Storyline: The Storyline of the film is one of the most important parts. Without a good storyline and plot, the film becomes like a person without a skeleton: it is technically possible to survive, but only if it has a lot of support from the rest of its body. A good plot contains many characters that have great interactions, many unique twists and turns, and a compelling motive. Storyline development is also very important, for a great plot idea will go nowhere if it isn't given the chance to evolve. A good rating for this requires a storyline that is not only interesting, but develops nicely and is well thought-out.|
* - The movie has a nonexistent or very weak storyline. There is little to no development of the plot, characters, and conflict. The story idea itself is also boring and not very unique.
** - The movie has a storyline, although it's pretty weak and somewhat boring. There are many flaws in the development in key points of the story, but the idea of it is somewhat original.
*** - The movie has an average storyline, and the plot idea is original and unique. The plot flows and evolves well, and is obviously at least remotely important to the overall movie.
**** - The movie has a well-developed storyline, and it flows very well along with the characters, setting, and theme of the film. Its idea is well planned and original, rather complex, and contains many key points that are crucial to the story.
***** - The movie has an amazingly well-thought out and developed plotline that is extremely well concieved and put together. Key points in the film are very complex and have a great impact on the story, which itself is fun to watch and contains many great characters and ideas. These stories are ones that will be remembered for quite a while.
Creativity: Creativity is another great key factor for an awesome movie. A movie that is creative and original will provoke more thought from the viewer and make them want to watch it time and again. Films that go after unique ideas that are rarely acknowledged will gain lots of viewers and a good star rating in this category. Films that tend to look like another existing film or come off of an existing idea will get low stars for this, unless the use of creative props and other aspects make up for it.
* - The movie shows little to no creativity at all. It's either copied from another movie or idea or just based on a very simple and boring idea.
** - The movie has a weak central theme and idea, but a few creative things were implemented in the film. Relation to the central theme, though, was limited.
*** - The movie shows an average amount of creativity and obviously had some thought put into its development.
**** - The movie contains several neat and unique ideas which are presented nicely and go together well. The central theme is one which sounds, looks, and is quite interesting. Other aspects of the movie, such as scene construction, character interaction, and even sound usage are original as well.
***** - The movie was chock-full of many incredible ideas, such as a marvelous storyline, an awesome character interaction, and great camera angle ideas. Complexity of the individual movie aspects is quite apparent here.
Construction: Movie construction is the third vital part of a good film. A movie with good construction contains a lot of original scenery, demonstrates good actions of the characters, uses appropriate sounds at the appropriate times, and boasts an overall look of a high-quality movie. Basically, the time spent making the movie and assuring that it is as flawless as possible directly relates to the Construction score.
* - The movie contains no original scenes, props, movements, sounds, and is put together quite poorly. The camera angles make it hard to see the crucial points of the film and many of the sounds and characters have no relevance to what's going on at all.
** - The movie has a few scattered custom scenes and props, and a few good character relations and sounds can be noticed. Although they are there, their relevance to the main plot is limited and obviously not a priority to the director.
*** - The movie is average, containing a mediocre amount of sounds, custom scenes, unique props, and so on. The film itself has the look of one that took more than a few days to whip up.
**** - The movie is much more than a belch of moviemaking; it it put together well enough to be considered more than a spur-of-the-moment idea, but it is not quite perfect.
***** - The movie obviously took the director a long time to make, as it demonstrates a superior combination and quality of moviemaking aspects. Scenes are constructed well, the action corresponds well with the central theme and plot, and overall the movie has an obvious "high-quality" feel to it.
Visual Appearance: Visual Appearance is not necessarily a crucial part to a film, however no visual appeal will destroy a movie, no matter how great the story, audio, or creativity are. A film that looks great will no doubt draw more viewers to it, as opposed to one that looks really junky and almost sickening to watch. Stars are gained here through the use of complex special effects, detailed scenery, or whatever else that happens to look cool on the screen.
* - The movie contains no special effects or neat camera angles. The movie has an ambient trashy look, and looks like the director whipped it up in 5 minutes.
** - The movie has some neat-looking scenes, camera angles, and special effects, although they are presented in a low-quality style.
*** - The movie demonstrates an average command of using 3DMM to create good visual effects, but does not necessarily use these techniques throughout the whole movie.
**** - The movie contains quite a few images and animations that are quite detailed, creative, and well-made. Special effects abound.
***** - The movie shows that the director has a superb command of 3DMM visual effects techniques, which are demonstrated throughout the length of the film.
Audio: Like Visual Appearance, a great Audio rating isn't required for a great movie. A film can have little to no sound at all but can have a superb story, or can be the other way around, having great sounds but no plot. And like Visual Appearance, good audio tends to attract more viewers than films without good audio. Stars are awarded here based on the amount and quality of the film's original audio and usage.
* - The movie has no or very few original audio clips, and the usage of the ones that it does have is terrible.
** - The movie contains a limited amount of original sounds, although the usage of them is pretty good.
*** - The movie has a moderate amount of original sounds which are used nicely in conjunction with premade sounds and with the film's plotline.
**** - The movie contains a nice collection of original audio clips which are used very well in accordance to the individual scenes and the story. A neat soundtrack is also prominent.
***** - The movie has multitudes of original sounds, midis, and voices, that are all used very well, sound fantastic, and add a very nice cinematic touch to the film.
Fun to Watch: The Fun to Watch category is one of the most important of them all... a high rating here denotes a movie that is well worth watching. Movies that are fun to watch are ones that aren't all talking, aren't all special effects, aren't all nonstop action, but are films that have a good blend of all such movie aspects, making it fun and interesting to watch. A movie that recieves a high rating here is one that is fun to watch and can be watched time and again with the same enjoyment. Final thoughts about the movie are also described here.
* - The movie is incredibly dull with an extreme overkill of one type of movie aspect, such as fighting, talking, or walking. The film is more of a chore to watch than a means of entertainment.
** - The movie is sort of boring, with no replay value whatsoever. It is about as fun as watching somebody sleep.
*** - The movie is alright to watch and is somewhat interesting and fun, although it wouldn't be worth it to watch it again.
**** - The movie is fun to watch and is nice and thought-provoking. It has a replay value of about two or three more watches.
***** - The movie is very entertaining, thought-provoking, and will leave you with something to take back to life with you. It is definitely one you should get your hands on as soon as possible and keep for a long time.