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Rebirth pending... (August 20, 2013)

I am happy to announce that I can now provide a launch date for the site's new layout and design. There are only a few bugs I need to work out, but for the most part it is all ready.

So the date is set to... September 23, 2013.

I hope everyone likes the new feel.


Regular updates resumed (March 4, 2013)

For those who may not have noticed yet (where have you been?) the site is now being updated on a regular basis once again -- at least once a week, typically.

Work has also resumed on the brand new (and long delayed) site layout, which I'm hoping will go live within a month or two. This also includes rewriting the underlying code from scratch (or almost). The result should be cleaner and more effective (as in, quicker to load).

On the music video front, we should now be pretty much up-to-date with the latest releases. As usual, of course, more shall be added in the coming weeks -- including, also, some older videos.


Yule tidings (December 28, 2012)

Well, it's been a long time coming, but this update is... how should I put it... huge! I've just added about a thousand new videos to the database, 300 artists and 400 directors and various crew members.

Last time I posted here, I wrote that "things should start moving again at some point in 2012"... Which was true. What I did not expect, however, was that it would only start to show so late in the year!

Still, and although this may not have been obvious from the activity of the website (or lack thereof), much has been happening behind the curtains. A major overhaul of the site is in the works, though this will take some more time before it becomes visible.

On the other hand, one thing that should become rather obvious starting with *this* update is the increasing amount of youtube links I've added in.

In fact, I've been going back through a lot of older videos to add links, where available. With now over 57 000 videos in the database, though, this will not happen overnight, but you can expect more of these links to appear throughout 2013.

With this, I wish everyone all the best for the new year!

And of course, if you wish to be kept informed of future updates, make sure you click the "like" button above to join our Facebook community.


Welcome to the modern world (December 20, 2011)

I know, I know, it's been too long since I last updated the site. And still no real big update this time either, unfortunately. However, there is SOME good news.

As you may have noticed when loading this page, there now is a Facebook box above. Yep, that's right, mvdbase is entering the modern world (ha!) by joining FB. This means a number of things.

First, something's up. I mean, hey, what's the point of a Facebook Page if there's nothing to say, right? It won't happen overnight, mind you, as there's much work to be done and I'm (for now) mostly ironing out details in the background. But things should start moving again at some point in 2012. So, click the like button (above or below) to make sure you don't miss all the excitement!

Second, Facebook will help us keep in touch.

Third, it's also a great way to post information, to keep track of what's happening in the music video world in general, and with the website more specifically.

Four, it should also prove a useful promotional tool. If you like mvdbase, it will make it easier for you to recommend it to friends, to talk about it and to help support it.

So, bottom line is, if you like mvdbase, click the LIKE button!


(May 1, 2011)

It's been a long time since the last update, but I'm still around and still working on the site. I apologize if it's not as frequently updated as it once was, but that's life for you -- filled with unexpected events.

In any case, I hope I can do more updates in the coming months. Though my head spins when I think of how far behind I've fallen and all of the data I now need to sift through...


Sue for thoughts! (March 1, 2010)

I was listening to the radio (you know, that thing which video supposedly killed some thirty years ago) and heard on the news last week that some people are complaining about Google. More specifically, about the fact that they dominate advertising on the internet. There are even talks of sueing Google over this...

So, I have to ask: what's wrong with this picture?

I also heard (this piece was on TV) of a guy who became an overnight millionaire just by wearing a different T-shirt every day and sitting daily in front of his webcam showing it off on his Facebook page. Wow. Wish I'd thought of that! Maybe I should sue him.

The point is, Google came up with some great ideas and that's what got them this far. They didn't get there by whining or sueing others. Just good old creativity, with some good sense and a bit of luck (the "being at the right place at the right time" kind).

Mind you, I'm not saying Google is perfect. They've often (and not without reason) been criticized for their privacy policies. But let's be fair, here. Those who are unhappy with them should consider coming up with their own original ideas and concepts rather than griping. And maybe they can be the next big thing on the internet... and have others complain about THEM!

And if this ever does go to trial, I just hope the judge gets a good laugh out of it.


(February 17, 2010)

It's been long in coming, but here it is... a new site update! Sorry for the delay, but I've been extremely busy. I've started working on the site again, though (obviously) and will try to do updates at least once a week in the future. Lots of stuff in the works. I'll tell you more soon.


