antville Music Video Awards 2007The Finalists !
once again, the 'ville hath spoken - the following are the hive-selected nominees for the official antville Music Video Awards 2007. enjoy them as they stand, or else cast your own, final, vote. voting will be open for six days, til january 13th.
MOST FUN VIDEO
BEST ANIMATED VIDEO
BEST PERFORMANCE VIDEO
BEST NARRATIVE VIDEO
BEST ART DIRECTION
BEST UNKNOWN/UNSIGNED DIRECTOR
not enough nominations to warrant a vote Thomas Barndt Pato Byrne & Nahuel Lerena Matt Dilmore Jesse Ewles Banner Gwin Lung/Perish Factory Vincent Moon Patrick O'Dell Yannick Puig
BEST NEW DIRECTOR
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
(sorry, had no time for eye candy; big shout to all involved...)
Great work guys, and an excellent list here. Been away, so I didn't get to make a submission -- but I'm happy to have a chance to vote.
progosk - DoP for Where Is My Love was Max Goldman
Good job. Especially with digging up all the mov links. Kudos.
Now, like a Grammy/Oscar voter I am gonna go vote for the people I know or who's ass I'd like to kiss.
Hmmm, Jaron didn't make the finals for anything? That's lame. ;(
Also, I forgot to nominate that new Jens Lekman video. T'was fresh and appropriate.
"best cinematography" for not being the first (and probably not being the last) to use a thermal imaging camera. See what 30f said above. Very appropriate! ;)
True that. Huzzah for popularity contests. -j
I think this list is great. Way better than the one I would have come up with (I looove the editing on "Crank Dat"). You guys are reight about the thermal imaging.
familiar: I'd say "best cinematography" would be deserved for being the ONLY time thermal imaging has seemed naturalistic (ie; not Predator vision). I'm sure new cameras figure into this, but so does it's integration with the concept.
Was I the only one who found 'Dr. Love' unwatchably icky, and 'What's A Girl To Do' not good for the song (I did not notice it was good until I heard it on the radio)?
Not that I mind it being named video of the year, but I was never a fan of "What's a Girl to Do".
I have to say that Jesse Ewles is def. my favourite new/unsigned dir.
Awesome, original stuff.
Thanks for the kindness Corrible. I hope to continue improving throughout '08.
I was also pretty surprised Jaron didn't make it to the Director of the Year category.
our hell is really cool and the dave gahan was cool, but jaron had a lot of misses this year. the patrick wolf videos were just ok, and the siamese twin one was pretty dull, as was the one with the people turning into that same substance as the seventeen evergreen video.
what happened to bizanski, palmieri, salters, bloomberg and watts this year? tough industry out there i guess..
Nicely done Progosk big ups. That Bumblebeez clips is an absolute head kicker wow I haven’t been kicked in the face by a clip like that since "Over and Over" bloody awesome its just such a shame they have to be on Modular. On the subject of thermal cameras, who cares? We have seen this before with fish eye lenses, Highspeed cameras, Morphing and every other gimmick thrust into the spotlight in an attempt to look new paradigm. Until someone does something with it that is really interesting and challenging and perhaps even relevant to the song its just another gimmick given some spin by lazy creativity
I think if you listen to the song, then using a thermal camera for "Our Hell" is exactly what you said: relevant to the song. And not gimmicky.
Good video. Loved the Dave Gahan one, too.
Jaron was deemed 'Director of the Year' last year, so he's not under-appreciated or anything.
hey! most of my nominatiosn are here, yeah! great work, hope to get some tickets for the award show hehe
grizzly bear for video of the year hands down
bat for lashes a close second
I'm not going to touch an argument regarding the merits of the video (which a lot of people like) or the guy who did it. I just don't think an effect of the "flip the switch" variety constitutes top-notch cinematography. Hurray for technology and all, but wow. There are some great videos that demonstrate a lot more skill in this category.
Is it considered arson if all I did was kick over the can of gasoline?
Familiar: I would not call it the best of the year, but I would not fault it for being experimental. They "lit' with temperature and managed to coax out subtle tactile detail, as well as interesting texture and some startling compositions. It's not to everyone's taste, but it's real cinematography. If you want to talk about kicking over a can, isn't Cera is just one unmoving spotlight (good looking as it may be)?
Um I don't know how to do that fancy small text, but here's my two cents.
I'm with Najork, there's more to Our Hell than just "flipping a switch." There's a lot of beauty in the compositions, the roving hand-held camera movements and the shallow depth of field (I didn't even know thermal cameras had focus). These are all things that would be interesting w/o the thermal effect.
Then there's the stuff that they do with the thermal imaging, particularly separating the actors from the background and putting them in a black void. The images get stripped down to the bare elements; a much more interesting approach than that Say Anything video where it's so cluttered that you can barely tell what you're looking at. This can't have been easy to do, either they had to touch up the image digitally or they were filming in a cold studio to eliminate the room shape. You could argue that this might be a post effect or an art direction trick, but really who cares? What matters is how the end product looks. Same thing with the Cera video, who cares how many lights the DP had to use? You don't get bonus for using a bunch of lights, if you can make one of the year's best looking videos with one spotlight or even natural light, then it's good cinematography.
If you want to reward more traditional photography styles, then you should go back and take a second look at Bayer and Hype's work this year.
It's obviously a semantic and aesthetic argument regarding the use of technology as the focal point for an artistic statement. We come down on opposite sides of this one, but I don't think either tact is wrong.
I'm honestly not wild about the editing nominations...
petrol fans: state rischiando d'invalidare la categoria...
unlikely influxes in performance, cinematography and new director. careful folks... should have stuck to four days voting
My "get-out the vote" campaign is lagging behind. ;) -j
the fact that performance and best new director have had more votes cast for them than 'best video' or 'best director' proves that some people are getting their buddies to vote. to be expected I suppose... but kind of renders the win a bit empty...
one of the best videos i saw this year was a johnnie ross video that wasn't able to come out. sad.
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. sorry everyone - my mistake to leave these open for too long. japers? nice try. oh, and: junkers? i'm still mulling what to do about the new director situation...
What situation? I reposted a summary of Daniels work 2007 before the nominations. As I got comments about that, I took it away. Just wanted people to see the good stuff, honestly. I´ve seen the results and Im very happy about them! BUT, I havent asked anyone to vote through posting on a blog or emailing people. HONEST. Daniel surely wouldnt want to win if there is any question about him winning it fair. So my suggestion is you delete all votes and keep it open if you have ANY doubts. I love Saccentis work too. Best Johan Junker
I didn't vote yet, seeing as how the 13th was some days away.
johjunk, i have a better idea. given that saccenti-troops were also called in (as were eskils', tho perhaps not by you) i could live with them tied for the win) - but on one condition (and this goes for timothy too): a statement from both on why the other guy should win.