Matt Kelland, one of Moviestorm's founders, was asked what criteria the team uses to choose the movies which are featured, both on site and in various other locations online, and within the program load up splash screen itself.
I thought the answer was worth sharing before it was buried in the forum.
We choose movies that in our opinion showcase what Moviestorm can do, embody the Moviestorm ethos, and inspire people. The criteria I use (and it's not a hard and fast scoring system, or anything like that) are:
1. Quality. I'm looking for movies that are well-made in as many aspects as possible, both technically and artistically. Great stories, great acting, well shot, good sound, good editing, good mod design, and so on. We want people to look at those movies and think wow, you can do that with Moviestorm?
2. Innovation. I'm always looking out for novel uses for Moviestorm. When I see someone using it in a way that hasn't been done before, I like to feature that. School science project? TV Commercial? Explaining how insurance works? Political debate? All likely to attract my attention. Sometimes these can be a bit rough, but that's often the case when people are breaking new ground.
3. Determination. One of the things we stand for is that we enable people to make movies who wouldn't otherwise do so. I like to find the stories behind the movies, and feature work by people in interesting or difficult circumstances. I like to feature work that punches way above its weight, where people have been hugely ambitious, great debut pieces, or impressive work by younger movie-makers. They may not always be the best work, but they encourage people to try and push themselves.
4. Just because. And yes, I sometimes pick things simply because I like them. Sometimes, after a day of watching "and then he shot him" movies, something makes me smile, and I'll feature it, just because I want to share that smile with people.
Some weeks they are just too busy to pick up on great movies that are uploaded, and other times user's movies are posted in less usual locations, and are missed for that reason.
If you see an unusual use of Moviestorm it's always worth sending a link to Staff. I've sent a couple of obscure finds over time, and there have a been a few which has escaped the team's attention so it's worth doing.