Patrick Watson - Blackwind | Make the Music Video |

The Brief

Patrick Watson wants you to make the music video for their song Blackwind, from their new album!

Adventures In Your Own Backyard is an album which suggests freedom and intimacy. The band are looking for a fresh and crafted video, while leaving the interpretation of the song wide open, so listen and be inspired.

Deadline for entries is 12 November 2012, 23:59 GMT time.

Awards & Judging

The winner will receive £2,000 and have their video used as the official music video for Blackwind.

Outstanding videos will also be nominated for the 2012 Genero Awards and in the running for $25,000 in prizes.

The winner and finalists will be chosen by Patrick Watson and Genero.

Patrick Watson

Adventures In Your Own Backyard is a record made at home with lots of love. After our past tours and last recordings around the world, we decided to bring this album home. We set up our instruments in my loft and over a year, came in and out, just pressed record and hoped for the best. We recorded most of the music live, off the floor, trying to capture what people like about our shows, which can be difficult to transcribe in a studio sometimes. We also realized that when you’re making a record, it’s sometimes easier to make one that’s fun to work on but not necessarily one you would listen to. We noticed that records we love to listen to are more simple than the ones we’ve made, so we tried are best to make an album that was as easy and fun to do than it is to listen to. We decided to make a simple and grounded record where each single sound has to be a necessity, or cut. The adventure aspect consisted into bringing a little sugar to people’s home, inspired by Ennio Morricone’s soundtracks.

After being far from home, constantly inspired by exotic new places, the novelty begins slowly to wear off and the idea of home becomes inspiring and fun. Sometimes you take for granted all the amazing stories and people you walk by each day and start fantasizing about a faraway place, but you might miss the greatness that’s just right around you. This record has been a great companion to me while I was making it. I hope it treats everyone who listens the same way and I also hope it brings a little adventure into the listeners’ ears. Patrick Watson, April 2012

Patrick Watson first broke through to audiences in 2006 with his album Close to Paradise. The album went gold in Canada and won numerous awards, including the Polaris Prize. Watson also began to receive attention around the same time for his song To Build a Home, which he performs with Cinematic Orchestra on their 2007 album, Ma Fleur. Fittingly, the seeds of his own band were cinematic and collaborative in nature, having begun as a multi-media project entitled Waterproof9 with Quebec visual artist Brigitte Henry. His core four-piece band of Watson (vox, keys), Mishka Stein (bass), Simon Angell (guitar) and Robbie Kuster (drums) began to take shape in the wake of the self-released Just Another Ordinary Day in 2003, and before long buzz on their live show had lead to performances with an impressively diverse group of artists, from Phillip Glass and Steve Reich, to Feist. In the summer of 2006, they were invited on a European tour with the late James Brown, just before the release of Close to Paradise.

His 2009 album, Wooden Arms, saw the band expand in the live setting to include a string quartet—not surprisingly, considering the lush arrangements present on all the albums. Indeed by this time Watson himself had established a reputation as a producer and composer of film scores, in addition to role as, band-leader, piano-player and singer-songwriter. The Wooden Arms tour fittingly culminated in 2011 with a collaborative performance with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which saw the renowned symphony performing Watson’s songs alongside the band.

Watson’s latest offering, entitled Adventures in Your Own Backyard, is in his own words, an effort on the band’s part to “make the kind of music we would want to listen to at home.” The album’s title is both a nod to this sentiment, and to the fact that it was recorded almost entirely in Watson’s apartment in Montreal. Both Close to Paradise and Wooden Arms were recorded over long periods of time, in many different places—Wooden Arms is especially scattered in its geography, with a number of the songs having been informed by the band’s extensive travels in the wake of the success of Close to Paradise.

By contrast, the tone for creating Adventures in Your Own Backyard was one comfort and proximity, which opened a number of doors. With the help of local engineer Rob Heaney, the band was able to set up a recording environment in Watson’s studio that was both professional and comfortable. As Kuster explains, “Pat's studio environment allowed us to be relaxed and feel like we were in an informal space...our own. That really let us dig in to the writing and the arranging.” One of the results of this is the extent to which the new album showcases bassist Mishka Stein as a prominent collaborative songwriter; he penned the foundations for a number of the songs, including the first single, Into Giants.

The result is an album that is still ripe with the touchstones one has come to expect from Patrick Watson and his collaborators, but permeated with a greater sense of patience, and confidence. Adventures in Your Own Backyard is an attempt by Watson and the band to simplify their sights—to make music a bit more close to home, in every sense of the phrase.


