Best Overall, Fan favorite
Anime: Initial D
Best Artistic and Judges choice
Song: My funny valentine
Anime: Cowboy Bebop
Created by Machine
Iron Chef Winners
Big Dave vs. Danny Wilson
Song: DMX's X is gonna give it to you
Big Dave - GTO
Danny Wilson - Blood
Winner: Big Dave
Big Dave's was hilarious while Danny tried to make it a serious video.
Castor Troy vs. Hitori
Song: Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville
Castor Troy: FLCL
Hitori: Excel Saga
Winner: Castor Troy
Very close contest btw...
AMV Contest Discussion
Before the contest started, we were all subjected to this Sailor Moon transformation video to burn time for the contest and it was played REALLY FUCKING LOUD especially with me and the rest of the La Familia sitting up near the front.
The actual contest was pretty bad because all of the videos were put on 1 tape recorded in EP which really screwed over many people especially the Milo brothers. Alot of the videos were from horrible divx sources and some even SHOWED THE DAMN DIVX logo. Some even looked like 160 x 120 rm files blown up to view on a projector screen (I liked that fruits basket video but it looked like a muddy pile of crap visually). My video looked like it went through a blender 35 times and the sound started off low and went normal around the middle. The only video that actually survived the entire recording process was Ikasu's Sin City.
The contest was a pretty big disappointment and their explanation for only accepting VHS is TOTAL BS since they played MJ's moneyshot from his cd.
Yes, there was an amv panel and Hitori and I went to help out with it but Hitori went to the awards ceremony but I decided to stay. When I sat on the panel, I barely got to say anything because the 2 people running it didn't even give me a chance to speak. I didn't want to be rude and interrupt them since they sorta knew what there were talking about. I only got to say around 5 phrases (One being a correction for "Doki Doki Studios" and I said "Productions", saved you there Tim
With the last 5 minutes, they showed Dragon Bebop Z on the TV but didn't even bother to turn the lights off which made it hard to see. Plus they didn't even give a chance to show Hitori's videos.
I had an absolute blast at Akon except for the actual amv related stuff. I really hope they get their act together because so many of us were screwed over.
I'll be posting a list of the contest videos later. If you didn't make it, you were shown at the showcase.