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Zenni Video Contest – Third Place Winner!


 
Andrew Campbell of North Charleston, S.C., made an animated video showing the process from ordering Zenni glasses to receiving them in a warm, inviting, and entertaining 28 seconds. “From start to finish, this video took about 25 hours spread over the course of about a week. I had to motivate myself to make it the best it could possibly be, regardless of how long it took,” Campbell said.
 

 

Getting to know our winners:

 
Zenni: Did you write, direct, and perform in the video?
Andrew: I was the writer, director, illustrator, and animator of my video. As I was on a bit of a budget, I was also the narrator.
 
Zenni: How long did the shoot take?
Andrew: From start to finish, this video took about 25 hours spread over the course of about a week. The only challenge I faced while making my video was myself. Since I created this entirely on my own, I really had to motivate myself to make it the best it could possibly be, regardless of how long it took.
 
Zenni: How long have you been doing animation?
Andrew: I started animating only a couple years ago when I took some classes about the technical aspects, as well as design principles.
 
Zenni: Do you have any heroes in animation?
Andrew: I really admire Seth MacFarlane and Matt Groening. Their writing is top-notch.
 
Zenni: How many pairs of Zenni glasses do you own?
Andrew: To be honest, I don’t personally own any Zenni glasses, but I have a few close friends that swear they are the best.
 
Zenni: What other hobbies do you have besides filmmaking?
Andrew: Some other hobbies of mine, besides filmmaking, are cooking, running, and playing guitar.
 
Zenni: What will you do with the prize money?
Andrew: The money I win will go toward paying student loans (recent film grad, here). Ah, what the heck, I might put some toward a video editing computer.
 
To check out more of Andrew’s work, visit his website!
 

Monday, February, 10 2014 by

Zenni Video Contest – Third Place Winner!


Andie Bottrell of Springfield, Mo., tickled the judges with a zany video she wrote, directed, and starred in, which shows her blurry-vision point of view – until she finds a pair of round tortoiseshell Zenni glasses attached to a tree. Now with clear, crisp, corrected vision, Bottrell frolics in the snow. At the end of the day, she even puts on her glasses to go to sleep, which she confirmed she actually does. “All the better to see my dreams with,” she said.
 
Check out her video below and tell us what you think in the comments!
 

 

Getting to know our winners:

 
Zenni: Did you write, direct, and perform in the video?
Andie: Yes.
 
Zenni: Who were the actors in the video?
Andie: Me.
 
Zenni: How long did the shoot take?
Andie: 3-4 hours.
 
Zenni: Did any funny or weird or troublesome things happen on the shoot?
Andie: Not especially, though I’m sure the neighbors shoveling their snow where wondering why the hell I kept running into that tree.
 
Zenni: What were the special challenges you faced in making this video?
Andie: I just moved to Springfield, MO and didn’t know anyone to build a cast and crew in time, so I had to do it all myself- writing, directing, filming, acting, editing, sound. The most difficult challenge was being both behind and in front of the camera at the same time- this required tying my camera to a tree branch and to the shower to get the shot.
 
Zenni: Have you won in other contests before?
Andie: No.
 
Zenni: How many Zenni Pair you own?
Andie: One, so far. I had just ordered my first pair- I’d been searching for the past year for glasses like this (round like Anna Karina’s- or Harry Potter- or John Lennon depending on your age and genre preferences)- when I read about the contest.
 
Zenni: How long have you been shopping with Zenni online?
Andie: The past few months.
 
Zenni: Full-rim, half-rim or rimless?
Andie: Full rim.
 
Zenni: How did you come up with idea for your video?
Andie: Personal experience :) The past few months I’ve found myself opting for my glasses over my contacts, and not just for lazy reasons, but for aesthetic reasons. I thought your customers would probably relate.
 
Zenni: Do you have other hobbies apart from filmmaking?
Andie: Filmmaking is my passion and my pursuit- primarily writing, directing, acting and editing. I do enjoy all creative field, though, from music to painting to photography.
 
Zenni: If you had only two words to describe Zenni Optical what words would you use?
Andie: Affordable & Good-lookin’
 
Zenni: Why do you wear glasses?
Andie: I started wearing glasses in the third grade because I could not see the big E. When I was a teenager, I got contacts. I wear glasses today because I love the way they look.
 
Zenni: How will you spend the money (Will you spend your money on new glasses)?
Andie: Of course! Glasses for the whole family! Glasses for the dogs! Glasses for the glasses! Truthfully, I would love to be able to buy a new camera with some nice camera lenses- you don’t happen to sell those, do you? (:
 

Questions about the crew:

 
Zenni: What inspired you to create and use this wacky voice?
Andie: I have no recollection of where that voice came from or why- I presume it came, like all great art, from the ether.
 
Zenni: Do you really sleep in Zenni Glasses?
Andie: Oh, yes. All the better to see my dreams with.
 
