Overall it was a pretty balanced contest this year with a little something for everyone. There was a lot more humor this year and yet some good dark videos as well. We had an almost even gender balance of judges from both Canada and the USA. After the dust settled, it appears that it was a year for nature-themed videos to sweep the top awards. Congratulations to all who took part in this year's festivities and the Friday night party. Your input will be used to make next year's event even better.
Anime North 2005 Anime Music Video Competition Winners
Northern Lights Award (Best Overall Video)
"Scenic Study - Mononoke Hime" - Fred Graupp (Studio Tarantella)
Music: Delicate - Patrick O'Hearn
Footage: Princess Mononoke
An experimental attempt to emulate the style of music videos set to landscape photography with new age music using animation. The result was an mesmerizing experience that drew the judges into a state of reflective contemplation.
Momiji no Video (Judge's Choice)
"The Significance of Scenery" - Tim Park (Doki Doki Productions)
Music: Rocks and Trees - Arrogant Worms
Footage: Fushigi Yuugi (and others)
Tim's goal was to try and entertain the world and help promote Canadian tourism as well. Never let it be said that he panders to his audience, but this was still the judge's favorite - even the Americans.
Criterion Award for Editing
"Love Love AZuManGa" - Sylvester Ng (Panda Productions)
Music: Love Tropicana (TV Mix) - Sister Mayo
Footage: Azumanga Daioh
Awarded for its editing of Azumanga Footage into a kareoke video using the theme song from "Guu".
Criterion Award for Cinematography
"As the Warlock Said..." - Andre Marentette (Legaecy Productions)
Music: Gravity of Love - Enigma
Footage: Shadow Hearts / Shadow Hearts: Covenant
The uplifting vocals and dark music matched with the footage and special effects in a powerful way that the judges felt was outstanding.
Criterion Award for Creativity
"C is for Cakey" - Carly Gaudreault
Music: C is for Cookie - Sesame Street
Footage: Descendants of Darkness
Only a caffeine high would make someone think of this. The judges never knew that Cookie Monster was such an accomplished voice actor and awarded this for how goofy it made the characters sound.
Criterion Award for Artistic Vision
"The Search and the Why" - Miles Klub
Music: Why? - John and Audrey Wiggins
Footage: Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito
The creator adequately conveyed the heroine's longing as she searched for a loved one despite their betrayal.
Momiji's Challenge Award (The One-Minute Video)
"Pandas" - Michael Martingetti (Blurry Line Media)
Music: Pandas - Corky and the Juice Pigs
Footage: Panda Go Panda and various
The judges were delighted with the various creative ways that the creator devised to kill these cuddly bears and the song chorus was infectious.
The Newbie Award (Best NoviceVideo)
"Centennial" - Rick Thompson (Mousou Studios)
Music: 100 Years - Five for Fighting
Footage: Millenium Actress
Rick chose good scene and song selection to create a bittersweet review of an aging actress at the end of her career that struck a chord in the judges with his creativity and artistic vision.
"Professor Tomoe, the Science Guy" - Kalie Brown
Music: Bill Nye the Science Guy TV Theme
Footage: Sailor Moon S
For its creativity and playful send up of Bill Nye using the mad scientist from Sailor Moon.
"Keep Dreaming" - Zach Epolito
Music: Dream On - Aerosmith
Footage: Cowboy Bebop Movie
For its character study of of Vincent's dreamlike perception of reality and cinematography.
"A Hunter's Requiem" - Amanda Cilio (E&I Entertainment)
Music: Lux Aterna - Clint Maxwell
Footage: Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
For its dark and brooding music that matched well with the edited footage that built from softly menacing to a resounding crescendo.
"Just Another Blue Sky" - Terry Kaleas (Astromutation Productions)
Music: Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
Footage: His and Her Circumstances
For its tight editing that captured the spirit of Kare Kano.
"My Dog" - Fred Graupp (Studio Tarantella)
Music: The Ken-L-Ration Commercial
Footage: Cowboy Bebop
For its creative use of an old TV ad with simulated Super-8 footage of Ein.
"Model of an Anime Individual" - Derek Schlag (#SD-AMV)
Music: I am the Very Model of a Cartoon Individual - Animaniacs
For its creative song selection and matching it to the Trigun footage to create a fun video.
"Almost Finished" - Nicholas Terwoord (Tsunami Studios)
Music: Some Fantastic - Bare Naked Ladies
Footage: Steel Angel Kurumi
For its depiction of the romantic relationship between the leading characters.
"Sakura's Heroes" - Michael Martignetti (Blurry Line Media)
Music: Holding out for a Hero - Jennifer Saunders
For being an all-around solid entry, even if it was Naruto.
"Utena" - Cynthia Delker (Baka Deshi Productions)
Music: Sexual - Amber
Footage: The Adolescence of Utena
Like the name of the chosen music, the judges felt that the creator was successful in conveying the sensuousness and eroticism inherent in the Utena movie.
We thank everyone for entering the competition and look forward to an even better competition for our 10th anniversary next year.
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