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Project ED’s got four hot new contests for July!

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Hey, someone stole my idea for an anti-plagiarism contest!

So how’s your summer going so far?  Mine’s been pretty good.  Earlier this month me and and a friend took a last minute road trip to Detroit.  No, I’m not kidding.  It was actually way more fun than I expected.  We went to the Henry Ford museum, ate lots of coney dogs, visited that crappy pawn shop from Pawn Stars, cruised down 8 Mile, took a tour of the original Motown studio and gaped at dozens and dozens of perfectly fine but completely abandoned homes and office buildings.  The only part of the trip that sucked was our side-excursion to Windsor, Ontario.  I’ve always heard that Windsor is supposed to be Canada’s party-central but it turns out that the city is filled with 20 year old Americans who want to drink legally.  We did get to cash in some Canadian quarters and we used the money to buy lots of Poutine so at least the trip wasn’t a total waste.

Now that I’m back and now that the 4th of July is behind me, I’m rip-roarin’ and ready to start shooting some video contest entries.  I haven’t shot a contest video all summer so I should probably ease back into things with a something simple and fun.  Fortunately Project ED is running three, very nice video contests right now.  Each has 2 top prizes of $1,000.  Oh maybe I should enter the “Don’t Plagiarize Me, Bro!” contest”  Longtime fans of VCN will know that I freaking despise plagiarism.  I’ve been ripped off a few times and I used to see a good number of plagiarized video contest entries. But times have changed and that almost never happens any more.  Project ED is asking filmmakers to create videos that define plagiarism in 90 seconds or less.  I hope to Glob that all you guys already know what constitutes plagiarism but just in case you don’t, here’s a quick refresher from Project ED:

Plagiarism (verb): using another person’s words or ideas without crediting the original source.

Examples of plagiarism, provided by www.plagiarism.org:

  • Turning in someone else’s work as your own
  • Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • Changing words by copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • Copying so many words or ideas from source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not
  • Yes, I did copy and paste that information from Project ED’s website and they copied and pasted from Plagiarism.org. But we all cited our sources so this doesn’t count as plagiarism.  Hey wait a second….a blogger copying some definitions of plagiarism without citing his sources would actually be a funny topic for a contest entry.  I think I might shoot that idea. Hey you better not try and steal it!
     
    Here are all of Project ED’s current video and GIF contests:
     
    Don’t Plagiarize me, Bro! video contest:  Top Prize:  $1,000

    Independent & Dependent Clauses video contest:  Top Prize:  $1,000

    The Doctor will See You Now video contest:  Top Prize:  $200

    Globetrotters and Jet Setters video contest:  Top Prize:  $1,000
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    Happy Birthday America, let’s party like it’s 2776!

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    This post sponsored by the robo-freemasons

    Good morning, America!  What a great day to be alive in the land of the free and the home of the proud whopper.  I’m in a great mood and not just because it’s the 4th of July.  A few days ago a big swath of storms rolled across the Chicago area and knocked out my power.  I was living in the dark for days but the lights are finally back.  It was weirdly refreshing to go without TV or my computer or the Internet for days.  I sat in the dark and read Tom Sawyer by candlelight just as my forefathers did.  LOL/JK.  Half of those old goofballs were illiterate drunks and the rest spoke french and polish. Anyway, now that the power’s back I’m going to celebrate by downloading my own copy of the newly-released, soon-to-be epic smash hit comedy album, 2776.  The project was co-created by friend of VCN and super video contest winner, HappyJoel Moss Levinson and features tracks from everyone in the world that you think is cool including Patton Oswalt, Aubury Plaza, Margaret Cho, Ed Helms, Ira Glass, Nina Totenberg, Neko Case, Alex Trebeck, Paul F. Tompkins and more.  I’ve listened to some samples and the whole album sounds super bonkers.  As the title implies, 2776 imagines the United States in its 1000th year of existence.  Here’s a track from Wil Forte that had me CUMB-ing (Chuckling Under My Breath) all the way through:

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    All the profits for this project go to to an incredible charity, OneKid OneWorld.  You can buy individual tracks or the entire album here on iTunes:  http://bit.ly/2776itunes.  Or if you’re my mom and you want a physical CD, you can order one here:  http://bit.ly/2776amazon.

