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Dear eYeka creators,

2013 is almost over and it’s the time of the year when we would like  to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It is also a time when people look back at the finishing year and remember its victories  and achievements. 2013 was a great year with a lot of amazing contests and bright stories.

Well this year,  you are once again the stars of eYeka so we asked some of our creators to tell us their stories of the year,  share the best memory on eYeka in 2013 and their holiday spirit!  

Flojoart

Germany, Third prize in Schick Quattro contest.

 Schick Quattro: Great submission, great inspiration for our brand! Real, approachable and authentic.

The whole success story is here!

For me, the idea behind the contest was very interesting. I prefer to work on projects with humor. And the Schick Quattro project was great for that. The main idea came to me while I read the brief. Then I had two or three other ideas, but I decided to go back to the first idea. Luckily :) Most cases, the first idea is the best. At least it is with me like that :)

Most of my projects are animations. First because I love it and want to continue to grow and secondly there are no limits. For example, if a shark is supposed to happen in your story, then create one  :)

Its already one year ago, but I still remember the day when I learned that I won a prize. Its always a great feeling when you get a price and that someone has chosen your project, your idea and your implementation. I think there are a lot great creators out there. It gives you the feeling of being on the right path.

What is my best memory on eYeka in 2013? Actually its hard to say, because there were a lot great moments. The meeting in skype was something special for me, to talk with some of the eYeka team members and some creators personal. Really Great!! But also that I get for the Pepsi Twist Contest a price for the fourth place. Actually there were only three prizes.

I wish the community a great, successful and creative 2014! I am looking forward to 2014, and again on your great, various contributions! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

What I wish myself? I wish health, happiness and lot of love! I think this is the most important. If I have more wishes left ….. :) Then I would like to grow in all of what I do and to come closer to my goals.

I thank you eYeka for a great and exciting year 2013! Thanks for the great moments and the great support and of course for the prices! Congratulations on your great new website!

See you next year!

Best wishes

Baris

Turkey, First Prize in 2 categories in Carrefour Turkey

 Carrefour: Fresh and powerful idea, which is lighthearted and very flexible across different media and different occasions and people.

His success story is here!

I am so honored to be in the eYeka community and be a part of the Christmas celebration. I wish the best for all of you, connecting the talents with great brands and experiences.

CarrefourSA is one of the biggest retail stores in Turkey. Once I read the brief which targets the Turkish family with great family values and traditions, the idea hit me suddenly and produced a very quick 3d animation just because there were only 2 days left. My idea was so simple; everyone from 7 to 70 years old can find something for themselves and beloved ones. And 20 year is a great success to be blessed with 'Turkish evil-eye'.

I was not expecting to win but as I got that mail, I felt so great, because I was not only the winner of one but two contests at the same time. My work was chosen to be broadcasted on national TV channels for the whole year, and every CarrefourSA store to be decorated with my posters and characters. In a couple days I have contacted the marketing department of CarrefourSA and they were really happy with the results after the TV ad met the public.

After 5 months I decided to join another eYeka competition for Turkey, and luckily I won the first prize again which completely changed my understanding of working for great brands. With 6 years of animation career, now I am a university instructor teaching animation, and two animations I made for eYeka give so much encouragement and inspiration for my students now because they know how to do it.

I wish great and happy experiences to the whole members of eYeka community with their beloved ones. And may the 'force' be with them forever. And the wish for myself is a Canon 3D Mark III camera with whole package of lenses, because I will be directing my first short movie for another eYeka contest soon ;)

Thank you very much and best wishes from Istanbul, Turkey.

Niwina

Singapore, Third prize in KLM Mobile contest

 Nirina
 
Niwina

 KLM: “The creativity, out-of-the box idea, the use of the very popular 'selfies', the joke with putting the pics on FB. Really good job!”

Check the whole success story is here!

For the KLM contest, you could win round-trip tickets to Europe. I decided to participate because I am currently living in Asia but my close family is living in Europe, so it was a real opportunity to fly back and see them after a long time. So I thought about different stories until I thought about a zombie story. It was after the movie The Conjuring; I thought it would be funny to see a mobile-addict making a selfie in front of a ghost. I usually like to work alone and experience different roles in video production. So I did the script, shooting, acting and editing. I had a lot of fun!

No words can describe what I felt when I knew I won a prize. I felt proud to have achieved a project and I learned that when you want something in life, just do your best to get it!

I really appreciate the feedback from both eYeka's Team and KLM. To know that your work can be appreciated by professionals is a good reward. So thank you eYeka and KLM for this and for sharing the video!

Of course my best memory in 2013 is the KLM contest because I won a prize, but I also liked working on one of the latest contest: Color Transformation , for the creativity and storyline.

I would like to congratulate the winners of this year and all the  participants. It's always a pleasure to see other member's work and I am  really amazed by some talents and good work the community can give. I wish  you all the best for 2014 and hope we will have more and more interesting  contests!

