Got a great music video? Submit it for the 2010 Tampa Bay Video Awards
In this age of the YouTubes and the Vimeos and the MySpace Videos, it can be tough deciding which online videos are worth your time, and which are steaming bowls of choppy, out-of-focus, poorly mixed mule crap.
Thankfully, that's why we have awards shows. How else would we as a society know what constitutes a good video, and what doesn't? We wouldn't. Only art that wins awards means anything. This is why everyone loves the movie Crash.
Well, if you've taken your Flip camera to the streets of Tampa to film a music video for your band, here's a contest for you: The 2010 Tampa Bay Video Awards, designed to honor the finest in locally produced videos, in categories ranging from Animation to Entertainment to Fine/Performing Arts. You'll be judged on artistic merit, yes, but also stuff like editing, audio and video quality and graphics. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, so if you want to compete, get to it.
Granted, many small-time music videos still look like rejects from the Tim and Eric scrap heap, but there are some winners out there. Take, for example, the above clip for Situation by The Dark Esquire, directed by Mark Ferrara. It's arty, it's visually compelling; it makes you want to watch it again, and it's got an evil clown. What more could you possibly want?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*