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(b) disqualify a finalist or winning Filmmaker and their Video if the Filmmaker has not complied with these Terms, and set aside the relevant Video from the Project;

(c) disqualify a Filmmaker if their Video collects views, comments, votes or any other activity using automated tools or disposable email addresses, or any similar method;

(d) supplement a finalist or winner with any other Filmmaker and their Video in place of a disqualified Filmmaker and their Video; and

(e) purchase any non-Winning Video for a fee not exceeding 20% of the cash Payment awarded to the Winning Video, each an Additional Video.

11.2 Genero will announce finalists and winners on the Website and attempt to make contact via email using the details provided in Your Account. Finalists and winners must respond to Genero’s contact attempts within 2 days of notification. Genero accepts no responsibility for being unable to reach You if these attempts are unsuccessful, and reserve the right to withdraw Your finalist or winner position and select alternative finalists or winners.

Genero Video Sales (Marketplace)

12. Warranties and Acknowledgement

12.1 User hereby acknowledges, warrants and represents that:

(a) User will not use the Marketplace, User’s Genero Account, the Marketplace Videos, or any content in the Marketplace Videos or in the Marketplace, dishonestly, fraudulently, for illegal purposes or for any use at all other than expressly specified herein without the express written consent of Genero.

(b) User will not complete, or attempt to complete any commercial transaction between Users outside of the Marketplace, including but not limited to the offer or supply of Marketplace Videos or any other User creative content, current or historical, made through the Marketplace.

(c) User will not distribute any part of content accessible via the Marketplace (other than User’s Marketplace Video) in any medium whatsoever without Genero's express written consent.

12.2 User hereby acknowledges that access to the Marketplace is intended solely for viewing and/or purchasing Marketplace Videos in accordance with these Terms, and that the Marketplace Videos or other information stored in the Marketplace is provided “as is” and may not be downloaded (unless explicitly allowed for under these Terms), copied, reproduced, distributed, transmitted, broadcast, displayed, sold, licensed, or otherwise exploited for any other purposes whatsoever without the prior written consent of Genero.

13. Marketplace Video Representations

13.1 Sellers shall make available Marketplace Videos pursuant to the instructions found on the Marketplace homepage and in accordance with these Terms.

13.2 Any Marketplace Video that includes Project Assets must have all such Project Assets removed in their entirety before the Marketplace Video may be sold, re-edited and transferred to Buyer as a Purchased Video, or otherwise used outside the Marketplace in any way.

13.3 Seller is solely responsible for any and all content included in their Marketplace Video, and for removing all Project Assets from the Marketplace Video before it is sold, re-edited and transferred to a Buyer or otherwise used by a Buyer as a Purchased Video.

13.4 By making a Marketplace Video available in the Marketplace, Seller represents and warrants that, other than as to any Project Assets included therein (which will subsequently be removed as per above clauses), the Marketplace Video does not contain content that violates the rights of any third-party, including any third party copyright, trademark, or patent, or a person’s right of privacy/publicity, or other personal or proprietary rights of any third party, and that Seller has all necessary rights and permissions from any Contributors and/or Performers in order for Seller to grant the rights to Genero and Buyer as contemplated hereunder.

13.5 Genero does not endorse any Marketplace Video, and content, opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed in any Marketplace Video uploaded by Seller, and, expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with such Marketplace Video.

14. Purchasing a Marketplace Video

14.1 Obligations of Seller

(a) When making available a Marketplace Video to the Marketplace, a Seller shall specify: (i) the Seller Offer Amount; and (ii) any Seller Terms. Such Seller Offer Amount and Seller Terms may be changed by the Seller at any time prior to a valid offer being accepted for the Marketplace Video. 

(b) The Seller Terms may include, but shall not be limited to, the following: (i) the permissible uses of the Marketplace Video, including territory of use, and/or restrictions on usage set by the Seller; (ii) whether the Seller requires any special conditions to be agreed by the Buyer.

(c) A Seller must not include in any Marketplace Video any material which is or may be defamatory, racially, religiously or sexually discriminatory or vilifying, offensive, in breach of a duty of confidentiality or privacy owed to anyone, in breach of the moral rights of an author of the image, in breach of any contract or otherwise unlawful. 

14.2 Obligations of Buyer

(a) Buyer shall offer to purchase a Marketplace Video by issuing a Proposal for the use of the Purchased Video to Seller.

