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And the winner is...

The competition was ridiculously close and we had an extremely difficult time picking just one winner. Everyone here at Cinevate had a vote and after tallying the results we would like to announce the winner is ‘The Fire Rig’ by Michael Gebben and Charles Phillips from Alton, Illinois.

We would also like to congratulate everyone on producing some hilarious and very creative entries. All contest entrants will be receiving a swag package to show Cinevate’s appreciation for all your hard work. Thanks again to the entrants. You made this contest a lot of fun for all of us here at Cinevate.

The contest voting is over but you can still tell us which one you liked.

Drum Kit

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Goes Wrong

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Rabbit Not Included

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Cola Inspired

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with Sound Effects

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Recycled VHS

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Rice Crispies

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with Snack Drawer

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Grow Your Own

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Cheese and
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Recycled Chair

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All Bananas

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Branches and Twine

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Beer Cozy Shade
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Cooking with Sorlie
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Ring O' Fire

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Popsicle Stick

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aaron morrell
03 Sep 2009, 15:33
Some great first entries, looking forward to the next series of installments.
03 Sep 2009, 18:37
It's good to see the videos, cant wait for the next 5, cheers!!!!

Keep the good work!!!!

Jason Wells
03 Sep 2009, 20:21
I love the edible celery rig!!!
tracey brown
03 Sep 2009, 20:23
I really enjoyed the entries... keeping in touch with Twitter!
Aaron Sickle
03 Sep 2009, 21:15
Go Andrew! You're hilarious.
Tomber Su
03 Sep 2009, 23:10
Branches and Twine=so not recycled and food :D

fire one is funny
03 Sep 2009, 23:41
Stillmotion'less' and Mind'Fortress' had me ROTFL!!!
aaron morrell
04 Sep 2009, 05:33
Tomber Su,
Just to clarify the definition of Recycle-

re⋅cy⋅cle  [ree-sahy-kuhl] Show IPA verb, -cled, -cling, noun
–verb (used with object)
1. to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse: recycling paper to save trees.
2. to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of: The old factory is being recycled as a theater.
3. to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration: The governor recycled some speeches from his early days.
4. to cause to pass through a cycle again: to recycle laundry through a washing machine.
–verb (used without object)

Just thought this would be helpful. :)
04 Sep 2009, 10:18
@Aaron morrell-good job defending you case

anyway, i think your was filmed the best(out of these 5)
You can always use the branches as food :D
aaron morrell
04 Sep 2009, 10:41
Tomber, thanks. If not eat the branches, at least cook a Hot-Dog over a crackling fire and floss with the twine. Creating a third recycle event. :)
Thanks for the compliments. A
Charles Phillips
04 Sep 2009, 14:00
Hey Amish, I hope you saw the "Romanator" tshirt as well...naturally, it's the clip where I tear off my shirt. haha

jamie irving
04 Sep 2009, 14:24
I vote for the video from Sorlie arts.
Alicja Krol
04 Sep 2009, 14:34
Loved Cooking with Sorlie Arts
DSLR Rig!! Very creative!
Nanda Menard
04 Sep 2009, 16:04
great job Andrews wow like watching a movie with lot of action

Gideon Courtney
04 Sep 2009, 16:36
Sorlie Arts puts the sell in celery!
Aaron Hogsed
04 Sep 2009, 17:58
I like the branches and twig one
05 Sep 2009, 12:04
Charles, thanks for pointing that out, it went so quick the first time, I didn't really notice it! Awesome!
The Band
06 Sep 2009, 13:18
The twigs guy is very creative. This was a short story of adventure, wondering where is was going to lead with no dialogue. The end result was very creative.
06 Sep 2009, 20:13
I'm liking the celery and the twigs. You definitely can't eat my creation. lol.
Annette Rennison
07 Sep 2009, 07:35
The branches and twigs is my favorite. Love the nature theme.
Dan Walter
07 Sep 2009, 08:04
Sorry but you'll have to wait one more day for the next batch of submissions. I will share them tomorrow (Sept 8) instead. Thanks for your patience.
Jackson Miller
07 Sep 2009, 21:34
I thought we were aiming for functionality. None of these strike me as being useable. I also thought we were using recycled materials but all I see here is food being wasted, store-bought popsicle sticks (If you actually ate that many popsicles then I apologize), and shirts being ripped and torched, all at a time when half of california is on fire haha.

