I really wanted to do a video announcement for the winners like I did for the last contest, but because of all the crazyness that comes with Christmas and the fact that there were 80 1-minute videos to judge, that wasn't possible.
Judging this contest was so hard that it required 4 judges, myself included, to narrow the list down. Among the judges was my good friend Robert from Robert's Productions! Check out his website for various editing software tutorials. Big thanks to all of the judges who gave up hours of their time to help watch and review all the submissions.
To everyone who participated in this contest: THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your dedication and passion never cease to amaze me. The fact that 80 of you put in the time and effort to create these entries makes me grateful beyond belief. This really is the best Christmas present I could ask for. I wish I could give a prize to every single one of you, but sadly the prizes are limited.
How the winners were chosen.
Like I said in the contest announcement video, the main thing this contest would be judged on is how well the line "I'm not coming over for Christmas" was used in the video, and how effective the plot twist was. Of course, technical stuff like cinematography and editing were also considered.
When I made these guidelines I wanted to see how well the contestants would work with the limitations I put upon them. I was not disappointed at all with most of the submissions! The creativity in some of these videos was simply breathtaking. Some of these videos had so much content that I had to double check to make sure they were actually under 1 minute. Wow!
These videos didn't win, but the judges and I still thought they were really cool. In no particular order, these are our 10 Honorable Mentions! (click the thumbnail to play the video)
Congratulations to you guys! Your videos showed real effort and creativity. Hope to see you again in our next contest!
4th Place Winners
We were supposed to have only 3 prizes, but these 2 videos were so close that it didn't feel right to leave them out. The 4th Place prize winners will receive 1 free download of the RodyPolis product of their choice. Congrats!
'Tis the Season - Joshua Belveal
Mini review: "'Tis the Season" was very well shot and made good use of the line and plot twist. The editing felt a bit awkward at parts, but overall this was a solid submission. Well done!
Santa Transmitter - Dan Robertson
Mini review: Very cool and meaningful story told in a short amount of time. Your editing and music were spot on, and the VFX added an extra touch of Christmas magic in there! The ending was a solid conclusion, but it wasn't much of a plot twist. Still, great job!
3rd Place Winner
Coming Home for Christmas - Ryan Riffle
Mini review: Not that it matters, but this was actually the very first video submitted to the contest! Congrats on making a great entry in such a short amount of time!
Now for the review. "Coming Home for Christmas" was very well shot and edited. The props and costumes were great, and that added a lot to the tone of the story. The line was very well used and the twist was fun. The color grading could be improved on, but that wasn't enough to take away from your other efforts. Nicely done!
2nd Place Winner
Moshe's Christmas - Amir Ilyasov
Mini review: Very funny! One of the few videos that all 4 judges unanimously loved! Great job on the editing and the music. The line was used in context, and the twist rocked! Though it was well shot, the 180 line was crossed a few times, so watch out for that in the future. Still, this video showed some real talent, so congrats!
1st Place Winner
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Ryan Morris
Mini review: The set up and execution of the plot twist were awesome! Nicely filmed (the shot of the feet hanging while Eve is at the door is very creative) and the editing was very purposeful. It was also one of the better acted entries in this contest, so well done on that part. The use of the line felt very natural within the context of your story and didn't draw unwanted attention to itself.
Some good color grading would have elevated this short to a whole new level, so work on that part. In the end though, nothing could hurt that plot twist of yours. Congratulations on winning first place!
So, what now?
I will be contacting each winner tomorrow with information on how to get their prizes. I'll be using the email address you submitted when entering the contest.
Once again, congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who participated! Special thanks to TubeTape and HitFilm for providing prizes for the first place winner. Be sure to check out their site!
Now that this is done, I'm going to try my best enjoy the rest of Christmas! Enjoy your holidays and have a happy new year!