(b) The Proposal may include, but need not be limited to, the following: (i) the proposed uses of the Purchased Video, including territory; (ii) whether the Buyer requires any special conditions to be agreed by the Seller, such as exclusivity or specific limitations on re-use of the Marketplace Video or Purchased Video; (iii) the deadline for the satisfactory completion and delivery of the Purchased Video; and (iv) whether the Buyer requires the Proposal to be treated as confidential by the Seller.

14.3 Acceptance of the Proposal / Counter-Offer

(a) The Seller shall have the option to accept or decline the Proposal. In the alternative, the Seller may issue new Seller Terms under which the Marketplace Video may be purchased.

(b) If the Seller accepts the Proposal, the Buyer will be asked to agree to the terms of a Video Sales Agreement, entered into between the Seller and the Buyer, and which shall specify the following: (i) the agreed Video Sale Amount; (ii) the Buyer Project details; (iii) the proposed usage, exclusivity, etc.; and (iv) other conditions required before a Marketplace Video may become a Purchased Video.

(c) If the Buyer has required the Proposal or Buyer Project to be treated as confidential, the Seller shall agree to the terms of any Non-Disclosure Agreement accompanying the Proposal.

(d) Seller and Buyer understand and agree that the Video Sales Agreement shall be deemed to have been entered into as between only the Buyer and Seller and shall be apart from these Terms or the supply of the Marketplace Video in the Marketplace. Each of the Seller and Buyer acknowledges and agrees to be bound by the terms of the Video Sales Agreement into which they have been entered, including to the terms as to usage and other special conditions to which both the Seller and the Buyer have agreed.

(e) Unless otherwise separately agreed to in writing by Genero, Genero is not and will not be a party to the Video Sales Agreement between the Buyer and Seller and shall bear no liability whatsoever to either the Seller or the Buyer in relation to any aspect of the sale of the Marketplace Video or Purchased Video.

(f) Both the Seller and Buyer are obliged to work together in good faith to complete the Marketplace Video for use in the Buyer Project.

(g) Under no circumstances will a Buyer or a Seller seek to make any direct approach to one another outside of the Marketplace with respect to the Marketplace Video or other similar video, for the purposes of avoiding operation of these Terms or payment of the Genero Fee. This provision shall not prevent Buyer and Seller from directly communicating for purposes of finalizing any sale initiated through the Marketplace, and/or finalizing any Buyer Project.

(h) Where a specific Video Sales Agreement is not created between the Buyer and the Seller, a default Video Sales Agreement prevails with the following default terms: i) territory is worldwide, ii) term is in perpetuity, and iii) copyright is transferred from the Seller to the Buyer in full, which includes all things associated with ownership of personal property, which without limitation includes granting Buyer or its nominee or Client the exclusive rights throughout the world in perpetuity to manufacture, distribute, promote, advertise, sell, lease, license or otherwise exploit commercially the Video in all media and technologies now or hereafter known, including the right to communicate the Video to the public and to license all such rights to third parties in its absolute discretion.

15. Marketplace Fees and Charges

15.1 The Buyer acknowledges, confirms and agrees that the costs to be incurred by the Buyer for the Marketplace Video are as follows: (a) upon the Seller agreeing to participate in the Buyer’s Project, the aggregate Video Sales Amount for all Marketplace Videos purchased, plus any Applicable Taxes payable, will be payable by the Buyer to Genero via the designated payment method. 

15.2 If the Buyer reasonably rejects the final Purchased Video, and does not allow the Seller an opportunity to cure, then the Video Sales Amount minus Genero’s Fee will be refunded to the Buyer via a payment form of Genero’s discretion. Genero’s Fee shall not be refundable.

15.3 The Seller acknowledges, confirms and agrees that: (i) within a period of 30 days after Buyer marks the Buyer Project as “complete”, Genero will credit the Seller whose Purchased Video has been accepted by the Buyer an amount equivalent to the Video Sale Amount less the Genero Fee and any Applicable Taxes; (ii) that any Applicable Taxes Seller is required by law to collect will be included in any price or offer amount.

15.4 Seller agrees that Genero will be paid the Genero Fee and is entitled to deduct the Genero Fee prior to issuing payment to the Seller.

