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Out of the comfort zone

Every year or so my good friends at the South Yorkshire Filmmaker’s Network run a competition called 2 Weeks 2 Make It in which various film-makers compete to create a winning music video for a local band or artist. Rob Speranza, from the SYFN, called me up this year and urged me to give it a go but in all honesty music videos just aren’t my bag (with the singular exception of the very simple music vid I did for Chris Baum way back in 2006).
I’ve never really thought what it is that’s turned me off from creating them to be honest. They offer an opportunity to be ultra-creative and inventive with both content and style; and they can inversely (if you wish) follow a pretty formulaeic style. They are something you can be pretty free with. When I think about it, it’s unusual that I’ve not ventured down this road previously, especially given the importance I place to the soundtrack in my short films and documentaries. You only have to watch the beginning to Waterfall or the A Shot In Time documentary to see how I feel about a particular track fitting visuals to help tell a story.
So this week I’m taking myself out of my comfort zone and shooting a music video for singer-song-writer, Phil Sinclair. I’ve known Phil for years – too many years he would say – and his style of melancholic folk music I do quite like. He’s a very talented musician and needs the support a video can give to get himself to that next level of achievement. I’m quite looking forwards to it. We have a fab location, some good ideas for the shoot and some familiar faces joining us.
Preparing for this shoot has been a little different. I have a good idea of the aesthetic of the finished video after conversations with Phil and after scouting the location, but plotting a storyboard shot by shot has been more awkward. It’s more a case of having flashes of individual shots that any through narrative. Much like shooting a fly-on-the-wall documentary I think most of the work is going to be done in the edit, having captured the basic coverage I want. I suppose that’s logical really – the music video isn’t American Pie so it doesn’t have a linear narrative of a story to it.
Either way, gonna be good.

1 Comment

  1. Emad

    Nice photo !

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