The year - 2000.
Internet was new, exciting and terribly slow, you had to beg people on Napster to stay online to finish downloading a single song by using dialup modems.
At the same time, digital video editing became a affordable reality, even for teens as myself. Using the first computer I had ever gotten, a Matrox RT2000 video editing card and a cheap ass JVC camcorder from my dad, I set out to win a summer short film contest from Germany's biggest movie magazine (at least back then), 'cinema'. I don't remember exactly the rules, but I think it had to be less than three minutes long, and that was it. Since I had started to teach myself 3D Studio Max half a year before and was getting good at it, I decided to make a movie about a huge spider. Eating my mother.
What took longest was the animations of the legs, of course, and the rendering times. I think I had a Intel Pentium with 200 Megahertz! Since it was summer vacation I was able to spend more or less two weeks non-stop on finishing this film.
In the end, I won a Panasonic Ghetto Blaster - and the memory of having been there, at the very beginning of the digital age.