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After an exciting month of discussion, nominations, shortlists and voting, it's finally time to reveal the winners of this year's FXhome Awards. The voting was incredibly close this year in several categories.
Thanks again to everybody that contributed to the FXhome.com community over the last year - we literally couldn't do this without you guys.
Also a big thanks to SneakOn.com and Tubetape for providing prizes this year - much appreciated! Winners should message me with their details so we can send the prizes out.
Finally, thanks to the awards presenters for doing such a great job this year!
A year at FXhome
For the FXhome company, 2009 is important for two reasons. It was the year that the PhotoKey series came of age, culminating with the release of PhotoKey 3 in November, and it also saw the company undergo a major transformation. Some of you will remember the days when it was just me, Schwar, Malone and Tim working from home. Well, that was nine years ago – now we’ve got 12 full-time employees and two offices.
The rapid expansion during last year has enabled us to work on more things simultaneously, speeding up development and improving quality across the board. And that’s all I can say for now – keep your eyes open through 2010 and you might start to detect some clues here and there as to what exactly's going on.
It’s hard to judge the popularity of FXhome.com user movies due to hosting being spread around YouTube and proper servers. Of the personally hosted movies, Escape Velocity (1388 downloads) and Killed Softly (1289 downloads) are out in front, but those figures start to climb up pretty fast for the YouTube hosted submissions. A Love Not Standing, also the top rated movie of 2009, comes in with 1,606 views, while Star Wars Grinnell rockets up to 17,293 views.
All of these fade away compared to the audience of Lego Star Wars - Jedi vs Sith - The Duel, which is currently at a hugely impressive 160,500 views. It just goes to show that Star Wars still pulls in a crowd, despite the last movie being released back in 2005. It also highlights the importance of YouTube exposure – if your movie is under 10 minutes, make sure you don’t miss out.
It was Mr Fox that generated the most discussion, its unique style of animation intriguing everybody and inadvertently turning the Fantastic Mr Fox trailers rather sinister for everyone. Don’t miss out on swintonmaximilian’s fascinating production topic for his next film, which you can find here. Atomic’s first foray into science fiction also provoked a lively debate, while Sollthar’s big return to FXhome.com, ironically called Farewell, resulted in lots of praise.
On the forum
Here in the forum we saw a steady influx of new users, both young and old, drawn in through both the video and photography routes.
The honour of the highest rated individual post (+27!) falls to nfsbuff for sharing the Steel Tongs font, which makes it easy to replicate movie style poster text, followed closely by Merrick’s rather nifty technique for creating a home-made steadicam – which pdrg soon named the Merricam. It’s great to see filmmakers continue to share resources that help everyone improve.
Avatar has already generated some amazing figures at the box office and it proved just as unstoppable on the forum. It was the highest rated topic and holds the 2009 record for most posts in a single topic – a huge 840 individual posts. Remarkably it has been viewed over 39,900 times since its creation in August. Congratulations to Staff Only for beginning such a remarkable topic, one which took in a vast array of discussions and viewpoints without turning into a madhouse.
The most prolific posters in 2009 were Tarn (1821 posts) and Axeman (1382 posts). If we exclude FXhome employees and contractors, the top three are Atom, Terminal Velocity and ben3308 – certainly all well known posters. It gets particularly interesting if you tally it up against the top rated FXhomers (again, ignoring Tarn and Axeman!), where ben3308 also comes in third, indicating a very high overall quality of posts. pdrg comes in second and Aculag comes in a clear first, possibly reflecting people’s appreciation of his unique sense of humour.
Terminal Velocity and moranatol tie for the most active preset makers of 2009, each with 18 accepted presets, beating 2008’s winner Jabooza who still managed to submit 9 high quality entries.
These are just stats, of course, and in reality everybody contributed to making the FXhome.com forum a fun, interesting and rewarding place to visit. There literally wouldn’t be a community without you guys, so a big thanks from us to you all.
Things we learned in 2009
- Running the 2009 awards month seemed to prompt the younger users to follow up with their own awards schemes for logos, websites and anything else they could think of.
- WPD Lab will not die.
- Mushroom clouds are difficult.
- When asking questions, it’s best to be specific.
- FXhomers can be kinda gross...
- It’s OK to take a short break from FXhome.com.
- Talking of ben3308, 2009 was also the year when he finally hit 3308 FXperience points. We have a screenshot to prove it.
- Hybrid-Halo works in the industry. Sidewinder and Mechaforce are still out there.
- Atomic Productions’ grading secret discovered.
- When in doubt, enlarge the flowers to the max.
- A lot of FXhomers have nearly died.
- I have seen your round-up.