This year our annual Best of Show awards hit the big screen. For the first time, we hit the big Featured Presentation stage at Expo to roll out the winners to a packed crowd. For a first attempt — I kept telling the crowd that they were our Best of Show beta-testers — I think it went off pretty well. Macworld’s bearded news maven Jim Dalrymple and I managed some amusing banter, and we brought representatives of several companies on stage to show off their cool Mac products on stage.
Of course, Apple always gets the big stage to make its Expo announcements. But shouldn’t other companies get the chance, too? That’s why we created the new Best of Show stage presentation, and it worked fairly well. I’m already looking forward to next year’s, now that we have a year under our belts. I learned a lot from the whole process, and we’ll apply what we learned to next year’s awards.
One area where I feel we hit the nail on the head were the pre-taped video presentations of Best of Show winners. Thanks to Alex Lindsay and the team at Pixel Corps, we were able to project a series of professional-looking video clips of all the award winners onto the big screens during our presentation.
One clip from the show, however, hasn’t made it on the Web yet. Knowing that we simply wouldn’t know about any of Apple’s product announcements until the first day of the show, we created a short humorous video clip in which we tried to predict every possible Apple product announcement. Sure, most of them would be misses, but we wanted to cover all the bases.
It’s silly, frivolous, and its only redeeming quality is that it got a laugh and some applause from the audience at the Best of Show awards presentation. That was pretty much what we were going for. If you’re interested in seeing it, I’ve posted it on YouTube and embedded it below.
Onward to 2008!