PWEI – “They Can’t Take…” Music Video

I had the pleasure of filming and animating this music video for English industrial/punk/rap/indiedance combo Pop Will Eat Itself for “They Can’t Take (What You Won’t Let Em Have)” off of their 2015 LP Anti-Nasty League.  All footage of the band was shot on my phone, making me one of those slime that everyone complains ruins live concerts.

New music video – Satyr Comma, “Anticipation Ties The Knot”

Produced in the sweltering days of August where all photoshoots take place in water.  I did this for Phoenix electronic act Satyr Comma with model Lacheln using the Fuji X-T1 for the above water stuff and my GoPro Hero Black 4 for anything underwater.  Since Jessie (singer for Satyr Comma) makes jewelry, this doubled as a fashion video for her creations.

New Music Video: Je Suis Crabbi “Bend Over Boris”

I did this video for Graham Crabb, the singer of Pop Will Eat Itself who has a fun electronic side project Je Suis Crabbi.  JSC is an outlet for the less serious targets of Graham’s ire- note track titles “Bonophobic”,”Uptalk” and “Big Mouth Wanker”- in this case, London mayor Boris Johnson.  I learned a lot about ridiculous British politics doing this video.

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PWEI – Angry Man’s Deathbed and working with Character Animator

Indie dance/ industrial/ hiphop mashup band Pop Will Eat Itself put out the call for music videos for their new LP Anti-Nasty League, and it was the same week that Adobe released their new Creative Cloud App Character Animator.  CA uses your webcam to track facial movements and copies them onto a Photoshop puppet.  It’s ridiculously simple to animate when your head movements and voice command the puppet.

I was able to draw up a few puppets using the Paper by 53 app on my iPad, airdropped them into Photoshop, split up the parts and sang along to the webcam; voila, the majority of the music video was complete.  I love living in 2015.

The song I chose was “Angry Man’s Deathbed”, as I like drawing Angry Old Men.  I find them relatable.

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New music video – “Survival Mode” by Artificial Human

Every video I make is a challenge in both concept and technical execution, but this one was particularly tricky; I had a song from 2013 I really wanted to make a music video for, but the footage I had of the singer Lacheln was from a few months before we even did this song.  This footage had gone untouched on various hard drives over the last two years, basically because I didn’t have a decent enough computer to do anything with it until now.

Though the song is about the wars of offense and defense we have with our loved ones, I was always a fan of music videos that had an alternate theme to them that wasn’t actually in the song.  After a chance encounter with a bat wandering around in daylight, I filmed a variety of animals at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and at the Maricopa County Fair in Phoenix.  I would assume animals are much more cognizant of the “circle of life” than people and make decisions based on survival needs.  You don’t see animals wasting their money, do foolish self destructive things in the way people choose to.

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New video art “Shapeshifter”

“Shapeshifter” is another slice of video art featuring a model, this time my old friend Percolate.

There were a few things I did differently with this one:

1. it was shot in my backyard largely on my Fuji X-T1, as opposed the GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition;  the main reason was manual exposure control which I have on the X-T1.  At nighttime, and inconsistent lighting conditions resulting from me swinging the lights, the autoexposure on the GoPro would’ve gone haywire.

2. I also composed the music the night before I shot any footage, rather than scoring a soundtrack or using a pre-existing piece of my music and plopping it into the piece.  It’s a small distinction but the turnaround time for this video was much shorter, about 4 hours over 2 days, than the week or so I spent on “Unity” and “Exile” thinking about the footage and what shape it should have.

3. I had a bit of a storyboard to my usual scribbled shot list, and a few shots done as a mockup for the model to see before we shot the video.

There were cosmetic differences of course, but the 3 items above were key process differences that helped this get made.  The more I plan and prepare, the less time I have to spend trying to sort out a mess of footage after the fact.

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