Sunday, 20 June 2010

Half A Glass mark II

Okay, I met with the guys after work in a nearby pub to discuss the next step after they confessed that they weren't that crazy about the Half A Glass video I had made for them. We got drunk and had a great time and went back to Mark's and got even more intoxicated and ate pizza and had some guitar sing alongs.

We decided to start from scratch, as the current video was already a strong edit but needed a complete fresh start. I mentioned an idea I've had for a while for an ultraviolent video where the band are all trying to kill each other, and I can finally use that stupid prop gun and some blood spray and maybe even some car chases. We were all drunk and we all agreed it sounded awesome.

Cue the next morning, and I was very excited (and very hungover) about the idea. As time has gone on, I have began to wonder if perhaps the song fits the video idea at all. Part of me thinks the juxtaposition of the two is what will make it work really well. Part of me wonders if that's just bullshit. My problem was that I could never get the song to fit what was happening. I envisioned a moment where the video would change from a rehearsal to the band all killing each other, but such a visual tempo change would probably need a tempo change in the song to click. But last night the thought occured to me that I should ditch the "genre change" moment and make it a stupid action video from the start.

I'm working on an idea now, and it's just writing itself. Should be able to present it to guys soon. This is going to be a much bigger production than anything I've done before. I must be careful not to over-extend myself at such an early stage!!

Wish me luck

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Half A Glass - a semi rejection

The video was liked but not loved! Have a meeting with the band on Tuesday to discuss what to do. They adored Grenade, but they found Half A Glass to lack a narrative, owing to the documentary style nature of the filming (the majority of the footage was from a large party).

At least they are honest, which is really important. Looking forward to meeting with them, it should be constructive!

A little bummed that they don't like it, but it seems to be the idea rather than the execution that they are thinking doesn't work, and I have no authorship over the idea so I don't mind that too much!! To be honest, I think the video is okay. It works. I'll post it up here (and Grenade) once they are ready to be aired.

In other news, I bought myself a professional quality clapperboard recently, after having a tricky time with my hand scrawled notes and organising the recorded tapes from the Grenade shoot mostly from memory. A clapperboard would have come in handy a lot earlier. Great for indexing. Plus, it just feels damn cool to have one!!

If you want one, I highly recommend these guys

Here's the one that I got:

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Half A Glass

Half a Glass video finished today. Well, the first draft. Have mailed it to the band, and I await their judgement!

It's a very different feel to the previous video, by virtue of it being shot mostly live at a genuine party so very little (besides the morning after footage) is staged. It feels nice and has heart, I hope the guys like it.

Really getting to like Final Cut now. A lot.