What i was looking for was the following:
- Sound design which served the purpose of picture; to promote water
- Fresh approach, without sounding too distracting from the purpose
- Bending of sounds in an interesting way
- sounds which didn't remind you of other commercials or movies as to avoid correlation to those movies/commercials
#1 Tobias Poppe
On first play, this really stuck out as one of the best ones. Interesting sounds without too much over-processing. It really served the purpose of the commercial well. Great work.
#2 David Barnaby
This one didn't struck me at first, but grew on me rapidly. The refreshing feeling at the end made me believe that this was clean water, and made it a really neat spot. Sounds were not too over-processed, but just enough to give it a fresh edge. It served the purpose of the commercial really well.
#3 Sebastian Marin
The "glass" music made this commercial bring the message of "clean water" home very well. Sebastian took a big risk by not focusing on water-sounds, but instead tell the message with glassy sounds. Risky, but job very well done.
I found this to be maddeningly difficult! After listening to
the top twenty several times I then listened to my favorite nine over and over
and over. And then my fav four way too many times......
There are strengths and weaknesses in all of these cool submissions. It
would be easy to cut together the strong parts of each into one killer
piece... But that is not the task at hand! In the end it's a flip of a four
sided coin. Here's the best order I can come up with for the top three:
#1 Kyle Gray
The time suspension in the beginning is very transporting. I appreciate
the sustained subjectivity and soft, less aggressive feel of the splashes.
The neighborhood sounds in the beginning help give a jumping off point to
the reality departure of the water balloon time experience. The subtle
musical tension and release seems to fit the drama and playfulness of the
#2 Joseph Molinelli
The musicality of this one serves the balletic nature well and keeps it
whimsical, almost revelatory rather than militaristic until it resolves into
a literal splash on the Main Title. Continuing literal splashes on the end
titles helps to seal the whole thing into a remembered experience.
#3 David Barnaby
The strong pre-impact time suspension suggests more mystery than doom,
which is appropriate. The splash Impacts are abstract enough to avoid too
violent a gesture. The "refreshed" breaths add a needed lightness and
"survival" to the resolution. Everybody's ok.
#1 Michale Caisley
All the entries were very well done, but this one grabbed my attention because it bedded the water theme into a real world environment, done with a bit of wit. There was a sense of telling a story with the sounds, which obviously helps one to connect to the visuals. The water theme was nicely executed - from the big whompy impacts to the sound of delicate droplets.
#2 Frank van Bracht
#3 Kaplan Akincilar
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