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Creative Showcase 2020 Submission Guide (Last Updated 10/22/2020, 2:37 PM ET)

NOTICE – Video Submissions for Creative Showcase 2020 open October 23rd at 2:00 PM ET. Text (Spotlight) Submissions open October 30th.

So, you want to show off your plot/project to the Creative community in Creative Showcase 2020? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

In this guide, you'll be guided through the Submission process to get your trailers or announcement into this celebration of Creative in 2020!

Keep in mind that there are some requirements to submit for Creative Showcase 2020. Make sure that you meet the following criteria before proceeding-

  • You are the owner/manager of the Creative plot/company that you are submitting for, or the owner/manager of that plot/company has allowed you to submit for them on their behalf.
  • You plan to open your project in approx. the next 2 years (if it is not already open). Please only submit for your project if you are certain you will stick with the project to its completion.
  • You MUST have Discord for communication. Submissions filled by players without Discord will be rejected. If you do not have Discord but someone else that works on your plot does, have them submit for you.
  • Role play plots, towns, or similar plots are not permitted to enter Creative Showcase 2020. It does not fit the theme of the show. If you are uncertain whether or not your plot counts as a role-play plot, please contact TheWebCon, either in-game or through Discord (@TheWebCon#8423).
  • Short skits, musical segments, and similar videos that aren’t particularly trailers are also allowed, on a case-by-case basis. Please contact TheWebCon, either in-game or through Discord (@TheWebCon#8423) for more information about what could be allowed in this case.

For Video/Trailer Submissions, continue reading. For Text Submissions, please proceed to the bottom of the page.

 

VIDEO/TRAILER SUBMISSIONS

NOTICE  Video/Trailer Submissions for Creative Showcase 2020 open October 23rd at 2:00 PM ET.

About Videos/Trailers

In Creative Showcase 2020, you will be able to submit video files as trailers to present/debut your project!

A trailer is a short video that you can create to represent your Creative plot/project! It can be about a theme park, theater, resort, hotel, or really whatever you've built! Really good trailers provide a nice views and sights of the project, good information about the plot, have information about what is coming next for the plot, about some of the history of it, and how to visit the plot! These videos will be referred to as “Overviews”.

If you are making a trailer for a never before seen announcement, we will subjugate those videos into their own trailer category- “Premieres”. These trailers will debut likely at the beginning or end of the presentation and feature a custom distinct Premiere transition before each one to excite the audience!

We’ll also have another category for videos that fit into neither of the categories provided, titled “Other”. This would be for sneak peeks of musical performances, short skits, or really anything that wouldn’t be referred to as an Overview or a Premiere. However, if you have an idea for a specific skit or segment that doesn’t fit in either category, please contact TheWebCon, either in-game or through Discord (@TheWebCon#8423) about your idea first.

 

How to Make a Video/Trailer

Please see the Creative Showcase 2020 FAQ page for information about how to create and edit your very own trailer for the show (look under the VIDEO EDITING section).

 

Important Requirements for Submitting a Video/Trailer File

The method that we will be using to accept trailer/video submissions will be through Google Drive and Google Forms. You will use Google Drive to upload your trailer to your personal Drive, share and then create a link to that trailer, and then submit that access link through the Submission Form. More instructions will be provided below on how to do this.

Keep in mind that if you choose to submit a trailer (or trailers), you must meet the following requirements-

  1. You MUST have a Google account if you choose to submit a video/trailer. This is because the video file submissions must be submitted in the form of a Google Drive link. If you are unable to submit a trailer because you cannot use a Google account, please get in contact with TheWebCon via Discord to explore alternate methods for submissions (@TheWebCon#8423).
  2. We will only be accepting a maximum of 2 videos per plot/company/player/project- this is to ensure that we can have a good balance of announcements and ensure the show length isn’t too long.
  3. Your first video submission may only be 3 minutes and 30 seconds long (3:30). If you choose to submit a second additional trailer as well, the second trailer submission may only be 1 minute and 30 seconds long (1:30). If your trailers end up being a bit shorter than these maximums, don’t worry- a shorter but better paced trailer is better than a longer but more dragged out one.
  4. If you choose to submit two videos, both videos must be submitted as 2 separate distinct video files.
  5. Your video submission(s) must be in a video file format (MOV, MP4, AVI, FLV, WMV, etc.).
  6. Your video(s) must not contain any material that may be deemed inappropriate for Palace. Jump scares and similar sudden sounds or noises are not permitted whatsoever. Flashing lights and strobe effects are not allowed.
  7. Your video(s) must be focused on the project itself, and feature footage of said project. Videos for projects not being hosted on the Palace Network will not be accepted.
  8. Real life recorded footage that includes people, distinct places, and other real-life landmarks are not permitted.

If you have any questions about the requirements, please see the CS2020 FAQ page or get in contact with TheWebCon via Discord (@TheWebCon#8423).

