Gothtober FAQ

 

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QUICK GUIDE 2016

  • Applications for Gothtober are OPEN NOW and will close on August 29th 

Gothtober Artists for 2016 will be Announced September 1st, upon which they will be asked to pay a registration/entrance fee of $25. More info about the fee below…

2016 Theme: Metamorphosis

  •  Metamorphosis is a marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.
  • This year, Gothtober turns 14.  The teens are always about change,  transformation, and growth, so we thought we’d run with it, since mutation is such a popular theme in horror. Vampires turn into bats and back again, werewolves change with the moon, the moon’s shadow disappears and engulfs it every month .
  • Inspiring works/themes: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Cat People, Chrysalis, Spirited Away, Transformers, Benjamin Button, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Beetlejuice, Night Watch, The Incredible Hulk, Ultraman, Tooth Fairy, The Thing, American Werewolf in London, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mothra
  • Transformations: Bone-folding/growing physical change, going from sane to depraved, civilian to superhero, human into cockroach, imaginary to real, person to animal, car into robot, cynical to cult member, cultural transformation, symbolic transformation, conservation and transformation of energy, ongoing transformations vs. one-time transformations, transmogrification, updates, remodels, any of it all of it! We’re embracing change, it’s the only constant!

Movies not to exceed 3 minutes in length, slideshows not to exceed 20 frames!

We used to be exclusively Flash-operated, but no longer! You can still animate in Flash if you wish, and convert it into a .mov file (Quicktime or…?)

Gothtober is powered by SparkleBlob, a Los Angeles based 501-C3 non-profit organization that also runs Artist Workshops, Art Happenings, Performances, Weekly CraftNight, and The SparkleBlob Annual Holiday Puppet Show.


DETAILED MEGA FAQ

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TECHNICAL FAQ

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What are the requirements of making a:


 

What size do I need to design for?

Movies can be either ye olde TV ratio of 4:3, or 16:9 (letterbox).

When can I put my piece on YouTube?

Gothtober Artists promise to not launch their piece on any other platform (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) until January of the following year of the current calendar’s release. For instance, if you make something for Gothtober 2016, it can be launched somewhere else as of January 2017. We’re also in the process of adding older Gothtober videos to the YouTube Gothtober channel.

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Slideshow-Style Presentation

(Some Examples in Gothtober 2012 are DAYS 4, 6, 19)

  • This could be a gallery of works, a story w/pictures, a recipe w/steps, comics, a poem w/visuals, etc.
  • Show can be activated by viewer pressing buttons (interactive mode) or a timed show that has no buttons that runs by itself.
  • Limited to 20 images or less.
  • You will need a title page, an end page, BACK and NEXT buttons in addition to your content.
  • And if you don’t know how to program or make buttons, that’s okay, we can help you with such things, just give us plenty of prep time to work with you!

Animated Flash Movies & Interactive Content like Games or other types of interactive content

We are working on trying to phase Flash out of our operations, so if you’re going down this road, please talk with us first, because right now we have no idea how to do this.

  • Stories, cartoons, click-through narrations, “choose your own adventure” and arcade style games!
  • Stay within the 4:3 aspect ratio, the “TV” ratio or 16:9 the letterbox ratio.
  • Music limited to three minutes, looped, unless you have big plans like dialogue or other specifics (in which we can discuss what is needed)
  • Frame rate is 30 frames per second!

Quicktime Movies

Some examples in Gothtober 2012 are DAYS 5 and 11 

THE MOVIE TIME LIMIT IS 3 MINUTES!
THE MOVIE TIME LIMIT IS 3 MINUTES!
THE MOVIE TIME LIMIT IS 3 MINUTES!

This includes creepy music videos, eerie murder movies, tales of gruesome revenge and strife! Talk to us about compression, every movie is different. We will provide the loading bar. Movies need to stay within the 4:3 aspect ratio, the “TV” ratio or 16:9 the letterbox ratio.

Remember to use bright colorful imagery and stay away from tiny objects and signage, since when things get compressed, it becomes unreadable or looks kinda crappy.

You can give your work to JP in person, or mail it on disk or hard drive or flash drive. You can also (easiest) send your film via DropBox, Hightail, WeTransfer, Google Drive, Amazon Drive, Cloud Drive what else have you, and Gothtober will download and compress files. Please try to keep your file within a reasonable size (not in the GB range, please).

Printable Things

A file for download that can be printed: Paintings, Mini-books, Halloween Masks, Cards, posters, fold-&-print projects, gameboards, trading cards, ANYTHING made on paper that you want to share with the world that can be printed and assembled/displayed by the viewer.

Actual physical artwork delivered must be no larger than 8 1/2 x 11″ (must be sent earlier for digital prep)

Digital files must be same measurements (for easy printing) sent as Illustrator, Photoshop or hi-res jpg file at 180 dpi or larger.

Downloadable Music Files or other goodies:

CD-quality recordings of tunes or spoken word you’ve made that you want people to have for listening! Home-made gothtober sound effects, 1 minute of evil laughter, dippy country song about pumpkins, plunking the guitar and yodeling about goblins…etc.

What is Gothtober?

The Gothtober Countdown Calendar™ is a curated time-release flash-based online museum of 31 works of art by 31 different artists. The official run of the show is from October 1st to the 31st, a new piece being revealed with each day of the month.The best way to see what it is though, is by visiting it!

Where can I view Gothtober?

 Visit www.gothtober.com!