To find out more about Andie, go check out her website
 

Sunday, February, 9 2014 by

Zenni Video Contest – Third Place Winner!


Robb Preis of Ellicott City, Md., and Mark Wieland of Catonsville, Md., co-wrote and directed a video that made the panel laugh watching Mark constructing his own pair of not-ready-for-prime-time – or anytime – glasses. Mark was chosen to be the performer because, they said, “We wanted to use a relative unknown, as we felt that an A-list actor would detract from the subtleties of the story.
 
Check out their video below and let us know what you think!
 

 

Getting to know our winners:

 
Zenni: Did you write, direct, and perform in the video?
Robb & Mark: Yes, Robb and Mark wrote, directed, preformed, edited and downloaded the video. We then went on a hunger-strike until we heard back… The holidays sucked.
 
Zenni: Who were the actors in the video? 
Robb & Mark: Mark, the co-director was the self-described “talent” in the video. We wanted to use a relative unknown as we felt that an A-list actor would detract from subtleties of the story.
 
Zenni: How long did the shoot take?
Robb & Mark: It depends if you count the trips in a snowstorm to a store, or let’s call it a “shack” (that at some point may -or may not have- sold “radios”) for cable adaptors.
 
Zenni: Did any funny or weird or troublesome things happen on the shoot?
Robb & Mark: Well, we are both probably going to die a bit earlier due to the ceiling insulation that we inhaled while trying to mic the sound. That’s funny, right?
 
Zenni: What were the special challenges you faced in making this video?
Robb & Mark: Oh, there were challenges… But we laugh at challenges! (It doesn’t get anything accomplished though.)
 
Zenni: Have you won in other contests before?
Robb & Mark: Robb once guessed there were 301 Tootsie Rolls™ in a jar. He won the Tootsie Rolls. And the jar.
 
Zenni: How did you come up with idea for your video?
Robb & Mark: It’s loosely based on a famous Shakespeare play about a guy in his basement making glasses with electric power tools.
 
Zenni: If you had only two words to describe Zenni Optical what words would you use?
Robb & Mark: The best two words to describe Zenni Optical? That would have to be… “Zenni Optical”
 
Zenni: Why do you wear glasses?
Robb & Mark: While it is often underrated, we find that being able to see is quite convenient.
 
Zenni: How will you spend the money?
Robb & Mark: If we won the grand prize Mark was going to put his kids through community college. But since we won 4th place he is going to spend it on beer. You think about that when you try to sleep tonight, judges.
 

Questions about the crew:

 
Zenni: Do you actually make things in your garage or elsewhere. If so, have they come out better than the glasses?
Robb & Mark: These glasses are on par for what is produced in this workshop. We are thinking about producing and selling them for $6.94
 
Zenni: How was the one big eye one little eye effect created?
Robb & Mark: We have no idea what you are talking about…
 
If you want to find out more info on Mark and Robb, visit their websites here:
markwieland.com
robbpreisphoto.com
 

Friday, February, 7 2014 by

Zenni Video Contest – Third Place Winner!


Kimberley Basnight of Durham, N.C., created an elegant, sexy video starring local model Jena Frumes that was inspired by Zenni’s affordable variety of styles. “Zenni provided a pair of glasses for literally every look,” she said. “We wish we had a hilarious blooper reel to show you, but everything went swimmingly. We had techno music playing during the shoot and our actress couldn’t help but dance the entire time.”
 

 

Getting to know our winners:

 
Zenni: Did you write, direct, and perform in the video?
Kimberley: Yes, we wrote and directed the video, but hired a model to be our talent.
 
Zenni: Who were the actors in the video?
Kimberley: The actress in the video is Jenna Frumes, a freelance model from the area.
 
Zenni: How long did the shoot take?
Kimberley: The shoot took approximately 4 hours, but we spent hours in post production.
 
Zenni: Did any funny or weird or troublesome things happen on the shoot?
Kimberley: Unfortunately, no. We wish we had a hilarious blooper reel to show you, but everything on our video shoot went swimmingly. We believe in having fun, so we had techno music playing during the shoot, and our actress couldn’t help but dance the entire time.
 
Zenni: What were the special challenges you faced in making this video?
Kimberley: How much time do you have? Because we certainly faced challenge after challenge. Our Zenni glasses were over 5 days late due to the chaos of online orders during the holidays. We had an elaborate, very different original concept that required two days of filming in 5 different locations. Unfortunately, the late delivery forced us to drastically re-concept the video. The day we FINALLY got our delivery, our actress was only available for 3 hours before she had to go out of town. Essentially we had to change everything about our video while working under an unforgiving time crunch.
 
Zenni: Have you won in other contests before?
Kimberley: Yes, Small Business Majority had a competition for Small Businesses around the nation. The goal of the contest was for each company to take the most interesting picture advertising the company’s name. Echos Media came in 2nd place among other small businesses.
 
Zenni: How many Zenni Pairs do you own?
Kimberley: We collectively own 6 pairs of glasses.
 