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    “My RØDE Reel” film contest winners

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    Last week RØDE announced the winners of the first “My RØDE Reel” short film contest.  The goal of the competition was simple; RØDE wanted filmmakers of all skill levels to go out and flex their creative muscles.  Submissions could be about any topic; the only entry criteria was that every project had to be made using RØDE microphones.  It looks like the contest was a massive hit.  RØDE received 1,120 entries from 76 different countries….probably because there were tons of categories and lots of chances to win a bunch of kick ass production gear. The company was so pleased with the response to this contest that they also decided to give away 1,120 SmartLavs (ARV $70) to everyone who entered. Here’s the grand prize winner:

    Judge’s Film Prize Winner.  Prize:  Black Magic Cinema camera, RØDE mics and more:


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    The entry that won the People’s Choice prize is a cool, Wes Anderson-inspired story about a guy and his grandfather’s motorcycle.  The video went viral and it’s now up to 1.5 million views.  Normally that would seem a little fishy but it looks like this entry really did earn all its votes and views.  It’s received 1,400 comments and 22,000 up-votes on youtube.  It’s easy to buy views but likes and comments are hard to fake.  So this guy definitely deserved his prize:

    People’s Choice Winner.  PRIZE:  Black Magic Cinema camera, RØDE mics and more:


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    Best Sound Design.  PRIZE: RØDE NTG3 kit:


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    Best Cinematography.  PRIZE: RØDE NTG3 kit:


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    The rules stipulated that every contestant had to submit a behind-the-scenes video that showed how they used their RØDE mics.  One making-of video also got a prize package:

    Behind the Scenes Winner.  PRIZE: RØDE NTG3 kit:


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    Click here to see the full-length version of Thin Ribbon.  And If you’d like to watch a bunch more videos that feature really sweet audio, here are the rest of the Category Winners.
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    Right-Wing fearmonger Alex Jones announces the winner of the “We Will Resist TSA & NSA Tyranny” video contest

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    Janet Napolitano and her demonic army of jack-booted stormtroopers

    Back in April I flew out of the LAX for the first time.  Since it’s one of the busiest airports in the country I assumed that the security process would be long and unpleasant.  But I remember being surprised by how efficient and hassle-free the experience was.   Every TSA agent I encountered was polite, professional and upbeat.  There was even one guy who was downright jovial.  He had a big smile on his face and he was shaking hands with kids and chatting up everyone that passed his post.  I was thinking about that friendly fellow a few days later when I was struck by a dark realization; the TSA line at LAX was recently the scene of a vicious murder and all of those nice TSA agents I had seen were the killer’s intended victims.

    On November 1st, 2013, a 23-year old man named Paul Anthony Ciancia entered Terminal 3 at LAX with a duffel bag full of guns and ammo.  He walked up to the nearest TSA checkpoint, pulled out a Smith & Wesson, AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and opened fire.  He hit 39-year old TSA Agent Gerardo I. Hernandez directly in the chest.  Ciancia then moved up the escalator but noticed that Hernandez was still moving.  So he went back to shoot him again.  In total, Hernandez had more than 40 bullet fragments in his body.  He survived for 33 minutes but died at the hospital.

    Once he was done with Hernandez, the shooter walked calmly through the airport.  He reportedly stopped several people and asked if they were TSA agents.  If they said “no,” he left them alone.  He resumed his attack when he reached another TSA screening area.  Two more TSA agents and a schoolteacher were shot and wounded.  A few minutes later, Ciancia was shot by the police and taken into custody.  A note later found in Ciancia’s duffel bag explained the shooter’s intent; he went to LAX because he “wanted to kill TSA and pigs” and “instill fear in [their] traitorous minds.”

    Why would a 23-year old guy want to hunt down and terrorize TSA agents?  We still don’t know what exactly inspired Ciancia but anyone familiar with right-wing, anti-government propaganda would recognize many of the buzzwords and phrases he used in his note.  He claimed he was a “pissed off patriot” and referenced the “New World Order” and “fiat currency.”  He also went off on former secretary of transportation Janet Napolitano and called her a “bull dyke.” [1]  These are all popular topics for sites like the Drudge Report, politicians like Ron Paul and radio hosts like Mark Levin.  But the biggest and scariest critic of the TSA has got to be conspiracy theorist and radical right-wing radio show host Alex Jones.  Jones’s rhetoric is so over-the-top that even Glenn Beck has called him a “Madman.” For years Jones has been hammering away at the TSA; apparently he believes that they’re pedophile agents of “the new world order” who have orders to sexually assault and murder people in an effort to break their will. [2]   He also thinks that “airports across America are zones of total tyranny and Orwellian control” and that “The airport screening process is conditioning the American people for checkpoints under paramilitary control.” [3]

