Hey all, I'll get right to it,
As a songwriter, I've been fortunate enough to provide Adieu for the TV show, and I loved seeing it develop visually into a beautiful end result. I think I can speak for all songwriters included when I say how rewarding and exciting it is to witness something like this happen to a creation of mine.
With that said, looking at each episode's profits proposal, I can't help but see some inconsistencies in the percentages that the songwriters would receive. So I'm hoping to find some opinions and answers to a subject that really hasn't at all been discussed.
Firstly, I don't think the label, 'Lead Musician' should be used for any other purpose than performance. Krrr was kind to contact me and inform me that it was a "term we use for the records that make up the base track of a song. Since your guitar/vocals were the base of Adieu, we consider that the 'lead musician'". The problem I have with this is that it was the only term used for me and other artists as songwriters. Yes, I did provide the guitar/vocals for the track, but more importantly, I wrote the song itself. This, I believe, requires two credits. One for the recording performance, and one for the writing (music and/or lyrics). So, to receive 12.58% for 'Lead Musician' and just 3.15% for lyrics is a gross understatement of the importance of any songwriter. In a similar instance, in which ppeppina was also the sole songwriter for a music video (Beastly Beauty), she received 21.73%, and while again not being credited as 'Songwriter' but just 'Lyrics and Vocals' - another inconsistency - she was rightfully given a larger percentage (though I would assign a minimum of 25% for all sole songwriters).
And 'The Money Tree' is a music project that I think was done somewhat more fairly. humunkulus wrote the music and wrote some of the lyrics, with saintmaker writing the original lyrics. humunkulus was also included in a recorded performance of the song (live show or not, it is performed). Now, this split of credits to create 'Lead Musician' AND 'Music and Lyrics' is the point I'm making. While 15.41% still isn't an adequate representation of the significance of the songwriter, it acknowledges the role of the songwriter separate from 'Lead Musician'.
What I want to emphasise here is that these segments in the show are music videos, in which the music plays an equally valuable part as the visuals. Furthermore, adequate and consistent recognition of the songwriter is needed, away form the label of 'Lead Musician'.
Thanks for reading this far, and I'm interested to see people's takes on this. I don't speak for all songwriters on hitRECord, I'm just showing my own concern for the credit of the songwriter.
This is how we propose to split up the profits for Act 3 and 4 of the RE: PATTERNS episode of HITRECORD ON TV.
Join in the discussion and give us your feedback by Friday April 4th, 2014.
NOTE: In these Proposals, whenever you see RegularJOE credited, it is because we are acknowledging his contribution to the piece. As we've always done, we have assigned a percentage and a value to this work and we welcome your feedback on that allocation. However, specific to this TV Production, RegularJOE's payment has been put back into the payout pool. His total allocation for this episode has been proportionally reallocated to all other contributors within this episode. That is why his payout values have been crossed out, and when you attempt to multiply any % share by the allocated value of the piece, the payout is a bit higher.
CALLING ALL WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, ANIMATORS, & MUSICIANS: Let's make more scenes from a fictional film! Check out catamaranwestern's "Scenes from a Fictional Film" collab and contribute writing, photos, animation + audio!
WRITERS: Find cool photos on the site and add short subtitles, dialogue, voice-over, or narration.
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Contribute evocative photos that are in need of text.
ANIMATORS: Make these still photos come to life by adding subtle motion to the frame.
MUSICIANS: Create audio for these animations.
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What happen to the charcters at the end of a movie ?
An other point of view to the other side theme.
Une ambiance de film noir... a french one.
- Hello? (Is anyone home?)
Bass, clap, beat-box, morris code sound, vocals, and vinyl scratches. Oh, and a telephone.
s'il te plaît (a tiny film)
+ VO/poem by musing5225
+ Music by van-gramsci
And all of the amazing footage was resourced from the community, thank you!
Special thanks to ponytailsandcapris for helping me out with my export woes :)
I've been wanting to make something lovesick and nostalgic with Katie's poem and voice over, s'il te plaît, for a while. Since my iMovie 08 finally bit the dust, I thought it would be a perfect project for my maiden voyage with Premiere. So here it is, a few weeks and lots and lots of Youtube tutorials later (and one two million attempts at exporting correctly tonight!).