When BW launched its inaugural short video competition, Local Motion, a few weeks back, I expected a couple of videos along the lines of Llama Fetus--what we've taken to calling a video submitted by a reader shortly after our new video platform launched. In it, a couple of Boise High students wielding a preserved llama fetus in a plastic shopping bag--that they carry with one of those grabber tools--wander around school asking people to look in the bag while they record their reactions. Compelling video it's not, but the videographers elicit a laugh or two--especially as they drive around a well-groomed neighborhood randomly selecting mailboxes that receive either llama or bread. And yes, it makes about as much sense on screen as it does on this page.
While some of the entries for Local Motion have actually been even wackier than Llama Fetus, most of them have been surprisingly decent. The rules: keep it PG-13, keep it less than three minutes, feature Idaho. Rules were a thing to be broken for a few entrants--particularly that final Idaho requirement--but some decent stuff still came out of it.
The deadline to enter Local Motion was Sunday, July 11, but after a flurry of last-minute videos went up, we decided to extend the deadline another week. Sunday, July 18, is now the absolute final date to put your video in the running. Enter as many times as you want. Log on to see the competition so far or vote for your favorite video. There's $250 in BW Card credit on the line. Readers vote on the winner, the winner gets the credit, the credit gets the winner $250 in grub, tattoos, skin care, hair removal or Flicks tickets. Log on to localmotion.boiseweekly.com to vote before Saturday, July 31.
In other voting news ... Best of Boise is upon us. We're readying the readers' ballot now and starting Wednesday, July 21, you can log on to boiseweekly.com and cast your vote for your favorite restaurant, band, car wash, politician, tattoo parlor, hairstylist, bakery, mechanic, shoe store ... the list goes on and on.