Congratulations to Xavier Fauthoux, who is our Grand Prize winner of the Music Video Challenge 2012. Xavier will be invited to work on a project in a key office in the Saatchi & Saatchi global network, working alongside some of the best creatives in the business. His video for It's a Man's Man's Man's World will also become the official music video for this track, and will be screened in front of an audience of 450 people at BUG at the BFI Southbank in London on August 30th. The other filmmakers whose entries were chosen by Universal Music to become official music videos are: Camilo Rodriguez for Try Me, Chief Mojo/Doug Hardee for Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, and Luis Cisneros for Sex Machine (Part 1). Along with Xavier Fauthoux, each of them will receive US$4000 in prize money funded by Universal and Genero.tv.
ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
For this year’s Music Video Challenge, Saatchi & Saatchi partnered with Genero.tv, bringing together fresh filmmaking talent and iconic music with songs by the legendary James Brown.
The 2012 Challenge was in celebration of the James Brown catalogue being re-released on iTunes in May, and the re-issuing of the classic James Brown Live at the Apollo album later this year.
Filmmakers were asked to choose one of the four iconic James Brown tracks, create a full length music video for it and upload it to Genero.tv before the deadline. Other than live footage, none of these songs had music videos, so this was a huge opportunity to be the director to make the official video for one of these tracks.
The competition closed for entries on July 16th 2012, 23:59 GMT.
AWARDS AND JUDGING
The judging panel, to choose both the finalists and winner, consisted of members of the Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide Creative Board, Genero.tv, BUG and Universal Music.
In addition, directors selected for this year’s Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase were invited to help judge the winner. These directors represent the hottest new filmmaking talent from around the world and you could be among them one day.
The Grand Prize for the overall winner will be a chance to work on a project in a key office in the Saatchi & Saatchi global network. In addition, Universal Music were looking for official videos for each of the songs, with each winner receiving US$4,000.
THE GODFATHER OF SOUL
James Brown changed the course of popular music, rocketing through the generations as “Mr Dynamite”, or “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business”, “Soul Brother Number One” or “Godfather of Soul”. As a singer, songwriter, bandleader and arranger, James Brown brought soul music to the masses, invented funk and set the standard for live performance: no other artist, pop or otherwise, put on a more exciting stage show. He was a force of nature.
James Brown had not just hits, but landmarks: Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, I Got You (I Feel Good), It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World, Sex Machine, Super Bad, and on and on. He had a hit on Billboard’s charts for more than 20 years running, a record he holds alone. When he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1986, he stood tall as the only artist of that inaugural bunch with a contemporary Top 5 single (Living In America).
Brown’s voice and rhythms, likely the most sampled of all time, are the foundation of hip-hop, leaving one conclusion: after six decades, the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business" continues to rule the world.