It's coming... (November 24, 2008)

... What's coming, you ask? Well that would be telling, wouldn't it? Just think back to what I wrote in my previous message here, and you'll get an idea...

Here's a hint: keep an eye on that countdown counter up above...


Ten years and counting... (February 27, 2008)

Despite the claims of my previous post in this spot, and as many of you must have noticed, the site had not been updated in close to a year. I apologize about this, but I have not had much free time in all these months and had to make many changes to my priorities. I do now have time again to spend on the site, though not anywhere near as much as I had in the past. However, considering the amount of data that has piled up during this extended hiatus, it will take some time to get everything entered into the database. Consequently, to help speed things up a bit, I have mapped things out as follow:

- Phase 1: enter basic data (artist / title / airdate) on every new video released since the last update.
- Phase 2: go through forms & emails and add submitted detailed credits for videos both new & old.

The reason I mention this is because some of you will most likely notice a video added that you submitted but without all the details you gave. Do not panic. This is normal. The phases described above rely on totally different sources. The reason I've decided to do things this way is because I should be able to complete phase 1 a lot faster than phase 2, thus allowing to bring the site back up-to-date much quicker than if I worked my way through all sources simultaneously (which is what I normally do).

Oh, and BTW, in case you're wondering about the title of this article... mvdbase is ten years old this year! A demo version of the site was created in April 1998. It was officially launched on December 7, 1998. So, you can expect a lot of things to happen this year... On a side note, if you work for a record label or production company and would like to help out in celebrating this anniversary, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.


We now return you to your normally scheduled program... (February 8, 2007)

It's been a bit longer in coming then I had expected, but I've finally started working on the site again. There have actually been a few small updates since the start of the year, but I'm only now getting back to full speed. Of course, these delays mean that I've fallen a bit behind once again! But I should be caught up fairly quickly, if all goes well.

As usual, if you have any information that you notice is missing from the database, by all means, go ahead and use the online submission forms (click on the SUBMIT button to the left to reach them) or send me an e-mail with the information and I will get to it as soon as possible. Please do keep in mind though that updates may take a while as I go through all the forms and e-mails manually and that I do get a lot of submissions. I love getting them, though, so keep them coming!


It's that time of the year again... (December 16, 2006)

Yes, I know, it's been a long time since I've written something here. Sorry about that, but life has been hectic.

In any event, and in case you hadn't noticed (ha!) the holiday season is upon us once again... never late, is it? ah well, we wouldn't have it any other way, would we now? Consequently, site updates will be running much slower in the coming three weeks as I will be away, although I should still be able to do a few updates here and there from a remote computer. We'll return to regular speed after January 6 when I get back.

In the meantime, enjoy the season, have fun, party (don't get TOO drunk though), hug, celebrate... you get the idea!

Be safe and happy holidays to all.


25 years ago... (August 1, 2006)

Twenty five years ago today -- August 1st, 1981 -- MTV launched, airing its first video, the classic and somewhat symbolic "Video killed the radio star" by The Buggles and director Russell Mulcahy. The rest, as they say, is history. So, happy birthday MTV!

In other news, for all those of you who have been trying to e-mail me recently, my e-mail account died on July 26 (Wednesday). The problem was finally fixed today, August 1st (Tuesday). So any mails sent during this period most likely did not reach me and should be resent. In most cases though you should have received a bounce message stating that your message did not get through. If your mail was sent on July 26 or August 1 and you did not get a bounce, then I probably got it. It does take me a bit of time to go through all messages though, as the site keeps me very busy... but I will get back to you eventually.


50 000 and counting... (May 30, 2006)

That's right, mvdbase.com now offers data for over 50 000 music videos! With much more on the way, of course.

In other news, the database was recently moved to a faster server -- as some of you might have noticed, loading times (especially for artist pages) are now much shorter. I've also started to add links to Amazon on individual video pages (in most cases this will allow you to buy the *album* the song can be found on, not the video itself, and when an album is not available it will point to the single). It will take time to add links for all the videos, but I will be doing this regularly from now on, starting with more recent releases and occasionally going through the whole videography of a given artist. If you are considering buying an album on Amazon, please try to do it through mvdbase as this will help support the site. If you can't find a link to the album you want, use this Amazon Portal (the link is also available at the top of this page) to enter Amazon and search for the CD you are interested in. Please note that bookmarking the page you end up on won't work (well it will, technically speaking, but I just won't get credited when you use that bookmark) as the page is forwarded as soon as you click. To effectively bookmark the Portal, either bookmark THIS page and use the link above, or edit your bookmark manually by replacing the Amzon URL with this one:

http:

www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home?site=amazon&tag=mvdbasecom-20

Thank you for your support!

