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HISTORY TM - Aniboom


1. Where do I find the audio samples I need to animate my piece?

You can find and download them here.

2. Am I only allowed to use the audio that is provided on The People Speak Competition page for my submission? And what about a musical score?

Yes, my friend, you are only allowed to use the audio we provide to qualify in this competition. We also provide you music that can also be used within your work.

3. What is a development agreement? And will I receive money?

A "development agreement" or "development deal" is an agreement in which you sign on to further let your submission be shown on television on the History Channel, and potentially create other animations and work for HISTORY and Aniboom in regards to the People Speak campaign. In other words, you'll get paid to do what you love and have your work broadcast to millions.

4. What if I don't want my animation to be shown on TV or released on DVD or edited in any way whatsoever. What do I do then?

In that case, you should not enter this contest.

5. What if I'm a finalist and accept a cash prize-do I still own the rights to my work?

In that case, by accepting production money from The History Channel, you sell them the rights to your animation.

6. Can I put live-action video in my animation?

Nope--this is strictly animation set to the audio content provided by The History Channel and Aniboom. No live-action allowed.

7. Can I show a character wearing brand name clothing in my video?

No. Some brands might not take your homage as a compliment. So just don't use any third party brands. Not even the tiniest bit.

8. When can I submit my work? And how can I qualify for the Grand Prize?

The first stage when you submit your work runs from July 15, 2009 through September 2, 2009-this is when you send us your First Cut. From the First Cut Auditions, a panel of judges from The History Channel will select four Finalists. Voters from Aniboom will select a fifth, and these Five Finalists will receive $5,000. However, if you're not a finalist, you still could qualify for the Grand Prize. Starting September 16, 2009 through November 4, 2009, you can enter your work to be the Wildcard Finalist, and get submitted with the Five Finalists to the Judges Panel for the Grand Prize.

9. What exactly is the Wildcard Finalist and when is the winner announced?

The Wildcard Finalist is an opportunity for those who aren't selected in as one of the Five Finalists to be considered for the Grand Prize. During the second stage of the competition, Aniboom will announce the Wildcard Finalist on or around November 4, 2009, who will be placed in contention with them to win the Grand Prize.

10. Does the Wildcard Finalist win any money?

No, but he or she is one of just six Finalists who have the opportunity to win the Grand Prize of $10,000 plus an additional $15,000 development deal with HISTORY and Aniboom.

11. What's a First Cut, and what's a Final Cut?

A First Cut is your best storyboards, animatics, and animations you create within the first round of the Competition, which runs from July 15, 2009 through September 2, 2009. A "First Cut" is a work that the animator has made as detailed and visually developed as he or she chooses to make it. This means that the animator should be doing his or her best to show us what their Final Cut might entail. The animator can use character designs, color modules, storyboards, animation tests, full animation-whatever he or she feels will make us stand up and want to see more. After the Five Finalists are chosen, they are given until November 18,2009, to work on and finish their First Cut into a Final Cut.During this second phase, final animations-complete animation suitable for television-are accepted from non-Finalists for the Wildcard Finalist spot and a shot at the Grand Prize.

12. Am I only allowed one entry in The People Speak Competition?

Nope--you may enter multiple submissions, but only one will qualify for a Finalist position.