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The FXhome Fanfilm Competition
THE VOTES ARE IN
Last week the FXhome team gathered at schwar’s new pad to watch the 50+ competition entries, armed with a multitude of pizzas and a healthy supply of beverages. Three and a half hours later the final movie unspooled, the lights came back on and we compared notes.
And now, it's what we’ve all been waiting for, the moment of truth, the big reveal – it’s time to announce the winners!
Once we got down to the finalists, the votes became so close that choosing the number one movie became impossible. We didn’t want to have to choose between the top two, so instead have decided to make them both joint first prize winners.
They are vastly contrasting movies, in terms of themes and techniques, each offering entirely different experiences for audiences. Most importantly, they are both genius in their own unique ways and as such we’re excited to announce the joint winners of the first FXhome Fanfilm Competition…
Click the titles to download the movies for watching!
Following the competition brief to the letter, Joey has delved into his deepest passion – light itself. With photography being his career of choice, Joey relies on light to bring his creations to life.
Taking an earnest approach and displaying his fears and emotions to the audience, Light embarks on an abstract and fantastical journey as Joey visually represents the significance of something we all take for granted.
Crucially, the cinematography is of a high standard, being both technically accomplished and visually inventive, from beautiful shots of snow falling through a windmill to the epic and emotive clifftop climax.
Light is captivating throughout, thanks to the unusual subject matter and the imaginative approach taken to explain Joey’s own understanding of the theme. This is an emotionally honest short film that will no doubt split audiences but which we feel is strongly deserving of joint first prize.
Malone says: The visuals are absolutely fantastic and the whole thing works really well together. Has a really slick professional feel to it. A bit like a high quality TV commercial but more ethereal.
Tarn says: Great mood, explores the ideas really well, abstract but still effective. You get a real sense of Joey’s passion.
Cogz says: Perfectly fits the brief and has nice effects!
Congratulations to Joey, who wins FXhome’s flagship product, VisionLab HD!
Our other joint winner couldn’t be more different. Created by Klut, FXhome’s regular Norwegian lunatic, Monkey Madness is a freewheeling, anarchic, slapstick comedy with more in-jokes and references than you can shake a stick at.
Pinning down Monkey Madness to a single theme is impossible. Perhaps it is about Klut’s unhealthy obsession with monkeys. Or maybe it’s a fawning love letter to FXhome (we’re big fans of venality here) or The Matrix or Waser. When you boil it down to its core, however, it’s a celebration of the act of being a fan. Klut’s message is that it doesn’t matter what you’re a fan of – but if you’re a fan, go all the way.
The enthusiasm in Monkey Madness is infectious, driven by the boundless energy and rapid pace of each scene. What could have been a jumbled mess instead pulls together into a very funny and surreal series of sketches. If nothing else, they illustrate that Klut is very, very crazy, even for a Norwegian.
There’s too many brilliant moments to list them all and we wouldn’t want to spoil the fun of watching it for the first time. FXhome veterans in particular should keep an eye out for countless sly nods to old classics – how many homages can you count?
Technically Monkey Madness may not be on the same level as Light, but for capturing the very essence of ‘enthusiasm’ in five minutes of electric madness, Klut is also well deserving of joint first prize.
Schwar says: I find myself watching this again and again but I don't know why! Amazing!
Malone says: What can I say about this? If you looked up "WTF" in the dictionary it wouldn’t be there, ‘cos it’s not a word, but if it was then you'd see a picture of Klut’s face peering out from beneath his exploding hair. An indescribable classic.
Tarn says: Utterly brilliant and classic. You can't fault this for enthusiasm.
Cogz says: Genius, just genius. Instant classic!
Jack says: This has a very European crazy style which I liked. All the scenes are interesting and funny – the main thing is that I really enjoyed it.
Congratulations to Sindre, who not only has frightened generations of children with his hair but has now also won a copy of VisionLab HD!
Now we come to third position, which finds another completely contrasting movie. If there's one thing we were pleased to see with the competition, it was the wide variety!
3rd Place – Napoleon Skywalker by Chris Hoffman
Prize – A choice of CompositeLab Pro or EffectsLab Pro
Some of the best fanfilms over the years have been ones that have blended two different things together – George Lucas in Love (Shakespeare in Love + Star Wars), Troops (Cops + Star Wars) – and Chris Hoffman’s Napoleon Skywalker uses the same technique, mixing (you guessed it) Napoleon Dynamite and Star Wars. The premise, as he describes it, is “What if cinema’s two most whiny teenagers’ worlds collided?”
Napoleon Skywalker is a near-perfect translation of the official Napoleon Dynamite trailer, which we highly recommend watching just prior to Chris’ movie. Utilising Star Wars toys and stop motion animation, each shot from the official trailer is converted to the Star Wars universe with loving care.
Particular highlights include the switch of a bicycle to a speederbike and the replacing of the Pegasus doorsign with a Mynok Crossing warning. The humour is spot on and the quality voice acting and music choice brings the movie together as its own entity rather than simply a spoof, showing a clear affection for both its sources.
Malone says: Quality spoof and animation. I’m not a big Napoleon Dynamite fan, but there are lots of jokes and I can see people loving this.
Tarn says: Cool mix! Simple but effective animation, the dance sequence is brilliant. Entertaining and fun.
Cogz says: Simply hilarious.
Jack says: A very clever mix of the two films which works really well. The funny quotes from Napoleon Dynamite are used really well. I also thought the animation was great, a lot of effort made with stop motion and green screening.
Congratulations to Chris, who wins an FXhome Pro product of his choice.