Superunknown X: SEMI-FINALISTS
UPDATE: HOW WERE SEMI-FINALISTS AND FINALISTS CHOSEN?!?!
With over 100 entries from around the world, the vast majority of them pretty darn solid, and a good half of them really legit, its a brain-melting task to sift through them all and give each of them a fair shake when we're talking about different skiers with different styles, different parks to film in, different snow conditions, different filmers, and access to different cameras and equipment, etc. A video contest like this is straight up THE singular most subjective contest that we could ever devise- for better or worse it has always been that way and it always will- there's no changing it. But we still want to make the playing field as even as possible AND give each and every entry a fair shot at making fhe Finals which is why we took so much time this year to do it as best we could.
We kicked things off by having everyone in the office watch every single entry and give them a raw score based on the "judging criteria" listed in the official rules: 10% Personality, 20% Technical Ability, 30% Style, and 40% Overal Impression for a total score of between 1 and 100. We then divided these scores by the number of people reviewing the videos and came up with an average score for each entry. We then took the top 45 scoring entries and put them online for our entire crew of athletes to review and had them get back to us with their top 10 lists. We then tallied up ALL the votes from our staff and crew and ranked those top 45 in order, awarding Finalist spots to the top 10 scoring entries and Semi-Finalists spots to the 11th through 30th placing entries. There you have it.
There's certainly no magic formula and there's no way to make everyone happy but this is the best system that we could come up with. The differences in scores were minimal and there's really no claiming that one edit is necessarily better than another- just different.
The toughest decision of all will be left up to everyone on-site at the Finals in Sun Valley, where its going to surely be a next-to-impossible task to chose a single winner. We'll all be looking forward to seeing how that goes down! Until then...
SUPERUNKOWN X SEMI-FINALISTS
10 years deep- the biggest, best, and most long-standing video talent search in skiing is back and better than ever! Superunknown X brought in over 100 entries from around the world, as the hungriest and most talented up-and-comers in the game try to follow in the footsteps of previous winners and make a name for themselves in the ski video scene.