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Rae

You guys should have contests for all "Future of the Body" songs.

AnnieKate76

THANK YOU, judges and JoCo!!! I'm so glad people are enjoying my video! :) And I'm so honored to have won out of all the amazing entries that were submitted.

Of course, I couldn't have done it without the great song, and the article that inspired the song talked about a pill for spirituality that inspired the "yoganox" concept, so thanks for all the inspiration.

-Andrea

Christopher Finke

I loved the live-action one, especially the Calminex part.

sporksmith

Thanks for the honorable mention, and a big congrats to Andrea and the other winners! There were a number of great entries that didn't get mentioned- everyone should check out the playlist of entries thoughtfully put together by Andrea: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=49E2A02DDD5DF4C8 .

Also thanks to popsci for hosting the contest, which finally got me and blackcatbon to make a video instead of just talking about it :)

sporksmith

Oops- forgot to thank Jonathan Coulton for creating awesome music and putting it on the internets for all of us to play with and enjoy :)

Ro

With all do respect, I don't feel the World of Warcraft or Sims entries are valid, because there's very little work involved. You don't have to animate anything, you don't have to act, it's just record footage and go. Personally I think it comes down to the two animated ones. The one with Litewave 3D was cool looking, except I wonder about how much of the stuff in the video was made already. I would put it between theshirtevent and AnnieKate76.

Demetrius

Hi, Ro. I created the Lightwave animation. It occupied virtually every waking hour of my last week. My wife can attest to that! I can assure you that I, personally, choreographed all of the animation in this video. And, I modelled most of the objects and environments myself. Some of the objects *were* stock data, though (the phone, the car...). And, a lot of the objects (buildings, furniture...) were re-purposed from other projects (that I did) for this video. But, that's the glory of 3D animation. If I had to build all of the data from scratch specifically for this animation it *wouldn't* have happened. It certainly wouldn't have had the depth or quality it has. This week I'm re-rendering it (approx 60 hours of rendering squeezed into my schedule) with more bells and whistles, and some visual effects turned on to make it look better. And, I will upload a cleaner version as soon as it is done. ...just because I think it's a great song and deserves the best video I can put up for it.

I don't begrudge AnnieKate76 her win. She worked hard and made a great video with a lot of heart and a cool ending. And, she had my son cracking up all afternoon. PopSci staff and JoCo made their judgement and I have no problem with it. I appreciate that there is a wide range of creative expression and a wide range of tools with which to express one's self. I would hesitate (to the point of not doing it at all) to dismiss the effort that went into, or to question the value of *anyone's* submission based on the tools they used. Tools don't *do* creative. People do.

AnnieKate76

Ro: First off, "what Demetrius said", but second, I think you should try making a video like this in a game program before you dismiss the effort involved.

Just as with shooting a live action movie, you have to figure out story and camera angles and lighting and wardrobe and editing it all together, and then on top of that you have to deal with the limitations of the game. There are only so many things you can get a game character to do, and it can be hard to get them all doing the right thing at the right time. I tried a few months ago to do a Millionaire Girlfriend video in Sims 2 and I got so frustrated with the limited range of actions and facial expressions! I finally gave up when it became clear I didn't even have a good enough graphics card to save smooth movie files.

Anyway, I can see how you would think that if you haven't tried it, but it really is tougher than it looks. And I can't even fathom Demetrius' mad rendering skillz. You should check out the demo reel on his website. It's gorgeous; he's a pro.

Kerrin

I would like to say that it takes a great deal of time and effort to make the warcraft and sims 2 videos. Being an avid warcraft player I am constantly amazed at the standard of videos that people like Zeedoos (and Spiff, who's videos are also amazing) can produce. The fact that Ro thought it was easy just shows how good they really are.

The standard was a lot higher that I expected. These are amazing, all of them.

zeedoos

Great job AnnieKate76 - congratulations! Love the video - very original ending. My husband and I love all the names of the drugs (we found our selves stopping and starting your video a lot to catch all the neat things you added).

And thank you JoCo and PopSci for the music, contest and honorable mention :)

Also, thanks to everyone for the compliments and sticking up for video game machinima. Spiff was my original inspiration to start making these things, and I love making them. It can be very difficult. Not just with the challenges already mention, but if you are using strictly in-game footage like I do (and not the model viewer to capture footage) you are also limited by what you can make or buy in-game and where you can get to. For the scene where he runs up the stairs, we had to: travel from one continent to the next by boat, gryphon and mount; fight our way through and instance full of evil trolls (which we could thankfully do with 2 high level characters instead of the normal 5 required); clear the area, change into wardrobe, experiment with film angles and wala! 1.5 hours of work for 2 seconds of film! But totally worth it - it's our favorit part - you can barely see him lift his arms ala Rocky at the top. (I've recently looked into trying the model viewer, which is presenting me with a whole new host of problems to overcome - maybe I will come to like it too).

Mike

This is just a note for Spiff:
This is only a guess, but you didn't win because you had made lots of good videos so they wanted someone 'fresh'.

blackcatbonifide

Thanks to the judges for choosing our video as one of the runners up. I've been putting off making a JC music video for so long, this contest was just what we needed to jump in and just do it! I hope all the entries had as much fun as we did making our video.

Thanks PopSci for the movtivation!!!

CR

I can vouch for Demetrius. The guy has MAJOR skills. He has done work for me in the past, and I have a copy of his demo dvd which is excellent. YouTube doesn't even capture it as well. His work is amazing. I haven't been in touch for a long time, but his wife told me about this contest and how well he did so I thought I would stop by. Congratulations, Demetrius!

nick

okay why did first place get first place i think number 5 the realtime one was way the heck better!!! heack even the WoW one was better... not that my opinion matters but bad job judging....

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Lea Anne

Congratulations to the winner and all the runner-ups!!!! I thought ALL of the videos were awesome--The judges had to have had a terrible time choosing which one would win. Thanks for putting out so much time and effort to entertain!!!

nell

Very good Blog

Bruno

Haha. I agree with you. AnnieKate76's video is awesome.

Brad

The videos are all good, but I definitely enjoy blackcatbonafide's best. I've been watching it over and over and over.

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