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deadmau5 and Imogen Heap have set up a global competition for animators to produce a segment of the official video to “Telemiscommunications,”  their song which appears on deadmau5’s album > album title goes here < (Ultra Music).  Exposure will be wide, with a fee to be paid to the winners. Entries of a single-frame treatment are to be submitted by Monday, December 10.

A personal note from Imogen explains:

Hello there… so, deadmau5 and I have written a song called “Telemiscommunications” and it’s out via deadmau5’s album already as you may well know but we don’t have an official video for it yet! If you’re an animator… we’d love you to be a part of it.

The idea in a nutshell — The business man, our central character, is in an airport checking his phone and trying to have a conversation with the one he loves but b


Throughout the video, we’ll see different businessmen connected by their frustrations in telemiscommunications. In the chorus sections he observes couples around him. In chorus one the couples are in love and affectionate but in chorus 2 couples are not getting along so signal, public announcements and kids screaming in the background are getting in the way of their precious little time to talk.

Toward the end, for the “Did I tell you I loved you today xx” section, a text is received. Here we revisit all our characters whose moods have brightened and color bleeds in around them from these few words of affection.

So what next? – We want to find 20 animators to make this video with. Each animator will be able to take ownership over their own segment, working in their own styles and mediums and with their own character and background designs. A selected few will also have a brief appearance at the end to tie all the characters into the same scene when they receive the text. We have created a sketch for the length of the video with the position of the character on the screen including a 3D plane so you can see what the camera is doing. This way we can connect the animations together. Also you’ll see below each clip we’ve chosen a color palette and given some direction for the mood we’d like to have in that section.

Color Palette – Now, we know how long it takes to animate so before you get too far, we’d like you to send us a link of previously made work and to submit a single frame treatment of the section you’d like to animate. From these submissions we’ll find our top 20 and get in touch with you.

For the four weeks following we’ll check in every now and then to see how you’re getting on for the final due date of Friday, January 4 to get all animations in. Then we’ll edit and likely add after effects so they flow nicely together for uploading for all to see a week later. For each second we’ll pay the animators $50 USD but you only have 4 weeks to complete the animation so think about time you can dedicate to it as well!

Choose the section you would like to animate using the blue buttons under the video (above), then once you are registered we’ll lead you through the treatment submission process…

We can’t wait to see what comes in and put this video together.

Thanks so much for considering to be a part of this.


Heap and mau5 team x

> album title goes here <
 is available now:Listen to “Telemiscommunications” here: 

About deadmau5
Joel Zimmerman, more commonly known as deadmau5 (pronounced ‘dead mouse’), is one of the world’s most respected electronic music producers of modern times. Enjoying international chart success with his singles “Professional Griefers,” “Sofi Needs A Ladder,” “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” and “I Remember,” he has also released four critically acclaimed albums: >album title goes here<4×4=12For Lack Of A Better Name and Random Album Title. The multiple JUNO Award-winning and Grammy®-nominated artist performed at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards as part of its first ever telecast performance highlighting electronic music. His ability to push the boundaries of his talent grows at an equal rate to his fan base, which counts over 6.8 million on his Facebook page. A major touring act, he has headlined Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Sonar, Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival, and sold out Rogers Centre in Toronto and PETCO Park in San Diego, as well as multiple consecutive nights at legendary venues like the Roseland Ballroom in NYC and the Palladium in Los Angeles.  In 2013, he will embark on a major world tour that includes headlining slots at Lollapalooza Chile and Lollapalooza Brazil.  Earlier this year he appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone (summer double issue, 2012), marking him as the first electronic artist to do so.