so what was the AX music video contest like, anyway?
well, it starts at about 8 pm friday, when i go to the music video
pre-judging. remember that time, because i leave the music video
pre-judging at about 3 am, which makes me truly unhappy.
not only is the pre-judging really really incredibly stupendously
long, but my video is also near the end. at the time, i thought
to myself that no one could possibly find anything in the slightest
bit funny about it. period. no one laughed. no one smiled. very
few people even opened their eyes.
people who have sat in the cold for six hours lose all ability
i thought that for sure i wouldn't be in the finals, and yet lo
and behold, the next day my name appears on the list of finalists.
i was shocked and horrified, but also happy, because it meant that
i wouldn't have to wait in line for the music video contest.
it was a good contest, with some stunning entries. caldwell outdid
himself as always (i still think his battle athletes video deserved
to win the category,) and the winner was a very well-done parody
of the 'the phantom menace' trailer.
( chris :
actually, i happened to be sitting in while the staffers considered
whether to show that winning entry. they said something like, 'but
it's not music! very well done, but there's no way that can compete
in a _music_ video contest!'
'well, let's make a special category for it, and give it an
honorable mention. maybe give it a 'satire award' or something.'
little did they suspect. . . )
honorable mentions go the sharon apple/macross plus video, noteworthy
as perhaps the only macross video ever to not show a single mecha,
and to the 'eden'/ff7 video, which used only the cg from the game.
'liberi fatali'/giant robo was also very good, but i might just
be prejudiced toward giant robo. . .
and of course i didn't win, but i certainly got noticed. . . i
heard later that one guy sitting in the hall had worked at disneyland
years ago, next to the 'it's a small world' ride, and listened to
the song almost every day for three years. . . i didn't blame him
for almost starting a fist fight when he heard my video. i heard
someone else yell, 'watch your back, jeff!' and i just smiled. .
and then the next day, the last day of AX, i'm sitting in a video
room watching the reprise of the music video contest, and my video
comes on (right after caldwell's thanks a lot AX event staff!)
and people start booing the instant the video comes on.
by the second verse, people are moaning on the floor, screaming,
'MAKE IT STOP! PLEASE, CHAIR, MAKE IT STOP!'
i hear shouts of 'lynch! lynch!'
just as i begin to get really really worried, someone holds up
chair, and people begin to calm. my video ends. i make a very dignified
dash for the exit.
i look for the largest, toughest member of the i360.com staff,
our managing editor. just as i find him, he sees me and says, this
is the person who did the 'it's a chibi world music video!'
suddenly i'm scared and thinking, 'you've turned against me!',
but all's well.
the person he's talking to says, 'that music video was great. i
just want to shake your hand. what better way to make fun of the
we shake hands.
suddenly i'm thinking i'll make another video next year after all.