Watch ABCs OF DEATH 2 26th Director Winner M IS FOR MASTICATE!

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
The contest is over, the votes are tallied and Robert Boochek has won the Search For The 26th Director contest for The ABCs Of Death 2 with M Is For Masticate, which will now be included in the final film alongside work by Vincenzo Natali, Evan Katz, Jen and Sylvia Soska, Rodney Ascher, Erik Matti, Jerome Sable, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, Sono Sion, and more. Check it out below.
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  • Guest

    This is just a test. I'm deleting it immediately.

  • Mr. Cavin

    Nope, it will actually not allow me to delete a comment. When I try, it just becomes something without my name on it that I cannot edit. Chilling, dude.

  • Ard Vijn

    Want me to delete them for you?

  • Mr. Cavin

    I'm split. the comment is off-topic, and therefor uncool. It should probably be deleted.

    That said, it's also kind of a warning, though I'm not sure anyone will see it. The fact is that I've never run into an account-based service like Discus that does not allow its users to delete comments (most even allow editing now--actually, so does Discus). They might exist, but they are outside of my experience. The fact that there is actually a delete button included here--and that pressing that button tells you the service is deleting, like normal, until you face the ugly surprise, upon refreshing, that it has not happened--is the kind of trap that makes a usual situation dangerous. Especially when you consider that, instead of undoing your comment, the machine has gone and made it completely, helplessly indelible.

    I mean, how many times have I seen asinine, ill-thought-out, mean, reactionary anonymous comments in sites that use Discus' service? A hundred times? A hundred thousand times? I have to face the fact that at least some of those were mistakes that users attempted to undo without success and were powerless to edit further.

  • Ard Vijn

    I'll leave these in for now as we have tech people looking into this.

  • Mr. Cavin

    Was there ever any movement on this, Ard?

  • Mehaillien Thundercross

    The ABC's of Death 26th director competition is completely unfair. Decisions should be democratically agreed to by the Internet before they are enacted. I thought Twitchfilm was a public utility? Why do only the 1% get to decide what is best for 99% of the rest of us?! I casually browse this site, shouldn't I get an equal say in how things are run? This is exactly why the world is going down the tubes, the Internet used to be so much better. Back in the day...

  • Guest

    Unbelievable. A bath salts joke overcranked to three minutes. A thoughtless one-trick punchline. There was an awful lot of real innovation, packed into some very mature storytelling, going on in that contest--and it just seemed to be systematically overlooked by both the voters and now by the judges. I do get that there is a compelling business strategy in making a popular choice at this juncture, but I'm still pretty disappointed.

  • The judges weren't given any sort of direction on what sort of short to select at all, this was purely the one they liked the best. And by a pretty healthy margin.

  • Mr. Cavin

    I didn't mean to indicate I thought anyone was advised to make a decision one way or another, I was just looking at the bright side. This got a lot of the popular vote, too. People seem to really like little horror jokes. I see that my comment, which I tried to delete because it even struck me as being too peevish, ended up being preserved as an anonymous comment I can no longer edit. That kind of irritates me.

    I don't love the short. But I feel like I should be congratulating amateur directors rather than snarking at them.

  • I think comments get locked once someone responds to them ...

  • Mr. Cavin

    Maybe that is it. I thought I deleted my comment within the hour, but here it says you replied almost four hours later. Did you do it here at the site, or did you get some kind of moderator's email notification and reply to that? I assume moderators and post authors get notified of comment activity on these posts, right? If so, then maybe a mod reply will bring any comment back from the dead at any time.

  • I do get notification emails but I always reply on the site, not via email. So it was still here when I did.

  • Mr. Cavin

    we're both right.

  • TheGhostOfGriffinMill

    I will say this: when I watched the finalists, I had a feeling MASTICATE would win, but not because I thought it was necessarily (sp? I'm terrible) the best. I think it's kind of one-note and not technically astounding BUT... it FEELS like the best match, of a piece with what the overall ABC project is trying to accomplish, and I think that should count for a lot, maybe even more than technical excellence or narrative daring.

  • Mr. Cavin

    well, and one thing I was considering, on second thought, was that, I assume, the jury is made up of people who understand better than I do both the technical needs of the winner (vis-à-vis digitally projecting an image to likely screen size, converting to 2K prints or MPEG-2s, etc.) and the architecture of the big picture (whether MASTICATE lines up better with the planned L and N entries without unnecessary--good job on the spelling, by the way--repetition, jarring tonal shifts, etc.). It's possible that all of these considerations can be inferred beside the point, given Todd's first comment above, but I kind of hope not, actually. These seem to be pretty important things to keep in mind when including an amateur in the making of an anthology.

  • The jurors wouldn't have known anything about the L and N entries, I don't think. Only people that would have seen anything from those thus far are the filmmakers themselves and whichever of the producers (not me) are responsible for overseeing those particular filmmakers and trying to keep them on schedule. There's a spreadsheet available to all the producers with the synopses of the different pieces so that we could make sure there was no duplication of ideas, but that's it.

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