Anyone close to me probably knows the story of A B & The Sea, and about the music videos I directed for them that will never be seen on account of their manager. All I can do is move forward…and that I did.
The Twees released their first music video that I had the honor of directing. I want to write a bit about how our collaboration came to be.
About two years ago I was randomly searching for bands online, and came across The Twees. I sent them a correspondence asking them if I could direct a music video for them. The lead singer, Jason, positively responded. However, the only problem was the fact that they were in New York (I was in San Francisco). The possibility of us working together presented a challenge (is this what long distance couples have to deal with?). Both of us being über poor, we just knew it would not happen at the time. However, we kept in contact (cause he was a rad dude, and the music was incredible).
About a year later, my friend Juliette hooked me up with some freelance work at Zoosk. One of their assignments ended up taking me to New York, and I immediately contacted Jason when I heard the news. This was all such short notice, but I knew the Film Gods were at work here. Once I landed in New York, I finished my work for Zoosk the following day.
Jason and I met up in Manhattan the next day, and this would be the first time I would meet him in person (that’s the digital age for you). He welcomed me into his home, and I met his family. Awesome folks. They made Chicken and Tadeeg. Yummy stuff!
After we got settled in, Jason and I knew we had to shoot a video for his band. He showed me his practice space, which had vibrant blue walls (and posters galore). It was as though an art director had appeared the day before, and designed the set for us. Jason called his bandmates, and asked them if they could show up at the space the next day for a quick music video shoot (of course they could).
The following day, Jason and I gathered as many light sources as possible to light the practice space. His dad even offered to buy more lights for us, but we told him it was alright. After we lit the set with lamps, clamp lights, and some fluorescent lights…the set was lit.
I didn’t have a crew with me, and had no time to write an actual narrative for the music video (I was pretty much solo). Therefore, the idea was to have the band play the song many times while I shot them all hand held. The mise-en-scène matched the music, which was gritty, uncontrolled, and in your face. I shot about 16 takes, and averaged about 3 shots per angle. I’m sure the band was tired of their song by the time we were finished. They were troopers, listened to what I had to say, and played their hearts out every time.
I flew back home the following day, and started editing. Every time I had a cut ready to show, I would e-mail the band. They would reply with wonderful notes, and eventually we ended up with a finished project (which is the version we released).
So there you have it, the first official music video I directed. I hope you enjoy it.