Poppe and all other participants downloaded 50 free sound effects from www.blastwavefx.com and created a soundtrack to footage of water balloons hitting people in the face. The winning prize was a one-year Mix Magazine subscription and the BLASTDRIVE ($5,999), a 397 GB. Comprehensive Lifetime Sound Design Solution (CLSDS) featuring 31,700 sound effects on a Glyph Hard Drive, a sound effects search engine (Mac/PC) and recently announced Free Updates for Life.
“After listening to the sounds provided by Blastwave FX, I started manipulating in all directions”, commented contest-winner Poppe on his artistic approach. “Putting sound on slow motion gives you a lot of opportunities to go crazy, but I wanted to be a bit more simple, serious, refreshing, positive and open – like water. A little bit in conflict is the extreme slow motion of the footage, which I felt I needed to serve. To do so I used more segmented kind of sounds and slow, low bassy sounds to complement the slow visual motion.”
Notable Judges for the Blastwave FX Sound Design Competition included 2009 Academy Award Winner Richard King (Dark Knight), 2000 Academy Award Winner Dane Davis (Matrix) and 2009 Golden Reel Nominee Charles Deenen (Need for Speed: Undercover).
Speaking to the quality of the Blastwave FX sound design entries, Dane Davis (Matrix) said, “I found the selection process to be maddeningly difficult! After listening to each entry several times, I then listened to my favorite nine over and over and over again.” Laura Sinnott, Blastwave FX’s contest director said, “This competition was a success for Blastwave FX – we had an unprecedented number of contestants register and participate from all over the world. The quality of submissions were stellar overall, and the enthusiastic reaction to the sound design community we are building and Blastwave FX sound effects library was inspiring! We’re already looking forward to the next competition!”
2nd Place: Kyle Gray (Bethesda, Maryland), Sound Designer and Editor for Animation, Shorts and Film.
3rd Place: Michael Caisley, Sound Designer for Games
Top Twenty to be announced next week, and a video channel with the videos coming soon…