15.5 Each of the Seller and the Buyer acknowledge, confirm and agree that: (i) Genero may, in the sole and absolute discretion of Genero, increase, decrease, modify, alter, introduce or remove any fee charged by Genero, either permanently or temporarily; (ii) Genero will provide 30 days notice to existing Sellers for any prospective change of the Genero Fee or any other fees charged by Genero, and these changes will only affect transactions that take place after the 30 day notice period has elapsed; (iii) unless otherwise stated all fees are in United States dollars.

Genero Video Briefs

16. General Video Brief Terms

16.1 Genero provides Briefs to facilitate the connection of Filmmakers with Clients and vice versa. After a Client has chosen a Filmmaker to work with via the Brief, Genero does not get involved in the ongoing communication or video production, and has no liability for any element of these activities, or the use of or participation in the Brief.

16.2 Genero highly recommends that the Parties agree all detail via a formal contract before proceeding, including (but not limited to) budget (refer to 16.5), location, timing, talent, insurance, video specifications and all other deliverables. Whilst Genero will endeavour to help where it can, Genero does not and will not mitigate or arbitrate in the case of any dispute between the Parties.

16.3 Genero may remove a Brief, at its sole discretion, if it believes it is fraudulent, or the Filmmaker is at risk of not being paid.

16.4 Genero reserves the right to promote completed Briefs and their Videos on the Website.

16.5 The total budget for a Director Brief must be paid in full by Client to Genero on selection of a Filmmaker's treatment. Genero will then pay the selected Filmmaker once the final video is completed to the Client's satisfaction, minus Genero's management fee.

16.6 Where a specific Video Brief agreement is not created between the Client and the Filmmaker, a default Video Brief agreement prevails with the following default terms: i) territory is worldwide, ii) term is in perpetuity, and iii) copyright is transferred from the Filmmaker to the Client in full, which includes all things associated with ownership of personal property, which without limitation includes granting Client or its nominee the exclusive rights throughout the world in perpetuity to manufacture, distribute, promote, advertise, sell, lease, license or otherwise exploit commercially the Video in all media and technologies now or hereafter known, including the right to communicate the Video to the public and to license all such rights to third parties in its absolute discretion.

17. Client Warranties

17.1 Client hereby acknowledges, warrants and represents that:

(a) You have the total budget to pay Genero as specified when creating a Brief;

(b) The Brief describes the video requirements as accurately as possible and in enough detail so the Filmmaker can determine if the payment they will receive is sufficient (payment a Filmmaker will receive is displayed on the create brief page, which is the total budget minus Genero's management fee);

(c) The Brief will not be substantially modified, once agreement with the Filmmaker has been reached, unless the Filmmaker agrees to such modifications;

(d) Client owns or obtained all permissions to any music or Assets provided to Genero or Filmmaker as part of the Brief;

(e) Reference checks, and any due diligence pertaining to Filmmaker have been requested and checked prior to selecting them;

(f) All Treatments (including other communication and responses, including emails) are confidential, and may only be shared within the Client’s team;

(g) All Treatments are protected by Copyright and owned by the Filmmaker. A treatment and a resulting Video will only be transferred to the Client if it is paid for in full to Genero.

(h) No Filmmaker will be commissioned until the deadline contained in the Brief has passed; and

(i) It is the Client’s responsibility to request Release Forms of the filmmaker and check them to the Client’s satisfaction.

18. Filmmaker Warranties

18.1 Filmmaker hereby acknowledges, warrants and represents that:

(a) All information contained within your Genero Account and Treatment response is true and correct, and does not mislead any person or entity in any way;

(b) By submitting a Treatment you will complete the Video in accordance with the Client’s requirements and within the Filmmaker payment amount specified;

(c) Filmmaker, Performers and Contributors (including director and producer team members) named in the Treatment or any communication that forms part of your response, are the persons that shall be used, unless otherwise agreed with Client;

(d) Reference checks and any due diligence requests by Client have been satisfied before proceeding; and

(e) Release Form requirements as per these Terms and any other release form requirements of the Client have been met.


19. Indemnity

19.1 User, Filmmaker, Seller and Buyer hereby indemnify Genero and Client upon; (i) any use, participation or purchase related to any Genero Services including submission of each and every Video, and (ii) submission of each and every piece of Content, and will keep Genero and Client indemnified against any and all actions, suits, claims, demands, proceedings, losses, damages, special damages compensation, sums of money, costs (including solicitor and client costs), charges and expenses arising out of or relating to your breach of any terms governed by these Terms, or use of the Video by Genero, Client or Buyer. You hereby irrevocably waive any right to seek or obtain an injunction, rescission or termination of these Terms, or any rights hereunder.

