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Artist / Band : Use this field to enter the name of the artist(s) and/or band(s) performing the song.
Song / Video title : Use this field to enter the title of the song and video.
Album / Soundtrack / EP : Enter the title of the album from which the song was taken. You can also type the title of a movie soundtrack or of a long-form video, etc. To sum it up : where can the song be found if the viewer wants to buy it? Please only name one source - the one from which the current version was taken.
Musical genre : Enter the appropriate musical genre (rock, pop, new wave, rap, blues, jazz, reggae, heavy metal, etc...).
Record label : Use this field to type in the name(s) of the record label(s) that published the song / album and commissioned the music video.
Video commissioner : This is the person at the label who commissioned the video from the production company.
Song writers : This should be used to enter the names of the writers who wrote this specific song. Use '&' if there are more then one name and '/' to separate lyric writers from composers (if known). Note that lyricists should be listed first (ie. lyric writer / music composer)
Air date : This is the date the video was first aired - regardless of the country. For instance, if a video was shown in Europe before it aired in the States, then that should be the date used. Also, whenever possible, the month and exact date should be included, rather than just the year.
Online date : My understanding (but please do correct me if I'm wrong) is that this is the date when the video comes out of post-production. For all intents and purposes, it is finalized and waiting for airplay. These dates are not extremely important, historically speaking, however they do give some aproximate idea as to when a video was first aired (usually not too long thereafter) and thus helps date some videos. For this reason -- and this reason only --, I am keeping track of online dates whenever possible, even though they do not actually appear on the website (it is only stored offline).
Please note that if it is not obvious from the data you submitted that you were either involved in the video directly or that you work for a production company, you MUST explain (in the "comments" field) where you obtained this date from. If this is not mentioned, the date you enter here will more than likely be ignored.
Shoot dates : Dates of when the shooting actually took place. You can enter the dates of when the shoot started and when it ended. As stated in the form, if it was a one day shoot, just enter that date twice, or leave the TO: date blank.
ISRC : This is a unique universal code used to identify videos. Think of it as the music industry's equivalent of an ISBN. For more information, you can read the wikipedia entry on the subject.
Format : Although the site mostly covers music videos, it also aims at covering older related forms of 'visual music' such as the scopitones or the soundies. This is a required field, but it defaults to 'music video', so unless you are actually submitting something else than a music video, you shouldn't worry about this.
Status : Please make sure the correct status is selected when submitting a video, especially if it's a brand new one that just got shot. The default value is 'aired' but you can change this to 'post-production', 'unaired' or whatever else seems most appropriate.
Video director : Use this field to type in the name(s) of the music video's director(s).
Country of origin : As with feature films, the nationality of a music video should be determined based on the production company. To take an example, if a video is commissionned by an American label, produced by a UK company and shot in Germany, the country used should be UK.
Production company : Type in the name of the company commissioned to make the video.
Post-production company : Type in the name of the post-production company(ies) involved -- these can cover anything from editing to special effects and grading. If several are listed, please specify in parentheses which aspects of the post-production each of them was involved in.
Production company website : If the production company has a website, and that it is not yet listed in the database (check the 'links' and 'production' pages to make sure) you can provide the URL here.
Post-production company website : If the post-production company has a website, and that it is not yet listed in the database (check the 'links' and 'production' pages to make sure) you can provide the URL here. If there are more than one post-production companies and that you wish to submit several URL's, please only write the first one here and add the others in the 'comments' field.
Producer(s) : Use this field to type in the name(s) of the producer(s).
Executive Producer(s) : Use this field to type in the name(s) of the executive producer(s).
Director of photography : Use this field to type in the name(s) of the cinematographer(s).
Editor : Use this field to enter the name(s) of the editor(s).
Art Director : Use this field to enter the name(s) of the art director(s).
Production Designer : Use this field to enter the name(s) of the production designer(s). If your native language is not English, or if you are unsure what this is, I should point out that although the word 'production' is included in the title, this job is NOT a producer position. The production designer is actually the person in charge of the sets of a video (decorations, set constructions, props, etc.)
Locations : Write here where the video was shot (city, country, specific location -- whatever seems relevant, or perhaps unusual).
URL to watch the video : If the video can be watched (or downloaded) online, you can provide the appropriate link here. If you wish to submit more than one location, please insert additional URL's (beyond the first one) in the 'comments' section below.
Other crew : This is where you can type in any additional crew members that have worked on the video: treatment writers, casting director, costume designer, cameramen, assistant directors, actors, etc... Feel free to include any information you'd like to see added online.
Trivia notes : Use this to enter any sort of information you might find relevant... a movie star who appeared in the video, fun facts about the shoot, the difference between this video and another version made for the same song (when appropriate), etc...
Your name : Use this field to type in your own name. This information is private and will not be disclosed to any third party under no circumstances whatsoever.
Your e-mail address : Although this is not a required field, I do highly suggest providing a valid e-mail if (1) this is the first time you submit data or (2) you have recently changed your e-mail address. Needless to say, this information will be kept private and never released to any third party. It shall only be used to inform you when the submitted data is added online or to ask you questions about the data if further information is required. You will NEVER receive spam mail through mvdbase.com. If a need should arise to disclose an e-mail address, permission to do so will always be asked first.
On a side note, I should point out that I will generally place more faith in a signed form than an anonymous one, for obvious reasons -- so including a name and e-mail address also helps make your submission look more serious.
Comments : Use this field to enter any comments you may have regarding the site itself, additional information you might like to see added to the site and such. You can also use this for additional URL's that could not be entered above (the site of the director, the DP, editor, or some other technician(s) for instance).