I think the ideas are creative, but I feel as if I read different instructions or something. I used things in the house and garage that would have otherwise been thrown away: empty deodorant, dried up markers, a broken oar, a sock with a hole in it etc. It took a lot of effort to come up with something like that and not waste anything. In fact, I am actually still shooting with the rig and it still seems to be holding up.

I will say however, that the fire one made me laugh very hard and that the cinematography on the sticks one was nice.
Dan Walter
08 Sep 2009, 07:32

we appreciate your post. We received many creative and funny submissions...all of which followed the guidelines we provided...including yours. We are looking forward to deciding and announcing who the winner is.
Danielle Johnson
08 Sep 2009, 10:57
I'm not a video person, but if I had to buy one of these rigs so far, it would definitely be the fire rig. It's the craziest and funniest, and it seems more like a legitimate commercial compared to the rest. A few are pretty good, but not a single one seems to have as much thought put into it or as many elements going at once as the fire rig. Just my two cents! :)
Tomber Su
08 Sep 2009, 12:59
Recycled Chair is the best rig ive seen so far :D (in terms of usability)

it dosent seem to matter that its over time? 34 secs.

Mine was 32 0.o

I wouldnt have done that banana thing to my screen ;D at least it gives you a scent
Alexis Dillahunt
08 Sep 2009, 15:22
Loved the chair one...seems like it could be sturdy enough to work! LOL
Dennis Wood
08 Sep 2009, 17:49
I have to tell you guys, we've been having a lot of laughs here over the submissions so far. I'm also convinced at this point that we've got to do something with dried bananas in one of our rigs. Think of it. You're stuck in your car during a crazy winter snow storm, no food in sight. Suddenly you spy your Cinevate Banarig in the back seat....
08 Sep 2009, 22:16
All of these postings are fantastic to watch. I think we all had some great fun creating our own little masterpieces. Branches and twine was very well put together, both rig and video, Ecological rig also put a lot of effort into her presentation, not to say well haven't. Great work it.
09 Sep 2009, 00:59
@Dennis Bananas is definitely the next big thing when it comes to rigs. I'am glad i patented that one ;)
Casey Warren
09 Sep 2009, 03:04
Wow! really liking the creativity in all these videos. Definitely worth watching them all. Cant wait for more to be posted.

~Casey W.
Jason McDonald
09 Sep 2009, 04:26
Fire rig has my vote. Very funny, inventive IMO. I think they took the idea and just had fun with it and ended up with a funny piece of video.
aaron morrell
09 Sep 2009, 08:50
I feel for you guys at Cinevate. Gonna be hard to choose which one wins out. some really good entries.
Dan Walter
09 Sep 2009, 09:14
You are correct sir.
09 Sep 2009, 09:42
These are such a riot to watch!

I had a hunch that bananas would probably show up in one of the videos, but it's apparently a lot more popular than I thought :)
Chris Walsh
09 Sep 2009, 10:48
The one with the chair and the bananas is my fav.. it might actually work!
Tomber SU
09 Sep 2009, 14:03
snack drawer is pretty cool

rice crispies has awesome footage :D
Aaron Morrell
09 Sep 2009, 19:23
I agree with Tomber Su, the Rice Crispies vid has some beautiful camera work. Really shows off what one can do when you have an arsenal of Cinevate products and editing prowess. Great work!
09 Sep 2009, 20:27
The VHS rig is interesting, makes me wonder if I could buy an old one and hollow out the insides to make a rig.

