I was wondering how you got started shooting music videos. I've only shot short films and am interested in directing some music videos. Any advice on how to get going in this area would be helpful and appreciated. Thanks.
To be honest, I was influenced by hiphop and film both, at a very young age. I had an older brother that used to manage a lot of artists, worked at a ton of record labels, but at the same time had a mom that was running some major stuff over at CBS. So naturally, growing up…those were my influences, and once I was able to decide what was what, that’s what I got into. He used to show me a lot about music in the 90’s, when music videos were really movies, and looking up to Hype Williams, Paul Hunter, Sam Bayer, just to name a few…the interest for videos was there. Videos is only the starting point though, nothing close to what the end goal is. The best advice I could give you is, for you to go out there and do it. Honestly. Find somebody you like, or somebody with music you’re into, and go shoot something. There’s no better advice than to just go out there and do it. If you don’t, who will ?!
The video above, is the fourth and final video for @RichHil that we completed in the series “Four Videos In Four Days.” The process was, wake up in the morning, check the email for the song…and later that night I’d actually go shoot the video, repeat 3 more times. For the particular video above though, we actually were undecided that morning, about which video to shoot, on our way back from Las Vegas. Very tired, very hungover, and very delirious, a song came on during the drive, and I said “pull over.” Then we shot. The rest of the vision came to me later, after I realized that I had rushed a little bit, because we were all rushing, to get back to LA. Felt the need to use some outside visuals, to kind of compliment what he was speaking about. And there you have it.
Dig the flickr brother. Such diversity. You shoot Nikon?
Thank you ! Diversity is key, especially when you never know what type of project you’re going to be faced with. And I’ve shot Nikon, a few times. A few times on the D7000, the D90 here and there, and I held the D3s for half a day, all of them solid. Gotta say though, Canon is what I’m most familiar with.
Respect on the vision. Question, what did you shoot the Rich hill video on, and what lenses? did you edit it as well. Be well
Thanks for the compliment, appreciate it. I shot that particular Rich Hil video on the 7D, and the lenses ? Can’t actually remember…there’s a bunch of them. In terms of editing, all direction in the edit was handled by me, but Bryant Robinson handled all technical aspects of it. Editing isn’t my strong suit, but I’m smart enough to realize when to step away from the computer and let someone who is very strong at that, handle it.
Just in case you might have forgotten about previous work, or you came into the fold recently and missed out on, previous work…I decided to go on a little history lesson. Just to kind of bring back older photos that I may have done, that I particularly liked. Was just going through the drives, thinking about these times, and I wanted to share them with you. Different times, different cameras, different motivations. Above…
When I was younger, I would just pick up whatever camera was around, run outside, and go shoot some stuff. I used to ride on my BMX bike no hands, real fast, and try to take pictures of stuff whizzing by. Every once in a while, it would blur and bleed but, those were with point and shoots, and that was an age where I didn’t really understand photography. Middle school started to take a turn, and high school is when I really started getting into it. My senior project was a photo-essay, how I passed…I have no clue. What I told my counselor what I was doing, was nowhere near the final product. The story and theme just wasn’t there. I guess I made it out, off of the photos being solid. I worked for a ton of record labels back then too, doing street promotions. The only way we could prove to the labels that we had LA on lock was, to show them. The top 10 high schools in LA, were always laced, with product. How did we get paid though ? Photos. Visual proof, of what was going on and what we were doing. Anyway, back in those days, that’s when I had fun just taking photos for fun. Girls, cars, money, stickers, rims, the city, concerts, parties, fights, whatever it was. It seems like these days, I’m so caught up in taking photos for actual brands, or artists, or “models” so to speak, that I don’t really take that many photos of just random things anymore. Well, at least not enough. Writing all of this is basically a conscious effort on my part, to do so. With that said…above.