Jan 10 2008

On Making Music Videos…


The filming in for the “Automatic” video Natalie mentioned went really well. I don’t want to go into great detail yet because I want to leave some surprise. We decided to have Kevin meet us at our house at 1 PM last Sunday. So he did but we still had quite a bit of preparing to do. A good portion of the video was to be filmed at various locations so daylight was an issue. We didn’t leave the house until 3 PM. The first place we wanted to film was a park. We specifically wanted a see-saw and one of those spinny things. I think it’s a carousel or a merry-go-round. You know the one when you where a kid and the bully would spin it incredibly fast while you where on it forcing you with the choice of motion sickness or possible bodily injury if you jump off. Good times.

So we went to the largest park in Pasadena (TX), Strawberry Park, and looked around and didn’t see either ride. How can the largest park in Pasadena not have either? So we tried a few other parks with no further luck. Upon discussion we came to the conclusion that parks probably stopped having those type of things because of their supposed “danger”. You know, the early 90’s movement of blocking all things potentially dangerous for kids, which resulted in removing great portions of things that made childhood worth living. Oh but it’s ok for kids now to coop themselves up in the house all day and play video games and get fat from no physical activity whatsoever. But that’s another blog for another day.

We determined that parks in the poorer neighborhoods might have them. I don’t think that is cynical. I think that unrealistic federal regulations get more stringent the higher you get on the pay scale. As the great poet Bruce Hornsby once said, “That’s just the way it is”. Well didn’t have any luck there either. Where have all the see-saws gone? I feel like I should busk on the street corner with a beaten-up acoustic guitar lamenting the loss of our reason. I bet you Abraham Lincoln had a see-saw.

With no usable park it is now about 4 PM and we were running out of daylight fast. So we stopped at a few other locations on our list and got a few quick shots. Then we went to the lovely park right by downtown Houston, I think it’s Heritage Park, where we finished of our daylight filming. No see-saws though. Just a lot of ducks. I think they where ducks. Man they were ugly.

We stopped by on of our favorite pubs, Rudyard’s, for dinner and a pint. Thought we’d try and sneak a little filming in there but it was too dark. Drove around downtown to get some nighttime shots. Didn’t feel too safe doing that. Instead hit the Starbucks in Rice Village and got some footage in their patio. We had to get some coffee while we were there, of course. It was, uh, for project research. Yeah that’s it. Kevin, however got tea. Haha. No further comment there. We then went to Border’s Bookstore off of W. Alabama and snuck a few shots in the children section. Don’t tell! It was now a little after 8 PM and Kevin had to be at work by 4 something so we went back home.

I was too excited so I went ahead and started editing the material from the day. It was a success and we have a good amount of usable material. We will have to film more this weekend though. You’d be surprised how hard it is to fill a 3.5 minute video. It doesn’t seem like that long but when you do your best to mix it up with enough stuff to keep the viewing audience interested it can take a lot. Oh, and Kevin broke his finger the next day at work. Won’t be playing shows for while!

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