The watermelon rig made me laugh pretty hard with the GH1/mud reference. I loved the way it was set up too making it look all trendy like a real product promo, complete those "creative/clever" names that marketers love so much. It seems kind of dark though!
09 Sep 2009, 23:12
Joseph- thanks for the comment. I do agree that the youtube compression (or double compression?) really darkened up the clip. I can upload the original to vimeo and post a link if our Cinevate benefactors are okay with it.

Jackson- I hear what you're saying. But as a guy on the food rig side that took great lengths to make as eco-friendly a rig as possible, I thought I should say that I doubt there's much waste going on here. Most food rigs were probably eaten after can even hear sorlie munching in his video! Several of them look fairly functional too. I can't speak for the other guys, but it took me a long time to figure out what types of produce to use to get the stability and weight right without having to use any non-produce parts. You can see the result in my opening shot. I wouldn't shoot any weddings with a food rig though. ;)

Great work all around guys, lots of awesome ideas. I do want to see a hardcore infomercial-style entry though...hopefully we'll get it in the next batch.
Dan Walter
10 Sep 2009, 06:07
Nathan, we do plan to host all the contest submissions on the cinevate vimeo channel as well. Of course you are also welcome to upload it to your vimeo account yourself.
mihai bonciu
10 Sep 2009, 08:52
hy. i like the ideea "Grow Your Own
DSLR Rig".
Aaron Morrell
10 Sep 2009, 10:36
Hi Dan, just wanted you to know todays video posts are coming up "protected". I can see the thumbnails and activate by clicking them, but the youtube embed says "this is a private video...."
Just a little FYI.
Elizabeth May
10 Sep 2009, 10:49
I logged on to take a look at the new videos today. Is it just me or are ALL the new videos set to private. I can't view any of them???
mihai bonciu
10 Sep 2009, 11:05
this problem was on the first post too. and then problem disapair.
Dan Walter
10 Sep 2009, 11:34
Thanks to all who noticed that the new submissions were set to private. Our bad...and the problem has been fixed. Enjoy!
John Connolly
10 Sep 2009, 12:09
Some good entries here, but my fave has to be the "DSLR Rig Goes Wrong" one. Fake movie trailers make my day
10 Sep 2009, 12:22
I like "DSLR Rig with Sound Effects" it's awesome! Great work!
Jennifer Behm
10 Sep 2009, 13:03
I loved the "DSLR Rig Goes Wrong Video" it caught my attention becuase it was shot like a movie trailer.
10 Sep 2009, 13:05
i love DSLR Rig
Goes Wrong deffiently the best video,its funny and i like how they made it look like a movie trailer
10 Sep 2009, 13:32
it's shot like a trailer
Olivia Ariss
10 Sep 2009, 13:32
The DSLR video is very different. For a short film they managed to make great use of the time space and still get in a fun story. I like it!
10 Sep 2009, 14:00
It's alllllliiiiive! I really enjoyed DSLR Rig Goes Wrong!
Becky Sue
10 Sep 2009, 14:04
"DSLR Rig Goes wrong" was DEFINITELY my favourite video. The use of foley was amazing! I also thought that the idea to make it a movie trailer was a unique idea.
Katherine Campbell
10 Sep 2009, 14:20
Very Funny! :D
Katherine Campbell
10 Sep 2009, 14:25
DSLR Rig Goes Wrong Video is very funny!!! :D
10 Sep 2009, 14:31
Peppino hopes dat evreybody at de cinevate and all de contest participants enjoy hisa show. A very gooda job for everybady who maka da videos....isa well done job everyone. Peppino's rig isa homa grown...ahh just lika mammam makes backa home in italy...hopa you like ;)
10 Sep 2009, 14:41
Peppino's Kitchen is hilarious. Very creative and funny. Good luck Peppino!
Charlie Zuma
10 Sep 2009, 14:48
Most creative trailer. Works well.
Dan Hansen
10 Sep 2009, 15:10
DSLR Rig goes wrong was hilarious and has my vote!
Trevor Cox
10 Sep 2009, 15:17
DSLR Rig Goes Wrong was awesome! Very funny!
Lou N
10 Sep 2009, 15:21
"DSLR Rig Goes Wrong" gets 5 starts in my book! It was hilarious and creative. Kudo to the people that made it.
Kate Cunningham
10 Sep 2009, 16:00
This was really interesting. Thought it was a good move to film it like a movie trailer. Made it more interesting and appealing.
Ashley M
10 Sep 2009, 16:15
DSLR Rig Goes Wrong is my fave! It's hilarious! I'd watch that if it were a movie, haha! Great work!
Ashley M
10 Sep 2009, 16:17
Goes Wrong was my fave! Pure hilarity! Great work!
10 Sep 2009, 16:18
DSLR Gone Wrong takes the cake for me. I like the suspenseful hilarity.
10 Sep 2009, 17:12
almost everyone who commented on DSLR rig goes wrong is from the same person.