Finally, I would like to encourage all French music video professionals who are reading this to go visit the SPPAM's website and to join up (if they haven't already). The SPPAM is an association of industry professionals that is trying to improve the business in France -- in many respects it is very similar to the MVPA. Check it out!


(April 10, 2006)

I am proud to announce that mvdbase.com will be an official sponsor of the MVPA Awards this year. The list of nominees is now up (follow the link on the right). The show will be held on May 11. Check out the MVPA's website for more information.

I will also be involved with the third edition of the International Music Video Festival, which will be held in the south of France in October. More details on this soon. In the meantime, be sure to submit your videos! Check out the links above for all the details.


(February 16, 2006)

Obviously, you must have noticed those large white boxes that are now located at the top of the screen and on the left, under the side menu. Yes, ad space is now available for purchase on mvdbase.com. I hope this won't inconvenience too many people, but if the site is to survive, this is a necessary evil. Besides, I will only be accepting music video related advertisements, so it shouldn't be so bad... it might even be fun, heheh. So don't hesitate to click and explore when those ads start to appear. And for those of you who would like to buy some adspace, follow the yellow brick road for more information. I really should point out that I am offering a 15% discount for the launch of this programme, so jump in while the deal is still up!

In other news, Kevin Holy (from director-file.com, and a long-time mvdbase contributor) has recently launched a music video wikipedia.... yes, you heard that right. For those who don't know what a wikipedia is, read its description... on the Wikipedia itself ;-) As for Kevin's project, it's called Videoville. Check it out and contribute if you can!


The return... (January 10, 2006)

I made a small mistake in my previous message. I announced that I would return on February 3. That, of course, should have been *January* 3. So yes, I've been back for about a week, but I decided to upgrade my system before I started working on the site again, as it had been needing one for quite some time... figured it would be a nice way to start the year. It took a few days, but now everything's back to normal, so the daily updates can now resume.

Best wishes to all for 2006.


Holiday season (December 22, 2005)

Well folks, it's that time of the year again. I hope everyone is in good health and enjoying the season, even if you don't actually celebrate Christmas... there's just something magical in the air that I hope everyone can appreciate regardless of faith or whatnot.

And of course, next week will be a new year. If all goes well, 2006 should bring many good things to the site, including the opening of the previously announced members sections (it's taking longer then expected, but I'm almost done!) and many other little features which should make things even more enjoyable. Hopefully.

With this, I bid you farewell... for a short while, that is, at least until next year, haha! Indeed, I am leaving to spend the holidays with family, so the site will not be updated during this time. But I shall be back on February 3. In the meantime, I wish you all a Merry Christmas!


(October 2, 2005)

I am happy to announce that I am finally all caught up -- at least as far as new releases are concerned. I still have lots of forms and e-mails to go through, but these will now be processed as per the usual standards (with new videos being given higher priority).

I have also started working on some membership sections (which I had first announced last year!) which I expect to open up in a month or two -- hopefully before the end of the year, in any case.

There is also a new Director Spotlight up, as you might have noticed. Check out Julien Bittner's presentation, visit his website, and give him a shout if you like his work and think you could use his services.

On to a totally different topic... Many of you probably have heard about this already, but I wanted to mention it here regardless as it is a fairly important piece of news that everyone should be aware of.

A few weeks ago, Universal Music Group sent out letters to most (if not all) of the music video outlets in the States (including MTV but also local shows) announcing that as of October 15, they will no longer receive videos unless they pay an annual fee of $7,500... so if most Universal-signed artists suddenly disappear from the small screen, you'll know why! More seriously, this unexpected move from UMG will very likely affect the music video industry in some big ways. Food for thought.


International Music Video Festival (part 2) (September 14, 2005)

I got back from the Festival Monday night. The event was a big success and I just want to congratulate the staff again for all the hard work they put into this.

A number of industry professionals were present (including directors Chris Milk, Stéphane Berla and Wiz, producers Phil Tidy and Georges Hanouna, commissioner Liz Kessler, Promo magazine editor David Knight, French singer Alain Chamfort, and many many others).

