2016 may have sucked for most of the world but it wasn’t half bad for Mofilm. This “video mashup” highlights some of the best work to come from the Mofilm community this year. Enjoy!
If you were to make a list of the Top 50 things that I love, Halloween would rank #16 and Video Contests would rank somewhere in the low 20’s. That might sound surprising for a guy who runs a website about video contests but keep in mind that my list would include things like cookies (#8), my loved ones (#1-5), and hilarious cat videos (#14). So Halloween and Video Contests are a big part of my life. Every fall search the web for new Halloween-themed video contests that I can enter but unfortunately, they’re not as popular as you’d think. I’ve found and entered a few of them but I’ve never been able to win one….until now! Back in October I read about a photo & video contest that was being sponsored by Penguin Dry Ice. I’ve always loved dry ice (#47 on my list) and I’ve bought many bricks of it over the years for Halloween parties and video projects. So I really wanted to win this contest. The sponsor wanted to see #frightfully Halloween displays that used dry ice. There were a lot of great entries but I managed to win the $1,500 grand prize. Here’s my submission:
I gotta say, I’m really proud of my little display. It was actually kinda easy to set up. I just bought some empty paint cans from Home Depot and spray painted them black. Then I dribbled on florescent green paint and added some homemade florescent radiation stickers. I turned on a pair of blacklights, put some green, battery-operated LED Christmas lights in some of the cans and then added some water and dry ice.
If you’d like to see the other photos and videos that won prizes, click here.
As you guys have probably noticed, Frito-Lay isn’t running the Crash the Super Bowl contest this year. Instead they’ve been asking fans to set chip-related records as part of their “Doritos Bold 50” celebration. Most of the winning videos are pretty boring (make the world’s tallest house of cards with Doritos!) but I finally found one that’s worth watching. On November 15th, someone named “Marie” won $1,000 and set a new record for “Most Doritos Bags Stacked on Head at One Time.” With the help of some guy (probably her grandson) she managed to balance 15 bags on her her head at once. It seems pretty obvious that the guy in the video was the mastermind of this whole thing. The woman is clearly not enjoying herself as she sets her record……
Maybe she was just meditating to keep her body still but that lady looked pissed and/or bored AF. But good for her for agreeing to help out the mystery bag-stacker. And good for the guy for realizing that the lady’s hair would make a perfect shelf for a giant stack of chips!
There are still a few weeks left in 2016 and Doritos will probably run a few new record contests before the end of the year. So if you think you can do the most push-ups while eating Doritos, visit https://www.doritosbold50.com/records to claim your prize.
Hot news from Tongal: Project Greenlight Digital Studios and Tongal are teaming up to find and produce the “next great animated series.” Right now they’re looking for an original concept that can be developed into a new show. The judges are looking for “unforgettable characters, fun conflict, compelling storylines, engaging worlds, and clever points of view.” Translation: They want to create the next Rick & Morty. God bless them. Here’s the fine print:
Now through December 14, submit your idea in a one-to-three minute pitch video. Five finalists will be selected and awarded $5,000 each to create a “proof of concept” based on their original animated series idea. The public will have a chance to vote for the winning idea on tongal.com, along with a panel of industry judges. The creator of the winning series idea will then receive $70,000 to produce an 11-minute pilot episode based on their concept.
To submit a pitch, head here: https://tongal.com/project/nextgreatanimatedseries
If you’ll indulge me for a moment, I have some personal business to discus. I’ve been to the Chicago SantaCon maybe 5 or 6 times over the past 10 years but this year I’m helping to promote the event. So, if you live in the Chicagoland area and you enjoy Christmas, beer, dressing up like Santa Claus, having fun, walking around in the cold, caroling, beer, making merry and beer, you may want to check out this year’s SantaCon. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, Santa Con is basically a big Chrismasy bar crawl. They happen all over the world but it seems like Chicago does one of the best ones. It’s not as sloppy and stupid as the one in New York but it’s also not as tame as some of the Santa Cons that happen in other cities. I think it’s just the right level of ridiculous. The word is that some guy is running a second Santa Con in a different part of the city but ours is the real deal. It’s the original Chicago Santa Con and it’s been around since 2005.
The 2016 schedule has just been released. Here it is:
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016:
Noon to 1:00PM – Congress Plaza Hotel Bar. 520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL.
1:00 to 1:15PM – Steps of the Art Institute for photos and caroling.
1:15 to 2:30PM – Beef and Brandy and The Bar Below. 127 S State Street.
2:30 to 3:30PM – Santa takeover at The Bean/Cloud Gate at Millennium Park
3:30 to 4:30PM – Bar Louie – River North. 333 N. Dearborn Street.
4:30 to 6:00PM – Adelines (Formerly Celtic Crossings). 751 North Clark Street.
6:00 to 8:00PM – Brehon Pub 731 N Wells St # 1
8:00 and beyond – General Shennanigas
If any VCN actually want to go this year, let me know and I’ll buy you a drink!