And the Winner Is . . .

You wish you had discovered this competition earlier. You have a great concept, but limited resources. The deadline is looming and if you only had more time . . . As someone who has submitted work to film festivals, I feel your pain. The judging of films, videos, or art in general, is a highly subjective endeavor, so as a competitor, you’re never absolutely certain your work will resonate with the powers that be. BOXX Technologies’ “I Want to Break Up With My Workstation” video contest was a brutally competitive affair with a vast assortment of worthy submissions. For the record, the winner was unanimous, appealing to our esteemed panel on a number of levels—most of all, a computer which managed to embody the pathetic desperation of Jack Lemmon’s Shelly Levine in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. But that’s not all. It killed on all levels. The next seven entries were close behind and all separated by only a handful of votes. In fact, after agreeing upon a “Fine 15” and then whittling it down to ten, we ended up with two ties in our efforts to reach a top five which resulted in another round of voting. It was a tough process, but overall, this competition managed to reinforce something we already knew: there are countless, talented, creative professionals out there in all lines of work who either use BOXX systems, or wish they did. Thank you to all who entered. It was great fun viewing your work. Want to know our biggest takeaway? No matter what type of work you do, slow rendering times are sucking the life out of you. Don’t worry, BOXX is here to help. Expect to see a lot more from us regarding rendering and our dedicated rendering solutions like renderPRO, renderBOXX and ROW: Renderfarm on Wheels. In fact, for the next contest, why not make the top prize a renderPRO?  Hmmm…

If you’ve managed to read this far without jumping to the list of winners, here they are:

First place and winner of the APEXX 2 workstation: Daniel Grissom.

It was unanimous. What else can you say?

First runner up and winner of an NVIDIA Quadro K4200 by PNY Technologies + 240GB Intel 730 SSD: Danusa Pollakova:

Cool concept, great pacing. Her desperation felt real—and funny.

Second runner up and winner of an NVIDIA Quadro K2200 by PNY Technologies + 240GB Intel 730 SSD: James Johnson: 

Funny, sincere, and very creative. And who doesn’t like waffles and fat hamsters?

Rounding out the Top Five  (winners of a BOXX T-shirt and collectible BOXX Lego kit)

4. Charlie Unsderfer:

Seamless effects and that ending? Brilliant.

5. Andy Phan:

Outstanding production value and the perfect illustration of user frustration. Terrific.

The rest of the Top Ten (winners of a BOXX T-shirt)

6. Jason Taylor:

Funny, creative, genuine.

7. Vincent Dhan:

Incredibly tight, slick (in a good way) and professional. Super.

8. Lachlan Forrester:

A computer so needy it was inching toward Fatal Attraction territory. Wicked funny.

9. Aaron Phares:

Perfectly executed concept and one hilarious performance.

10. Maryanna Kushkhova:

A workstation as the housemate from hell—awesome.

Honorable mention:

Katelyn Lagace:

Her hipster dig was quite possibly the funniest line of the whole competition.

Stephen Joubert:

“Back to one!”

Chase Chick:

A 2001 parody? A cool concept any Kubrick fan would love.

Marina B:

Cute, clever, nice FX.

Garret Gray:

“We’re still talking about computers?”