There was no fee for entrance, so it was interesting to see how many people actually came to watch videos -- if there was any evidence needed that people have a genuine interest for the medium, even in a country where the networks don't credit the directors, this definitely was it.

The Festival is bound to grow even more through the years (this is only the second edition after all) and I could really see it becoming the music video equivalent of the Cannes Film Festival at some point in the future.

So if you want to be in on it next year, keep watching their website (www.festivalduclip.com)... and of course, I will post here about it too when things start brewing again.


International Music Video Festival (September 7, 2005)

Well, I'm finally done catching up... of course, just in time for the Music Video Festival, which means I'm going to get a bit behind again as I'll be away for several days. Won't be quite as bad though.

So yes, the second edition of the "Festival International des Arts du Clip" (aka in English the "International Music Video Festival") is about to start. I just added the full list of nominees (follow the link on the right). The Festival will be held from September 8th to the 11th in Cap d'Agde, a village in the south of France. Industry professionals from around the world will be attending. The president of the jury this year is director Chris Milk.

This should be an interesting event. Hope to see many of you out there!


When a computer dies... (August 6, 2005)

On Monday, July 25, my PC died on me. There was a short power outage, and although I do have a UPS, the system shut down. After that, there was no starting it up anymore. All I could get was a blinking cursor against a black screen. Fun.

So I took in the computer for repair and borrowed a laptop from a friend. This gave me access to my e-mail, but unfortunately not to the website as all updates are made on my hard drive before the changes are uploaded to the site. So I was stuck. And this, of course, is why the site has not been updated in almost two weeks. Apologies for that, but there was not much I could do about it except bang my head against a wall in frustration. That would have hurt, though, so I held back.

In any case, my PC was finally fixed yesterday and so updates can now resume. Many will be made today and in the coming days. I expect to be caught up by the end of next week.. hopefully.

Alex.


New label section (coming soon) (April 7, 2005)

Well, I'm back, and daily updates have resumed. I expect to be caught up with the latest videos by the weekend.

I mentioned recently a couple of new features that are currently in the works. One of these is a new section which will be dedicated to record labels. It will be basically modeled after the production companies section. In fact, most of the code is already written and the section could pretty much go live tomorrow. I just want to add more data to it before I officially open it up.

So this is a call out to all record labels reading this. If you want to be included in the opening, e-mail me with the following information:

  • label name
  • country of operation
  • year of foundation
  • name(s) of founder(s)
  • current address
  • phone number
  • fax number
  • website
  • e-mail address
  • list of artists currently signed to the label
  • name(s) of the video commissioner(s) at the label
  • a list of videos commissioned by the label
Only the label name and country are required, although some contact information would be nice too. And keep in mind that the goal of the site is to be as exhaustive as possible, so while I understand sending complete lists of videos (especially for the bigger labels) would be next to impossible, any information provided would be appreciated.

To state the obvious, note that to qualify for inclusion, a label needs to have commissioned AT LEAST one (short-form) music video.

And if the label is a subsidiary/division of another company, please do also provide this information.

That's all for now.


Programmed leave of absence... and some reading (March 29, 2005)

OK folks, Southern Cuba Records got all the treatments and reels they could handle, so we can move on. And thanks to all of you who responded to that message.

Just so you all know and don't start to wonder when the updates stop, I will be away for a few days at the end of this week, visiting family. Updates will resume when I get back next Wednesday.

I've also been meaning to mention this book about music videos that was released a while back. I wanted to finish reading it first, but it's taking me longer than expected as I haven't had much time for reading lately. However, what I've read so far was quite interesting, enough so that I would recommend it to all music video lovers.

The book is called "Experiencing Music Video: aesthetics and cultural context" by Carol Vernallis, available from Columbia University Press. Check it out.


Need a director -- URGENT (March 23, 2005)

(this text is only kept for archival purposes, please do NOT respond to this anymore)

New UK label Southern Cuba Records is urgently looking to shoot a 35/16 mm video for the single "Private Gansta" by its artist Slic One.

Slic One is an East Coast US rapper. The single can be auditioned at his website [click on Audio/Video, then Private Gansta].

This video will be shown nationally and internationally, targetting networks such as MTV, MTV Base, Channel U, Kiss TV and all the major urban and crossover TV outlets as well as internet video channels. Therefore the video will need to be the highest broadcast quality and capable of competing with current US rap videos.

