Walking home down Congress street after a pretty splendid evening, my friends and I stopped at the huge crowd, spilling over the sidewalk. This band was playing and getting everyone in a frenzy. I recorded this segment between two of their very few breaks – they’re like the Energizer Bunnies of breathing into metal instruments. Check em out here.
I had the good fortune to work with the amazing Dami Im last month on her new music video. This is one of my shots she’s shared on social media – pretty excited to show you the rest some day soon! The talented guy on the left is director, Nima Nabili Rad. He has some pretty cool music videos you should check out.
When asked if I’d be interested in making a music video for Barossa Valley blues singer, Kelly Menhennett, I said what I always say, that I’d have a listen and think about it. In three minutes I was back on the phone.
I love this song and it reminded me straight away of the feeling of being in Austin at night. The uncrisp sounds, the texture of the light, and the sight of buskers everywhere. Luckily for me, the singer related straight away; she had recorded the album in Nashville.
Although the song is about desire, we steered that meaning to focus on music and featured our home-town of Adelaide in all the weird ways we love it.
When I heard my friend’s music for the first time, my first thought was, wow, she can sing. My second thought was this song is beautiful. I need to make a music video for it. And after listening to the song 20 more times, I talked to her about it and we did make that video.
I had so many ideas for this one, and as often happens, realised the song meant different things to different people. We ended up with a super simple idea which really melted down the essence of what the song was about:
By projector light, duo Autumn’s Passage come to accept that memories are meant to be treasured, not missed.
We shot the clip at double-speed to slow down the end result.
You might recognise the singer from my favourite Grenadiers clip. I love all his music and his bands. I can’t shoot a clip for a song I don’t like – it would be death to my ears to listen to a mediocre song 150+ times. Thank goodness there are enough locals making top quality stuff.
In the clip, a young man wanders blearily through an empty house in a state of confusion and
paranoia as a wild party crashes in and out of his reality.
The clips concept was that a dark, decrepit building seems the perfect place for a punk-rock music video… until it is infiltrated by zombies!
This was one of the funnest sets I’ve ever worked on. We shot a lot of hilarious stuff that never made it into the short 2:56 minute clip, including a scooby-doo-esque sequence of people getting chased in and out of doors! We even dubbed the finished clip out to VHS and re-imported the footage to get all the noisy, scratchy, 80s goodness.
I had been wanting for a long time to make a music video the way I thought they should be made – with the music as the focus. The band and I struggled to convince our financiers that we could make an engaging clip without a long-winded story. After we finished the clip, we finally had proof that yes, musicians playing can engage an audience for 3 minutes. Although it was one of my first, and definitely the simplest, this is still the music video that I’m most proud of.