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An Eagle In Your Mind Video Contest

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The An Eagle In Your Mind Video Contest was a Boards of Canada fan video contest held by WATMM in late 2002. The videos were judged by the band themselves, who also supplied the prizes.

Announcement[edit]

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The contest was announced on on August 8, 2002 on WATMM.

Ever wish there were BoC videos? Can you imagine a video for Roygbiv, or Orange Romeda? Now's your chance, as we are having our first ever "Eagle In Your Mind" Video Contest!
Hexagon Sun and BoC are kindly offering a autographed Limited Edition Geogaddi CD as the Grand Prize to the person who can make the most creative video set to their favourite BoC song! [1]

Rules[edit]

There were no particular limitations to themes, file formats or content:

All you need for this contest is your imagination, and a ton of creativity. Some of you may have already dabbled in video on the PC or Mac, or even BoC-style with old camcorders, Super 8 Film cameras, or other media. To enter the contest, all you have to do is pick your favourite BoC song (released) and set it to images. Not a computer person? Use a traditional camcorder and do it that way. If you are using a computer, you can use popular programs like Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or almost any video editing software that comes with video capture cards and most of today's computers. Both the Mac and Windows XP have basic movie making software, so your only limitation is your imagination. You can use Macromedia's Flash to make an animated video, or any software that allows you to make moving images.

Entries were accepted by FTP or mail. The deadline for entries was originally December 15th but was pushed back to December 20th. [2]

Most entries, including the three winners, were submitted in digital video form.

Results[edit]

The contest results were posted on June 10th on WATMM. The results were delayed as BoC were apparently away from Hexagon Sun for some time.

Instead of picking a single winner, the band awarded prizes to three videos. In addition to the expected prize of a signed copy of Geogaddi for each winner, the first place entry received a "very rare" signed metallic Music Has the Right to Children poster.

"We were impressed with the amount of work everyone put into this competition and ended up picking three favourites rather than one. there were quite a few great films submitted, some using using lovely super8 filmclips and some very nice fuzzy video. i know it's a cliche to say it was difficult to choose a winner, but it was. so in the end we figured the john-carpenter-tachyon-video-esque "corsair" clip by magnus hedberg was nicely done, especially with the additional sounds. next up was the norman mclaren-ish abstract clip that (anon?) made for "june 9th", which upon close inspection reveals nice little synchronisations to the different melody parts in our track. and finally the overall winner is the brilliant day-glo "gyroscope" clip by billy clayton, which has just the right lysergic qabala sesame street feel to it. great stuff. an honourable mention to the dreamy stills by david cameron who does a fine job unweaving our little tapestries on his site. well done to everyone who entered the competition and thanks for putting so much work in. and thanks for listening so closely..." "keep up the Wo God Rok.... mike sandison [3]"

The prizes arrived at Joyrex's on June 27th and were distributed to the winners.

Winners[edit]

"Gyroscope" by Billy Clayton[edit]

Prize[edit]
  • "Very rare" autographed metallic Music Has the Right to Children poster

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  • Autographed limited edition Geogaddi CD

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Video[edit]

"June 9th" by Sam Smith[edit]

Prize[edit]
  • Autographed limited edition Geogaddi CD
Video[edit]

"Corsair" by Magnus Hedberg[edit]

Prize[edit]
  • Autographed limited edition Geogaddi CD
Video[edit]

Others[edit]

All entrants received a "BOC Prize Pack" consisting of:

  • A clear "Boards of Canada" sticker with sky-blue letters
  • Two Designer's Republic BOC stickers (the red, white, green and yellow ones)
  • A Geogaddi hexagon sticker sheet
  • A In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country sticker sheet
  • A randomly selected Geogaddi Postcard

Links to the winning entries, and others, can be found on the videos page.