We finally managed to agree the final list of what's going into each of the four CFF machinima screenings. And then, last week, the organiser reminded us that we had to give an age rating for each of the 40 movies we're showing, so Saint and I had the unenviable task of going through each one with the BBFC guidelines in hand, counting the number of uses of each swear word, looking for digital breasts, and making judgements about whether these were gratuitous, offensive, or justified in context. Once upon a time I thought that being a BBFC examiner and watching the uncut version of a load of films would be really cool. Now, I'll pass, thank you. You can't take your eyes of the screen for a second or have a momentary daydream, in case you miss something, and after a couple of hours, your eyeballs really start to hurt. And some of the moral judgements you have to make are quite tricky. I'll be interested to see whether people agree with the ratings we gave.
Fortunately we didn't have to judge them for any awards. I spent Monday watching the Dragon*Con machinima selecti0n (which is excellent - well done, Christina!) and picking my top three. It wasn't easy, but I'm satisfied that the right film won in the end. But two full days of watching machinima was a good change of pace. It reminds me why I do what I do - it's not about the business, or the production plans; it's all about the movies. Congrats to everyone who got a movie in to either or both of these shows.
We also got the final proofs of the brochure on Friday, and it's looking good. The machinima stream gets three full-colour pages, no less! Not bad, eh?
As soon as they give me the go-ahead, I'll post the final list up here.