he just uses different names and posts again and again...
ray tsang
10 Sep 2009, 17:32
Loving all the videos and I'm surprised that there weren't more entries.

Fire rig was crazy (in a good way), Twig rig was shot beautifully and Sorlie Arts/Andrew should host his own show. We should put together a Cinevate fan club. haha

Can anyone guess what film inspired our Rice Krispies rig??
10 Sep 2009, 17:41
i LOVE delicious rig!!!!!!!!!!!!! omigod tooooo funny!!! i wanna invite this guy to my house!!!!
Brian Hansen
10 Sep 2009, 18:14
A lot of great entries.

PS. Thank you Peppino for remaining in character for the comments. Either a terrific method actor or an amazing man caught on film. Haha.
10 Sep 2009, 18:18
loved DSLR Rig
Goes Wrong. movie trailer was clever and funny.
Brian Hansen
10 Sep 2009, 18:38
Definitely thought there would be more entries too.
Herb Gallaway
10 Sep 2009, 19:12
Liked "DSLR Rig Goes Wrong". Short, sweet & to the point.
10 Sep 2009, 19:41
DSLR Rig Goes Wrong was my favourite because it was filmed as a fake movie trailer and had alot of suspense. It was comical, yet suspenseful.
10 Sep 2009, 19:58
Delicious DSLR Rig - are you acting or are you for real? I just laughed my @$$ off with my wife... Even if you don't win; you need to make some episodes!
10 Sep 2009, 20:13
Rice Crispies - that was an amazing job done... but are you guys sponsored already - HOLY PRODUCT PLACEMENT!!! Does that give you bonus marks?
Greg Burton
10 Sep 2009, 20:32
This one is very funny and and a great riff on movie trailers.
Lorne Campbell
10 Sep 2009, 20:36
DSLR Rig Goes Wrong is my favourite.
Cat N
10 Sep 2009, 20:42
dslr rig goes wrong is my fave. very humourous.
Dennis Wood
10 Sep 2009, 20:47
Ahh, Peppino...mama mia! Keeping in character for the comments page? Priceless :-)

We have a very tough job ahead of us, however the f/8 Summit Crew will be helping us out with their picks for the win too! The fact that every entry shows a combination of ingenuity, humor, style and, is really gratifying to see. Colletively, thousands of smiles are being delivered from this page and for that alone the Cinevate crew is very appreciate.

Good luck to all of the entries :-)