For myself I wish to improve my skills in videography so I hope in 2014 I can achieve more and more projects! Either personal videos or video contests on eYeka ;-)

Jean-baptistesay

France, First prize in Shazam contest

 Shazam: Your winning video stood out the most. Great use of Shazam assets. Clear, simple, easy to read – yet stylish and nicely laid out.”

The whole success story is here!!

I participated in the Shazam contest thanks to my brother who participated in another eYeka contests and thought I could create something good for this one. For my video, I started by developing a script enabling me to transform the XML file provided by Shazam in dots on the USA map. Once this script was ok, I worked on the graphics and the concept of the video relying on the graphic charter Shazam and the video already existing. I worked dozens of hours on the scripts, the graphics, and the method to recreate the video with another script and this within 5 hours as required by the brief. I took this challenge as a real job and I was rewarded!

I was of course very happy, it is very gratifying and winning €5000 allowed me to take vacation and launch other projects.

About the contest results, I found that other videos posted by other participants were better coded, some had nicer graphics. From my side, I tried to find a balance in order to bind both the development and the design with many more creative ideas. In the end, Shazam made ​​me change a lot of elements in the video so the final video has very little in common with the first version I proposed for the contest.

I have a very good memory of the announcement of my pre-selection for the Prize. Globally I would say that the experience in itself was exciting which is quite common for this kind of specific work. I love finding creative solutions to meet incongruous briefs.

I wish all designers to win a contest but I also advise them to provide themselves with the means by multiplying their efforts. I also would like to tell them that these contests are also a chance to work on real cases that also allow them to complete their books, to find customers etc. ..

And finally I wish myself to have once again the chance to get success, as often as possible. To always find new motivation and develop other skills to have the chance to continue being self employed and at my own pace.

Beau

UK, Second prize in Philips consumer lighting contest
Philips - Beau and Matt

Beau & Matt (Beau Atherton and Mathew Kennedy - co-creators)

  Philips: The video was light, funny and has viral potential, it portrayed clearly the benefits of LED bulbs.”

The whole success story is here!!

First, we were looking to make a fun video, with no budget at all. We've always strived for the comedic art to be found inside advertising, and we also like a darker edge. Basically, something that dances on the borderline of being banned.

We came up with the idea simply by sitting in silence and pitching ideas back and forth, till one makes us both smile, and it ticks all the boxes required by the brief.

When I first received the e-mail saying we'd won a prize, I was flushed with happiness all over. My co-director then left me a silent answer phone message, gushing the word "Yes!" out at the end.

The fact that the video was being used in any official sense, was amazing to us. It gave us confidence in our abilities as up and coming professionals. We read every comment and checked back often to read every comment.

My best memory on eYeka: Simply the laughs during the magic of post-production. It was difficult to make a single cut or record any sound, without laughing uncontrollably, just thinking about the final piece.

Some wishes for the community: Everyone can create. So Happy New Year to all who are creative out there!

For 2014, we ask for no presents, because some won't even be able to live long enough to turn one year old in 2014. We wish only for the global instatement of a resource-based economy, so everyone can live a life.

Marcs

Spain, Second prize in Coke first contest

 Coca Cola: “Very touching and emotional, very Coca-Cola!”

Guess what! The Spanish national TV loved his story, and spoke about him in the news. Check this out here!!

It was not the first time that I worked for a great brand, so the experience was not new except that there was one slight problem: The idea that had to be created with my own means and budget. This usually limits the options, because you have no money to invest in ideas with many ways.

I decided to participate because the Prize was very attractive and I thought it was worth a try , and , it was also for the great brand Coca -Cola. Thus it was a good opportunity to do something for them.

To start working I usually think about two key questions: what means do I have? and what are they looking for ?  It is useless to think about an idea that you cannot perform or if you do not have money for it. According to me, something you cannot do is to waste time. So I decided to go for this idea as it was not very expensive to produce but it was very powerful and met all of the requirements needed. Moreover, shooting something real, without any scripts written makes it all more exciting. Many people loved the idea and that's why the Spanish TV shared the news.

The truth is that I was very pleased that Coca-Cola recognized my work. After a month of many effort working on the project, I received an e-mail from the eYeka team saying that I won, I could not get more happy with this news. It was an international contest and that made me very proud of the work done.

The best memory was my reward of course, lol. The truth is that the eYeka team is always super attentive, it's like a small audiovisual family.

Now I would like to wish happy holidays to all my fellow creators on the eYeka community with 2014 being full of competitions and big rewards.

For 2014, I would love that eYeka could grant creators with pre-budget money to thus enable few people to make videos with better means and better results. We cannot spend money on something we're not sure to get back. This system already exists among other communities. It would be nice to be able to get better recording equipment and thus better results for the brands who choose to launch a contest on eYeka.

Thanks a lot to all of you who accepted to join in our first 2014 project with this greeting card !! We wish you the best and many successful projects for 2014 !!