From time to time, music video contests hosted by bands catch my eye, though rarely do I (or many others, for that matter) follow up on the results. For example, Monsters of Folk held a video contest earlier this year for their song “Dear God” and chose a winner, though many didn’t check out director Nele Hecht’s work until the band hired someone to make a different video anyway. In the case of Moby, he already enlisted the great David Lynch to provide video treatment for a single off his latest album, Wait for Me, so when it came time to promote the title track, a contest was born.
This time I checked back, and, well, the results are pretty great… Israeli director Nimrod Shapira and a group of Tel Aviv University film students went all out (and won). Read Shapira’s description and watch the winning video for “Wait for Me” below:
The video clip portrays the story of a girl who decides to invite Moby into her life. She attempts to do so by using the “How to Summon Moby Guide for Dummies”, putting herself through 10 bizarre and comical steps (each is a tribute to a different Moby video). The video was created by film students from Tel Aviv University, Israel. We tried to capture the spirit of Moby and his iconic videoclips and hope we succeeded. The pre-production took a month (shooting script, costumes, auditions, art and location scouting). We shot over 2 fun and exhausting days!”
Check out more from Moby’s announcement, as well as videos from two runners-up, here.