Took this photo before shooting my second video for these guys in historical Port Adelaide. Can’t wait to show it off. If you haven’t heard their music before, you can check it out here. They are excellent.
I had never seen Fresh Kills before saturday night. What was I doing with my life? Such an energetic performance that set a cracking pace for the rest of the night.
I’m ashamed to say I’d never seen my friend Jess’ band The Villenettes before. Fast, bluesy, punk with a riot girl feel; it’s what I’m all about.
And of course the headline act did not disappoint. There was a clamour of photographers by this point of the evening, so after snapping a few shots, I put the lens-cap on, found myself a spot at the back of the room, and enjoyed the show.
This venue is great for lighting. As long as you’re not on the side of the stage. Those band members were severely neglected by me. The hyper-active bands helped me develop my technique quick to capture fast movement. Sorry ISO, it’s all about fast-shutter speeds for me.
I’m still grasping the un-written rules about concert photography etiquette. I was there with the bands’ permission, but shooting for myself. There were about 4 other photographers there on the night. The audience was not getting a front-row spot, or even a clean view as photographers and videographers stood up in the front or even climbed about on stage. I know that not using flash is a well-known rule, but at what point should you classify your very presence as an interruption?
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.