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HELP US MAKE A VIDEO!

ok kids
we've got a job for you.
we want to play you a song from the new record. it's the opening track and it's called

"nobody's empire"

BUT, we want to make a video clip for it, wrap it up nice for you, and give it to you.

it's the kind of song, it's about.. life. the story of a life. and we'd really like you to help with the video..

i'm going to print the words of the song below. i will also add, in block capitals, a mood or perspective that is suggested to me from that part of the song. perhaps this might inspire you to go out and film something, or perhaps you already may have something in your archive that fits the description. either way, we'd love to see what you have, and we'd love to match your footage to the song.

we're going to move quite quickly with this, as we want to play the track to you in the second week of december, with a finished clip, so you'll have to be quite quick. we suggest that you keep the clips to a maximum of 2 minutes long, but you may of course send us more than one clip, especially if you're entering them for different categories..

i guess this was sort of inspired by the 'write about love' pictures from a few years ago; i like how you let your imaginations go and sent in stuff that was kinda loose and beautiful..

Logistics

*Please send your clips at high resolution, the format they were filmed in, rather than compressing them (unless they are too big to upload, in which case reduce the file size a little). Camera phone, DSLR, old school video camera, whatever camera you have is fine, we like a variety of formats.

*Please limit clips to 2 minutes in length though feel free to send more than 1 clip.

*Please only send footage that you filmed and have the rights to and where the people in the footage have agreed to the use.

*Please name the filename of your clips with your Firstname_Secondame_ClipNo and then keep the file extension - for example Mickey_Mouse_Clip1.mp4

*Please send us the footage via WeTransfer to [email protected]

*Please send your clips to us by no later than Thursday 27th November so that we have time to edit them into the video.

Nobody's Empire

SOLITUDE

YOU, HOME, QUIETNESS, GARDENS, ROOMS, NATURE, SILENT

Lying on my bed I was reading french
With the light too bright for my senses
From this hiding place, life was way too much
It was loud and rough round the edges

So I faced the wall when an old man called
Out of dreams that I would die there
But a sight unseen, you were pulling strings
And you had a different idea

 

CHILDHOOD

YOUTH, UNCERTAINTY, HOSPITALS, PARENTS, SIBLINGS, ORGANISED ACTIVITIES CHOIRS , MARCHING BANDS, SHOWING OFF

I was like a child, I was light as straw
When my father lifted me up there
Took me to a place where they checked my body
My soul was floating in thin air

I clung to the bed, and I clung to the past
And I clung to the welcome darkness
But at the end of the night
There's a green green light
It's the quiet before the madness

There was a girl that sang like the chime of a bell
She put out her arm and she touched me when I was in hell

 

DROPPING OUT

MUSIC, SULTRY YOUTH, SUMMER JOBS, HANGING, HOBBIES

Someone sang a song and I sang along
Cause I knew the words from my childhood
Intellect, ambition they fell away
They locked me up for my own good

But I didn't mind cause the silence was kind
And you spoke to me in whispers
There was the sound of the wind in the cold cold dawn
And the quiet hum of business

Let me dangle a while in this waiting room
I don't need to go I don't need to know what your doing

 

COMPANIONSHIP

FRIENDSHIP, INTIMACY, COUPLES, PLAYING

Lying on my side you were half awake and your face was tired and crumpled
If I had a camera I'd snap you now cos there's beauty in every stumble

We are out of practise we're out of sight
On the edge of nobody's empire
If we live by books and we live by hope
Does that make us targets for gunfire?

 

THE CITY YOU LIVE IN

YOU WITHIN IT
DEMONSTRATIONS, CROWDS, CELEBRATION, A STREET FESTIVAL, A PARTY

Now I look at you you're a mother of two
You're a quiet revolution
Marching with the crowd singing dirty and loud
For the people's emancipation

Did I do ok, did I pave the way
Was I strong when you were wanting
I was tied to the yoke with a decent bloke
Who was stern but never daunting

And he told me to push and he made me feel well
And he told me to leave that vision of hell to the dying