My admittedly sporadic interest in the art of music video has accumulated over enough days of Thanksgiving vacation online viewing that I feel I'm in enough of a position to compile a list of the best videos this year. I've narrowed it down to about 25 candidates, which I'll be re-reviewing over the next week or so. At the same time I'm sure there are dozens other worthy clips I haven't encountered yet, so if anyone out there would be so kind as to nominate some of their favorite videos of the year, I'd be grateful. I will either post a top ten over the last two weeks of the year - or, if time permits, I'll do something more interactive, a quasi-tournament-style exercise that will take your votes/feedback into consideration. But first let's get a sense of the pool of candidates. Please comment with your recommendations this week.
In the meantime, here's my favorite video from last year, "Work It Out" by RJD2, directed by Joey Garfield and featuring artist Bill Shannon. One of the most stunning one-take videos I've seen, especially in how it combines choreography and spontaneity, a virtuoso performer with unsuspecting spectators, to transform a mundane real life location (Cadman Plaza in downtown Brooklyn, where I used to live, actually) into something magical.
From the description on Spinner:
"Shannon, born with a degenerative hip condition, developed a way to express himself through dance (and even skateboarding) on crutches. Director Joey Garfield took to the streets of New York and captured one continuous shot of Shannon, injecting RJD2 into random roles throughout the video."