Monkey Music Video Contest

December 11, 2007

I received a nice email from Laura at Sarathan Records this morning inviting me to look at a new music video contest that they're sponsoring for one of their artists. The artist, Two Loons for Tea has a song called "Monkey" and even though the Sarathan office staff has already created a solid music video for it they decided to sponsor a contest allowing us common folk to submit our own music videos.

If you watch the music video Sarathan created perhaps it's not so much of a mystery why they decided to host the contest. : )

The $2,500 Amazon gift certificate prize is quite worthy. They're even giving away two of them, so your chances of winning one is quite good.

The song is long for animation at 3 minutes, 50 seconds. To complete something that long by the January 15th, 2008 deadline some real tricks are going to have to be used to convey a story or message properly. I doubt fully rigged animation could be adequately created without a ton of work, and I fully intend on watching the BCS championship game in early January.

This would be a great opportunity for true cut-out animation. Perhaps a simplified animation style would lend itself to faster creation and more interesting story-telling.

If you do submit a video to the contest post your YouTube entry in the comments below.

Click here for contest rules and to download the song.

I didn't even get a chance to finish reading the rules...It's US only...*Wheep*

Posted by Matthewb at 5:28 PM Dec 11, 2007

Hmm, I hadn't noticed that. That's unfortunate. I forget sometimes to even read those parts of the rules, I take it for granted that I can participate.

It also seems unusual since an Amazon gift certificate is good anywhere. Why do they care where you live?

Posted by Will at 8:52 AM Dec 13, 2007

Sadly most competitions chose to do this, I need an internation COUNTERPART that can enter my work for me, and share the prize with.

Posted by Matthewb at 8:28 PM Dec 13, 2007

Alas, the reason most contests are not internationalized are that laws related to contests are very complex, and the legal costs required to create proper rules for full compliance are considerable (in this case, more than our prize amounts potentially!). You will notice that most internationalized contests are hosted either by large corporations with internal legal staff -- or by parties who choose to risk running afoul of international laws. very best, sarathan records

Posted by Sarathan at 5:11 PM Dec 22, 2007

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