A Tale as Old as Time…

 In Music Video, Projects

J. Cole’s ‘Wet Dreamz’ is a classic, coming-of-age tale of a young man and a young woman sharing their first time together.

In all seriousness, though, because of the overall tone of the song, I wanted to keep my shots light and fun. I did not want my actors to be uncomfortable nor did I want to shoot any unnecessary action for action’s sake.

Unfortunately, I was unable to procure all my footage. I was, however, able to source my “vintage” Barbie dolls to fill in the gaps that my hand-drawn storyboards probably would not have done justice in conveying the story. {Side note: “Playing” with my dolls turned out to be more fun than I expected. Definitely want to explore a stop-motion short in the near future.}

My hope was to use all the equipment I possibly could to better my understanding of lighting and gripping, but life and nature kept trying to keep me from shining (a busted water pipe that shut down the nation’s 4th largest city and SARS-CoV-2, aka Coronavirus, that shut down the world). However, I have always loved working with nature. I used natural light when it was available and with whatever available artificial light there was I tried to have it work for me, rather than against me. I have most of my own camera/lens equipment, although, I will need to update some pieces in the near future. And anything else I did not have, I let my creativity carry me through.

Most importantly, this was yet another learning opportunity for me. The ideas are ever present in my mind and I can visualize a story in the most spectacular of ways. I always have a nervous sort of excitement when I’m in the director’s chair, but once I say ‘action’ I know I’m exactly where I want to be. This was only my 3rd time directing and, like a fine wine, I’m only going to get better with time!

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  • Hales

    This was so freaking cute! I loved the time lapse-like part with him getting ready. This had such a lighthearted feel, and you got some really great coverage. I even thought the Barbie part worked with the feel of the video, even if that was a map for shots we were not able to get.

    • Jasmyn Campbell

      Thank you so much! Keeping the action light and having fun was exactly what I was going for.

  • Aurelene McGruder

    You are using your imagination to get the point across. Keep on going Cuz!

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