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Weekly Challenge - Week of May 11, 2009



CRIME – DISAPPOINTMENT – PHOTOGRAPH


This is our first challenge, so this is a learning process for us as much as it is for everyone else. We decided to go with a three-word prompt that includes an event or situation, an emotion, and a game feature or item. Use this trio of words and take your scene in any direction you want to go.

This is NOT a competition. There are no winners or losers. This is a chance for anyone who wants to stretch their staging capabilities and try out some different scenes. It's meant to be a fun, creative exercise.

Here are the very few challenge rules we've come up with:

1. Maximum of 10 Pictures

2. Pictures Only – This is an exercise in storytelling through pictures. Try and convey what's happening without falling back on words to carry the action. You're welcome to include some text at the end to explain what you were going for, but let the pictures speak for themselves.

3. Post In Your LJ – Because pictures can be rather large, we're asking people to post their responses in their own LJ accounts and provide a link back here as a reply to this thread. Also, please do not friends lock your response.

4. Provide a Warning for Mature Images – If the scene you've put together would require an R rating or would be considered NSFW (not safe for work), please put a warning with your link so people are aware of what they're going to be seeing.

At the end of the week (probably on Saturday or Sunday) we'll gather all the links to the responses and post them in an end-of-the-week post to show them off for everyone to see.

If anyone has questions, please feel free to ask. We're also open to suggestions on how to improve and make this even more fun for everyone involved.

Comments

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maenad36
May. 11th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
Quick question: do we have to use all three words or just one?
orikes13
May. 11th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
We'd like to see folks use all three, but I think as long as you use at last two, it's okay. That seem reasonable? :)
peasant007
May. 12th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
So, do I post the link here then?

http://peasant007.livejournal.com/6702.html
orikes13
May. 12th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
That's exactly it! There's some great shots there. :)
peasant007
May. 12th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
*blush* Thank you :)
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ndainye
May. 12th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Great start for the challenge! Thanks for posting this, there's some wonderful shots there.
dgjamie
May. 12th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
So I have this for the prompt, it's pretty simple, but I hope it's ok: http://dgjamie.livejournal.com/36051.html?#cutid1

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orikes13
May. 12th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Jamie, this was awesome. It took me a minute, trying to figure out if I knew these sims (since the girl kinda looked like Elise), but then I saw your note that these aren't legacy sims. Still, very well done. :)
dgjamie
May. 12th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
The girl is face 1 and so is Elise (all hail my inability to make genetic diversity in CAS) so it's understandable that you got confused :)

Thanks, glad you liked!
ndainye
May. 13th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
This was great Jamie. You have some wonderful pictures in there that convey the story being told really well.
hbcirce
May. 12th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
orikes13
May. 12th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Haha! This was awesome, Circe. I loved it. :)
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hbcirce
May. 12th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Many thanks Lea & Orikes. :D

It's a bit simplistic. But, I think it came out nice. Can't wait for next weeks challenge. =D
ndainye
May. 13th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
This was great! Ahh Gnomes they bring out the best and the worst in people.
julessims
May. 12th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
I have a question: Can we use any Sim(s) we want, including Maxis pre-mades?
ndainye
May. 13th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Any Sim you want to use is fine.
maenad36
May. 13th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Here is my entry
http://maenad36.livejournal.com/2401.html#cutid1
Sorry if my link doesn't work. I'm a total LJ newbie.
ndainye
May. 13th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Nice one! I like the shot of him picking up the photo. I'm not positive that I'm interpreting it correctly but I think I understand what's going on.
maenad36
May. 14th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I like that shot too. There's probably a better way to do it, but I just had him reach for a phone and the I deleted it.
leafy_lettuce
May. 14th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Woo, finished! Only took me 7+ hours, thanks to crashing, perfectionist tendencies, and what-not. I had a lot of fun and am really proud of the outcome, even if I did need another slide or two. <3

http://leafy-lettuce.livejournal.com/28421.html#cutid1

Thanks for the challenge!
ndainye
May. 15th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
You had some great shots in this :) The poses you chose carried the story along very well.
morecaffeine
May. 15th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Thanks for putting this comm together, I am looking forward to getting to practice with the different prompts!

Here is my take on week one: http://morecaffeine.livejournal.com/17046.html
ndainye
May. 15th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this one a lot, you had some really nifty shots. I really liked the shot of Melody lighting the giraffe on fire.
morecaffeine
May. 15th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D That is one of my favorites, too, I'm glad it ended up working.
ndainye
May. 15th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
I'm glad everyone seems to be enjoying this. It's been fun seeing everyone's interpretations of the theme.

Here's my take on it. http://ndainye.livejournal.com/45162.html
morecaffeine
May. 15th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
That was so, so good! The transition from the gift photo to where he got the money for the gifts was so sad, I really feel for her!
julessims
May. 15th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
ndainye
May. 16th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
Ack Cass is old!! I really liked the last shot with the ring on the table.
julessims
May. 16th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Cassandra was already old when I decided to use her in this.
orikes13
May. 15th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so delighted with the responses we've gotten so far. This is awesome. :)

Here's my response: http://orikes13.livejournal.com/114182.html
ndainye
May. 16th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Those two always make me smile :)
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ndainye
May. 16th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
Loved the wedding picture :)
honorkid54
May. 16th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
Here's mine: http://honorkid54.livejournal.com/15464.html You'll have to scroll to the right to see the full picture, due to the new theme :)

I'm rather iffy about it, but I hope you like it.
ndainye
May. 16th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
Whoa big pictures :) I really liked the last shot in particular.
orikes13
May. 17th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
These were very well done pics, Mike. You can really see the anger and then the anguish in his face. Great composition on these.

You probably want to consider shrinking your picutres down to a more manageable size, though. I run at a fairly high resolution and they blew away my screen settings. Your images are also almost 3 times the file size of the next closed image file sizes. :x
honorkid54
May. 18th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was using GIMP and I forgot to resize them while I was at it, so I'll fire up VSO Resizer.

Thanks for the tip.
naughtydolphin
May. 16th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
I had to give this a go! It's over in my sims journal here. Contains ~*murder*~.
ndainye
May. 16th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
This one made me giggle with Mortimer going ninja on Don :)
naughtydolphin
May. 16th, 2009 09:08 am (UTC)
No one hurts his little girl!
fairyindia
May. 16th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
A bit of a late entry I know but here's mine: http://fairyindia.livejournal.com/

It's my first proper time of staging scenes but I gave it a go. I hope it's okay :)
ndainye
May. 16th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
I think you're right about the lighting over the pictures, too bad the house was glitching. I could follow where you were going though and you had some really good shots :)
aledstrange
May. 16th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Here is mine :)
http://aledstrange.livejournal.com/27808.html

Not sure how right it is, but it was indeed challenging! XD
(specially the part of 10 pictures only LOL!!)

That was great fun! I can't wait for the next one! :D

I'll be checking the other entries now ;)
ndainye
May. 16th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Keeping to ten is a bit of a challenge isn't it? As I said before, I really liked this.
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