As this is a new label there is only a very small budget. The ideal candidate/team will be able to create an exciting fresh treatment, shoot and deliver an exceptional music video on DigiBeta and DVD.

This project is urgent. Proposals should be sent ASAP.

E-mail (e-mail removed) if you would like the MP3 sent to you so you can write your treatment.

You can also reach the label by phone at (phone removed)

On a side note, if you too are looking for a treatment writer and/or director, feel free to e-mail me, I'm available! Preferably for rock/metal (or pop) acts.


Latest news (March 17, 2005)

Sorry about the Awards section, folks, it'll take a bit longer to finish up as I've been prioritizing new releases, and it's quite time-consuming to keep up with all the new videos that have been flowing in. I still have time for other stuff, but just not as much as I had initially expected. So I'll keep working on this, and other stuff, but don't hold your breath!

And speaking of other stuff, I have a few new features in the works. Little details, but I think you'll like them. I'll say more when I'm done (soon, hopefully).

In other news, I recently added tons of credits for 80's director Tim Pope. Most of it comes from his official credits on the Cowboy Films website, so these should be fairly complete now.

I've also added lots of country videos (thanks Zack!) and will be adding more in the coming days.

A last note: I heard from Nick Lambrou that the spotlight I ran on him last month got him some mails from bands that were interested in working with him. So if you're a new director and would like to give it a shot too, by all means, go for it! Follow the links above to read the requirements and whatnot.

That's all folks. Until next time.


Awards section (February 26, 2005)

I've been working on fixing the Awards section, which had some serious issues. I finally figured out how to get rid of all those nasty bugs and am now in the process of relinking all the videos to their related awards. Should take about a week or two to get it all set up right again. I also took this as an opportunity to slightly change the look of that section.

And for all you new directors out there, don't forget you can be the next feature of the "New Director Spotlight". Check out previous spotlights and read the instructions and requirements for submitting a feature.


New directors and new videos (February 19, 2005)

I've added two new features to the site, which will appear next to this spot when there is material to show.

The first is the "New Director Spotlight" which was launched a few days ago with the presentation of director Nick Lambrou. Read up what he has to say and go watch his video on rollingstones.com. And if you too wish to be featured in this spot, read this to see if you qualify and how to participate.

The second new feature will show you brand new releases that were added into the database this very day (if there were any). Please note that I'm saying new releases, meaning by that it will only include videos that have just started airing. A lot more videos are added every day, of course, for a list of those check out the latest updates page.


A few enhancements (February 11, 2005)

I've been working quite a bit on the php code in the last few weeks. I've finally uploaded the changes to the site. Most of it you'll probably never notice, as it's little details here and there -- some of them fixed annoying bugs in the code, others bring new features. The three most important changes are as follows:

1) Videographies will now by default show the most recent videos first.

2) You will now be able to change the sorting order from just one click -- to the old chronological format (ascending), or if you prefer you can sort by video title, by artist name (on technician pages) or by director (on artist pages).

3) I have (finally!) revamped the submission forms. No more annoying advertising after submissions, as everything is now handled by the site itself without going through a third-party CGI script like it used to. The new forms let you enter even more data then before. Check them out! (click on 'Submit' in the side menu).

On a side note, the language pages are almost done. I still need to do a bit of work on them, but hopefully I should have something ready within the next few weeks.


(January 30, 2005)

I've made a few changes to the way I add data into the database. Especially as regards to information submitted through the online forms. I used to start with the oldest, which seemed to make sense, and work my way toward the more recent ones. However, as so much of these have been piling up, I decided it would be more reasonable to start with the most recent submissions. This means data you submit now should appear online much faster from now on then it used to. Say within a week at most.

What if you've submitted data a long time ago -- will you have to wait even longer, you ask? Well, sort of. And I apologize for this, but there's no simple solution and I had to make a choice. All I can say is that I will try to go through all the data as fast as possible. Of course, you also have the option of resubmitting the data now. In which case, logically, it would get added faster.

Please note that if you have included an e-mail address with your submission, I will let you know when your data is added online.

In any case, I just want to thank everyone again who has submitted data. And for your patience, as well.


Happy New Year (January 23, 2005)

Sure, it's a bit late, but we're still in January, so it's not TOO late yet, haha.