19.2 User hereby indemnifies Genero against any loss or damage suffered in the event that any Video, Content or information submitted by User and provided on the Website is incorrect or in any way misleading.

19.3 User hereby indemnifies Genero against any loss or damage suffered in the event that any aspect of the Website or Genero Services does not function as intended for any reason beyond the reasonable control of Genero and particularly in connection with: service interruptions caused by an internet service provider; an internet connection; any fault or deficiency in computer hardware or software; any fault or deficiency in audio/visual hardware; any fault or deficiency in website code.

19.4 Should Genero in its sole discretion, determine that User has breached these Terms, then nothing herein shall prevent or in any way restrict its right to pursue any of its legal and/or other remedies, including, without limitation, court action.

20. Exclusion, and Limitation of Liability

20.1 The Website and Genero Services are provided "as is" and without representations or warranties of any kind to User, whether express or implied, including without limitation: 

(a) the quality and/or fitness of the Website or Genero Services for a particular use; 

(b) as to accessibility or warranties that access or use of the Website or Genero Services will be uninterrupted or error-free;

(c) that the Website, Genero Services, and/or the Content will be secure or free of viruses or other harmful material or elements; or 

(d) that any of the Content will be correct, accurate, timely, complete, or free of any third party claims.

20.2 Genero expressly disclaims any responsibility for the Videos displayed on the Website or made available as part of any Genero Services, and by using the Website or any Genero Services, Users agree that Genero shall have no responsibility for any Video (including any content in any Video) that infringes the copyright or other intellectual property rights of any third party or for any Video that is deemed to be offensive, discriminatory or misleading to Users in any way whatsoever.

20.3 Where Genero provides links to other websites, it does so for information and convenience purposes only. Genero has no control over, and shall not be responsible for any such website and/or the content thereof.

20.4 Genero reserve the right to discontinue or remove any part, Content, Video or functionality of the Website or Genero Services at any time and without notice.

20.5 Genero reserves the right to alter, modify, add to or change in any way, any provision of these Terms and may, in its absolute discretion, limit or expand the Genero Services available via the Website without giving prior notice to User.

21. Copyright Infringement - US Notice and Take Down Procedures

The United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the "DMCA") provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe that any materials in the Website or found in a Video infringe your copyright, you may request that they be removed. This request must bear a signature (or electronic equivalent) of the copyright holder or an authorized representative, and must: (a) identify the allegedly infringing materials; (b) indicate where on the Website the infringing materials are located; (c) provide your name and contact information; (d) state that you have a good faith belief that the materials are infringing; (e) state that the information in your claim is accurate; and (f) indicate that "under penalty of perjury" you are the lawful copyright owner or are authorized to act on the owner's behalf. If you believe that someone has wrongly filed a notice of copyright infringement against you, the DMCA permits you to send this Website a counter-notice. Notices and counter-notices must meet the then-current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA. See for further information. Our contact for copyright issues relating to this Website (including the notices and counter-notices) is Please note that there are penalties for false claims under the DMCA.

22. Assignment of Rights

22.1 Genero may transfer, assign, novate or otherwise deal with any of its rights under these Terms to another party without notice to You.

22.2 You are not permitted to assign any part of these Terms without Genero’s prior written consent.

23. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

23.1 These Terms and use of the Website and Genero Services are governed by the laws of Victoria, Australia. 

23.2 By accessing or using the Website or Genero Services, User submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Victorian Courts in Australia for any dispute that relates to the Website, Genero Services, or these Terms.

23.3 Users are solely responsible for compliance with any applicable laws of the country from which they access the Website or Genero Services.

Last updated 11th August, 2014.
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Official Selection

Staff Pick
Chloe Poirier-Sauve
1786 3 6
« Toutes les grandes personnes ont d’abord été des enfants, mais peu d’entre elles s’en souviennent. »
de Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Le petit Prince)
+++English will follow+++
Le voyage onirique d'un petit homme avec temps passé et présent conjugués.
Clin d'oeil à Méliès et Saint-Exupéry.
Un peu de liberté et d'intimité.
Un peu de Watson et un peu de Wooden Arms.
Entièrement créé en sand drawing.


The dreamlike journey of a little man in past and present times combined.
Wink to Méliès and Saint-Exupéry.
A bit of freedom and intimacy.
A bit of Watson, a bit of Wooden Arms.
Completely realized in sand drawing.


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