 

How to Submit Trailer/Video Files for CS2020

Submissions for Creative Showcase 2020 are going to be drastically different than TPC 2020. This is because the files must be submitted over the internet, compared to creating in-game models and setups. Here’s how to submit your video files for CS2020-

  1. Once you have created your trailers/videos, see if they meet the requirements stated above. Once they do, proceed with the following steps.
  2. Determine whether your trailer/video files are Overviews, Premieres, or a custom Other category. You’ll fill this information out on the form shortly. [Read the above section titled “About Videos/Trailers” for information on what these categories are referring to.]
  3. Now, you’ll need to open up Google Drive. Head to https://drive.google.com/ (or search Google Drive and click on the official website) and sign into your Google account. If you’ve never made a Google account before, go ahead and sign up. Then, return here once you’ve finished.
  4. Next, you’ll need to upload your video/trailer file(s) to the Google Drive platform. Click here to see an official guide from Google to learn how to do so.
  5. Once you have successfully uploaded your video file(s), you’ll need to share them to make sure they are accessible once you submit the form. Click here to see an official guide from Google to learn how to do so. IMPORTANT NOTE- Make sure you share the files so anyone with the link to the file can access it, and so that the video file(s) are VIEWABLE ONLY. Instructions are provided on the link above on how to do this as well. Once you’ve successfully done that, store the links somewhere on your computer in a text file- you’ll need them for later.
  6. Check to make sure you can access your video file(s) using the link provided while not signed into your Google account. If you can successfully do that, then move onto the next step.
  7. You will now need to fill out and complete the CS2020 Video Submission Form. To access the CS2020 Video Submission Form, click here to be redirected to the topic containing the forms.
  8. Fill out the forms and follow the directions. When prompted to, submit the video file link(s) in the correct locations. You will also be required to fill out other information about the files.
  9. Once you've filled out the form, please wait for a confirmation message from Discord sent by TheWebCon#8423. Make sure your DMs are turned to ON. If something goes wrong, you may receive a notice about what went wrong and how to solve the issue. It may take a few hours to receive the confirmation message depending on when you submit the form.
  10. Once you receive your confirmation message, congratulations! You’ll be ready to go for Creative Showcase 2020! However, you'll need to stay tuned to this club for future information about the show and deadlines. Please stay tuned for more information regarding that on this club! Also, make sure to announce that your company/project will be present in CS2020 and be making an announcement- or, if you want your presence to be a complete surprise, don’t say anything at all! It’s totally up to you.

 

Editing Google Drive Files After Submission

We understand that sometimes mistakes are made, and you may want to go back and fix a part of a trailer/video that you already submitted. No worries! Google Drive supports this functionality, and you won’t need to resubmit for Creative Showcase 2020. You just need to know where to find it. Follow the steps below to update a Google Drive file-

  1. Log into your Google Drive account in a web browser. Find the file you want to update, right-click on it, and select “Manage versions”.
  2. On the Manage versions dialog box, click “Upload new version”.
  3. Navigate to location of the file you want to upload, select it, and click “Open”.
  4. Each version of the file is listed on the Manage Versions dialog box, the file you just uploaded being labeled as the “Current version”. Now, whenever someone uses the link you provided originally, it will link to the new version.

The above instructions were borrowed from HowToGeek, a tech website.

IMPORTANT NOTE- While you will be able to update your old trailers on the same link, keep in mind that you will only be able to do this up until SUBMISSIONS CLOSE for Creative Showcase 2020. When they close, the most current versions of all video files will be taken, and the Google Drive links will not be checked afterward. Be sure that the version you want to be shown in the final presentation is the version that you have uploaded and designated as the “Current version”.

 

How to Cancel Your Video/File Submission

If for any reason you decide you’d like to revoke your video/file submission, please get in contact with TheWebCon via Discord as soon as possible (@TheWebCon#8423).

IMPORTANT NOTE- You will be able to cancel your video/file submission for Creative Showcase 2020 UNTIL Submissions officially close, as editing will have begun and we will be unable to remove your video from the lineup without drastic setbacks in editing. If you are unsure about whether or not to remove your submission from the show, make sure to decide before submissions close.

 

 

TEXT/SPOTLIGHT SUBMISSIONS

NOTICE  Spotlight/Text Submissions for Creative Showcase 2020 open October 30th.

About Text Announcements/Spotlights

In Creative Showcase 2020, you will be able to submit text and photos to put a "Spotlight" on your project, without the need to edit a full trailer.

If you've ever seen an announcement on the Palace Discord #creative channel, that's essentially what this is! During the show, we'll have short moments where we will showcase these announcements during a segment between trailers and other sequences. Your announcement text will be displayed during the show alongside photos that you can send in to showcase your project.

Keep in mind that Spotlights are only recommended if you are unable to complete a trailer/video for the show, or if you have an additional side-side project that would fit better as a Spotlight rather than a full trailer/video.

