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antville Music Video Awards 2007

The 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

Bumblebeez - Dr. Love, Dir. Tom Kuntz .mov

Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing [v. 2], Dir. Michael Blieden .mov

Snoop Dogg - Sensual Seduction, Dir. Melina YouTube

Jape - Floating, Dir: D.A.D.D.Y + M&E indirect .mov

The Hoosiers - Worried About Ray, Dir. Diamond Dogs .mov

BEST ANIMATED VIDEO

Justice - D.A.N.C.E., Dir. Jonas&François + So-Me .mp4

The Horrors - She is the New Thing, Dir. Corin Hardy .mp4

Menomena - Evil Bee, Dir. Stefan Nadelman .mov

Fujiya & Miyagi - Ankle Injuries, Dir. Wade Shotter .mov

Cornelius - Like a Rolling Stone, Dir. Koichiro Tsujikawa .mp4

BEST PERFORMANCE VIDEO

Battles - Atlas, Dir. Timothy Saccenti .mov

Fionn Regan - Be Good Or Be Gone, Dir. Si&Ad .mov

Spoon - The Underdog, Dir. Keven McAlester .mov

Amy Studt - Furniture [live action version], Dir. Lee Lennox YouTube

Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place, Dir. Adam Buxton + Garth Jennings YouTube

BEST NARRATIVE VIDEO

The Bees - Listening Man, Dir. Dominic Leung .mov

Dizzee Rascal - Sirens, Dir. W.I.Z. .mov

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Sun Lips, Dir. Matt Dilmore indirect .mov

Dj Mehdi - Signatune [Thomas Bangalter edit], Dir. Romain Gavras .mov

Kaiser Chiefs - Angry Mob, Dir: W.I.Z. .mov

Coparck - A Good Year for the Robots, Dir. KOSMONAUT (f.k.a. COMRAD) .mp4

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

Feist - 1234, chor. Noémie Lafrance .mov

RJD2 - Work It Out, chor. Bill Shannon .mov

Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do, chor. Dougal Wilson .mov

Feist - My Moon, My Man, chor. Noémie Lafrance .mov

Bumblebeez - Dr. Love, Dir. Tom Kuntz, chor. ? .mov

BEST ART DIRECTION

Grizzly Bear - Knife, Dir. Encyclopedia Pictura .mov

Hot Chip - Ready for the Floor, Dir. Nima Nourizadeh .mov

Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do, Dir. Dougal Wilson .mov

BEST EDITING

Escort - All Through The Night, ed. Irvin Coffee YouTube

Bumblebeez - Dr. Love, ed. Carlos Arias .mov

Arcade Fire - My Body Is A Cage, ed. J Tyler Helms YouTube

Battles - Tonto, ed. Nick Lear .mov

Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm, ed. Sam Snead .mov

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Emily Haines - Our Hell, D.o.P. Mike LeBlanc .mp4

Cat Power - Where Is My Love?, D.o.P. Max Goldman .mov

Animal Collective - Peacebone, D.o.P. Jeff Shepherd .mov

Petrol - Cera, D.o.P. Giovanni Troilo zipped .mov

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

Timothy Saccenti

Daniel Eskils

Sil Van Der Woerd

Jesse Ewles

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Patrick Daughters

Tom Kuntz

W.I.Z.

Koichiro Tsujikawa

Saam

BEST MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do, Dir. Dougal Wilson .mov

Bumblebeez - Dr. Love, Dir. Tom Kuntz .mov

Dizzee Rascal - Sirens, Dir. W.I.Z. .mov

RJD2 - Work It Out, Dir. Joey Garfield .mov

Grizzly Bear - Knife, Dir. Encyclopedia Pictura .mov

Liars - Plaster Casts of Everything, Dir. Patrick Daughters .mov

(sorry, had no time for eye candy; big shout to all involved...)


         
progosk, January 7, 2008 1:46:27 AM CET

most fun video

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best animated video

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best performance video

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best narative video

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best choreography

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best art direction

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best editing

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best cinematography

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best new director

Timothy Saccenti
34% (32 votes)
Daniel Eskils
39.4% (37 votes)
Sil Van Der Woerd
5.3% (5 votes)
Jesse Ewles
16% (15 votes)
Matt Dilmore
5.3% (5 votes)
Total: 94 votes

director of the year

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best music video of the year

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familiar, January 7, 2008 3:49:21 AM CET

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.


         
kee, January 7, 2008 3:51:28 AM CET

progosk - DoP for Where Is My Love was Max Goldman


         
30f, January 7, 2008 7:05:04 AM CET

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.


         
jesse.ewles, January 7, 2008 4:21:59 PM CET

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.
-j


         
familiar, January 7, 2008 4:31:46 PM CET

"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! ;)


         
jesse.ewles, January 7, 2008 4:44:33 PM CET

True that. Huzzah for popularity contests.
-j


         
30f, January 7, 2008 5:23:37 PM CET

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.


         
najork, January 7, 2008 5:55:19 PM CET

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)?


         
kevathens, January 7, 2008 7:44:06 PM CET

Not that I mind it being named video of the year, but I was never a fan of "What's a Girl to Do".


         
corrible, January 7, 2008 8:08:05 PM CET

I have to say that Jesse Ewles is def. my favourite new/unsigned dir.

Awesome, original stuff.


         
jesse.ewles, January 7, 2008 8:47:23 PM CET

Thanks for the kindness Corrible. I hope to continue improving throughout '08.


         
clairesquare, January 7, 2008 8:59:32 PM CET

I was also pretty surprised Jaron didn't make it to the Director of the Year category.


         
captainhairy, January 7, 2008 9:29:20 PM CET

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..


         
vidbot, January 7, 2008 10:45:38 PM CET

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


         
corrible, January 7, 2008 11:08:38 PM CET

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.


         
najork, January 7, 2008 11:41:42 PM CET

Jaron was deemed 'Director of the Year' last year, so he's not under-appreciated or anything.


         
progosk, January 8, 2008 12:02:23 AM CET

saccenti-friends, don't be sore thumbs - see what happened last year...?


         
moonman, January 8, 2008 1:28:58 AM CET

hey!
most of my nominatiosn are here, yeah!
great work, hope to get some tickets for the award show hehe


         
jammyjam, January 8, 2008 3:07:06 AM CET

grizzly bear for video of the year hands down

bat for lashes a close second


         
familiar, January 8, 2008 5:53:26 AM CET

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.


         
familiar, January 8, 2008 6:39:53 AM CET

Is it considered arson if all I did was kick over the can of gasoline?


         
najork, January 8, 2008 6:26:26 PM CET

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)?


         
otc, January 8, 2008 8:19:06 PM CET

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.


         
familiar, January 8, 2008 9:13:13 PM CET

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.


         
ryanjunell, January 9, 2008 12:29:42 AM CET

I'm honestly not wild about the editing nominations...


         
progosk, January 10, 2008 7:40:01 PM CET

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


         
jesse.ewles, January 10, 2008 8:53:35 PM CET

My "get-out the vote" campaign is lagging behind. ;)
-j


         
shatner, January 10, 2008 10:39:45 PM CET

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...


         
otaku-house, January 11, 2008 11:21:39 AM CET

one of the best videos i saw this year was a johnnie ross video that wasn't able to come out. sad.


         
progosk, January 11, 2008 6:19:33 PM CET

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...


         
johanjunker, January 11, 2008 7:29:05 PM CET

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


         
najork, January 11, 2008 9:11:25 PM CET

I didn't vote yet, seeing as how the 13th was some days away.


         
progosk, January 11, 2008 10:01:01 PM CET

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.

whatsay, daniel/tim?
















 

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