Well it's been nearly a month since the last update. I upgraded my system and managed to lose all the site's data that was stored on my hard drive. Don't worry, it's not as bad as it sounds, as the site mirrors my drive pretty closely. So I just had to upload all the data back to my drive. I thought I'd have lost maybe 4 or 5 new videos in the process, but after looking at the data more closely, I don't think we've lost anything at all. Just a minor annoyance.

Today's update is fairly minor, but it was mostly to test that everything was back into place. Regular updates should now resume.

More soon. Lots more.


Donations welcome (November 26, 2004)

Why should you donate, you ask? Good question. Well the gist of it is this: maintaining the website is quite time consuming (yes, even with all the new, simplified layout and interfaces I've added recently -- it's better than before, but still quite demanding). Since I work on this alone (well, there are many contributors of course, but I handle all the data entry and technical aspects), I can only do this in my spare time.

So basically, the money would allow me to spend more time on the website. Of course, like all donations, it is NOT required. The site is, and will remain free -- even though I'm still planning to add a paying member-only section... but that will offer new features, while all that is currently free shall remain freely available.

Am I babbling? I feel like I'm babbling. Okay then, I'll make this short. If you do want to donate, you can do so through either MoneyBookers or e-gold, two apparently interesting alternatives to PayPal. Just click the logo of your choice (under the sidebar menu on the left). You'll need my account information, which is included under each logo. And, of course, thank you in advance! (and if you wonder why not PayPal, there's a note about it and a couple of links under those logos).


Back (again) (October 4, 2004)

Sorry to all for this new (though shorter) hiatus. I've been busy with various projects -- including a continuously-postponed-neverending short film project.

I hope to resume regular updates soon. I also announced some new features a while ago, some will (finally) start appearing soon. The first being various language versions of the site (French, Spanish and German are in the works).

More soon.


Some news (July 1, 2004)

I've been back on ADSL for a little over a week now, so things are starting to get back into place. I have received much feedback since the relaunch, with many more credits submitted both by e-mail and through the online forms. So things are going smoothly, although I am still working my way through old submitted forms -- not quite caught up there yet. I will try to do daily updates, however -- but at worst, there should be at least one or two updates per week.

I also still need to implement many of the new features I have in mind. More on these soon.

In the meantime, enjoy!


Current status (June 12, 2004)

I'm now settled in my new appartment, although my ADSL line still hasn't been set up. It should take about two more weeks. In the meantime, I managed to hook up this old 33.6 external modem (yes yes, you read that right, 33.6... my very first modem! good thing I kept it, eh?) which will allow me to check my e-mail and manage site updates until my regular account is back up and running.


Good news! (June 1, 2004)

I had a revelation today... I finally found how to make the database quicker to load pages. Where it would previously take up to two minutes to load the largest pages (like the credits for Daniel Pearl, Peter Lippman or Paul Flattery) it now barely takes 5 seconds! Surfing the site should become much more smoother now. Enjoy!

Another good news is that the interface is so easy and quick to use that I have been able to update the site on an even more frequent basis then I had initially expected (almost daily).

OTOH (and this is the bad news of the day) I am about to move into a new apartment (on June 6). This means that I will temporarily lose internet access while they switch my account to the new address. I find it annoying that this process must take 15 days........... but oh well, what can you do?

Do not despair, though. I should be able to use another account during this time, but it will be a modem connection that will be (asilde from slow) fairly expensive to use. But at least I'll be able to check my mail and upload updated files, maybe 2-3 times a week. Cross your fingers.


THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN (May 25, 2004)

Welcome to the new mvdbase.com!

The deadline was May 24, but both of our DNS servers decided to die just on that day! Talk about bad timing. Well everything's back up and running, and so here's the new site with one of the biggest updates I've done so far. And as promised, the site now has a new skin.

Many new features are still in the works -- including translations in French, German, Spanish and other languages -- while some sections are not fully functional yet (ie. the awards section).

On the plus side, mvdbase now covers over 30 000 music videos, with individual pages for each one of them. Many of these include detailed credits.

Trust me. This is only the beginning. Lots more to come in the near future.


May 14, 2004 (May 14, 2004)

Here's the good news... I'm done transfering all the data to the new structure!

Now for the bad news... Er, wait a minute, there is NO bad news, haha!

Now I can focus on the php code. There are still a number of glitches that need to be ironed out.

