This past weekend, Karl Koch, Weezer historian/webmaster, asked Weezer fans to help the band out on their upcoming North Amercian tour, starting September 23 in Boston, MA.
(left: Weezer needs your help to help rock the masses.)
Fans have been asked to create original video shorts (5-30 seconds in length) that will play behind the band during their on-stage performances. Koch’s official e-mail message reads:
The Weezer 2008 North American Troublemaker Tour (thats what I’m calling it for now anyway) will, like most big tours, have a fancy lighting and visual aspect. But unlike with most tours, YOU can contribute to this one!
What Weezer’s lighting designer Scott is looking for are short video clips, between 5 and 30 seconds long, that YOU create. But we cant use just anything. Consider these guidelines:
1. Look for colorful, textural, simple, artistic things – interesting visuals – NOT a “story” or “message”. For example, dont film the dog running around, rather, film a close up of his fur or the slobber drooling from his mouth. Good things to shoot might be a graffiti wall, the pavement flying by as you go down the street, a waterfall, fire, etc. If it does have people in it, go for artistic, abstract, and/or weird.
2. Yes, animation is fine and encouraged! the more colorful and textural/abstract, the better.
3. Don’t have a “intro” or an “ending” – these clips should be “loop-able”. No text please!
4. NO COPYWRITTEN MATERIAL – no “mash-ups”, no “recycled” footage, no using anything you can buy on a cd, dvd, or see in a videogame, movie theater or on tv. For that matter, stay clear of youtube clips – try and come up with something original that only you can capture. Have fun with it!
5. Note that we will not be using the audio (sound) of your clip, so making them silent is ok, or if there is dialogue or music or sounds in your clip, know that it wont end up in the final product if we pick your clip.
6. Submit as many clips as you like.
7. Try and keep clip file size to 100MB or less – if we like your clip, we will be asking you to sendspace it (or similar) to me (Karl), and those sites usually have a 100MB limit on file size unless you have a premium membership.
HOW TO SUBMIT A CLIP: