Over all, I've been disappointed with videos for the last year or so. I thought that Otakon 2001 wasn't as good as 2000, and that 2002 wasn't as good as 2001. Yes, there were exceptions, of course. One of my all time favourite videos has to be Vlad's "Memories Dance" which was from last year.
So, I didn't mean just AXNY's videos were disppointing, but that the ones at all the cons that I've gone to this year were. I'm not saying that they ALL were, just that over all it's not been exciting.
I sort of judge a contest (subconsciously) by the number of truly remarkable videos that I've seen in it. Some of it may be the relying on effects, and to be fair, some if it may be the disappointment in my own work. I don't know. But, for whatever reason, very few have actually grabbed me. It's been a while since my jaw has hit the ground and I just think "Wow!" Most of my favourite videos, I'll admit, are old ones with few if any effects. People seem more interested in lens flares and strobing and such, and that seems to get other people excited. So, maybe it's just me, but I feel that there's been less "heart" as of late. Most drama videos seem to be more action, and the action videos seem to be all about rapid cuts and strobing. I mean this to be no insult to people creating some fine videos today. They just seem to be... too few and far between. I personally feel that my last "good" video was made in 2000, but it's one that didn't get much response, so maybe that's me.
There ARE a lot of fan service videos, and I don't really think that there's anything wrong with that. It's a type of video. Standing next to a subtler, more powerful video they don't look so good. And there have been good ones lately. Maybe it's that we're all so overexposed to each other's work that we haven't been experimenting so much, or that we care a lot more about competing than making something memorable. Are we sacrificing subtlety for overt crowd pleasing? Are we trying to follow the "bigger is better" credo? Is it just that there are SO many of them now, so that every Trigun video looks the same?
I can't tell you why I've been finding videos to be... lacking lately. I just don't know. I'm glad that you think they're still strong, though. It's been a long time (except for Memories Dance) since something's moved me like Bobby Beaver's "Forever Young." I think we're lacking concept. Not just the "I'm doing X to Y" but the actual CONCEPT. I think we're lacking depth in our work.
Okay, enough whining from me... again...