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Name Those Movies - A Different Type of Screen Shot Contest


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#1 of 232 JohnRice

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Posted September 24 2003 - 10:26 AM

As soon as Chris Moe's current contest ends, I will be starting a new one....... with some twists. The main twist is that each shot will be taken from more than one movie. In fact, with all the TV shows available on DVD, some of them may be from TV shows. Some may be a mix of movies and TV shows. Some will have color movies changed to B&W. Many will have the color scheme changed to make the different elements work together well. Some will have large, easy to see elements from different movies while some will be small and difficult to find. I can't say what the maximum number of movies in one shot will be because I haven't completed all the images yet, but I already have one with 6 movies in it. The good news is it will be very easy for virutally anyone to get at least a few points in this contest. The really good news is, the real competition will be particularly difficult. Google should be of absolutely no use and I am hoping there won't be any clear leaders day to day like in the previous contests.

This is how I plan to score the contest.


1 Point for getting one movie right.

3 Points for each other correct movie.

5 Points for each other correct movie, when 3 or fewer people got that particular movie.

1 point deducted for each incorrect movie.



A warning. I may include more than one element from a particular movie in a single image, just to throw people off. In that case, participants should only name that movie once or they will be deducted 2 points.


No discussing how many movies are found in an image until the answers are revealed.



If this sounds confusing, it will be a lot clearer once the first image is posted. I haven't decided if answers will be by PM or email, but in either case, it will be a link in the picture.

I will post one image each weekday. No images on weekends. You have until the next image is posted to submit your answer. The answer must be complete. You can't add to it later.




Back on Monday with the first image.

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#2 of 232 Chris Moe

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Posted September 24 2003 - 10:36 AM

John is your game going to be like this one http://www.hometheat....hreadid=135167 ?

#3 of 232 JohnRice

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Posted September 24 2003 - 11:19 AM

That's the general idea, Chris, except I will often try to integrate the images so it is harder to tell which ones were added. Sometime I will, sometimes I won't. Plus, of course, we will be competing with private submissions.

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#4 of 232 Mark Shannon

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Posted September 24 2003 - 12:35 PM

Sounds like a great idea. I'd sure love to be a part of this one. Maybe I'll do a little better. By the way, when does Chris's contest end?

#5 of 232 Andrew_Sch

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Posted September 24 2003 - 01:04 PM

He's going up to 150, so two more rounds are left, I believe.
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Posted September 24 2003 - 01:25 PM

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Chris, except I will often try to integrate the images so it is harder to tell which ones were added.

Why that sounds like a veiled slam against my image editing skills. Fighting Words, Rice! Well, not really harsh enough to trigger a fight.... Annoyance Words! Hmmmm, nope. I'm not even really annoyed. Ummmm... Eyebrow Arching Words! Yup. That eyebrow is up there. Posted Image

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Posted September 24 2003 - 01:55 PM

Sounds interesting. Doesn't sound like I'd do too well, but I'm willing to give it a shot.
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#8 of 232 JohnRice

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Posted September 24 2003 - 02:36 PM

Well Brad, it may have been a little bit of a dig. :P)

The truth is, Photoshop skills continually get more important for me to have and even though I've been using it for about 12 years, it's in the last 6 months or so I have really started digging into it. Some of the shots don't blend together well because they just can't, or I didn't want them to, but there are a few I am particularly proud of.

I have 12 done and if the whole thing goes 30 rounds I'll be amazed. It takes too much time, not to mention inspiration of which images will come together well. I'm already a little burned out on doing them.

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#9 of 232 Mark Shannon

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Posted September 25 2003 - 07:38 AM

Another quick question: How does Google help with Chris's contest? You can't copy the image and search for the movie, and you can't search for the movie if you don't know the title. So how does Google help for that?

#10 of 232 Walter Kittel

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Posted September 25 2003 - 08:02 AM

Not that I would resort to it Posted Image

You can search for text within captures, or search based upon a description of the scene. For instance...

A google search of 'needles eyes film' returns a link that discusses Betty in Dario Argento's Opera.

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Posted September 25 2003 - 10:07 AM

Plus, I probably jumped the gun saying Google would be no use. In virtually every image I expect at least one of the elements could be helped with Google.

Personally, I think using Google for this stuff is pretty spineless, though there is no way I can prevent it. Anyone can type a few words on their computer. No skill required. I can gurarntee that Google will be far less useful this time than in other contests.

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Posted September 25 2003 - 10:53 AM

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A google search of 'needles eyes film' returns a link that discusses Betty in Dario Argento's Opera.



Ah ha!!! That's how you got it. Posted Image

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Posted September 25 2003 - 11:01 AM

That hurts almost as much as being called spineless. Oh wait a minute, that's not what I meant. Posted Image

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Posted September 25 2003 - 11:40 AM

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Personally, I think using Google for this stuff is pretty spineless, though there is no way I can prevent it. Anyone can type a few words on their computer. No skill required.


I agree completely. The contest should be about recognizing images from films (or at least using some deductive reasoning to guess), not about composing a search engine query. Anyone who uses Google for these contests is a cheater IMO.

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Posted September 25 2003 - 11:49 AM

Sounds like fun! I welcome the opportunity for Rice to expose me as somebody who has little knowledge of movies or television! Posted Image
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#16 of 232 JohnRice

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Posted September 25 2003 - 12:49 PM

I'm interested to see how people do. Pretty much every image will have at least one movie that will be very easy, but some of them will have some incredibly difficult stuff as well.

I just worry about some people griping about how absurdly difficult some of the elements will be. As far as I'm concerned, the bottom line on those is either nobody will get them and no harm is done, or somebody will get them and fairly be rewarded with points.

I have 14 images done or mostly done so far. I hope this ends up being fun.

Just so everybody knows, I plan on having the answers submitted by email. That way I can keep all the submissions until the contest is over, which will help me be sure I don't make any mistakes in scoring. Right now, there is a bit of a hangup with my email server, so I will have to end submissions about 1/2 hour before I reveal the correct answers. I'll try to do this around the same time Chris has been ending his rounds.

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Posted September 25 2003 - 01:27 PM

I just worry about some people griping about how absurdly difficult some of the elements will be. As far as I'm concerned, the bottom line on those is either nobody will get them and no harm is done, or somebody will get them and fairly be rewarded with points.
Oh, no! People being rewarded for performance! Ahh! We can't have people feeling inferior! Everybody's equal...









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Posted September 26 2003 - 12:51 PM

Since Chris' contest is ending tonight, I figured I'd go ahead and start this one.


I'll start with an easy one.


[c]Posted Image

Click on the image to submit your answers

Put your HTF user name in the subject line and list the movies in the body.

Don't discuss the image until the answers are revealed
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Posted September 26 2003 - 03:36 PM

We already have one winner. Andrew_Sch.....for having the most shit at the bottom of his emails. :P)

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Posted September 27 2003 - 03:13 AM

This'll be the first one of these that I'll be starting off at the beginning. Though I doubt I'll do very good if there's a lot of TV shows included.


The really good news is, the real competition will be particularly difficult. Google should be of absolutely no use and I am hoping there won't be any clear leaders day to day like in the previous contests.

Tell me this is a joke. There are people using Google for these screenshot tournaments?! Posted Image
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