Announcing the Erase video contest


They Might Be Giants’ Dial-A-Song project is sponsoring its first video contest for the song “ERASE.” To help raise awareness of this great song we’re going to have a video contest open to all video people, film people and generally visually-minded people who are open to the challenge. After these three amazing winning videos for the “AM I AWAKE?” video contest, the new winners will be in good company, but the bar is high indeed.

These are the rules: Originality a must. Brilliance encouraged.

DEADLINE IS APRIL 7th. There will be 3 winners. $1000 cash prize to each winner. All three winning videos will be posted on TMBG’s and on TMBG’s YouTube channel. Here’s the song:


Poetry, not prose.
If there is a story, have an ending.
Don’t feel compelled to illustrate the lyric, but use the lyric as a springboard for your concept.
If you do illustrate the words, figure out a way to avoid doing it at the moment they are sung — the see/say can feel dumpy.

It can work many ways: beautiful, startling, bold, stylish, contemporary, psychedelic, mind-bending.
Transparency effects are nice, motion graphics can be exciting.
Live action, animation, multi-media — anything is possible!
Express YOURSELF in your favorite medium.

If there is any humor we would suggest it should be the deadest of the deadpan.
The topic should not be John and John, and representations of the band are discouraged.
All imagery must be original. Incorporating copyrighted images will disqualify your work


All submissions must be uploaded in HD on with password protection before the contest deadline. You must then send us a message via email to and be sure to include a direct link and a password along with your full name, email address, and phone number (strictly for contact purposes should you be chosen as the winner — we promise not to telemarket our t-shirt collection to you).

All judging will be done by the great Judge Black Francis of the Pixies.

You can check the rest of the “Am I Awake” finalists at

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