If you’re a 10 year old boy, or if you’ve ever been forced to have a conversation with a 10 year old boy, you probably know what Stikbots are. They’re little toy robots with pose-able arms and legs. They’re specifically designed so that kids can use them to make stop-motion videos. The toys are crazy popular and Youtube is filled with hundreds of kid-made Stikbot animations. Last fall the company that makes Stikbots (Zing Toys) held it’s first official video contest. The competition as a hit so Zing ran another one a few months ago. The $15,000 grand prize attracted a good number of grown-up filmmakers and the sponsors received some really great entries. And one of those entries was mine! It was a close race but in the end, my entry managed took home the grand prize.
I guess Zing was really happy with the 2nd contest because they’ve already announced a 3rd one. This time the grand prize is $10,000 but there are also prizes for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place that range from $4,000 to $1,000. I had fun making my stop-motion video and I briefly considered entering again. But it just seems kind of crappy to try and win the same contest twice in a row. So I figured the least I could do is help promote the new contest. This is a great one to enter because there’s no voting and most of the competitors will be young or new filmmakers. So if you’re willing to put in a whole lot of time and a whole lot of hard work, I think you’ll have a good shot at making the finals. Here are the videos that made the Top 3 in the first two contests. My video is entitled “The Cave” and starts at the 4:38 mark.
The deadline for the new contest is November 30th. If you’re going to create an entry, I suggest you focus on comedy and put A LOT of work into your script. I think those are the two reasons that I won. Also, be sure to follow the rules. The entry that came in 2nd last time used non-Stikbot action figures like Spiderman and the Green Goblin. That was technically against the rules and I was surprised that the entry didn’t get disqualified. For more info about the new contest, head here: https://www.stikbot.toys/contest/