They Might Be Giants launches video contest judged by John Hodgman

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21 Responses to “They Might Be Giants launches video contest judged by John Hodgman”

  1. thatmikeykid says:

    Heck yeah, get the fans to do it for free. This means there’s more cash flow in the foam hand fund.

  2. Angryjim says:

    Well if you win you get a ton of pizza, but I never liked working on spec.

  3. Brainspore says:

    Am I missing something or did TMBG forget to make the audio available before announcing the contest? From what I see on their web site the song (and the rest of the album) isn’t available yet even for people who pay for it. Is this supposed to be some kind of “nod nod, wink wink, look us up on bittorrent” kind of thing or do they just expect people to make the video sans music?

    Johns: I love you guys like cool famous older brothers who I hardly ever get to see in person, but come on.

    • thekinginyellow says:

      they released the song on their youtube channel prior to this video. if you know how to save youtube videos and rip the audio then you should be good to go…although entering this contest means that you are a criminal and have stolen music content from youtube and tmbg…right? right?

  4. Brainspore says:

    The deadline is way too short for a quality video and the prize money borders on insult, but I’ve been such a big fan of all three Johns (Flans, Linnel & Hodgman) over the years that I’d probably submit an entry anyway if I thought I could make the time.

  5. monstrinho_do_biscoito says:

    no. pay for your music video properly TMBG.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Where is a link to the audio of the song “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”?

  7. Anonymous says:

    “judged by Judge John Hodgman and Hodgman alone”
    Say it 10 times fast.

  8. Anonymous says:

    the other john.

  9. dorkus1218 says:

    Aw dang, i was too slow to point out that the headline was misleading. I already had all sorts of cat video ideas bouncing around in my head, and then i hear the video narrator say “cat-free”

  10. hapa says:

    can cats MAKE the video?

  11. msw141 says:

    I think you meant to say John Linnell was a fan, rather than Flansburgh, as he is mentioned in the video.

    • Xeni Jardin says:

      No. I think you don’t know what I think, or who emailed me about the video.

      • msw141 says:

        Meow. It’s not like its hard to mix up two people named John, particularly when in the next line it again references Linnell’s cat out of context with its owner.

  12. double_tilly says:

    A better “contest” would be to ask interested parties to submit a portfolio and a proposal, and then give the winner a budget?

    Or ask us to submit a brief video on why we should be chosen to create the music video, and then give the winner a budget?

    Or, if they want to run the contest this way, they might consider letting us all know WHY it’s going down this way. Give us some inside dirt on the politics and economics of the music biz, if that is indeed relevant to the spawning of the idea of the contest.

  13. jimh says:

    Is Airfare to Gino’s East included?

    • penguinchris says:

      Yeah if they’ll fly me to Siena to get the best pizza I’ve ever had, I’d gladly do a lot of work for them. Otherwise, $1000 isn’t much (although it might get me to Siena and back, to be fair).

      If they were offering a substantial portion of whatever a normal video production budget would be as the prize, that’d be a lot more understandable.

      • jimh says:

        Yup, I’m often caught considering doing spec work in contest form because it’s for people I otherwise like and respect, then the “hey, wait a minute…” kicks in.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I never thought a fun fan video contest would generate such ire from so many people…who evidently have something lodged where the sun don’t shine. Look, if you’re a professional video director, this isn’t really meant for you. Go make your money elsewhere and quit your bitchin’.

  15. thekinginyellow says:

    yeh, two weeks is a pretty short window for something like this. i hope they realize that they might not get the caliber of work they’re used to with that short window of production. if i didn’t already have a full plate i’d be inclined to pull all nighters animating and rendering but just don’t know if the reward is worth the spec work.

    valve is running a similar spec “contest” now for portal2. the prize is a guitar and some valve swag.

    part of me really detests these forms of “let’s get free production from our fans”. unfortunately i’m partly to blame because i’ve been involved in creating one of them for a national television network and submitted created work for them. i don’t know. you can always say ‘no’ if you don’t agree with it but there’s nothing quite like the thought of “what if i win?”

  16. Angryjim says:

    Hey. Trying to get the public to do work for free. I see into you guys. I like you guys, but I see what you are doing there.

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