Tips for Movie Makers (feel free to ignore)
1. Pick the format you can be most effective in. This can be video, a Flash animation, a slideshow w/ voiceover, whatever. You can shoot the whole thing yourself, or edit together various video clips--it's your call.
2. Try to avoid extreme words or images that might turn people off (Nazis or the KKK for example). We feel as strongly as anyone about the importance of the issue and the underhandedness of the major labels, but we need to stay realistic. The RIAA is sort of like 1984, but so are a lot of things.
3. Make the video short and sweet. Take as much time as you need, but be aware of your audience. Under five minutes is probably a good idea, unless youve really got some reasons to make it longer. You can make a great video thats only 15 or 30 seconds.
4. Pick an angle. Rather than a general look at these issues, pick a certain topic or perspective and stay focused. You could talk about:
- Payola radio
- The crackdown on mixtapes and sampling
- Major label contracts and how musicians get screwed
- All the money the major labels waste
- Executive salaries
- The filesharing lawsuits
Whether you want to use unauthorized music or footage in your movie is entirely up to you. We also accept anonymous submissions, though if you want to be eligable for the prizes, we'll need to work something out.
Submit Your Movie
Participating in the contest means that you give us permission to host your movie in our movie gallery. Important: unless you tell us otherwise, all submissions will be under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.
To submit a video entry in either contest category, send an email to email@example.com, with your name, the title of your video, and the file name of the video. Attach a .jpg screenshot that you want to appear above the link to your video. We will also accept video submissions anonymously, but please send an email with the above info, if possible.
Next, ftp to ftp://p2pnet.net, login as 'anonymous' and upload your video file into the 'incoming' directory.
If you haven't used ftp before, try these programs:
Windows - try Filezilla. Click here to download.
Mac OSX - try Fetch.
If you have any trouble at all, email Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org and he'll help you.