FRI, MAR 16, 2007 at 8:24 AM

Attention Art Bitches: Here’s Your Chance to Make a CSS Video


The ingenious people behind QOOB in Italy are currently running a CSS video contest, for the song “Alcohol,” from their international smash-hit-like record Cansei de Ser Sexy! The basic deal is, prospective directors go to the QOOB site, download green-screen footage of the band shucking and jiving and carrying on, and edit that together with the song (also available for download on the QOOB site) and whatever background imagery they’d like. CSS will watch all of the entries, pick their favorite (or least disliked) and to the winner goes the spoils! In this case, the spoils are the not-at-all-insubstantial sum of 2,000 euros (to say nothing of the far more ephemeral, though un-freakin-deniable, fame that might accompany such a victory!).

All of the necessary material, instructions, etc. are provided here. And, the text of the QOOB press release follows…

CSS are the most innovative and overwhelming Brasilian band to be spotted on screen, one of the musical revelations of 2006. For their new video, “Alcohol”, they’re addressing the QOOB online community to come up with a groundbreaking promo and in order to do this, QOOB is giving its users access to an all new means of production.

All wannabe directors of QOOB will be able to use footage of the band shot in greenscreen (downloadable at this URL: CSS members have been filmed by a QOOB team on a green set, which allows users-directors to replace the background with those images that most fit with their creative impulse. It won’t be just another user generated video, then, but it will also give the chance to manipulate the image of the band by placing the members in any kind of context, situation, landscape.

All entries will have to be submitted by 15 April. The winning video, chosen by CSS themselves, will be awarded with a prize of 2,000 euros, kindly put at stake by Sub Pop Records and Audioglobe Italia

After similar successful partnerships with German dj and producer Ellen Allien & Apparat, Italian indie-gods Giardini di Mirò and British electronic outfit Four Tet, QOOB takes one step further, proving to be at the cutting-edge of truly innovative user-generated videomaking.

And the imagination on the net goes on.

If you have questions on any of this please email QOOB, not us!

The deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2007.

Posted by Chris Jacobs