I'm not following what your validity is, Tony. If you are saying you would not include music videos within the 'amateur film-making world' would that include BIAFF? How about if I rolled up at your club (if you are a member of one) and said I am an amateur filmmaker, but I only make music promos? Would I be excluded from the club or sent to the naughty corner? Would my videos never be shown or entered into competitions?A.K. Williams wrote:...but as far as amateur film-making is concerned would not include them within the 'amateur film-making world' as I know it, this is not intended to 'reduce' music videos to a 'lower' category, but to a 'category' of their own, entirely valid as I see it.
I am not entirely sure what defines a music video sufficiently apart from other genres - such as abstract or experimental films or films with complicated time lines such as Sin City, The Prestige, The Limey etc - enough to warrant an entire category of their own away from the amateur filmmaking world? The 'film to music' production is well established within amateur filmmaking circles, so why should a music video be excluded? Art, flow, pace, cinematography, sound, lighting, sequence and composition can be just as equally valid within a music video as any other film, and sometimes these elements have to be handled with greater care because you have to work within the confines of the piece of music chosen.
I can see no validity in excluding any particular genre or category from a community already struggling against falling attendances. If a certain film is profane, sexist, racist etc then decisions would need to be taken on a film-by-film basis, but to 'not include [an entire genre] within the amateur filmmaking world' makes no sense to me.