I'm just going to throw this out there. You may have heard about a company called Planetary Resources which intends to start mining near-earth asteroids in the very near future. They have started a Kickstarter to launch a space telescope... a reasonable challenge given their ultimate ambition. You can read more about this via Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blog
and at Planetary Resouces' Kickstarter
Now, what does this have to do with AMVs you ask? Well take a look at that Kickstarter again. The $2500 pledge level's boon is to send a 144-frame video into space, where they will play it and re-record it against the (time lapsed) backdrop of the Earth.
So I ask you... could you make a 6 second long AMV?
I am volunteering to run a 144-frame (you tell me the FPS it should run at... doesn't have to be 6 seconds long) AMV contest if the Anime Music Video community can pitch in $2500 before the Your Video In Space
award level runs out. To start us on our way I will pledge $99, which equivalent to the level that awards the HD Selfie and Planetary Society Membership (which I will keep for myself). The limited edition mission poster will go to the person whose video is chosen to go into space.
1) The telescope won't even launch until 2015, so you have plenty of time to make your video.
2) The Kickstarter runs out in 32 days, so you don't have long to pony up your money.
3) If we achieve funding for the award, submissions will be due by the Anime Weekend Atlanta Professional Awards deadline the September prior to the announced launch date (presently assuming AWA 2014, baring any launch delays), and will be judged as a special category of The Professional Awards by the participants, and yes, entering your 6 second video would enter you in The Professional Awards and would not count against any other submission limit.
4) Pledges can be made publicly here, or by PM or email to me. Once it is clear there is interest and sufficient support, I will contact everyone for payment and will purchase the Kickstarter level in the name of The Video Art Track.
So... anyone interested?
Daric "Jingoro" Jackson
Director, The Video Art Track at Anime Weekend Atlanta