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IJA VTC 2012 winners announced:
It would be nice to see the top ten lists & comments for each individual judge (I'm sure at least 2 would oblige!).
I would also love to hear more if the judges are willing to say more =].
Also, I'd love some critism bad or good, as long as it's constructive, on my tutorial =].
I won the peoples choice, but that doesn't come with any comments =P so it's be great to hear comments, even from non judges. Just to help me for future tutorials and such.
Also, I'll have to talk to Thom, but I'm wondering if anyone else would exchange a prize if they would prefer the IJA festival package? Cause I won't be able to make it this year, and it'd be a waste not to use it. I'm extremely happy with my win though! =].
Thankyou to everyone who voted!
Back to that original topic, well done to everyone! I definitely think most of the tutorials deserve the places they got, #1 was also my personal favorite.
Also, I'd love some critism bad or good, as long as it's constructive
You spelled criticism incorrectly.
...on my tutorial
I'm not going to list the good points, because there were A LOT. So well done on that front.
My few gripes though:
Keep focused. I found your wiggling amusing but a beginner may think that you are not taking the trick seriously, & could be interpreted as a little patronising? I understand that when teaching it is hard to remain interested because you will be demonstrating something that you find really easy. But to the person being taught it will generally be really hard. It is also important to remain focused to ensure that you are demonstrating good technique, for example at 3:56 - 3:58 - those drops were rather diagonal! As the greatest juggling tutorial site on the net1 says: "When you make the horizontal carry stop completely before you drop the ball otherwise the momentum of the carry will throw the ball to the side rather than drop it straight down."
Don't film in front of reflective surfaces, you didn't suffer the problem of the visible camera but why run the risk?
Make sure everything is in shot. There are points where your hand & the balls disappear off the top of the screen.
Congratulations on the win. Have an award!
My personal results were:
Mills Mess Variations
by Tim Dresser
Good use of slomo, and clear vocal instructions. On first watch, I found myself getting slightly lost on some of the tricks towards the end of the video, but perhaps that is because I'd not bothered to learn the early ones first. Could have been improved slightly by adding the text name of a trick onscreen, and by showing each trick at full speed before using slomo. However, overall, Very Good.
The Triangle Wave (A 3-D 3-Ball Juggling Pattern)
by Andrew Olson
At first, I thought the HAL voice was a gimmick (well, it IS a gimmick...), but I soon found it mesmeric. Also, at first, I thought the 3D pattern was a gimmicky mess, but as the explanation progressed, I understood what was going on. Also, the explanation was quite clear, so I'm sure I could learn this pattern very easily. I would have shown the pattern with 3 different colour balls at at least one stage though, to emphasise how the balls move through 'triangle wave'. Original (to me, at least) and Very Good.
Darren and Zack Roll Around
by Bill and Ted, err, I mean Darren and Zack
I enjoyed watching this one a lot. The fun presentation style was also backed up with step-by-step details on the trick too. Very Good.
Crossed Arm Boxy Thing #2
by Jordan Campbell
Oh come on, you can't even give your trick a name? Tsk.
However, there was a good step-by-step breakdown of each stage, and tips for dos and don'ts. By the end of the video I felt like I had the trick clearly in my head, and could go off and learn it with a little persistence. The brief safari interludes were nice and short, which helped to break up the video in an interesting, but not too distracting, way. Good.
Neck shower tutorial for the IJA Video Tutorial Contest 2012
by Vasil Magaranov
Slightly disconcerting that the video was completely silent, but ultimately that didn't matter. Covers all elements well, including building up from sitting to standing, 1 to 2 to 3 balls. Throw positions and directions. All very clear and concise. Good.
'The Factory' Juggling Tutorial
Dammit, the 3-beat version of this trick is called The Machine, and the 1-beat version is The Factory. Does no-one remember Fliktriks? Okay, okay, language evolves and all that... right, anyway, on to the video....
Well explained, stage-by-stage, clear and good explanations. Good.
A three club trick
An original trick. Appropriate use of slomo, fairly good breakdown of the stages of the trick. Good. (But, having tried the trick... Ouch!!)
Partner Arm Weave Columns
by Cameron & Yuki
Could have mentioned the timing of when to weave the arm. Although lacking differing angles and slomo shots, the one angle used was quite clear, and the whole pattern easily understood. Good.
How to Throw a Knot in a Rope
Good presentation, fun stye, and covers the elements of the trick well. Perhaps could have used a "possible problems" section, but otherwise, Good.
Claymotion Building Blocks
by Nathan McScary
This video highlights one of my bugbears about tutorial videos: Namely, a tute should tell you *how* to do something, and not simply show/tell you *what* to do. A high percentage of tute videos I see are all about the what, with very little how. HOWEVER, having said that, in this case, the tricks are all composed of very simple elements, and I find this video very easy to follow. (Although shot simply, it was visually all very clear.) So in spite of my reservations, I rate this as Good.
5 ball juggling for the 4 ball juggler
Good clear voiceover commentary, well explained. Perhaps the pace could have been slightly slower, but then there's always "rewind", so I don't mind that so much. Framing was a little too tight, as the catch/throw positions of the hands could not always be clearly seen. Variations 3 & 4 were a little rushed. However, overall, Quite Good.
Devilstick - Butterfly
by Bravo Juggling
Difficulty "Elemental"? I'm not sure about that, but it did build up well step-by-step from the basics. It would definitely have benefited from slomo shots (esp of the overhead shots), and perhaps some graphic arrows to emphasise the motions required. Good.
HOW TO BE COOL!!! PART 2: CATCHIN'
by Will Baswell
This was better than Part one. Very clear explanations of what the tricks were, and clear detail on how to do them. And yet, somehow I felt like something was missing. I'm not sure what, perhaps different angles, perhaps a re-cap, perhaps a slomo shot or two. However, I do feel like I could learn the tricks from this video, so I'm going to end up rating it as Good.
3 Club Slap-Backs
Covers the basic elements well. Perhaps could have done with a few slomo and closeup shots, and a mention of how to slow the pattern down (i found it had a tendency to rapidly speed up when I was learning this trick). However, overall, Good.
Learning to Weave
by Graham Paasch
Video and vocal quality was slightly below par, but this is made up for by the clear explanations. Perhaps a couple more slomo shots and angles would have helped. Overall, Quite Good.
How to compete in the IJA Team Championships
I enjoyed watching this video a lot, but found myself thinking "Does the jokey style of presentation detract from getting the points across?", but then at the end of the video, Reid addresses exactly this point. So... Good.
Kansas City Juggling Club IJA Video Tutorial, Magic Gravity Ball Volume 1
by Kansas City Jugglers
Wonderfully silly nonsense. I enjoyed it a lot, but no points for this comp.
Heh, clever Edge removed some of my pointy-bracket comments on The Factory tutorial:
[entering grumpy old juggler mode] Dammit, the 3-beat version of this trick is called The Machine, and the 1-beat version is The Factory. Does no-one remember Fliktriks? [/gojm]
Haha well I'll remember that for the future!
I called it the machine to begin with and was going to say machine/factory/robot in the video but after searching around I noticed the factory was the name most commonly used so that's why I went with that! =].
I'm glad to see I was picked in your top ten void :) makes me feel good =D.
The Triangle Wave (A 3-D 3-Ball Juggling Pattern)...
I'm having trouble understanding one of the prerequisites. Am I right in thinking HAL says "the flying octopus variation of Luke's Loop"? If so, anyone know of any tutorials on it? I was searching for both "Lukes Loop" and "flying octopus...". It does look pretty cool.
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