Well, time has come to announce the winners of the 8-BIT competition.
This was a tough one. We know.
The brief was to create a video in the visual language of old-school 8-bit video games. But this is about not just replicating that particular style. It should creatively embrace the aesthetic while creating a unique experience for the viewer. This is what we were looking for.
8-BIT has been one of our harder challenges and the low number of entries show how much work went in to every single submission. Considering all this we have brought you two very special experts to choose the winners.
Terry Borst has worked as a professional screenwriter for more than 20 years. His screen credits include Midnight Runaround (a sequel to Midnight Run, which starred Robert De Niro); the independent film A Private War; many episodes of the popular internationally syndicated television series Bugs; and Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV (two of the most popular video games of the late ‘90s). Borst has been commissioned to write feature-film screenplays for studios and a TV series pilot for the BBC and collaborated on the scripting and development of other AAA-level video games.
He also co-authored two books about combining classical Hollywood storytelling techniques with game development processes. Borst has taught screenwriting at UCLA, USC, and other universities before joining the Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Dae In Chung is an animator/designer. He studied Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts. His short animation has been shown around the world including Melbourne International Animation Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, etc. He has also worked on various commercial projects such as Yogi Bear 3D title sequence and Toyota showroom video. Currently, he is the chair of the Digital Arts Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, NM.
But now on to the Winner, DUMROLL please!!
The winner of the Grand Prize is Gustavo Collazos fom Cali, Colombia with his entry titled ‘Tension’.
We think this entry had all the bonus factors we were looking for. Storytelling, tension (obviously), rhythm and shocking resolution. We loved how the tension was built up with good editing, switching between minuscule or significant tensions of ‘every day’ life and explosive, cataclysmic events. At the end non of these matter as the world as we know it will stop existing. He referenced David O’Reilly young Irish film maker as his inspiration which is awesome! We also loved the colour schemes and the overall design of the scenes. Well done Gustavo! You get a pocket projector and we look forward to fly you to Santa Fe to attend the ArtFest!
Runner-ups are Tyrone Urquhart from New Zealand with the entry ‘Super Slope-style Challenge’ and Haley Grant from the US with ‘The Joust’! They will receive a pocket projector each.
All winners and shortlisted entries will be shown at the Outdoor Vision Fest in Santa Fe.
Congratulations to the winners and everyone who entered!