. When you have finished your animation, double check that you've met all the requirements listed below and send me a private message with your PayPal email address and a link to the SWF of your entry, or the video file if you've chosen to use another program. You may still submit an entry even if you don't make a WIP thread or post here, but you will be at an automatic disadvantage to those who do!

    We will accept submissions and announce the winners according to the timeline above. We will be releasing the submitted animations on a weekly schedule after the competitions ends, so remember not to leak your entry anywhere until two days after it goes up on official StickPage channels! If you do not supply a PayPal email address you will not be able to receive your prize if you win.


    These must be followed in order for your submission to qualify. Failure to meet these requirements will automatically disqualify your entry.

    • Must mainly focus on stick figures
    • Must be a complete finished animation, cannot be split into multiple parts
    • Must have sound effects & music
    • Credits & introductions should not be excessively long, we will not accept submissions that have more credits than animation
    • Must contain a minimum of 60 seconds of animation excluding any introductions or credits
    • Must contain official or custom StickPage branding (download official Flash package or MP4 video package), applied in the following ways:
      • Introduction - A brief animated introduction to be placed at or reasonably near the very beginning of your animation, after any preloaders and before any other introductions
      • Main Menu Link - If your animation is a SWF and has a menu, a link to StickPage must be present somewhere in it
      • Watermark - A StickPage watermark must be present in the lower left-hand corner of the animation throughout playback, must be a link to StickPage if it's a SWF
      • Credits - StickPage must also appear during the credits, must be a link if it's a SWF
    • All released versions of the animation must contain the StickPage branding described above and no other branding except for the author's personal branding
    • Must not be released until a two days after it goes up on official StickPage channels
    • Must have a PayPal account to receive prize

    • No Copyrighted Music - Except where otherwise noted. We will no longer accept submissions with copyrighted music for legal reasons. Please see resource list below for options.
    • Cursing - StickPage is frequented by a diverse range of people of various ages and cultures, and as such we tend to air on the side of caution when it comes to a controversial subject like whether or not swear words are appropriate. We would rather you avoid swearing completely within an animation.
    • Extreme Gore - In the past some talented animators have gone a little overboard with their graphic depiction of violence and gore in their animation, and it left some viewers feeling uncomfortable. To avoid upsetting our viewers we may ask you to tone down some gore if it's too much. This is only in very specific circumstances where the depiction is realistic enough to affect viewers. Your average stick figure cartoon violence is still perfectly fine!


    We have a total of $1,000 in prizes for this competition. Check out the break down below:

    1st - $330
    2nd - $200
    3rd - $120
    4th - $80
    5th - $70
    6th - $60
    7th - $50
    8th - $40
    9th - $30
    10th - $20

    FAQ & Help

    Not sure on something? Feel free to post questions in this thread! Common answers or good questions will be added below.

    What Music Can I Use?

    As of 2017 we will no longer be accepting submission that contain copyrighted music, except in specific cases that are noted in the competition description. This makes it a bit harder for authors to set an appropriate tone, so we've copied a handy list from Newgrounds of royalty free music you can use in your submissions. Please make sure you are not using copyrighted music as your submission will be disqualified if you are.

    Newgrounds Audio Portal
    Free Music Archive
    YouTube Sound Library
    Audionautix - Paid


    Here are our entrants and their progress so far!

    Announced: 0 | Progress Threads: 0

    • Violin Bow - The sound can daze, and it can be used like a bow.
    • Walking Stick - Can use as a stick weapon and also can fire bullets.
    • a mix of crossbow, shield and hang glider
    • dagger chainsaw with gun
    • Tablet/Pen (to use as basically a dagger and shield)
    • a Chair
    Progress Thread
    • Tennis racket and tennis balls
    • T-shirt cannon
    • Movie roll
    • a lot of socks
    Progress Thread
    • Ruler
    • A pen
    • Ribbon
    • Scissors
    • Frying pan (can be use as a shield)
    • Fishing Rod
    • Barbell
    • Chainlock
    Progress Thread
    • Table
    • Extension cord
    • The Earth
    • A Fidget Spinner
    Progress Thread
    • Lego
    • Magic Spoon
    • Lighter
    • Cotton
    • Spear Gun
    • Shield Machine Gun
    • Chop Sticks
    • Rope
    • Flute
    • Boombox
    • Table
    • Fire Extinguisher
    • Frame
    • Stapler
    Progress Thread
    • Cricket Bat
    • Cricket Ball
    • Lollipop
    • Jawbreaker
    Last edited by SP Animation Competition; 07-10-2017 at 01:47 PM.

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