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Top Videos of 2019!

We’ve had the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the NBA Slam Dunk competition, but awards season is far from over. The TikiKiti brain trust has decreed that we will presently name the best Unofficial Music Video of 2019, from among our monthly Barclay Award winners.

If you want to send us your valuable opinion or organize an office pool, please do so.

Here are some of the parameters that we consider when rating a video:


1.  Production quality: includes cinematography, production design, location and sets.

2.  Creativity and Performance: includes acting, costumes, dancing, lip syncing, abstract imagery.

3. Editing: includes cutting to beat and motion, creative editing,  fast-paced cutting, image-replacement editing.

Here are your past winners!

December
Producer: Tanya Kostadinova Artist: Boney M, “Daddy Cool”

Filmmaker Tanya Kostadinova conveys megawatts of sustainable energy with editing that writhes like a second skin to an insidiously bouncy pop tune.

November

Producer: Ross Reinier Artist: Gary Clark Jr, “Come Together”

Precision cuts combined with a gnarly rock ‘n’ roll insurrection demonstrates the power of attitude over authoritarianism—an emboldened Philippines youth culture is given a glam makeover by Ross Reinier.

October

Producer: Bhai Log/Team Transformerz Artist: Billie Eilish, “Bury A Friend”

An Indian ghost story about three pals exploring a haunted house set to Billie Eilish’s downbeat dance tune.

September
Producer: Ido Fruchter Artist: Asaf Avidan & The Mojos, “The Ghost of a Thousand Little Lies”

Director Ido Fruchter has successfully fashioned a marvelous miniature dystopian drama that depicts learning and knowledge as a painful process.

August
Producer: Derek Newman Artist: Françoise Hardy, “Comment Te Dire, Adieu?”

Derek Newman deliciously blends self-improvement and horror to sensational effect.

July
Producer: Toey PPS Artist: Arianna Grande, “Bloodline”

Supple editing, a committed performance, and imaginative art direction carried it to the July winner’s circle.


June
Producer: Kathryn Janko Artist: Solomon Wilbur, “Show Me Love”

A trio of overworked paper-pushers try to smash through the glass ceiling while simultaneously realizing their jobs pretty much suck—a powerful and unsettling message.

May
Producer: Will Lucas Artist: Arianna Grande, “Sometimes”

Very robust visual storytelling and sensible use of metaphor imagery, e.g., mousetraps, fishing lures, board games.

April
Producer: Kevin Bodin Artist: Saez, “Les Cours Des Lycées”

The assured craftsmanship exhibited in Kevin Bodin’s provocative video is faultless and hypnotic.

March
Producer: Nicole Adams Artist: Quinn XCII & Kailee Morgue, “What The Hell Happened To Us?”

A flawless narrative continuum—the lip-synch is tight as a drum and every detail is correctly styled and properly executed.

February
Producer: Avikbangalee Artist: Disturbed, “The Sounds of Silence”

Equal parts inspiring and visually compelling, this video from Bangladesh shimmers like a neon painting.


January

Producer: Rank The Lion Artist: Yellow Ostrich, “Whale”

Here’s a budget throwback to music video buffoonery of the highest order.

Okay, you’ve seen the contenders. We’ve assembled an august panel of judges for the occasion, but by all means jump and make yourself heard! Comments, criticism, comedy, controversy… We welcome it all.

TikiKiti Awards: December ’19

When you first took my hand/On a cold Christmas Eve/You promised me/Broadway was waiting for me

Theoretically, it’s Christmas. Now that’s a great song title.

Icebergs are melting, the waters are rising, and there’s a nasty bug going around the office. So let’s bundle up with a hot drink and watch this month’s pageant of Unofficial Music Videos, lovingly created by creative types just like you.

TikiKiti is the place where we rate, curate, and bloviate over videos on a monthly basis, and present the Barclay Trophy to the amateur visual artist with the most promise.

Let’s unwrap our Top Five toys for December.

1. Producer: Tanya Kostadinova
Artist: Boney M
Song: “Daddy Cool”
Category: Performance

Bright lights, big city, and girls having naughty fun at a peep show and psychedelic carnival. Tanya Kostadinova conveys megawatts of sustainable energy with editing that writhes like a second skin to an insidiously bouncy pop tune.

2. Producer: Jeff Scher
Artist: Inventing Fire
Song: “Handlebars”
Category: Abstract

Utilizing an assortment of animation techniques and effects, producer Jeff Scher explores the allure of the open road, and captures the joy of leaving wreckage (emotional and otherwise) in the rearview.

3. Producer: Vipul Devrani
Artist: Billie Eilish
Song: “Bury A Friend”
Category: Performance

One of the symptoms of being a hardcore Billie Eilish fan is the overwhelming desire to dance in a haunted house. Exorcise the creeps right out of your life and take control.

4. Producer: Corban Phillips
Artist: Tenth Avenue North
Song: “Paranoia”
Category: Performance

When you’re in high school, the need for peer approval can be a necessary evil that seemingly dogs your every step. And everywhere you go—there you are.

5. Producer: Laura Shi & John Huang
Artist: Billie Eilish
Song: “Bury A Friend”
Category: Narrative

More friends are buried. The Eilish song acts as a banishment incantation to our own worst tendencies. Spoiler alert: The devil whispering in your ear is you.

This month, it seems the common ground we’re finding is ourselves. Who are we, and do we always have our own best interests at heart? Should we drive away temptation or simply recognize that we occasionally seek the darkness, despite advice from the better angels of our nature?

Getting to the heart of the artist can be a bumpy ride, so buckle up. There be monsters.