A child taxidermist, an outsider in his small town, is entranced by a girl who finds his work beautiful. But just as their relationship begins to progress, he does something that drastically changes everything.
Directed/Filmed/Edited by: Mark Valino
Produced by: Giles Monette
Written & Performed by: KJ
"Bossed Up" is one of the songs off of my upcoming album called "Water". We're not really going to get into why i called the album that right now but more so a little blurb about the song. The song is written from the 17 year old me's perspective, we used to have a lot of fun as teenagers, some could have gotten us into a lot of trouble with parents and the law. All in all we were just trying to have fun and be young without actually going out with that intention.
Bossed up is about friends, movie marathons, wine, hennesy, driving your moms car and looking cool, going to hurontario and dundas (5 and 10)for food or a haircut, going to a party in the middle of the burbs that got shot up, shure sm57's, chappelle show, weed, nissan altimas, protools, fake bus passes, riding bicycles, mosh pits to dirty south music, jerk chicken and hardow bread and some other things. More importantly that was my world at 17 and im glad i remember it all.
I've bumped into Mark in passing a few times, always told him im a fan, always wanted to work with him but also understood a filmmaker's time is not cheap because of the amount of work they put in. Got a text from a mutual friend saying Giles needed my number, after i responded "yeaaaaaa thats cool", i felt like maybe this might be that time. Before i even spoke to Giles i was thinking of what song i would want to do, bossed up came to mind soon after.
We shot this in the Junction area just off of Keele St. During our conceptual meeting he described the song as a "throw back" and had mentioned a couple spots including the basketball court which I had always thought would be a great location for a shoot. The stockyard was another location that driving through would make a great location but when I was there i wasn't so impressed. The area that stuck out to me in thein the junction was Dundas W and Keele. It's one of those intersections where alot of pigeons congregate and fly in patterns. I have always been drawn to it for some reason. I guess because it's freeing. That intersection is visually a great intersection with its old worn buildings and wildlife amongst all the colorful characters on that corner. It was a great shoot and I feel that the flow of KJ's verse allowed me to get away with some jarring jumpcuts. I hope to work with KJ again soon...
This was Shot in 3.5hrs. The b-roll was shot on a separate day for 1hr and 9hrs editing
D.O.P.: Ram van Meel (Umsjatka Studios)
Technical realization installations: Egbert Steenwinkel
Editor: Derek van Egmond
Audio mixing: Diederik Idenburg
Producer: Macha Rousakov (Suikerdepot)
Executive producer: Paul Harting & Anne-Brit de Jong (Suikerdepot)
Post production: Hectic Electric
Post production photography: Jan Hibma