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It’s funny how you can spend so much time working towards something, all your energy pouring into it, only to blink and find yourself on the other side.

That’s precisely what has happened with the City City music video I’ve been working on.  After many months of work we have finally shot the last of it.  Of course that lands me solidly in post-production, and there is much much more to be done.  But that’s another matter.

Rather than recount typical production war stories about blown fuses, hairy schedules, or abused actors (I sincerely hope they forgive me), I think I’ll just share a few pictures.  Truth is, all said and done my brain is a bit slushy and I’m surprised I’ve been able to string this many coherent sentences together.  Or is the giraffe still contemplating the bowl of oatmeal aboard the 747 to Dubai?  Maybe I should get some rest.

Enjoy the pictures and stay tuned for updates as we get closer to completion.  Fingers crossed that all that keying/compositing won’t drive my editor completely insane.

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge everyone who has put their all into these last few days on set.  Once again in alphabetical order, they are:

Noah Baron, Benjamin Brooks, Lei Deng, Omar Gonzalez, Eric Grush, Jessica Hoffman, Ashphord Jacoway, Jeff Kirchner, Kevin Lee, Dan McCollister, Kyle Minichelli, Cori McCullough, Ed Munoz, Valerie Ngai, and Jarrett Portnoy.

“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.

For more information about the band, please visit their website:
or their Facebook page:


View the completed music video here: