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The Big VideoWrap Contest WINNERS!

Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 6:04pm

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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.

Honourable mentions

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!

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Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 6:09pm

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Nice Job everyone!

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Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 6:10pm

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Excellent job people!! micjones is tha bomb!!
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 6:18pm

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Awesome! This continues my tradition of getting an honourable mention in every contest i've entered.

Well done to the winners; all well deserved.
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 6:20pm

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Grats to the winners! Good job guys! smile
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 6:27pm

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Congrats to microphonejones! Great job!

Ben and I have watched it quite a few times and were actually interested in making a 90s-style music video to the rap. Congrats to tyguy, CX3, and wanderingtaoist too.

I'm surprised that "Zombies" and "Neil Armstrong" didn't make it, as I loved both ideas immensely. But I guess taste is taste. And hey, I made 30% of $100 for editing. smile
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 6:43pm

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While I'm a little disappointed that I didn't win the grand prize, I'm thoroughly excited that I was a runner up and that microphonejones, of all people, won.

I had watched his briefly in the beginning of the contest but it wasn't until a few days ago that I declared, in my head, that he had already won. The lyrics and actual song are all so polished that it could easily already be a radio ad of some sort. Great stuff, really. I kept saying I didn't know who the winner was, but for microphonejones, I kind of saw this coming. I was just hoping that by not predicting it publicly it wouldn't come true. biggrin

Anyhow, great job to everyone, thanks to FXHome for the 100 dollars, and especially congratulations to microphonejones for winning the grand prize. You completely, completely deserve it.
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 7:26pm

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Congradulations to everyone whom entered.
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 7:42pm

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Not to steal microphonejones's thunder, but if anyone was looking for a higher-quality version of the runner-up, "Messages", it can be found by clicking here.
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 8:10pm

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Congrats to everyone who won! I was also a bit suprised that "Zombies didn't get in the runner up list, but the videos that did make it were also very well made. Congrats.
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 9:53pm

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Rating: +1

As for the prize....

(I see this ad all the time smile)
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 10:16pm

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Thanks to FXHome for the opprotunity. It was a fun and humbling process and quite an honor to be considered along side some really outstanding entries.

I owe a special thanks to Vern at the lostmarble.com forums. My animation file got corrupted and Vern managed to recover the file and really minimized the work I had to do to finish it. I don't think I would've made the deadline otherwise.

Oops, I'm wanderingtaoist btw.
Posted: Fri, 28th Mar 2008, 11:27pm

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Though I am sad I didn't place in this comp, I'm very glad I made it onto the shortlist. Good job everyone! Congratulations!
Posted: Sat, 29th Mar 2008, 12:37am

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Congrats to all the Winners. So many great entries smile
Posted: Sat, 29th Mar 2008, 2:32am

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Nice, congrats Microphonejones. And congrats to all the runner-ups!
Posted: Sat, 29th Mar 2008, 9:59am

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Congrats to Microphonejones, a very worthy winner! smile