Posts Tagged ‘music video’
Today, I put my Canon T2i to work. I was excited because it was the first time I’d shoot all day on a project using my new DSLR.
It was a music video for a local pop punk band named Public Gluttony. The title of the song is “Lip Ring Girl.” Their sound is inspired by bands like Blink 182 and Sum 41.
It was a one-day shoot that required 6 scenes in 2 different locations. I worked again with familiar faces from the SF 48 HFP. Bing Lim wrote the concept and directed the video, and Rhia Abarquez produced it. I also met Roland Posados, who was A.D., but as the shoot progressed, he offered himself to be second camera using his 7D. I think we worked really well together to make sure we covered scenes thoroughly; he also shot several inserts that I think will turn out nicely for the edit.
It was a long and exhausting day, but we accomplished to get all of the shots we needed for the music video. Juggling time, shots, continuity, equipment, transportation, food, actors, etc. from 7am to 11pm!
I had a great experience working with the cast and crew. Everybody was on task and ready to work.
One thing about this production that’s different from any of my others, is that the edit will NOT be handled by me. Editing is my favorite part of the whole process because that’s where I think a lot of the magic happens. But because of my commitment to other projects, I decided that it would be best to have another editor piece this music video together. It will be very interesting to see the result! It wasn’t the easiest thing to do (letting go of my own footage), but I’m confident they have an editor that will piece it together how we visualized it.
Awesome way to spend my birthday weekend, doing what I love! More to come when the post-production process is completed.
So Timeless is a group from San Jose California. As described on their website, “The collection of artists and musicians was assembled with the purpose of providing live entertainment for shows, benefit concerts, weddings, festivals, etc; and with the goal to produce albums throughout different genres of music.”
They were looking for an editor for their latest music video and I fit the bill. It’s a soulful song with a head-knockin beat. The setting of the video has the whole band performing the song in a club. The b-roll of the video includes shots of Jonah taking the beautiful Lonnye Dotson out on a date and them enjoying their time together.
I like editing music videos because I get to play a lot with timing… sometimes you want to cut on the beat, sometimes you want to cut off beat. It’s all about establishing a pace while keeping things unpredictable.
In my correspondence with the director, I sent him a picture-in-picture version that includes nearly every take for each part of the song. I embedded the timecode, which made it very easy for the director to request changes to the edit if her preferred a certain shot over another.
I think it’s interesting as a video on it’s own because you are able to soak up all of the footage shot in one single viewing!
I first met Marcus Araiza during the San Jose 48 Hour Film Project in 2009. He told me about a music video he was directing and wanted to bring me on as the editor.
When I learned about the details of the project, I was definitely on board. The name of the band is Licked, and the lead singers, Ben and Cera, share a personal bond in that they both lost siblings to cancer. Ben wrote the song “Smiling Down” as a testament to the struggles his little sister faced in the fight against the disease. The song and video were also meant to make people aware of the disease and the fact that children are diagnosed at an alarming rate.
It’s is a touching song and video and I am happy to be a part of it.
In my correspondence with Marcus, we were sending video clips back and forth to each other. I found a very useful way for him to suggest a change in shot selection by creating a picture-in-picture version that includes nearly every take for each part of the song. Along with timecode, this proved to be an extremely useful way for Marcus (and myself) to know what footage is available for which part of the song.
Even on it’s own it stands as an engaging video simply by witnessing all of the takes that occurred in one viewing. Enjoy.
The title for Crystal and Louie’s concept video, “Everything I Do,” was chosen after their wedding when we all reflected on the whole experience of creating their video. It was also the song used in their mock slideshow, and we found it a fitting title to describe everything we all did to work on it. And not to mention, the obvious “I Do” reference to their weddings vows!
I believe the experience of the movie production is just as important as the final product itself. So here is a series of short videos to give you a better sense of the whole experience!