Darren wants your input to create an official fan video piece for the album track 'Siren's Call' - the stunning final track on his brilliant new album 'Secret Codes and Battleships'.
As many of you know, this song seems to have struck a chord with audiences around the world and Darren wanted to recognise the special sentiment of the song by involving you, in the creation of a fan generated lyric video with content supplied by YOU.
Send in your photos, video pieces, footage - anything you think fits in with the theme of the song which is about overcoming an ocean of fears and insecurities amidst a journey to happiness. It could be literal (sirens, oceans and greek mythology) it could be abstract (colours, signs, symbols) it could be photos of loved ones long gone or far away. If you want some inspiration - take a look at the painting by Artist J W Waterhouse which inspired Darren's lyrics. HERE
In Darren's own life, he felt that his happiness was often off in the distance and that his journey to it was always fraught with obstacles; mostly the fears and negative views we invent for ourselves that keep us from achieving our dreams. In the song, Darren talks of these distractions as though they are sirens. Perhaps this can serve as inspiration for your input.
We will compile the best submissions with animated lyrics and edit together something completely personal yet completely befitting the meaning of the song and your relationship to 'Secret Codes and Battleships'.
We must please have your submission by the 8th January.
*Please read below preferred formats for submission:
Preferred formats are JPEG (.jpg) or RAW format. Most other image formats will also be useable, including PSD, BMP, PDF, TIF and PNG.
Please send them with the highest resolution possible. It's best not to convert or resize the photo files if you don't have to. We can't use images with a resolution below 640x480 pixels.
The acceptable formats for video include MPEG4, MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, FLV, MPG and 3GP.
Just like photos, video files are best sent without any conversion, if possible. We would prefer the highest quality and resolution possible, so High Definition (HD) standards are great. We won't be able to use any video with a resolution lower than 640x480 pixels.
For specific information, YouTube says all the same things we would. Check out their Video Encoding page for details. If it's okay for YouTube, it's okay for us!
Please only send the necessary video section. YouTube also has some great tutorials on how to edit your video. If you don't have the tools to edit/trim your video, please give us a Timecode reference to the segment you want us to view, such as "Start at 1min 25 secs, end at 2 mins 15 secs".
Some video files will be quite large - too large for email - but you can use an online file sharing site to upload your large files. Here's a few that are reliable and free:
** (Please also read the Terms & Conditions below and know that by submitting content you agree to these terms & conditions)
Terms & Conditions:
The following terms apply to any content you send us for use in the video clip. "Us" means Powdered Sugar Productions Limited.
If you send content (eg photos, video files, film footage) to us for use in the video clip, you grant us a non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide, transferable and royalty free licence to use, modify, adapt, broadcast, communicate, and reproduce that content, as part of the video clip, in any format and in any manner in all media throughout the world in perpetuity. By you sending the content to us, this will be deemed as valid and binding consent by you to grant us this licence. Of course, you retain the copyright in anything you own that you send to us. You warrant that you have the right to grant us the abovementioned licence and that our use of the content you supply will not infringe the rights of any third party, or any law. You indemnify us against any actions, suits, claims, demands, losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses we may suffer or incur as a result of any breach by you of this warranty. When you submit anything to us for use in the video clip, you agree that the content you send to us will not:
(a) be infringing, defamatory, obscene, violent or illegal;
(b) contain viruses or other harmful items, or
(c) contain commercial material (e.g advertising of products or services).