Can I view Gothtober on my smart phone?

Yes! We figured out how to show Gothtober on Smart Phones, Tablets and everything else that is mobile! You can also just watch from your desktop. Hooray! This was achieved for the very first time in 2015.

How do I apply to Gothtober?

To apply to be a Gothtober artist, simply follow this link to the application

Do I have to be an artist or film maker to apply for Gothtober?

NO! You don’t have to be an expert or a proclaimed certified anything to apply and make something for Gothtober! All you’ve got to have is an idea, and a way to make your idea, it can be recipe cards, stories, things that people cut-out or listen to, ANYTHING you think would be spooky or weird enough to interest the masses for Halloween! Chefs, body-builders, retail clerks, office workers, managers, teachers, travelers, students, families, couples and individuals have ALL participated in Gothtober!

When are applications due?

Applications are due August 29th, 2016

Artists will be notified of admission on the 1st of Gothtober. This will give artists a month or more to work on a project.

Criteria for picking pieces for Gothtober is NOT time-based, getting your application in early doesn’t affect admission.

Gothtober likes fresh blood, if you’ve never been a Gothtober artist before, you have an excellent chance of being selected for 2016!

If you have been part of Gothtober before, but you were very late or overdue in getting your piece to Gothtober Headquarters last year, it could definitely influence your chances of gaining admission to this year’s calendar.

Artists who are picked for Gothtober are asked to pay a $25 entrance fee.

Why do I have to pay a $25 entrance fee?

Gothtober is like a film festival, but with even more cool stuff. We don’t charge tickets to the festival because the show is FREE to the public! Those of us who do work on Gothtober are all volunteer, and all funds given to Gothtober goes toward our hosting costs, programming, and publicity. Gothtober is powered by SparkleBlob, an arts non profit committed to helping shape culture with society through artistic pursuits.

So I don’t have to pay to apply, only if I am accepted?

That’s is correct! Filling out the application costs nothing, only when it’s been established that you are going to be featured as a Gothtober Artist will you receive a notice asking you to pay your entrance fee.

What is the theme for Gothtober this year?

  • Theme: Metamorphosis
    • Metamorphosis is a marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.
    • Inspiring works/themes: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, Cat People, Chrysalis, Spirited Away, Transformers, Benjamin Button, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Beetlejuice, Night Watch, The Incredible Hulk, Ultraman, Tooth Fairy, The Thing, American Werewolf in London, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Mothra
    • Transformations: Bone-folding/growing physical change, going from sane to depraved, civilian to superhero, human into cockroach, imaginary to real, person to animal, car into robot, cynical to cult member, cultural transformation, symbolic transformation, conservation and transformation of energy, ongoing transformations vs. one-time transformations, transmogrification, updates, remodels, any of it all of it! We’re embracing change, it’s the only constant!

Can I put old-ass stuff that I’ve made before on Gothtober?

As things that have debuted on Gothtober have made it into film festivals around the world, we ask that you only make fresh stuff for us never before seen by human or inhuman eyes for visual consumption. I mean, whatever, if you made it in 1985, and no one has ever seen it, that’s fine, but I think you know what I mean: nothing that’s been submitted to festivals or YouTube or out in the world.

What benefits are there to being a Gothtober Artist?

If you are always kicking ideas around, and you want to make something, but need some motivation to make that something: Gothtober could be a good fit. We exist to celebrate all things that go bump in the night, as well as the cinnamon and apple scents of Fall, and the anticipation of grabbing gobs and gobs of Halloween candy. But we also exist as a platform for artists who love this time of year to make something for the world. You make it, we share it and we tell everyone to pay attention to you.

Some art from Gothtober contributors has gone on to premier at film festivals! Barry Morse’s piece “Ookie Cookie” from 2008 went on to show at OutFest and Homo A-GoGo, as well as Jimena Sarno and Ms Bea’s film El Miedo (Fear) that showed in the 47th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival 2009. Totally Tulip by Fast and Funsters played in Paris 2015!!!

Who makes Gothtober?

Gothtober is a small group of volunteer ghouls who love Halloween!

The Gothtober Countdown Calendar is produced, curated, directed and illustrated by the Head Candycorn, Julianna Parr.

Our current Gothtober Programmer is Slithery Michal Soderstrom. Past programmers have been Jack O’ Lantern Jesse Albini, Creepy Cathy Davies and Barnacle Bill Luttrell.

Our High Priestess of web is Cristin Pescosolido, and we also have Lycanthropic Laura Mann, helping us in the world of technical detail.

And, of course, the calendar would simply not exist without the weird and wonderful work of our Gothtober Artists, past and present.

How did Gothtober start?

Once upon a time, I was experimenting with time-release options in Flash, and came up with a Xmas advent calendar back in 2002. I designed all the art and work behind the doors myself. I found out quickly that doing it all myself, while fun, was overwhelming and crazy.

The following year, I invited 25 friends (as there are 25 days toXmas) to contribute to the piece. But you know, not everyone celebrates Xmas, and mostly people want to get super sweet and sentimental for the holidays, which is great… but not all that weird. And I like to give people space to be as weird as they want.
Then I thought… how can I get more doors and make it less about Xmas and make it way weirder? I know! I’ll make a countdown to Halloween!

The first Gothtober was born in 2003, I’m proud to offer our 14th round of insane offerings.

-Julianna (JP) Parr
Head Candycorn
Executive Director, SparkleBlob