It’s time for another round of Editor’s Choice Awards here on Poptent. The team here loves going back though assignments like SpaghettiO’s, each and every submission is worthy of some praise. Fantastic job. We wish we could award cash to each and every submission, but until that dream becomes a reality we will be sticking to our standard Editor’s Choice Awards. Here we go.
Congratulations to Spencer Maley who will be awarded the top award of $500 for his epic animation entitled “The Monster of Meatball Cove 2″ – if you have yet to check it out, it’s a must see. Check it out below, or over in our results gallery.
While you are over in our results gallery make sure you check out the four other ECA winners – LACproductions, arbiesen, feefofum, and Outlier_Media. Each producer will be taking home $250, sweet right? We also awarded a whole slew of honorable mentions, each and every one of them rocks.
That’s going to wrap this assignment up. Thank you all for participating and we will see you all around the ‘tent!
Western Union is focusing on promoting the price action for Domestic Money Transfer, sending money across town or across the country, within the US. Customers can send $50 within the US for only a $5 fee! The overarching objective is to position Western Union as a complete financial service provider. With our easy-to-use portfolio of services, you can send a money transfer, pay bills and receive direct deposits on your prepaid card. Our comprehensive consumer protection means you can rest assured that all of your transactions are safe and secure. And as always, our time-trusted money transfer service enables you to send and receive money quickly, easily and affordably. WU is guaranteeing THREE purchases in this assignment – don’t sleep on it!
As usual, the submissions to our Reel of the Month assignment were on point. You all do some incredible work outside of Poptent and we appreciate you bringing it into our world. Action Sports really move the meter here at Poptent – the high intensity shredding, the quick cuts, we love it all!
We are stoked to be awarding April’s Reel of the Month award to cameronfair. He really brought the heat with his reel. You can check it out below.
Be sure to give Cameron a “wi-five” – see what I did there? Make sure you accept this months ROM!
Frosty Paws are Frozen Treats for Dogs. Since ice cream is difficult to digest and can upset their dogs’ stomach, Frosty Paws is a nutritious replacement for ice cream that is fortified with protein, vitamin, and minerals. It’s a cool treat that is one of a kind that gives dogs and their owners a longer lasting treat experience. Frosty Paws isn’t simply a treat for dogs – it brings the owner and dog closer together. Some dogs actually prefer their owners to hold the cup while they eat it. Frosty Paws is all about experiencing that special moment, however often that may be. Purina is putting up a purchase award at $7,500, and Poptent is throwing in an extra $1,500 in cash awards – this one is not to be missed, especially if you have a furry friend. Accept here!
Drumstick is the original ice cream sundae cone. It’s an American icon; an indulgent, satiating treat that combines sweet and salty flavors for a unique taste profile – truly, no two bites are ever the same – from the top of the cone to the chocolaty nugget at the bottom; it’s an iconic product experience. The focus of this project is on Lil’ Drums. Launched in 2009, Lil’s Drums are a smaller, more convenient snack-sized option than a regular sized Nestlé Drumstick. With trends in the US pointing towards healthier snacking, Lil’ Drums is the perfect snack-time solutions for everyone in the family- kids, parents, and even grandparents. Nestle is guaranteeing one purchase of $7,500, and Poptent is throwing in an additional $1,500 in cash awards. Join up today!
SpaghettiOs came Poptent because they were interested in getting fun and fresh ideas about the inner child in all of us. They knew the Poptent community had a track record of being able to execute well on fun projects, and the submissions did not disappoint. Congratulations to Hyler Productions who are being purchased by SpaghettiOs for $7,500! If you have yet to watch the spot, do so below – it’s an instant classic. Watch the rest of the results here, and be sure to join us on some of the open assignments we have running currently.
We are truly excited to awarding Editor’s Choice Awards to five fantastic videos from this assignment. CLR loved the work you all put together for their All Kinds of Dirty, One Kind of Clean assignment. We hope you had a great time executing your brilliant concepts.
Now for the fun part! Congratulations to sy cody white who is taking home the top ECA of $500 for his “Hands and Our Hearts” spot! That’s not all folks, Kacper Skowron, WedgieCreative, Zachary Wentz, and James Ferngren are all taking home $250 for their efforts. Sweet!
Congratulations to all who have been awarded an ECA – well deserved. We also awarded a crop of honorable mentions. Check out all ECA’s + honorable mentions right here: http://bit.ly/174f98H in the results gallery.
That’s going to wrap this assignment up. Thank you all for your continued participation – we appreciate it!
