‘Animation Salad’ Competition Update

Hi everyone,
The time has come and gone for the Reallusion Crazy Talk Animator ‘Animated Salad’ competition.
So without further waffle from me, feast your eyes on the amazing entries that caught the eyes of the judges.
Reallusion salutes all the winners in this year’s Animation Salad Competition, which brought inanimate objects to life with the power of CrazyTalk Animator. Several animators went to great lengths to create phenomenal animations that are sure to inspire future artists with new and unique styles. For their exceptional efforts, a handful of videos won several awards that were well merited. Congratulations to all the winners! We hope to see all of you in the next CrazyTalk Animator competition!
All entries:
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Best Picture AwardWinner Prize (x 1):
Sony 220GB HD Camcorder with Projector

Director: thebiz
Video Title: Sushi Ronin

Judge’s Comment:
This animated video has been ingeniously created with stylized sushi characters. The story revolves around a typical vengeance story, spiced up with interesting and funny plots. The character fighting motions are cute and dramatic, and very well done, which even include some iClone animations. The director maintains a good tone while delivering an absorbing story. The author, Thebiz offers a fun and complete story that wins the title of Best Picture Award. Two thumbs up!

Best Director AwardWinner Prize (x 1):
iPad2 32 GB (Wi-Fi)


Director: Teviniii
Video Title: Unfinished Paintings (Dreaming of New Orleans)

Judge’s Comment:
The Unfinished Painting is a superb masterpiece, composed with animated paintings in CrazyTalk Animator and key elements in iClone. The video was produced with a kind of aesthetic and operatic aura. The animations were carefully and exquisitely designed for effortless appreciation. We would like to especially award Teviniii for delivering a new style in the use of CrazyTalk Animator production.

Most Popular AwardWinner Prize (x 1):
Xbox 360 – 250GB Console with Kinect


Director: Animatatoo
Video Title: Toyformers 3

Judge’s Comment:
Toyformer3 excellently combines the cast of Toy Story 3 and the movie trailer of Transformers 3. The result is an inspiring, jaw-dropping and fascinating movie tribute. This video successfully hit the most popular award by generating almost 50,000 views on YouTube alone, which won it tons of great comments and feedback from the animation community. With this ingenious idea and character arrangement, Animatoo introduces CrazyTalk Animator to the world of well-done parodies!

Best Original Character AwardWinner Prize (x 1):
Wacom Intuos4 (PTK-440) Tablet

Director: Tom Jantol
Video Title: I am not there, I did not die.

Judge’s Comment:
This video contains beautifully designed characters, all created in an artistic style. The author, Tom Jantol, has gone to great lengths to create highly original characters in this animation video. Congratulations for an exceptional job!

Best Casting AwardWinner Prize (x 1):
Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet

Director: Darren Thompson
Video Title: Loopy Fruits

The Best Casting Award goes to Darren and the Loopy Fruits. Darren selected different groups of characters for different scenes which fit the story and comic tone perfectly.
Best Screenplay AwardWinner Prize (x 3):
Corel VideoStudio Pro X4

Director: thebiz
Video Title: Sushi Ronin
http://vimeo.com/28425008
Judge’s Comments:
One of the Best Screenplay Awards goes to The Sushi Ronin, which uses a casual way to guide audiences through an interesting and witty story, climaxing in a smart ending.

Director: Ulrike Thiemann
Video Title: Cupy and Cleany
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yxi3ecxyXnc
Judge’s Comments:
A simple, funny and straight forward story between Cupy and Cleany. The story is simple but delivers a funny punch line at the end.

Director: Tafadzwa Tarumbwa
Video Title: The God feather
http://vimeo.com/31271619
Judge’s Comments:
A dramatic, gangster-like animation with theatrical tones, accurate stage setting and engaging dialogue.

Best Style Setting AwardWinner Prize (x 3):
Corel Paintshop Photo Pro X3

Director: Tom Jantol
Video Title: I am not there, I did not die.
http://vimeo.com/29557333
Judge’s Comments:
Again, this animation is one of the most visually stunning videos in this contest, complete with elegant and gracious character styles.

