Via @BrandyBuizel, Summer Animations Jams organizer:
Presenting the winners of the Stay Awake Jam from all 91 entries we received. A quick reminder that at this point it is still anyone’s game, even for those who did not place in ROUND 1 or have yet to participate!
ROUND 2 begins TODAY! Theme revealed further down in this post.
Our judges panel of @BrandyBuizel, @NickConter, @heyopc, @AlmightyHans, @Ellsketchlr, @Domdude111, and @ayekerik have a lot of distinct tastes and expertise in different animation mediums, so I’m elated to reveal that their Top 15 picks are incredibly varied and stand out well among the entries, so here they are!
15th Place (Tied) - 1pt
@NovanByworks created a classic story with good comedic timing. They clearly set out style goal for themselves using 2D and 3D for this animation and impressively made it all come together by the deadline.
First off, @GiantOatmeal, love the jam pun at the beginning. Solid choice to focus on 2.5 minutes of character acting on 2s and 4s over having color and complex backgrounds. The story is relatable and the gags got a ton of laughs from us. Working on an animation jam is all about choice and what they chose to focus on paid off.
14th Place - 2pts
The Secret of Immortality [Summer Jam 2021 #1]by MucoidOne man discovers how to become immortal (stay awake jam)
@Mucoid’s character interactions feel incredibly genuine; like improv between two friends hovering over a microphone at night. The mixed media drawings layering the entire frame makes it stand out. Do not try their methods to become immortal!
13th Place - 3pts
Corvid Kid: Stay Awakeby PhasmaGOREMy first proper animation and my entry for the Summer Animation Jam Round 1
Just watch @PhasmaGORE’s entry. The imagery and foreshadowing throughout is very effective. Seriously, this cartoon has a cool message you won't see coming. Watch it twice!
12th Place - 4pts
@JCaluger made something short and sweet. The monster animation is buttery smooth and the gag at the end is only made better by their cute design. A memorable 15 seconds can beat out animations that drag on.
11th Place - 5pts
@jamspoon is ascendant. Please make more of this :)
10th Place - 6pts
@JanitorCrust made a super trippy loop that LIES to your face for the first 3 seconds. Sick animation dood. The only weakness to green man is that its relevance to the jam theme is not transparent like the rest.
9th Place - 7pts
EX LIBRISby funneyvaughnLast night of Finals Week, a library patron finds herself struggling to keep it together.
@funneyvaughn served up one of the best simple concepts for “stay awake” in the form of pure eye-candy. The vibrant purples blend the 2D and real life footage is a very pleasing way.
8th Place - 8pts
@GoodL took the words “mixed-media” and ran with it. It’s weird, it’s got funny timing, and the whole thing just gets more and more engaging all the wait until the end. It’s hard to look away.
7th Place - 9pts
@FLARE145 made a short, weird, and clean loop that exemplifies quality over quantity in this round's theme. They have a powerful use of sound design and we love the character design!
6th Place - 10pts
Stay awake, young momby TemorinkiNGwho's mother hasnt made sacrifices to support her family at least once?
An early entry by @TemorinkiNG contains some of the most charming storytelling this round had to offer. It manages to fit a lot of content, very well paced, in only 3 minutes. The tongue and cheek humor works well and it stays on theme without being totally about staying awake. There’s a good message at the end for participants in future rounds, plus we'd eat the crap out of “Alien HominO's”.
5th Place - 11pts
@tomonaku’s entry gives off comic book illustrator vibes. It gets in your face accompanied by a song perfectly matching the artist’s aesthetic. There’s a saying: “sound is 60% of any animation”, but the other 40% don’t disappoint! Bucket Hat Girl slays.
4th Place - 12pts
This one is a trip. @BoboTheNinja’s cartoon is not for everyone, but if you want to see janky 3D you ALSO get misdirections, clever camera reveals, and awesome world building.
3rd Place - 13pts
Orval's imaginary Friendsby Awful-IkeOverambitious student fast food worker gets himself into a sticky situation
@Awful-Ike and co. utilized a mix of 2D and 3D to their fullest and created undeniably one of the best entries in ROUND 1. Great presentation overall, just a perfect self-contained cartoon, spectacular voice acting, and the story is charming as hell.
2nd Place - 14pts
It’s mechanical funk for the soul. I’m surprised @test-object’s inventive use of narration wasn’t more common among the entries. This animation scratches a specific itch for monotone, scientific narration playing in the background of trippy visuals. The artwork in motion is reminiscent of the recently popular “Hylics” game.
1st Place - 15pts
@DongffTK’s cartoon was genuinely funny, a favorite for most of the judges that never failed to get someone to laugh. Who knew Australians were so ****ing funny? The top entries here are cartoons that can easily stand on their own outside the parameters of the jam and excel while being on theme.
Any Honorable Mentions would just make this post even longer and we haven’t gotten to ROUND 2 yet, so I suggest you browse the collection for literal hours of entertainment!
RULES and GUIDELINES (UPDATED)
The entire event will be 4-5 rounds where individual creators are scored and awarded points according to their animation's ranking in each round. There are no eliminations and you are not required to participate in every round (though it will increase your chances of placing first).
SMALL RULE CHANGE: You may have noticed above that we ranked the Top 15 entries in ROUND 1 and that is no mistake. For the rest of the Summer Animation Jams we will be awarding points each round to the Top 15 entries selected by the judges, BUT only the Top 10 overall at the end of summer will be awarded prizes. We hope this makes competing a little more interesting!
Winners for each round will be announced within a week of each round conclusion. Points will be awarded as such:
By the end of the summer the creator with the most points will be crowned the winner!
You may work with a team or work on multiple entries per round, but each entry MUST specify the LEAD ANIMATOR who will get the points; this will be the project owner/author unless otherwise specified. You may only submit one entry per round as the lead animator.
The use of mixed-media is greatly encouraged this year though not at all a requirement. Bring your own personal brand and style in all of the works you submit or use these jams as an excuse to try something new!
WIN FABULOUS PRIZES
We’re adding a NEW prize tier to get hyped about! The Top 3 Winners Overall will receive a custom, commemorative Newgrounds shirt exclusive to the Summer Animation Jams (and they are sooooo comfy). The winners will get their pick from 4 special designs currently being worked on by a very talented illustrator, each receiving a one-of-a-kind prize to wear and brag about online and at the next Newgrounds meetup. The 4th design that remains will be sold online for a limited time at the end of the summer and all proceeds will go directly to kickstarting the next Newgrounds Animation Jam!
@BrandyBuizel will reach out to the winners via Newgrounds DM for shipping addresses when the winners have been announced and the jams have concluded.