A Story From A Song

I wanted to share this video I made based on the song Banks of the Ohio by Olivia Newton John. Thank you to everyone who helped on the production!

 

 

My first parody video

Hello 4381 Productions, I hope everyone has a great day and today I want to share with you guys my very first parody video about 2 year ago. I filmed this with my friends and it was really. Hope you guys enjoy it! 🙂

 

“Johnny”

Viewer discretion is advised 

Before you watch this video, I should preface that it covers heavy topics. This video and song both deal with the tragic issue of gun violence in U.S. schools. The actors in this video have given their consent to have their likeness displayed. This video is meant to spread awareness of the issue. I in no way condone such use of this violence.

 

Song: “Johnny” by Call Me Karizma

Actors:

  • Matthew Hailey as Johnny
  • Brianna Chapman as Cindy

 

I pump it out like an artery

Hello all. I haven’t posted in a minute but I thought I’d share a project I’ve been trying to get off the ground for a while and the problems I’ve had so far.

I have been planning a music video for an amount fo time I am too ashamed to disclose but let’s just say it shouldn’t have taken me that long.

Today was the first of two shoot days and It did not go well. The park I had checked out weeks prior was now a victim of a horrendous crime – mudding. The ground was torn apart and mud was everywhere I planned to shoot. The flat areas I had originally planned for walking were unusable, and that was supposed to be the bulk of the video. When I got there I really had to improvise to be able to film anything. So far the footage doesn’t look too bad but I definitely think I could have done better. On top of that I got a major headache mid shoot that I just had to muscle through.

I spoke to the 3 artists twice about the song and then I planned from home. I got hold of the lyrics and wrote down what I saw when I listened to the song a total of 348 times. Like I said above, it took me way to long to plan this and I think part of it was Rona making it difficult to focus on any projects. I had this weird feeling in me that I wouldn’t finish but it all went a way when filming started.

Really I think this showed me what steps to take in order to plan a video better, and the simple answer is often the right one. I may have gotten ahead of myself when planning this but let’s see how it goes.

“I pump it out like an artery” is a lyric from the song that I brought up during our meeting. I assumed it meant that rapping to him was like his lifeblood, and it was a part of him.

Ouch

This has happened more than once to me, but every time it hits different.

The other week I was working for an artist and I was under the impression that I wouldn’t have to put my entire back into this video. I thought it would be a simple performance piece but I was wrong. I took this as an opportunity to bust out a new piece of gear to get familiar with it. I didn’t even use my safety gear because I really wanted to force myself to learn new things.

Anyways, a week later I send my first draft to the guy and he says he’s not feeling it. Damn does it feel weird knowing someone doesn’t like what you made for them. I was shown a video that they wanted to “compete” with and it was such a huge contrast to what I was told I felt lost.

I’ve been in the middle of editing my video again, to try and save it but the difference is very clear. Instead I made a difficult phone call. I basically explained what I could do so we can move the project along and I understood what they wanted better.

While my impostor syndrome fears every video I make is garbage I don’t want to stop. Every opportunity I come across teaches me something new and I will always be grateful for them.

Picture is a still from the first shot of the video in BW.

I knew a man Bojangles and he danced for you…

Jerry Jeff Walker passed away. From an interview #paulschneider and I shot some years back.

 

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Nightmare

Hello, 4381 Productions,

Here is my take on the [E]motion project. The song I used was Artie Shaw’s “Nightmare” and I think the title matches the atmosphere. I hope you guys enjoy and the comments are open for any feedback.