When you have no budget, when you have no equipment, when you have no scruples, do it yourself!!! We wanted a video for our opening track “Automatic” for a while now. Our last video for the title track “The Red Room” was awesome. Our good friend Adam Gilleland from the band Fake Believe did that. We knew we wouldn’t have access to any professional equipment with this one, so we took the approach we have had with most of our endeavors. Work with what you have! And what do we have? Thanks to the most awsomest present from my Brother-In-Law Mark and my sister Jennifer, I have a beautiful MacBook Pro. And it’s a wonderful thing, let me tell you. This is my first Mac and I’m definitely seeing what all the hubbub has been about. And yes, I’m going to put the Apple sticker on my car. I’m an addict now. My life has been changed forever. I’m going to be one of “those” people.
The computer comes with a really nice built-in camera right above the screen. It also comes with a great program called iMovie. For freebee software that program rocks. Of course almost every program that came stock with the computer rocks. That’s one of the many reasons why Mac is so awesome. Ok, I digress. So iMovie has ability to edit videos, even to the smallest of increments, and it can add text and audio. I tried a few test runs to see if it would be sufficient for our needs and it was perfect.
So now we had to come up with the idea for the video. One of the most fundamental tools that a DIY’er has is when you have limited equipment; make it look like you chose the tools you’re using on purpose. Perfect example, the movie “Clerks”. Kevin Smith was an independent filmmaker with no money and wanted to make a simple film that takes place in a convenience store. So he got some credit cards and purchased a black and white security camera. What a brilliant idea! What better way to film a low-budget indie flick about a convenience store than to film it with a security camera! And it’s in black and white so you can say it’s “artsie”. Now he’s making major films for lots of money. It’s the American dream people!
Since we were in the same situation (but don’t have any room on our credit cards) I decided to make the video look like we filmed it on a webcam… on purpose. Not quite as brilliant as the previous example, but pretty clever I think. We decided to start the video out filmed entirely in the same room with each of us in the band cutting in and out while singing the song. You may notice that the walls are red. Yes, it is the very same room we filmed “The Red Room” in (MTV take note for future pop-up videos). After the first chorus we then took the actual laptop out and about and filmed us singing in various locations around Houston. Since this was obviously not going to be a dramatic affair we kept everything pretty light hearted and had fun with it.
It was filmed over 2 Sunday’s and then edited by me on iMovie. Overall it was incredibly easy to do. I’m expecting the call from Spielberg soon…
You can view it on our myspace page www.myspace.com/waysidedrive or directly at YouTube here.