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What Do Antvillians Do?

I'm just curious as to what the regular posters on here actually do? Are you in the business? Are you just passionate about music videos? Do you wish you were in the game proper?

Be interesting to find out from an industry perspective (I work for a major record label).

Anyone care to say what they do? You dont have to blow your anonymity at all, I would just really like to guage the spectrum of who visits antville as we do watch, listen and take note of all the videos and comments made here. Many thanks and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

antdude, December 27, 2009 8:52:24 PM CET

I am just a worker ant who looks for software bugs. ;)

kansas, December 28, 2009 1:17:16 AM CET

Most people that comment here are directors, editors, cinematographers, producers etc.. or sometimes just avid fans of music videos.
Some people even have links to their websites and many even sign in with their real names. If your in the know and watch this site regularly you will see that pretty much every music video director from those at the top of the game to those just starting out visit this site and comment.

What I want to know is does a major record label really care what the directors, producers etc.. think?
It often doesn't seem that way.

robodrug, December 28, 2009 3:40:22 AM CET

News photographer, industrial - urban strife, street styles and the more mundane (Cash is cash)

simoniddol, December 28, 2009 11:38:43 AM CET

I'm running a notorious music blog called AudioPorn Central, and Antville is one of my fave places to find new music videos fast. Keep up the good work and keep this place running till the end of the times ;)

451, December 28, 2009 1:29:18 PM CET

thanks for the pointer, Kansas, but seeing as most people, you included, sign in with anonymity, i was hoping i would get direct answers from individuals.

like for example, what do you do Kansas?

and, yes. we do care what people think. a lot more than you may realize.

panopticon, December 28, 2009 11:28:22 PM CET

I am a freelance camera operator for mostly live music concerts: Live Nation, Artist's Den on PBS, Bonnaroo, etc. But occasionally when there's a label willing to spend some scratch on a music video, I direct as well.

choppedtoms, December 29, 2009 1:04:21 AM CET

i'm an editor, based in london, i don't comment much, but watch the posts and read the comments on a regular basis.

milan, December 29, 2009 1:54:21 AM CET

day job: art/creative direction

foreveryoung, December 29, 2009 5:28:32 AM CET

journalist/junior AD

hipgnosist, December 29, 2009 6:26:08 AM CET

Mgr. @ a bookstore.
Film buff/ music fan/ video-phile
Have a background in production & stil dabble a bit.

Have been mixing live music video sets for the past 5 yr.s in residence within club settings & recently moved to with the intention to further this formula in a more conducive environment,Austin Tx.

I believe this is a powerful & highly effective way to expose music video as crowds are extremely responsive to it.

I'd like to know if there are any current reporting outlets that track such play such as CMJ used to & if the "industry" is even still interested.

P.S. An interesting question & nice to here what other here do.

my name is legion, December 29, 2009 10:12:04 AM CET


kansas, December 29, 2009 1:31:33 PM CET


451, December 29, 2009 1:37:49 PM CET

I was just about to say thanks to those who cared to comment, it's really interesting. Then I saw that childish comment from Kansas, who appears to be the site 'fool'. At least I now know that 10 year olds visit this site too.

captainhairy, December 29, 2009 2:03:01 PM CET

mostly commercials now b/c promos are such a headache with tiny budgets, but still the odd promo when given some freedom.

progosk, December 29, 2009 2:09:40 PM CET

producer (previously).

kansas, December 29, 2009 3:11:13 PM CET

Oh wheres yours sense of humor? Commissioning emo video's are we?

I already gave a serious answer.

However with music video budgets the way they are I wouldn't be surprised if some directors didn't turn to working the street to make their rent.

451, December 29, 2009 3:28:39 PM CET

Very funny Kansas.

In actual fact, you didn't answer the question, you gave a sweeping general statement about other people. Care to give a genuine answer?

mandy_warhol, December 29, 2009 3:37:04 PM CET

Producer. Mostly commercials now but heart is still in music videos. My husband is an Australian dop and he loves mvs still too!

brigs, December 29, 2009 4:56:29 PM CET


stoney, December 29, 2009 7:57:56 PM CET

director (beware: shameless self promotion ahead)

tigerflint, December 29, 2009 9:20:19 PM CET

Much like choppedtoms, I don't comment too often, but visit this site religiously. (although I have posted a few of videos over the years)

I direct music videos in Toronto - at reactiv pictures and also work as post supervisor at reactiv post

Awesome idea to pose this question @451 - it's interesting to see what everyone does.

familiar, December 29, 2009 11:14:28 PM CET

Originally a 3D animator, worked on lots of video games to pay the rent through the mid-late '90s. Now I spend my time as a creative director and programmer. Also run an independent record label part-time out of Toronto and Vancouver. I've worked on a number of videos in varying capacities.

najork, December 30, 2009 12:02:24 AM CET

After Effects monkey.

lashtape, December 30, 2009 3:38:41 AM CET

I'm an editor based in LA. Often visit the site to check out the latest videos.

your good twin, December 30, 2009 6:32:55 AM CET

Wow, am I the only desk jockey? Or maybe the only one willing to admit so amongst all these directors, producers, and editors posting.

Indeed, I review title and write commitments for insurance policies on home closings all day. It's better than it sounds and puts a steady check in the bank. I just love music and music videos and stumbled across this site in 2006 and it's my portal into the best underground music video work going on.

jevaad, December 30, 2009 7:01:00 AM CET

I am an Urban Design student (in Iran); and have a major passion to film making (especially music video making)

like tigerflint, I don't comment to often; but visit antville everyday.

msm, December 30, 2009 4:58:51 PM CET

berlin-based producer

true_fiction, December 30, 2009 8:22:03 PM CET

token "Hype Williams" fan

Film Student

mainchara, December 30, 2009 11:36:38 PM CET

Freshman student (philosophy) and full-time cineaste. :)

kee, December 31, 2009 12:32:01 AM CET

Contributing editor at Anthem magazine. A couple of years ago when I was still in school, I was a director's assistant to Charlie White and Josh Melnick (of Josh & Xander). I think my love for production peaked during that period.

Also, Anthem is always looking for cool videos to preview, so send me an email with details about upcoming shoots (this invitation is open to both directors and producers). Whether we follow up on leads is based on who the band is more so than the director or concept.

Here are some past ones:

, December 31, 2009 12:38:27 AM CET

duhrector. like MandyDub, doing mostly commercial stuff these days, but my <3 is in MV's still - we'll see how long that flame can be kindled.

yo, hipgnosist - Austin? Holler.

captainmarc22, January 1, 2010 6:54:45 PM CET

I work in post for commercials (and music videos if they come up); a little bit of everything - some compositing, some editing, bare-bones motion graphics, etc.

saddy, January 3, 2010 1:21:55 AM CET

Used to programme music for a nz music tv channel for 3 yrs. most of the vids on here that weren't distributed by any labels in nz seemed to make it onto regular rotation at the station (provided they were HQ rips).

I like to think that some relatively unknown bands might find out someday they have a fanbase in nz and decide to tour there sometime.

now i edit film trailers in london.

451, January 3, 2010 7:29:36 PM CET

thanks your time, antville people. much appreciated.


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