Dennis Wood
Sarah A
10 Sep 2009, 22:00
I really enjoyed "Goes Wrong" or "rigged"
What a fantastic piece!!!!!
Looks like some great entries :)
10 Sep 2009, 22:01
"Rigged" - AWESOME!!!
Nice work to the makers - props!
Some Fantastic stuff here!
Tomber Su
10 Sep 2009, 22:23
maybe we can do a round of eliminations....maybe leave about 8 finalists?
10 Sep 2009, 22:29
Yeah, you guys at Cinevate and the Summit group have a hard job to do - there are some videos that are really making me laugh...
10 Sep 2009, 22:57
Nice Work Brian!!! Good Luck
10 Sep 2009, 23:27
DSLR Rig Goes Wong FTW!!!
10 Sep 2009, 23:40
Great stuff! I like some of the videos, some not really, but nice work for all of you. Especially, I like the "Home Made DSLR Rig with sound effects", both the artistic quality and the functionality of the rig. Artistically the best are, IMO, the Branches and the Rice crispies videos.
Tomber Su
10 Sep 2009, 23:53
with Sound Effects has a real follow focus...
ray tsang
11 Sep 2009, 00:03
Mike - We are definitely not sponsored but thought it would be fun to showcase the gear we already have and show how it'll work with our ghetto rice krispies cage and shoulder rig.

Dennis - Thanks for hosting this contest. It looks like everyone had fun shooting!

Jon Hillier
11 Sep 2009, 14:08
I like the one that's like a movie trailer cause it looks like that horror movie would be jokes to see.
Sam Meddaka
11 Sep 2009, 17:23
Brian, my man. Good job with DSLR Rig Goes Wrong. Keep up the good work.
11 Sep 2009, 19:04
Did anyone else notice that "rig gone wrong" barely shows their constructed rig, how its assembled and what was used to make it....wasn't that the whole point of the contest?? Very theatrical nonetheless...
11 Sep 2009, 19:56
DSLR Rig Goes Wrong was awesomely cheesy, my favorite.
John Connolly
11 Sep 2009, 23:05
To respond to Tom's post,
We're definitely NOT all one guy. So, thanks for jumping to conclusions unfairly.
12 Sep 2009, 13:00
the "Recycled VHS" rig is actually Beta SP camera. Hence the usage of the term ENG. Pretty sure VHS was never and acquisition device for news.
kyle essery
13 Sep 2009, 21:57
excellent video, very funny :) want to see more!
Marco Zacchilli
16 Sep 2009, 15:41
This contest was "RIGGED"..... haha just a little humor for all participants....great job to everyone and congrats to Michael and Charles. Don't light your new rig on fire. Thanks to Cinevate and judges for coming up with this contest and for giving all of us participants the opportunity to bring out our creative sides and to have fun while doing it. Cheers
Brian Hansen
16 Sep 2009, 22:04
Congrats boys. Hilarious video. Still makes me laugh.
17 Sep 2009, 11:43
Im not complaining with the decision or anything, it was fun competing and hopefully there will be more.

Just want to tell you something. This was all with recycle stuff and Eco friendly right???
Its funny... the winner uses PREMIUM FUEL every time he wants to use his rig!!!!
Tom Daigon
17 Sep 2009, 15:38
Thats the WINNER? OMG, it really sucks.
Sorry, just calling them as I see them.
For such a big contest somehow I expected more....
Tomber Su
17 Sep 2009, 23:42
@Tom Daigon
i really agree

i expected the winner to be either...
Branches and Twine
Rabbit Not Included
Recycled Chair or
Goes Wrong

@Cinvate staff, thanks for hosting this contest though.
whats a swag package?
Dan Walter
18 Sep 2009, 07:39
Tom and Tomber, we're not surprised that people preferred some videos to others considering that the competition was so close. Glad that you enjoyed them.

We're not sure exactly what the swag package will be just yet but it will probably include some cinevate merchandise.
18 Sep 2009, 18:20
Great Job everyone!
I'm a little confused by the winner choice. Although they made a valiant effort, to me it was very obvious that these guys did not follow the guidelines of the contest rules. What food product or recycled product were they using? How was it made? Dumping premium fuel to feed a flame is not really eco friendly either??? What were they trying to say anyways. By the way I didn't see a mounted camera on the fire rig like all the others. I guess wearing a still motion t-shirt holds some weight though...

Disappointed to say the least.

Tomber Su
18 Sep 2009, 22:01
whatever it is...thanks in advance...

i didnt even notice his name was Tom, i just copy/pasted
Tom and Tomber ;D