A word of warning, BTW. I've mentioned a number of new features. Some should be available right away, but many will only appear later as I won't have time to get everything set up for the May 24 deadline. Some things will also require more work than others. Progress reports will be posted here on a regular basis.

Also, keep in mind that once the new site is up I will start working on Phase II. That is, adding all the data that has been piling up in the past two years -- data that was submitted through the online forms or via e-mail. But worry not, I have come up with a system that allows me to add data in a much faster and timely manner, so it shouldn't take too long. It will also make future site updates easier and faster.

That's all for now.


LATEST NEWS (April 23, 2004)

Current database status:

  • 26 107 videos (only 7 030 left to transfer!)
  • 8 468 artists
  • 7 687 technicians (all professions, including directors, producers, DP's, etc.)
  • 1 007 production companies (includes post, special effects, etc.)
Okay folks, it's official. I estimated that it'll take me 3 to 4 more weeks to complete the new site. Since I'm on schedule so far, I've decided to set the date for relaunching to May 24, 2004. I've given myself a bit of margin so I can take some time to fix a few things in the php code and also work on... a new layout! Yep. That's right. I initially wanted to keep the current look, but I've been working so much on the site in the last four months that I'm getting sick and tired of its layout, ha! The good news though is that php makes it much easier to play with the layout, so it shouldn't be too much trouble. And hopefully everyone will like the new look...

That's all for now.


LATEST NEWS (April 9, 2004)

Well, the database now holds 21,179 videos. This includes 19,991 from the old database (the rest are new videos I've been including along the way). Which means I still have 11,941 to transfer. I should be done in about six weeks. Let the countdown begin ;-)

Speaking of countdowns, I will soon be setting a specific day for the Grand (re)Opening... give me a couple more weeks to set things up.

Some of you might already have noticed that I closed the Production section. The reason for this is that it is WAY outdated (about two years old!) and I felt it was pointless to leave it there as is. Updating it would have taken up too much time... time that I prefer to spend on transferring the remaining data. Besides, all the updated information is already in the new database and so the section will reopen as soon as the new site goes online. If you need to contact a production company in the meantime, I suggest looking it up either at the MVPA (they have a lengthy production listing) or the excellent LA411 directory. If you do not find what you are looking for on there, then send me an e-mail and I'll check if I have the data you need.

I've mentioned my plans to add some new features... Some of these will include:

  • a much needed and long overdue FAQ section;
  • a User's Guide (this might sound silly, but I bet if you think about it, there are a bunch of little details you don't really understand, like the use of specific colors in different places);
  • a page with database statistics, and maybe (if I can get it to work) site usage stats;
  • a "classifieds" section (for instance, you'll be able to place an ad when you're looking for a DP for your next job);
  • translations in many languages (PHP makes this SO much easier...) including Spanish, German, Swedish, Italian and French;
  • a members-only section (please note, however, that everything that is currently available to all will *remain* available to all -- this section would only offer new services, yet to be determined);
I will also be revising (and improving in many ways) the submission forms.

And that's just skimming the surface.

If you would like to help in shaping the new mvdbase, there are several ways you can contribute:

  1. If you are fluent in a language other then English or French, are knowledgeable enough on technical film terms in this language and have some free time you are willing to spend on translating, le me know. I'll give you a list of terms and sentences that need to be translated.
  2. If you have ideas of features for the member-only section, drop me a line. I'll consider all suggestions. Please keep in mind that this section will require a small fee (likely on a yearly basis) and will mostly be reserved for industry professionals. So if you are a professional and there is something you would like to see on mvdbase, perhaps a feature you haven't found anywhere else on the web yet, let me know...
  3. I've been meaning to start a webring for ages... pretty much since day one, but I keep running into problems. Now, I'm just too tired to fight with this and simply don't have the time or patience for it anymore. So. If you're interested in managing a music video webring and feel you can do it "professionally" enough (ie. something that could potentially draw professional sites to join, not just fansites), then please, by all means, go for it! I'll be happy to assist and sponsor the webring, and will provide some free space if needed. Like with the music video mailing-list, the idea is to create a virtual music video community where fans and professionals can all come together and share a common passion.
  4. And, of course... keep sending in all those credits!
On a side note, I've added a little "form" where you can enter your e-mail if you're sick and tired of checking this page (haha!) and just wish to be informed when the new site is finally ready.

Yes, I know, I talk too much... so I guess that's all for now, folks. More later.


