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A big thank you to everyone that entered the Big VideoWrap Contest! There were many fantastic entries but, alas, there can only be one winner (and four runners-up). After much cogitation, rumination and deliberation we have finally decided upon the best entries...
The Grand Prize - $1000
VideoWrap Rap by microphonejones
While we were expecting some rap submissions, given the title of the competition, we were unprepared for the sheer wit and class of microphonejones’ instant classic. The simply-titled VideoWrap Rap does exactly what it says on the tin, delivering a fearless performance that dares to rhyme ‘wireless devices’ with ‘mid-life video crisis’.
Although the technical aspects aren’t as slick as some of the other entries, microphonejones’ unbridled enthusiasm is irresistible and infectious and we defy anybody to not be singing along by the end. Microphonejones’ greatest achievement is in writing lyrics that manage to accurately describe VideoWrap’s capabilities while also being extremely amusing – not an easy task!
For his services to VideoWrap and the rap genre, we’re extremely pleased to award microphonejones with the Grand Prize of $1000. Give your booty a slap!
The 4 Runners-Up - $100 each
In addition to the Grand Prize, we are also awarding smaller prizes of $100 each to four runners-up. In no particular order...
The Wrap by Komikarate
The comedy sketch team of Komikarate are rapidly making a name for themselves on the Internet and we were excited to see them enter the contest. The Wrap offers an inspired spoof of 80s US television, complete with cheesy opening titles, canned laughter and a frankly genius theme tune. I don’t know about anybody else, but we want to see this turned into a series!
Take Memories With You by tyguy2021
This opts for a more traditional approach, providing a slick commercial that highlights VideoWrap’s ability to archive and convert your videos for posterity and sharing. The ‘single shot’ idea was attempted by a couple of entries but tyguy2021’s design nailed the concept with varied locations and situations and an accomplished use of visual effects.
I Make It Nice by wanderingtaoist
If FXhome ever needs a mobile phone ringtone, we know who to call. A catchy song, strong character design and decent animation combine with some polished motion graphics to create a highly memorable video that takes up residence at the back of your mind and refuses to leave. All together now: “I make it nice, I make it nice, for any video device.” Classic.
Messages by ben3308
Completely different in tone and idea to anything else submitted, Messages immediately stands out from the crowd. Beautiful cinematography and restrained music create a sombre and moving atmosphere before the big reveal at the very end. Clever and unusual, this is an excellent technical achievement.
Congratulations to all the winners! If you send your PayPal details to us by messaging us via YouTube we’ll get your prizes over to you as soon as possible.
Five other videos also caught our attention and are well worth highlighting. While they didn’t quite make it into the winning categories, they definitely deserve recognition! In no particular order...
VideoWrap Commercial by Icolloca
A truly excellent idea, focusing on VideoWrap’s ability to make your videos more portable. Although we’d like to highlight the hazards of electrical devices in the bathroom...
Work by Aculag
FXhome.com regulars will recognise Aculag’s signature sense of humour. We are considering incorporating ‘buffering...’ into a future version of VideoWrap.
Zombies! by cattblu
Everyone loves zombies, especially when combined with giant squid, mad scientists and brilliant comedy acting. This is a great short film in its own right, with an extremely amusing final shot.
Put Anything, Anywhere by FarMoreThanIke
This animated short film is abstract to the extreme, which is part of what makes the message so rewarding. The combination of superb soundtrack and stylish, hand-drawn visuals makes for a vivid viewing experience.
Neil Armstrong by Woolgie
A deceptively simple idea but undeniably funny, Woolgie’s entry is unique in that it barely has any actual visuals, relying on a single audio gag. Simple, clever and unusual: we like it.
Thanks again to everyone that took the time to enter – we’ll see you next time!