Zenni: How long have you been shopping with Zenni online?
Kimberley: Our team has been shopping with Zenni for the past 2 months.
 
Zenni: Full-rim, half-rim or rimless?
Kimberley: Full-rim is preferred.
 
Zenni: How did you come up with idea for your video?
Kimberley: When looking at Zenni’s website, one thing became very clear to us: the variety was phenomenal! Zenni provided a pair of glasses for literally every look. We chose that as our approach to the video. As we said before, circumstances beyond our control made our original concept not an option, but we wanted to maintain, in whatever way possible, the idea that Zenni has a million different styles of glasses. And they all look fresh! (With Zenni glasses are an accessory, not just a necessity)
 
Zenni: Do you have other hobbies apart from filmmaking?
Kimberley: Yes, we would say branding is definitely our passion!
 
Zenni: If you had only two words to describe Zenni Optical what words would you use?
Kimberley: Limitless Style.
 
Zenni: Why do you wear glasses?
Kimberley: Half of our team members in our studio wear glasses because the doctor has prescribed them, but there is another half that wear them simply for style! They love the “pop” that it brings to their attire.
 
Zenni: How will you spend the money (Will you spend your money on new glasses?)
Kimberley: We will spend the money on our team and hopefully equipment.
 

Questions about the crew:

 
Zenni: How did you come up with the music?
Kimberley: Music was the most difficult hurdle to overcome. In the end, we had 7 different versions of the video, all with completely different styles of music, all with a completely different vibe for Zenni. We were originally going to go with something more ambiguously sexual, but thought it better to appeal to a broader audience. In the end we found a selection that was fun, a little bit funky, and energetic and casual at the same time.
 
Zenni:  You’re really attractive. Are you a model and / or actress?
Kimberley: Oh stop it! J We are not, but the actress in our video is a freelance model. She is perfect for representing almost any brand.
 
Zenni: I see that you are in North Carolina. Do you plan to pursue a show business career in NY or LA?
Kimberley: Yes, if opportunities of video production arise in NY or LA, we would pursue the opportunity. The model in our video would be interested in a show business career in NY or LA as well.
 
For more about Kimberley you can visit her webpage here
 

Thursday, February, 6 2014 by

Zenni Video Contest – Third Place Winner!

Jim Truong of City of Industry, Calif., created an animated video that wittily and imaginatively showed how different styles of Zenni glasses are indispensable components of various put-together looks. He said he wears glasses because “I like to fall asleep at odd hours and not worry about taking off my contacts. I hate poking my eyeball.”
 
Check out his video below and let us know if you have any tips for upping your fashion game with Zennis!
 

 

Getting to know our winners:

 
Zenni: How long did the shoot take?
Jim: Took about 2 weeks to complete on spare time.
 
Zenni: How many Zenni Pair you own?
Jim: I don’t own a pair of Zenni’s…YET.
 
Zenni: How long have you been shopping with Zenni online?
Jim: I’ve browsed for awhile now.  I’ve been referred several times by friends and family to check Zenni out! 
 
Zenni: Full-rim, half-rim or rimless?
Jim: All of the above!
 
Zenni: How did you come up with idea for your video?
Jim: I have several pairs of glasses for different occasions.  Zenni Optical is perfect for people like me!
 
Zenni: Do you have other hobbies apart from filmmaking?
Jim: I like traveling and nature.  I’m a bit of a workaholic too.
 
Zenni: If you had only two words to describe Zenni Optical what words would you use?
Jim: Zany Opti-COOL!
 
Zenni: Why do you wear glasses?
Jim: I hate poking my eyeball.  I like to be able to fall asleep at odd hours and not worry about taking off my contacts.
 
Zenni: How will you spend the money (Will you spend your money on new glasses?)
Jim: Definitely a pair or two of Zenni glasses :)
 

Questions about the crew:

 
Zenni: In real life, do you sport those various looks?
Jim: I am all of the above!  On days when I’m working at a computer or desk all day I’ll be wearing my most comfortable pair of glasses, fit for a grandpa.  If I’m going to a concert I’ll probably wear something durable like plastic frames.
 
Zenni: When did you start animating?
Jim: Started in college many many years ago.
 
Zenni: Who are your animation idols?
Jim: No idols.  But I do appreciate good work when I see it!
 
Zenni: What’s your favorite cartoon?
Jim: I’m a fan of Spongebob.  Don’t watch much cartoons now… But I’d have to say Bravest Warriors created by Pendleton Ward is refreshing to watch.  Same guy behind Adventure Time.
 
Zenni: We see that you are in the City of Industry. Are you applying at or working at any L.A. animation studio(s)?
Jim: I work with a team at neatsock.com  we specialize in creating online promotional marketing for clients.  We are a growing studio so I’d like to thank Zenni for the opportunity to showcase our work!
 
For more info on Jim, you can check out his website!

 

Wednesday, February, 5 2014 by