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The Decemberists, "O Valencia"

My take on the green screen challenge. Contains cutting edge graphics made with the latest high tech.


spit, December 15, 2006 7:19:43 AM CET

Winner! I think the main problem with this contest might be that most of these shots are extremely tight, cropped, and with only slight pieces of actual background to work with. I wouldn't be surprised if this contest turned out to be something of a bust.

captainmarc22, December 15, 2006 7:35:20 AM CET

that was way funnier than it should have been.

green screen aside; why aren't more people doing homemade 'pop-up video' or even beavis & butt-head mash-ups?

mva, December 15, 2006 7:38:59 AM CET

that was actually pretty funny

familiar, December 15, 2006 9:10:46 AM CET

Impact? Are you kidding? Where was the Times New Roman and Comic Sans? If irony was what you were after, there must be better ways to achieve it.

If you're gonna poke fun, at least do it with a clue, otherwise you look as stupid as the people you're mocking.

kevathens, December 15, 2006 1:16:17 PM CET

Nice work, fung :)

biccamera, December 15, 2006 2:16:07 PM CET

A suitable response to a piss-poor concept: at best lazy at worst patronising ('come on guys, you have a go at being a director like me!').
Glad to see it got the attention and credit it deserved.
Hopefully a lesson for lazy comissioners and 'creatives'.

fungible, December 15, 2006 4:30:20 PM CET

Don't mock me, familiar! I spent a whole HOUR on this!

And that's not Impact, it's Haettenschweiler. Duuuuh.

familiar, December 15, 2006 4:58:04 PM CET

Hard to tell when the font gets squashed and stretched like that (the 15 seconds it would take to do a direct comparison wasn't worth the time). Still a dull joke.

Welcome to the circle jerk.

naughtydingodog, December 15, 2006 7:57:36 PM CET

I'm glad someone mocked this contest, or at least called a spade a spade and pointed out that this is essentially a way for KRS to get a free video. This contest seems to be part of a trend too... there's a Junior Boys contest on imeem now that is similar (, and one other one for Rafter ( I fear that these "contests" are poised to become the future of low-budget music video production and that smaller labels will realize that they can get near-free videos by having college kids cut, paste, and motion graphics together something for their reel without really spending a dime. Everybody wins, right? Whether or not this trend should be read as a problem is certainly is for low-budget video guys like myself, but even if there were a consensus that this trend was bad for the music video creating community, where to place the blame is a whole other issue. Should the Decemberists be bad mouthed in a joke clip like this, amusing as it may be (Collin Malloy is kind of a tool)? The label? Is this some one's fault or is this just good business for the music industry and bad news for us?

spit, December 15, 2006 8:40:28 PM CET

A nice little footnote in the timeline of the weird and twisted history of the music video. These are interesting right now because its still a novel idea to have a fan-made video, but in the eyes of music fans, these are just whimsical contests and not proper videos. Let's not forget that the average music fan believes that bands come up with their own ideas for music videos, and that the videos are filled with personal meaning and hidden messages. For now, these are kitchy, and fun, but this idea will only seem fresh for so long. Look for crappy bands and lazy labels in '07 to be utilizing this idea and garnering a collective yawn from their audiences.

familiar, December 15, 2006 9:44:42 PM CET

Do you guys have to over-intellectualize everything on here? This is about the band having some fun. Period.

Hey, at least Colbert got it.

progosk, December 15, 2006 10:13:16 PM CET

otaku - i'm dumbfounded that while you are working on what you said you are working on, you take it upon yourself to tide the waves here. i know you've got a serious case of antvillitis, but for god's sakes, man: let it go and get to work!

far as i could tell, backstory's something to do with cat solen's original idea (which obviously needed greenscreened decemberists) not really working/panning out, so eventually (now) the band's gone back to the drawing board.
i know it's great fun to bitch about the decemberites cos their being so clean&clever&effortlessly successful is enough to sting anyone in the nuts (me? meloy's unbearable pronunciation has me running for cover), but i honestly can't see them as the culprits in any sense here.

pops, December 15, 2006 11:49:20 PM CET

that was cool, I liked "rock out colin!". it was best when you were dissing the band than the actual contest.

fungible, December 16, 2006 12:39:07 AM CET

Hey, i actually like the decemberists! They've made some great low-budget videos in the past (16 military wives), and it just seemed lame that now they're major label they decided to go the fan-made route.

No, I didn't know about their other real video. Good for them then. But you have to admit they set themselves up with this - how could I not draw the moustaches on the billboard?

I'm just having fun with them myself, which was, ahem, the intention. (It's got domokun for crying out loud.) I'm amused that familiar accused me of being lame and circle jerking - oh and now we're over-intellectualizing. ha.

t-rex, December 16, 2006 10:57:52 AM CET

Ha, great video!

nicknick, December 16, 2006 4:47:29 PM CET


familiar, December 16, 2006 11:27:21 PM CET

It's not you I was accusing of circle jerking. It's the Antvillindustry reaction that is an island of agreement. And indeed, heavily over-intellectualized -- who the fuck cares, and if you don't care, why bother?

Heh. Right now, I've gotta ask myself the same question.


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