Director: Teviniii
Video Title: Unfinished Paintings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z7M75Z4qMM
Judge’s Comments:
This previous winner contains paintings and a collage of characters composed in a poetic story with strong artistic feeling.

Director: Soraya Gomes da Silva
Video Title: Green Dream
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3Q6Nf_vwGE&feature=player_embedded
Judge’s Comments:
The character and scenes in this music video are designed in a clear and clean style which creates a new type of CrazyTalk Animator fairy tale.

Best Voice Performance AwardWinner Prize (x 3):
Serif PhotoPlus x4

Director: thebiz
Video Title: Sushi Ronin
http://vimeo.com/28425008
Judge’s Comments:
The voice actors in Sushi Ronin are all professionally made. They do a great job in describing the personalities of the characters.

Director: Darren Thompson
Video Title: Loopy Fruits
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qThEQXhUbyM
Judge’s Comments:
Loopy Fruits contains a host and lots of individualized characters, all with interesting and emotive dialogues.

Director: David-Josué OYOUA
Video Title: Introducing the Fruticons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T93p0jGVrMg
Judge’s Comments:
In David-Josué’s video the characters work well, with lovely voices, which fit their styles in this nice picnic scene.

Best Visual FX AwardWinner Prize (x 3):
Serif DrawPlus x 4

Director: Teviniii
Video Title: Unfinished Paintings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z7M75Z4qMM
Judge’s Comments:
This multi-award winner contains many composited scenes including CrazyTalk Animator and iClone animations which deliver appealing visual effects.

Director: Tafadzwa Tarumbwa
Video Title: The God feather
http://vimeo.com/31271619
Judge’s Comments:
The God Feather uses good lighting, and shadows with contrasts that make any ordinary scene into a suspenseful display.

Director: Tom Jantol
Video Title: I am not there, I did not die.
http://vimeo.com/29557333
Judge’s Comments:
Tom’s brilliantly crafted winner creates a dazzling show of music and poetry with an elegant music box and fantasy characters. It’s a visually comfortable and enjoyable video.

Best Animation AwardWinner Prize (x 3):
Animation Magazine 1-Year Subscription

Director: Animatatoo
Video Title: Toyformers 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeXrZQMTrg0&feature=channel_video_title
Judge’s Comments:
First place in this category goes again to Animatoo, who brings skills in character animation and precise scene creation. It’s never easy to simulate robot transformation and for this we salute you!

Director: thebiz
Video Title: Sushi Ronin
http://vimeo.com/31271619
Judge’s Comments:
The Sushi Ronin keeps on winning! This award-buster contains fighting scenes with martial arts motions that are very well-made and very fun to watch.

Director: Thorsten Mihm
Video Title: Little bee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL3qH0OXsqM
Judge’s Comments:
Thorsten brings a little bee to life by using a creative technique that combines interesting Star Wars-like chase scenes and plots.

Best Camera AwardWinner Prize (x 3):
Renderosity Gift Certificate US$100

Director: David-Josué OYOUA
Video Title: Introducing the Fruticons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T93p0jGVrMg
Judge’s Comments:
This video uses several scene layers using rich camera movements with depth and visual design.

Director: Animatatoo
Video Title: Toyformers 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeXrZQMTrg0&feature=channel_video_title
Judge’s Comments:
Animatoo’s 3rd award! This goes to show that, if you deliver an exceptional entry then you will rake in all the prizes! This video contains several advanced camera angles and perspectives that make the entire video quite exciting.

Director: Teviniii
Video Title: Unfinished Paintings
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z7M75Z4qMM
Judge’s Comments:
Another multi-prize winner with a magical combination of 2D layers and 3D characters all driven by smooth camera skills.

Well done one and all and to the competition hosts for bringing them all together.
Enjoy, mAD mELLOR mAN
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