LATEST NEWS (March 22, 2004)

I've been hard at work on the site for about two months now. Most of the PHP work is done (there are just a few glitches I'll have to fix, but I'll take care of that later) and I'm now focusing completely on transferring the data from the old site. I have currently transferred 15368 videos, out of 31955... yep, that's about half the work done. At about 400-500 videos transferred a day, I'm estimating that the new structure will be ready to go online in another two months. Perhaps sooner. And believe me, it'll be well worth the wait!

I'm planning to add a number of new sections to the site. It's still too early to give any details, since I haven't totally fleshed them out yet, but it should take mvdbase to a whole new level. More information about this soon.

I'm also adding new videos along the way. In fact, anything new I add goes directly into the new database. However, I should point out that this is only "Phase I" of the process. Once this is done (and online) I will start on "Phase II" which is basically going through all the mails that have piled up in the past year or so. Tons more of data which has been sleeping all this time but will be added to the database. So please bear with me. I promise that, in the end, it will be totally worth it.

For those of you who hadn't come to the site in a while, please read below for more information on what has been going on and why mvdbase had been on hiatus for so long.


PLEASE READ THIS (January 26, 2004)

Well it's been over a year since I last updated this. Can't believe it's been that long... Lots of things have lead to this extended hiatus, including a change of operating system (I'm now using linux instead of Windows), a number of time-consuming jobs (I do translations) and some other personal issues I had to deal with.

The good news, though, is this: I've started working on the site again. I'm (slowly) learning PHP and MySQL and transferring all my data to a MySQL database. This means a number of things. First and foremost, once this is done, mvdbase will become a "real" database with automated updates -- at the moment all the pages are static and require manual editing, which is a huge pain when you have over a thousand pages to maintain.

This is something I've been trying to put into place for years (literally), pretty much since I've started mvdbase back in 98. My initial plan was to do it through an Access database and ASP pages, but now that I'm using linux I've switched over to MySQL and PHP which are proving to be quite fascinating.

This, however, also means the next update will be a bit long to come. Because I have decided that the next update will be, well, the "ultimate" update, ie. it will only happen once the database is finished and in place. I've already written some of the PHP code but the longest part is the data entry (to give you an idea, I've for the moment transferred 1 521 videos... out of 31 691 to this date).

I'll try to keep this page updated with news on my progress.

Please, do not hesitate to keep on submitting data. It will be directly included in the new database and appear online as soon as the database is done.

On a side note, I'm considering adding an option for people to make donations. As some of you already know, this is not a business but a private project which I can only work on in my free time (which is another reason for the extended delays between updates). Donations (or sponsoring -- hint hint ;-) would greatly help in making updates more frequent as I would be able to spend more time on the site. However, the reason I mention this here now is that I do not want to use PayPal (because of the numerous horror stories mentioned here and here.) So, if anyone knows of any good alternatives (for people living abroad mind you, as most options I've found so far are only valid for US citizens) please do let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

One last thing. While surfing the web in search of music video material, I found the following site: bogodir. The layout and colors are extremely ugly, but do consider the data and the structure and compare them with mvdbase. I'm still not sure whether to be angry, amused or even flattered (after all, if you are imitated it kind of means your work is appreciated and respected, no?). You be the judge. One thing for sure, though, the upcoming database that I will be using will be much better structured than this bogodir and, of course, will contain A LOT more data. Oh, and it will also make the data harder to "steal" ;-)


(December 20, 2002)

My apologies to all for the long delay in updating the site. Real life has a tendency to sneak up on you when you least expect it, heh. But all's well now and I should be (once again) updating the site on a regular basis.

As usual, if you have any information that is missing on here, feel free to use the forms or to e-mail me the data. It might take a while for it to show up, as I still have to go through a huge amount of data that has been piling up, but I'll get to it eventually! Nothing gets lost.

The current update is actually a "2-in-1" sort of deal, as I'd started working on an update back in July but got stumped when the server went down for a month. So I'm putting this up, along with some more recent information.

If you've sent me data but don't see it online yet, please be patient. It'll all get sorted out eventually. If it's been a really VERY long time, though, feel free to nudge me. You never know with the internet, it could be that an e-mail or a form didn't get through to me for some reason.

The next update should happen after the holidays, and more regularly after that. Check back in then!

I wish you all a great time for the holidays.

















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