    Four days after Gerardo Hernandez was murdered at LAX, Alex Jones announced the Infowars.com “We Will Resist TSA & NSA Tyranny” film contest.  As Jones explains in this video announcement, the goal of the contest was for Americans to “get aggressive” and to let the “tyrants” know that “we’re not scared of them and that we are on the offense….because the best defense is a strong offense…these people are attacking us and it’s time to strike back and let the TSA and the NSA and all the other the other alphabet agencies that are raping our liberties know we are not their slaves.”

    Alex Jones and the InfoWars team were the sole judges in this contest.  Here’s the $10,000 winner that they picked:
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    If you don’t feel like watching seven minutes of creepy propaganda, here’s a summary of the winning video; it’s a about a TSA guy with a cheesy mustache who gets off on harassing and molesting innocent, freedom-loving patriots.  It’s lame and un-funny and it’s insulting to all the men and women who literally put their lives on the line (thanks to bile-spewing fearmongers who have gotten rich by telling their fans that TSA agents are “demonic” [4]) to keep the American transportation system safe and secure.

    I don’t know why Jones decided to launch his anti-TSA video contest a few days after three TSA agents were shot by some psycho in LA.  But his timing was pretty despicable.  As Jones said, the point of the contest was to go on the offensive and “strike back” at the TSA.  What kind of a sicko would say something like that just four days after some nut literally launched an offensive against real, living, TSA agents?
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    How are fake Youtube views generated?

    The worst kept secret on the web is that many “viral” videos juice their stats by purchasing fake views from sellers on sites like Fiverr.com.  For just five bucks these guys can add thousands and thousands of views to the video of your choosing.  Of course, those views are totally phony and buying them is a violation of Youtube’s policies.  But as long as you don’t get too greedy, Youtube probably won’t take down your video or suspend your account.

    For years I’ve wondered how these view-sellers actually generate their views.  I assumed that they were using bots of some sort.  But it turns out my guess was way off.  This promo video from Buyral.com explains exactly how these fake views are created:

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    Wasn’t that informative!?  For more info about the agency behind this video, head here.

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    Recent winners from Mofilm, Poptent, Project ED, UserFarm, Tongal and Zooppa

    Today I’m launching a new feature; The Recent Winner Round-Up!  Every few weeks I’ll post some of the best recent winners from all the top video contest/crowdsourced video sites.  I’m going to post all of these videos without comment.  I just want to share a bunch of recent winners so that you guys can see what it takes to win top video contest prizes these days. Apparently some sites have really wonky embed codes so some of these results are represented by a screengrab. To watch those videos, just click on the image. Also, it seems like A LOT of companies are asking that the results of their contests/assignments be kept private. So it’s getting kind of tough to find really good entries. I had to check about 10 expired Tongal projects before I found one with a grand prize winner that wasn’t set to private. And I was actually going to include some eYeka videos on this list but it looks like they don’t post ANY of their winning videos. UPDATE: It turns out that eYeka does publish some of their winning entries. So I’ll be sure to include some eYeka videos in next Recent Winner Round-Up.

    5 Hour Energy assignment via Poptent. Purchased by the sponsor. Price: $15,000
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    Rhythm and the Raven Contest via Project ED.  Youth Grand Prize Winner.  Prize: $1,000
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    Rhythm and the Raven Contest via Project ED. Adult Grand Prize Winner. Prize: $1,000
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    Candy Crush Saga Real Life contest. First Place Winner. Prize: 4000€


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    Zest: Indulge Yourself contest.  First Place Winner.  Prize:  $10,000
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    Coke Zero Competition via Mofilm.  First Place winner.  Prize:  $8,000 + a trip to Las Vegas
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    Mapquest Competition via Mofilm.  First Place winner.  Prize:  $8,000 + a trip to Las Vegas
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    My McDonald’s project via Tongal. First Place Winner. Prize: $37,500
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