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And the Shoot Goes On

Top to Bottom: Mischa Livingstone, Cori McCullough, Ashphord Jacoway, Noah Baron, Benjamin Brooks, Ed Munoz, Lei Deng

After a brief hiatus (and minor complications now resolved), shooting has finally resumed on the music video I am directing for LA band City City.  And all I can say is that there is nothing quite like production to replenish ones humility.

Truth is, I say that on many accounts.

On one hand, there are the usual production issues that plague any project.  Losing my location the evening before the shoot was just one of those.  All these problems do, hopefully, is remind one to stay flexible.  As I tell my students, you must be completely rigid about what you are saying.  How you say it, however, requires tremendous flexibility.  And if you relax, take it in stride, and stay relatively sane, you might just end up with something far better than you had anticipated.  Ok, so one location turned into two and schedule became even more of an issue than normal (watching the sun set has never been so fraught with tension, and no, it wasn’t due to vampires lurking in the shadows), but them’s the breaks of production and I wouldn’t exchange it for the world.

On the other hand, there is the cast and crew.  I know I have said the following many times before, but it always bears repeating.  I am awed by the spectacular work of my colleagues.  Be it due to the resourcefulness of a crew working under duress or the commitment of my actors (thank you, Ashphord and Noah, for letting me torment you beyond belief) I am massively indebted.

I recognize that I have kept much of this project under wraps, and that will stay true for several weeks more.  In the meantime, here is a selection of production stills (courtesy of Benjamin Brooks) to whet your appetite and make you wonder what the hell we’re doing.

Finally, a new list of thanks to those who helped out with this last round of shooting.  In alphabetical order they are: Noah Baron, Benjamin Brooks, Lei Deng, Eric Grush, Jessica Hoffman, Ashphord Jacoway, Jeff Kirchner, Kevin Lee, Dan McCollister, Chris McKee, Kyle Minichelli, Cori McCullough, Ed Munoz, Valerie Ngai, Susan Papa, Jarrett Portnoy, and Emily Spaulding.

“Promises” for 2011

From left to right: Mischa Livingstone, Omar Gonzalez, Dan McCollister, Ashphord Jacoway, Jarrett Portnoy, Valerie Ngai, Jeff Kirchner, Kyle Minichelli, Lei Deng

No, I’m not talking about eating healthier, being kinder to others, or any other “best of intentions” resolution for the New Year. I am, however, talking about the music video I’m directing for the new song “Promises” by LA indie band “City City”, to be released in early 2011.

We just wrapped our pre-shoots, 3 days of green screen studios, dingy garages, and rain-drenched landscapes (thank you, mother nature). I’m sworn to secrecy on many details of the project, but I can tell you that it’s fairly elaborate stop-motion, and should be super cool all said and done.

I am incredibly proud of my unbelievable cast, crew, and band members, who have been working their collective asses off. As a director I find it infinitely rewarding to watch a crew come together and work as a team. I always feel a little like an interloper, watching how efficiently everyone is working. As if I could just leave and let everyone get on with it. Not that I ever would because being on set is simply too much fun.

I am a little sad that our pre-shoots are over, though. I’m just getting started and wanted to keep at it. Lucky for me we will be resuming in January to shoot the rest of the project (another solid 4 days at least) and I am already counting the days.

Quick shout out to everyone who has helped so far. It certainly takes a village and I am grateful to you all. They are (in alphabetical order):

Lei Deng, Jaime Freitas, Omar Gonzalez, Eric Grush, Jessica Hoffman, Ashphord Jacoway, Jeff Kirchner, Kevin Lee (the taller), Kevin Lee (the shorter), Dan McCollister, Chris McKee, Kyle Minichelli, Ed Munoz, Mandi Neece, Valerie Ngai, Susan Papa, Jarrett Portnoy, Nicholas Ralbovsky, David Schreiber, Meagan Wilson, and Da Zhang

Stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, have a fantastic holiday, new year, etc.

See you all in 2011.

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View the completed music video here: