Winnipeg musician Sandy Taronno, from the pop band Quinzy, hired a crew of 40 from around the world to make his brand new music video, for the song "My love don't belong".
He did it all for $200.00 and the help of fiverr.com.
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As with every idea in the world nowadays, this one struck me while I was obliterating time on the internet.
A tech blog mentioned this fiverr.com thing, where tens of thousands of people offer weird little services for $5 a job... I cruised around it for a while having a good chuckle and later, in the middle of the night, had one of those jumping out of bed moments. I could have the world's cheapest, craziest video.
I spent a couple hours poring through all the various jobs that people were willing to do for $5 - "I'll dance to any song in a hot dog costume! I'll draw your logo under blacklight! I'll edit any video to make it look like an old-timey movie! I'll film Kajar the dancing horse with a piece of paper taped to his side!"
Once I kind of had a sense of what was out there, I made a little storyboard, and over a couple weeks ordered about 40 jobs (or gigs, as Fiverr likes to call them.)
Some of the Fiverr gigs I used:
Dance Like Michael Jackson to Your Music
Record a Video at the Taj Mahal
Hula Hoop In a Bikini For You
Spell Out Your Message in Scrabble Tiles
Strap a Camera to my Car and Drive for an Hour
Some were irredeemably awful - one woman said she'd lip-sync to any song, but what she meant was that she'd semi-rhythmically move her jaw to any song.
Some were crazy good - like the Indian fellow who starts the narration at the beginning of the video, or the Australian dude who juggled chainsaws while screaming the lyrics.
The weirdness, creativity and devotion of these people just blew my minds.
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