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The votes are in...it's time for the FXhome Awards 2009!
2008 was an unusual year for FXhome. The company focused its software development on the new PhotoKey range, which proved to be hugely popular, until the move back to video with the Xmas Bundles and our current projects. We expanded, with new staff (hi Lucy!), products and ideas. We produced four short films, two of which have already been released. Meanwhile the community was busy working on movies and keeping the in-depth discussion flowing in the forums.
Amazingly, the most downloaded movie of 2008 was the legendary Art of the Saber, which still draws in massive crowds, many years after its debut. When will somebody create a lightsaber fight to truly rival it in the FXhome.com cinema?
The movies that attracted the most attention were both related to Atomic Productions, which perhaps isn't a surprise given their unique marketing talents. Messages, the Atomic entry to the VideoWrap competition, received the most comments, with Nightfall Studio's parody Cover's Redemptiathon coming in a close second and proving that controversy can definitely get results.
Meanwhile, the year's most prolific filmmaker was Shadow013, submitting a wide range of movies in a variety of genres. It was exicting to watch Shadow013's skills develop over the year, culminating his 2009 debut of Killed Softly. I have no doubt that in the future we'll be seeing Shadow013 as a serious contender for the movie award categories.
Rawree takes the crown for having the highest rated post of 2008, with his amazing selection of blood stock footage which he made available to everybody for free. His generosity was clearly appreciated, with a +29 rating on that single post. The topic itself also came in as the third highest rated of the year. Appropriately, the second highest rated post of the year was by FXhome Award winner Sollthar, who went into extreme detail to explain various compositing methods – it's no surprise that people voted for him in droves once he was nominated.
The biggest topic of the year was reserved for one man: Barack Obama. 2008 will probably be remembered as the Year of Obama, and FXhome wasn't safe from his political onslaught, with the US presidential election discussion clocking up an insane 30,498 views. Highlighting the fact that FXhome.com is a special kind of Internet community, this topic also holds the record for being the highest rated topic of 2008. That's right, folks: a massively political topic is also the highest rated topic of the year. You wouldn't find that many places, so thank you again to everyone for having the restraint and intelligence to debate in such a sophisticated manner.
We don't like to dwell on the negative side of things, but we just had to link to the lowest rated post of 2008. There are few things funnier than the Atlantic language barrier.
The highest rated FXhomer of 2008 was Tarn, but he cheats by being an FXhome staff member. The next three big guns were pdrg, ben3308 and Arktic, all known for offering great advice and contributing wisely to debates. It's guys like this that set a good standard to follow and represent the friendly attitude we expect at FXhome.com.
Of the new arrivals in 2008, spydurhank has made the greatest impression, collecting the most positive ratings. It's always great to see people discover FXhome, whether it's our products or the community, and 2008 saw a record increase in users, knocking us past the 100,000 registered members mark. We look forward to greeting even more people throughout 2009.
Presets are an important part of the FXhome Lab products and this year Jabooza contributed the most to the online library, submitting an amazing 26 individual presets. As always, thanks to everyone that takes the time to use our products and create presets for others to use. The top preset of 2008 was Bucees' blood explosion 2, which was downloaded over 1500 times.
What were your favourite FXhome moments of 2008? To quote Sollthar - which posts or films made you laugh, which made you cry? Which touched your heart and your mind?
2008 was a great year, and it was largely thanks to all of you guys. Here's to the rest of 2009!