Monday, May 14, 2007

Lan Bui - Don't vote for me, I didn't try very hard

Music by: Al Stravinsky

I think a Vlog Deathmatch is supposed to be a challenge to do. It should put us out of our normal comfort zone of what we normally do so that being in the deathmatch is facing a creative challenge and an opponent challenge. "Anything Goes" should not be a rule in Vlog Deathmatch. I didn't try very hard in this entry so don't vote for me.


Blogger Chuck Olsen said...

I agree, creative restrictions make it more challenging and easier to compare how people deal with those restrictions.

12:05 AM  
Blogger Bill Cammack said...

Interesting concepts.

Instead of NOT JOINING a contest whose rules you knew about and disagreed with, you chose to wait until the zero hour, 17 full days after the rules were announced in text and video to protest from the inside. Fascinating. :)

How is your normal comfort zone "anything goes"?

The creative challenge is "If you could do whatever you wanted in making a music video, what would you do?" You have answered that question for us.

Some people teamed up. Some people did solo projects. Some people did lip-sync. Some people wrote and performed original songs. Some people did mash-ups. Some people did a lot of editing. Some people did nearly zero editing. Some people sang. Some people rapped. Some people made videos about topics that touched them and that they thought were important. Some people did videos strictly for entertainment value.

The challenge was to YOURSELF... Apparently, some people thrive on restriction as opposed to creative freedom.

Anyway... nice card tricks. :) I look forward to the creative challenge that you come up with when you create a vlog deathmatch. :D

And... If you don't think coming up with all these CREATIVE videos that everyone's posted, in a contest that was only announced 17 days ago was a CHALLENGE... then more power to ya! :D

12:42 AM  
Blogger Chuck Olsen said...

uh-oh, Bill comes in with the smackdown!

i'm totally amazed at the variety of work, and "Anything Goes" probably helped that.

i personally get excited by having some creative restriction(s). i used to love doing 24 hour movies (like the 48 hr contest) where you're given a phrase you must use, maybe a theme or object. you still get an incredible variety of respones, but it gives you some commonality and a place to start.

there's no one better way of encouraging good work, different strokes for different folks. :-)

1:01 AM  
Blogger irinaslutsky said...

contrary to popular belief, i dont normally rap.

1:08 AM  
Blogger Jeans Pants said...

First: Was that an IKEA desk?

Second: You have a dot com?

Third: That was a lot of fun. =0)

1:10 AM  
Blogger Rick Rey said...

Lan made a bold move by publicly denouncing the deathmatch. However, he is one of the founders so cut him some slack. With that said, there WAS a lot of time to debate the rules and it should have been done before entries were accepted.

We're still feeling out the deathmatch concept, so it was nice to see an open-ended match for a change. However, I do think the Deathmatch NEEDS to be a challenge. "Anything goes" doesn't bring that idea to mind, but like Bill says some people like to challenge themselves. Plus it's not like there were any other deathmatch concepts on the table.

From now on, I believe the rule-making process should be more community-driven. Rules should be proposed and discussed on the blog, and Steve makes the final call.

Also there needs to be penalties for things like late entries, rule-breaking, etc. Hell, I think you should get bonus points for making a promo video.

This is an evolving contest. Let's continue to shape it into something fun and worthwhile.

1:11 AM  
Blogger Bill Cammack said...

@chuck: I _FULLY_ respect Lan's position and look forward to discussing it either on the yahoo group or or wherever.

I just found his post interesting and would not have felt fully self-expressed if I didn't give my opinion about his opinion. :)

1:13 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

i don't know. i think simply being challenged to make a music video is pretty restrictive for a lot of people. look at me, i didn't even enter. what constitutes a challenge means different things to different people.

you've got a lot of participation in this round and really that's a good thing. you can always run a marathon next time around.

1:32 AM  
Blogger Chuck Olsen said...

Can I just say, Vlog Deathmatch is super exciting.

1:47 AM  
Blogger Rupert said...

I thought the restriction was that you were encouraged to make a video within your normal vlog environment. That both challenged and inspired me. And the other freedoms - particularly to use whatever music - were a benefit after that. Otherwise I might have been put off. Perhaps that's why this one has been so well supported.

1:53 AM  
Blogger Steve Woolf said...

First, I liked the vid, actually. It was funny and I like slight of hand tricks anyway. I'm a cornball like that.

Second, I have mixed feelings about the anything goes, but it did produce an amazing variety of stuff and got vloggers involved from all over the globe. There's a lot to be said about that.

Vlog Deathmatch is becoming something, not sure what just yet. But I think we need a real site and some voting variables like Rick put forth. I'll think about it the next time I'm on the bowl with a few spare minutes.

2:17 AM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

This week has been great internet fun! The Deathmatch has certainly brought a handful of folks from all over the world together...
and after telling a couple Japanese High School students about it and then overhearing one of them whisper the words "He is a Deathmatch"
well...that only made my day!

2:36 AM  
Blogger missbhavens said...

I think "challenge" is in the eyes of the beholder..or in the views of the viewer...or the...whatever.

Personally, I found that dry-humping a farm and getting snuggly with a pick-up truck in my new town of 1000 people and then cutting the footage with really crappy copies of Joan Jett and Tommy James pretty freakin' challenging. And the hood of that truck was hot! Not burning my ass was challenging, too!

It could be that I'm easily challenged...

But I'm impressed with all the entries, and I'm astounded at how completely different they all are.

I vote "yea" on the "Anything Goes" guidelines here. It may not work for all challenges, but for this one, broad worked well.

2:46 AM  
Blogger Casey McKinnon said...

The disappearing trick at the end reminded me of the disappearing trick we did at the end of our Mirror Universe Galacticast skit! LOL

10:09 AM  
Blogger Enric said...

What if you won? ;)

3:05 PM  
Blogger Mickipedia said...

Ooh I love Al Stravinsky! He did that awesome song "Wake up God" that I used in one of my atheism week videos! He's the bomb.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I feel so... seduced :)

6:52 PM  
Blogger Bonny Pierzina said...

I thought you were taping this seduction video for me! Didn't know you were going to use it to share your feelings about the latest VDM to the rest of the world! And I can't even vote for you? I have mixed feelings about the rules this time. It could not be considered a true vlog deathmatch without crazy, challenging rules- that's part of the criteria. But, Vlog Deathmatch is about it's community, too, and I did notice the community requesting a less discriminative VDM, which is a good idea, like maybe not just females or brothers. I understand that. However, it could have been open to anyone, and still had rules. I think it's fun watching this one unfold. I am glad so many people are getting involved. I hope they still feel welcome for the next one, if it has a lot of challenges. :)

11:01 PM  

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