Great to see those of you that were on Thursday. The David Permit pitch missing memory was “Whitney Houston & Wil Smith”… again for a script story based on Bette Midler and Barry Manilow 🙂
If you look at the shot around 4 seconds in right after they break open the fire hydrant you can see how insignificant the bridge is in the BG but in the later wide shots the 4oo mm brings the shot to life.
hat was based on Bette Midler and Barry Manilow 🙂
The long lens clip should up soon.. Waiting for my dad (Houk) to help me with tech. (Editor’s note: Sorry for the delay, son.)
I will have more to post soon… and will look at things I have missed the past couple of weeks.
Past Life by Tame Impala is the song that I choose to create a corresponding video for. Kinda crazy looking back now how it truly was a Past life. I was able to go into friends of friend’s apartments and film in their bedroom, talk to random people at the park, and take a lunch break at the delicious Niko Nikos. But that is just a Past Life now.
I think it’s funny that a lot of the things I create I find myself relating to them more months after I create them. Maybe that’s just how slow I am at interpreting the things I create, I don’t know.
But making this video was a lot of fun and I’m excited to work on it more. As you can tell there’s still more to be done. I think that a lot of my energy was put into the compositions of the shots and the visual style. I’m proud of most of the shots and the look that I got. Hindsight I think that I should have put more thought into how the shots can tell a more interesting story and how I can really push myself to express familiar emotions in more creative unfamiliar ways. Also, I need to use a tripod my hands are too damn shaky.
In the end, I was proud to see the effort I put into this create some beautiful shots. I looking forward to learning from this video and creating more in the future.
It’s that time of year around the office when I start asking everyone to send me what they’ve done. Many times people give themselves too little credit for what they’ve done. Often times, at least around here, they give themselves no credit at all.
With that in mind, I give you an entry into the 24 frames challenge. It is titled My Electric Bill Be High, although the file is simply called Electric Bill. The year was 2015. The artist unknown. I find it to be a mind trip of a concept and wish I had a name to go with the file.
The moral of this simple post is to always label your work!
I want to thank all of the good people who helped me grow as a creative. I learned a lot from everyone and I will not forget the good times we have had. As we move forward remember to stay focused on what matters to you and continue to take on challenges that’ll push you beyond your limits. We all have the opportunity to be something great. Let’s make it happen!
For what seems like four months now I have been completely obsessed with this gem of a song. I had to make this music video it was making me go insane. I couldn’t think of anything else.
Alice Clark was a young single mother in Brooklyn 1968 when she decided to record her first album. The first album was not received well in the States compared to other uptown soul albums of its time. Four years later Bob Shard of Mainstream Records gave Alice a second shot and signed her to make an album with arranger Ernie Wilkins (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Wilkins). The album released in 1972 as a self titled 10 track soul album. Many of the tracks were written by different artists I Keep It Hid itself was written by Jimmy Webb (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Webb). The album like the first wasn’t a big hit and Alice retired from music after the release.
The track is made up of a killer drum part that sets a hard but extremely groovy bottom layer of rhythm. The bass flows so easily over the beat outlining the chord changes and from time to time adds an extra harmony between the bridges and verses. The horns and wind instruments bring in a wall of energy that outlines many of the major points within the song and are the glue within the bridges. I haven’t been able to figure out if its a clarinet but there’s a wind instrument that shares the job with the guitar player of adding riffs between Alice’s singing. They play the role a jazz pianist would by using a counter melody that is speaking directly with Alice while she sings. Alice herself brings a heartfelt performance that grows with each verse. Her vocals aren’t the best but her vocal control and unfiltered sound makes her voice extremely unique.
When I first thought of the story I couldn’t put my finger on exactly how to film it. All I knew was that I wanted a shot of someone walking in this large field by my house. Because of the situation we are in I had been skating around my neighborhood more than before. I had always seen this large field that divides the two major parts of my neighborhood. Which I think was left empty for infrastructure purposes like piping. I was skating by one afternoon and I thought “I should walk down the field” to access another road instead of skating around. As I was walking I thought of how many times I had seen someone walking the field by themselves. The image came to me and I created the rest of the project around that one image. With the help of Jessica Rodriguez(she’s the actress) and Melissa Uriarte( she helped me with focus and camera operation) I was able to put the video together. We spent about 16 hours filming. All of it is light by natural light and common house lights. I don’t like using lights but I don’t think that’s a surprise to anyone reading this. The attic shot was probably the most difficult one to set up. I didn’t think about how hot an attic could get in Houston during spring. After two takes I was sweating so much Melissa had to take over on the camera and I pulled focus. The dinner scene had to be the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Getting to set that up with no lights and minimal props was extremely fun. We got a shot of the attic being opened that was absolutely amazing but I scrapped it while editing. We couldn’t set it up on the tripod with the right angle so we tried to hold the camera but it just came out too shaky. Maybe one day I’ll be able to get the shot.
I learned a lot from the experience of filming this music video. As I was editing I got the chance to see all my faults as a filmmaker. Which there’s a lot if you ask me. I have to keep on improving my eye and directing skills. Not having to worry about audio made the process feel very odd. I found myself not saying much during the takes which I think made Jessica be much more self aware of her actions. This helped me because I was able to pace her actions but I tried to mostly keep all action as natural as possible. I wanted to see every scene through and not let pacing hold the scene back or the actions of Jessica within the frame. This was somewhat of a problem when editing but I had so much footage I was able to establish the routine while still using tempo and pace as points of connection. I’ve been thinking of making a silent film and using the scenes to their complete length and just adjusting the way the routine unfolds.
I hope you enjoy the video. Thank you for reading.
Ever have one of those days? One of those days that starts off like any other day but then it takes a serious left turn? Take today for example. I’m just hanging out minding my business. Staring at the ocean when I happen upon a runnin’ buddy and he’s got these really nice boots.
I’m thinkin’ those are some nice boots only I don’t say that. I say, “how in the hell does a no count meretricious drifter get boots like that? Steal ‘em?” I only called him no count because I know him and his people and let’s just say between us that he tends to have a lot of really nice stuff that he keeps in other people’s houses until they ain’t there to have it no more. I said meretricious cus of this word a day calendar I’d been working on in my spare time.
“Nah,” he says. “I’m on the up and up. I paid for these boots and I got a deal on ‘em.” Now unless he’d won the lottery and I ain’t heard then he must of gotten one hell of a deal. I wanted to say something clever to state my opinion, but I was only on January third in the calendar and I didn’t have that many words to use. So I just went with something he and I would both understand.
“Bullshit,” I say. “You’ve never had something you didn’t get with a brick, crowbar or just unlocked door.”
“I paid for them. Paid a big damn price. I cut out the middle man and got these boots my own damn self.” He starts waiving his arms and pointing down to the boots. Only, I realize he’s just got one hand. Last time I saw him I definitely remember two.
“Just where’d you get them boots?” I’m looking at the place his hand wasn’t anymore.
“Right at the source.” He smiles and walks on away.
Now, I got to thinking about that missing hand of his and about them boots and how nice they were.
Anyway, here I am starring at a pretty pair of boots and the boots are staring back at a pretty nice lunch. And I find myself asking “Ever have one of those days?”