Fix the Annie Awards Editorial Submission Guidelines

Fix the Annie Awards Editorial Submission Guidelines

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Bret Marnell started this petition to ASIFA - Hollywood and

We, the undersigned animation editors, assistant editors, affiliated post production personnel, and other animation professionals would like ASIFA to reconsider the recent change to the Annie Award submission guidelines for animation editing. 

The new rule states - (This category requires the submission of a side-by-side clip of no more than 05:00. The clip must show the story reel next to its corresponding final released material.)

Unfortunately this type of presentation greatly diminishes the ability to actually judge the quality of the editing.

This new requirement means that the storyboards will most likely be conformed to run side-by-side in sync with the final cut, even if that was not the timing of the original animatic. Also, and very significantly, this format prevents the storyboard animatic from being presented with it's original temp SFX, scratch dialogue, and temp music.

In the old format, previous judges on the Annies animation editing panel have been able to  evaluate all the editorial work that went into making the animatic blueprint that became the finished movie. Seeing this original work, with its original timing and temp sound is a huge part of judging the craft of editing the animation.

To minimize the amount of work that can be shown to a side-by-side presentation without the original scratch tracks, and with boards that either run visually out of sync with the finished film, or that have be recut to match the final timing is not an indication of the animation editing craft.

We hope that you will reconsider the submission changes to the Animation Editing categories, and allow us to help the Annies submissions committee find a better editorial submissions solution, if not for this year, then to use in years to come, so that ASIFA and the Annies can indeed honor animation editing excellence.

Thank you.

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