Part of the fun of making music videos is working with the client to create a script that fulfills their vision. In the creative process you often diverge and I've found this can happen due to having to choose higher quality footage over footage that belongs on the cutting room floor as they say. The editing process is instrumental in building the path of the video and in the case of Speekup's "Living Conditions" I was able to edit as we shot the film. We met every couple of weeks for 1-2 hours of filming, which upon completion I would go back to the computer and load in the footage. Working this way was unique in comparison to the last few clips I've made in that we could assess the script as we progressed. It's dependent on the client's time constraints of course but fortunately in this case we had the luxury of time on our side.
Anyway, blah blah blah, here's the clip :
At the end of 2013 Badjonni and I were working upstairs at Forge Warehouse preparing the room to be used as a studio and workspace for film makers and photographers. The walls were covered in patchy paint work so we began with a new coat of paint in some areas. I got distracted and ran off for a little to paint the crow mural that you see upon entry at Forge. By the time I was done Badjonni had a finished the wall he was working on and discovered we had a small amount of left over paint. We couldn't let it go to waste so we started circling it in trails over the floor. All that work many months ago has now become the backdrop to the work of various film makers and photographers. Take a look at this clip from The Rememberz which features our handy work.
Here I am hanging about with a friend I made in Greece. He seemed a bit sad every time someone walked past without noticing that he was trying to make them smile. We talked for a while when no one was around (he of course went into statue mode when others were passing by). I arranged to film him the following day, capturing his attempts to amuse observers. The film below sums it up though. You gotta work hard for the money. Most people walk past, unsure how to interact and then once every so often, someone edges forward. There's one more step toward tonight's dinner he thinks.
I recently took on a film job that included props such as gaffa tape, boiling water, chains, hammers, saws and gnomes. Sound interesting? I can't give much more away because at this point in time my hands are tied by producers and such. However I did sneak this little screen grab out of the editing room today so you can all get a taste of what is soon to be released. Visit again soon for the full video release.
Here's a video I put together for The Hushes. As an overlay I flashed an LED light in front of the camera. Yet again I've used the studio space at Forge Creative Warehouse in Port Adelaide. We had about half an hour of time up our sleeves to run off a couple of lip syncs so the base footage was pretty simple but to create a little playfulness the dancing lights were added. Given more time I would have made the lights sync up better to vignette the focal point of each shot but the random positioning does overlay quite well most of the time. Check it out :
Here's a photo of my son Oscar when we were in the mixing studio at Mixmasters. I think he was overwhelmed by the gadgetry and was hoping to shift a few sliders and turn some dials. Looks like that's Andy Roberts in the background. After buying my first DSLR camera, Andy Roberts was the first musician I made a clip for. Prior to that I was mostly experimenting with stop motion using a Nikon D40. The clip "Layers" was a bit of stop motion and some regular video but as an experiment I projected it onto the wall of my lounge room and re-filmed it to see what resulted.