This month we are featuring Poptent Pro, Eric McCoy! He’s been a Poptent member since July 2012 and has since been a finalist six times, purchased four times, and has participated in seven private assignments! Eric teamed up with his production partner-in-crime Justus Meyer combining their skills to tell some really great stories on camera. One of their most recent successes on Poptent was their spot titled “A Letter To Mom” submitted to Famous Footwear’s Victory Is Yours assignment. Just in time for Mother’s Day, Eric and Justus pulled off a moving spot that gives us chills and will have you reaching for the phone to call your own mom. Plus, just this weekend “A Letter To Mom” went from 38,000 to 119,000 views on YouTube! Check out this interview with Eric who was cool enough to offer up some insights on his process!
Why Poptent? When did you first get your start on Poptent?
In the fall of 2012 my producing partner, Justus Meyer, and I had each quit our jobs as assistants and were looking for a creative outlet for our pent-up imaginations. Relieved to no longer be taking coffee orders, we wrote, casted, shot, and delivered a spot for Bolla Wine in six days; without a second hesitation. Shortly afterward, we were engaged by the Poptent staff to participate in a private assignment. Before long, we had created three pieces of work in a little under two months! We knew we were in the right place.
What made you decide to start making films? Have you always been interested in producing commercials?
My father used to take me to a dingy second-run movie theater in Chicago when I was a kid. I loved it; we’d go once, sometimes twice a week. I chose a high-school with a TV program, where they’d let you check out video cameras, and made my first short during my sophomore year. Justus and I are still filmmakers a heart, but commercials allow us to practice the art of telling stories every day.
How would you describe your story-telling process? Do you draw from experiences in your own life?
I like to think of each story I tell as a memory being made. In my mind, nostalgia does this incredible thing: it clarifies each character’s intentions and strengthens the colors in their world. It’s strange, but all my memories have vibrant colors in them. Even if they’re sad ones, the blues and purples still pop. For some reason, I’m also able to empathize with every character (even if they picked on me in high school.) I’m still friends with all my ex-girlfriends. The sense of clarity that nostalgia brings, and the vibrance we see in our memories, is what I hope to translate to the cinema.
Let’s talk a little about your recent purchase in Poptent’s Famous Footwear assignment. What inspired you to tell this specific story?
Justus and I were thinking about all the missed opportunities we’ve had, where we should’ve said something, but didn’t articulate it in time. We thought, “what if—for once—moms everywhere got to hear the things that should be said to them everyday?” In a way, this project serves as a reminder that we have to pay more attention to the present, and always say what we feel.
What tips would you give to new Poptent’ers who just joined and may not know where to start?
Team up with somebody to collaborate with; someone you really like, as a person. In film, nobody does it alone. The economy is forcing the industry towards shooter-producers and one-man-bands. Resist this. Find people you like hanging out with, and work together. Everyone has a skill they’re just itching to hone. Write what you know, and shoot what you have. You don’t need to rent out a bowling alley or close down a street to tell a story. Some of the best ideas come out of the constraints of limited resources. Watch other people’s work. It will spark ideas you never thought existed. Finally, keep swinging. Your “sure winners” will lose, but others will pleasantly surprise you. The important thing is to take note of how you can improve. If I can learn something new on every assignment, I’m happy with the outcome (regardless of what the client thinks.)
What are your career goals?
Justus and I eventually hope to produce feature films. There are many miles of road between now and the red carpet, but we know what needs to be done, we just have to do it.
We often get questions regarding music here on Poptent. Creating music is tough and not all creators can churn out commercial jingles with ease – totally understandable! Most Poptent creators purchase music through one of many music licensing sites on the internet. Before purchasing a song to soundtrack your Poptent spot it is important to take a minute to make sure you can meet Poptent’s music licensing requirements.
Please keep in mind the following:
The Poptent Master Use and Sync Music License Agreement must ALWAYS be signed and accompany the submission of any video with music. You can find Poptent’s Master Use and Sync Music License Agreement right here: http://bit.ly/13cZdxq
If you choose to use music licensed from a third party, the music license (whether a sync or master use music license) MUST grant you, Poptent and Poptent’s clients the following rights: worldwide, non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty free, transferrable, assignable, and sub-licensable.
Remember, if you are unable to meet any or all requirements, your purchase may be delayed or rejected. We don’t want that to happen now do we? If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. We are continually working on ways to improve our processes here at Poptent – any feedback you may have is always welcome.
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Chapman is in an ongoing process of overhauling our web presence to better represent the education and experience students receive as members of the Chapman community. In order to better communicate the university’s message we are making design and content changes towww.chapman.edu and creating a whole new website ‘Discover. Chapman’ specifically targeting individuals unfamiliar with the university both academically and culturally.
This assignment is chock-full of purchases: one at $7,500, one at $5,000, and another at $3,500! Accept right here.