Applications for 53:14 are now closed. Thank you!
Colorado musicians and film/videomakers, you have an incredible opportunity to participate in the sixth annual 53:14 Music Video Experiment!
The 53:14 Music Video Experiment gets its’ name from the challenge of time. It is a music video challenge that pairs 10 filmmakers with 10 musicians (or bands) and then gives them $1,000 plus 53 hours and 14 minutes to produce a music video in Northern Colorado.
“There’s nothing an artist needs more
– even more than excellent tools and stamina –
than a deadline.”Adriana Trigiani, Viola in Reel Life
The aspect of time and the creative process is a motivator in the 53:14 project. The artists and bands are teamed up, in a surprise random reveal, the minute before the clock starts ticking. It is a lofty goal for the band and filmmaker to meet, come up with a concept, shoot, edit, and deliver an original music video in one weekend. It inspires incredible collaboration and professional music-video results.
The videos will be honored with a community event at the Lyric Cinema in Fort Collins, Colo. on Sept. 1, 2023. The public event is free, all ages, features live music, and will offer a world premier of the ten music videos.
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”
The organizers intend for the project to be collaborative and community-building rather than a competition.
Application deadline is July 21, 2023.
The Colorado Sound is proud to sponsor the 53:14 Music Video Experiment.
Previous 53:14 videos
Last year’s completed 53:14 music videos include:
The Timberline – Best Intentions
Bevin Luna – Masquerade
Schama Noel – No Love
And this entry from two years ago: Last Call Romance – What do I Have to Prove
“A deadline is, simply put, optimism in its most kick-ass form.
It’s a potent force that, when wielded with respect, will level any obstacle in its path.
This is especially true when it comes to creative pursuits.”Chris Baty, No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
2023 53:14 Music Video Experiment Schedule
July 21 – Application deadline
July 28 – Lineup announced
Aug 18 – Kickoff at The Lyric, teams announced
Aug 18-20 – 53:14 production weekend
Sep 1 – World premiere screening party at The Lyric
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