--August 2009 Faves--
missed plenty; here's my top faves of what i managed to see (in chronological order): Major Lazer - Pon de Floor Dir. Eric Wareheim The XX - Basic Space Dir. Anthony Dickenson Just Jack - The Day I Died Dir. Ben & Joe Dempsey Ohbijou - New Years Dir. Exploding Motor Car The Fray - Heartless Dir. Hiro Murai Antony & The Johnsons - Crazy in Love Dir. Joie Iacono Tiesto ft. Sneaky Sound System - I Will Be There Dir. Muto Masashi Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks Dir. Gabe Askew Art of Time Ensemble feat. Sarah Slean - I'll Never Tear You Apart Dir. Scott Cudmore
other faves: The Beatles - Flying Dir. Loren Carpenter Dimmer - Cold Water Dir. Dylan Pharazyn Hyperizers - Don't Criticize (Hyperize) Dir. Andreas Nilsson Folded Light - Train Tracks at Dawn Dir. Jon Watts Jay-Z (ft. Rihanna & Kanye) - Run This Town Dir. Anthony Mandler Acid Girls - The Numbers Song Dir. Taylor Cohen Firekites - Autumn Story Dir. Yanni Kronenberg & Lucinda Schreiber
I love this website, but there have been an extreme shortage of watchable videos lately. Is no one making music videos nowadays? Where are the Antville superstars? I don't know about the rest of you, but I've been coming to this site once maybe twice every couple of weeks nowadays.
mva I would agree a few years ago I checked this site daily now once a week is about normal. Some of the videos listed above are pretty flat and ordinary and wouldn't have even had a look in a few years back.
I think your comments are tied in to the rather large seismic shifts, which have hit the music video industry over the last few years most notably the decrease in budgets that has been a common topic thread on antville.
I think there has also been a generational shift in audience perception as well and viewers like myself who came to love videos in what I would call the “happy time" of the late 90's early 2000's find themselves scratching their heads at what "the kids" are watching and talking about these days.
I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing its indicative of different expectations and what has become very clear is that on demand is king and a simple youtube search that turns up a cheap cheerful derivative video will satisfy today’s punter when those of yester year were happy to wait till RAGE on friday night just incase a mini cinematic masterpiece was on.
Anyway who knows what’s around the corner perhaps a new generation will come along and sweep away the malaise (punctuated by moments of brilliance) of the last few years.
And I still love Antville…
the only people that can sweep away any kind of malaise are the people setting the budgets, and budgets aren't going to go up any time soon. (not when you've got Gabe Askew making a nuts promo like that on spec and established video directors making a £25k promos for £4k with top dops doing favours)..!
Who was it that was wondering where the saams, albertins, nourizadehs, keith scholefields were?
The promos that have any kind of budget are the safe ones for- more often than not- crap music... no wonder they're flocking to commercials.