Jan 15 2008

New video for “Automatic” is up!


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.

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Jan 5 2008

Good Intentions…Planning the “Automatic” Video


I’m just about finished with the banner. I must say, so far it looks pretty good if I do say so myself. We’ll have to see how it turns out once it’s finished.

Today we are planning a music video for our song, “Automatic”. We had scheduled to start work on it at 1pm, however Kevin had to work. He’ll be working until 3 – 3:30 today so if he’s available we’ll start work tomorrow. Just another example of how it’s not easy to balance the band and our day jobs. Perhaps one day we won’t have to and can do music full time. The dream….

Anyway, Jeremy has an idea for the new video which I won’t be at liberty to reveal just yet. He has an idea, but no plan of action. No storyboard, no set, no script…I could go on but I won’t. I’m the business part of our team. I can’t stand the idea of not having a plan. I have been nagging and nagging him to sit down with me and his idea to map out a plan to bring the “idea” to fruition. It’s not that I’m a kill joy, we just have such limited time that I hate to waste any of the time we do have.

We had a photo shoot a few years back. It was a disaster. We had our photographer, we had our helper and we were all dressed up and ready to go. It was like 100 degrees outside and we were in the warehouse district and downtown. We were sweating so much that we could only take a few photos before we had to take a break to towel off. We had no plan on where to shoot so of course it took even longer to scout and setup and plan our positioning. After hours and hundreds of digital images, only a few were actually usable.
This is what I wish to avoid.

So now I have until 1 o’clock tomorrow to get him to script this new video. He’s on the telephone with Kevin now discussing costuming. This seemed promising until he told him to bring three different options of clothing. Three options because he’s not sure which we’ll use. Errr…

I pointed out to him how well the filming of “The Red Room” video went because it was all planned. He agreed, so hopefully he’s beginning to see my concern and we can sit down and script this before 1 pm tomorrow.

It looks like my night is planned out for me. With a bit of luck and a lot of work, in a little while you will be wowed by our brilliance and originality. We want this one to be a lot of fun for everyone. (Seriously, I didn’t mean for that to rhyme.) I’ll keep you posted on our progress.

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