 

Important Requirements for Submitting a Spotlight/Text Announcement

The method that we will be using to accept spotlight/text submissions will be through Google Forms. You will submit the text information for your Spotlight through the form. If you choose to submit photo files for a Spotlight, you will submit those after the initial text submission is successful via Discord.

Keep in mind that if you choose to submit a Spotlight, you must meet the following requirements-

  1. We will only be accepting 1 spotlight per plot/company/player/project- this is to ensure that we can have a good ratio of trailers to spotlights.
  2. The text for your spotlight (that will contain the actual information that you want to "spotlight") must not exceed 1500 characters.
  3. You may only submit a maximum of 3 photos for your Spotlight that will be shown to viewers. IMPORTANT NOTE- You will not be submitting photo files for the spotlight until after you complete the form and receive a prompt to continue your submission through Discord. More information on how to do this will be provided below in the instructions.
  4. Your Spotlight must not contain any material that may be deemed inappropriate for Palace.
  5. Your Spotlight must be focused on the project itself, and photos must feature that said project. Spotlights for projects not being hosted on the Palace Network will not be accepted.
  6. Real life photos that includes people, distinct places, and other real-life landmarks are not permitted. Submissions that contain personal information will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the requirements, please get in contact with TheWebCon via Discord (@TheWebCon#8423).

 

How to Submit Spotlights/Text Announcements for CS2020

Here’s how to submit your Spotlight information for CS2020-

  1. Once you have created your text announcement and promotional photos, see if they meet the requirements stated above. Once they do, proceed with the following steps.
  2. You will now need to fill out and complete the CS2020 Spotlight Submission Form. To access the CS2020 Spotlight Submission Form, click here to be redirected to the topic containing the forms.
  3. Fill out the forms and follow the directions. When prompted to, place the full announcement text in the correct location. You may be required to fill out other information about the announcements.
  4. Once you've filled out the form, please wait for a prompted message from Discord sent by TheWebCon#8423. Make sure your DMs are turned to ON. If something goes wrong, you may receive a notice about what went wrong and how to solve the issue. It may take a few hours to receive the message depending on when you submit the form. Once you do, please continue with the instructions in the message that are provided.
  5. Once you complete the additional instructions provided on the message and receive your final confirmation message, congratulations! You’ll be ready to go for Creative Showcase 2020! You'll need to stay tuned to this club for future information about the show and deadlines. Also, make sure to announce that your company/project will be present in CS2020 and be making an announcement- or, if you want your presence to be a complete surprise, don’t say anything at all! It’s totally up to you.

 

Editing Spotlight/Text Announcements After Completing Submission

We understand that sometimes mistakes are made, and you may want to go back and adjust a part of a text announcement or replace a photo that you already submitted. 

If you need to change or adjust part of your spotlight information, please get in contact with TheWebCon via Discord as soon as possible (@TheWebCon#8423).

IMPORTANT NOTE- Keep in mind that you will only be able to do this up until SUBMISSIONS CLOSE for Creative Showcase 2020. When they close, the most current versions of all text/photo files will be taken to be edited into the final cut, and we will not be able to accept any adjustments. Be sure that the version you want to be shown in the final presentation is the version that you have provided most recently to TheWebCon.

 

How to Cancel Your Spotlight/Text Announcement

If for any reason you decide you’d like to revoke your Spotlight/Text Announcement, please get in contact with TheWebCon via Discord as soon as possible (@TheWebCon#8423).

IMPORTANT NOTE- Keep in mind that you will only be able to do this up until SUBMISSIONS CLOSE for Creative Showcase 2020. When they close, the most current versions of all text/photo files will be taken to be edited into the final cut, and we will not be able to accept any adjustments or remove sequences from the final show unless absolutely necessary. Be sure that the version you want to be shown in the final presentation is the version that you have provided most recently to TheWebCon.

 

If you have any more questions about the process, please DM TheWebCon on Discord (@TheWebCon#8423). Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

 

EXTRA TERMS AND REGULATIONS

Video Submission: 

There is a maximum of 2 video files per player/company/project. There are no exceptions to this rule. This is due to timing and planning limitations. In the event that we receive a large amount of submissions, we may have to cut some parts of videos in order to keep the show to a respectable length. All submissions must follow the regulations mentioned in the CS2020 Submission Guide for Video Submissions. Please make sure your Discord Private Messages are turned to ON. If we cannot message you in this case, your submission will be rejected. CS2020 and, by extension, Fuse Entertainment Company reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason. 

Text Submissions: 

There is a maximum of 1 spotlight submission per player/company/project. There are no exceptions to this rule. This is due to timing and planning limitations. In the event that we receive a large amount of submissions, we may have to adjust some parts of spotlight submissions in order to keep the show to a respectable length and the text readable onscreen. All submissions must follow the regulations mentioned in the CS2020 Submission Guide for Spotlight/Text Announcement Submissions. Please make sure your Discord Private Messages are turned to ON. If we cannot message you in this case, your submission will be rejected automatically and you will not be contacted. CS2020 and, by extension, Fuse Entertainment Company reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason. 

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