Production Company : Roxwel
Executive Producer : Fletcher Lee
Producer : Bobby Nall
Camera : Clay Fain
Editor : Raymond J. Schlogel
"Now in their 20th year, Clutch's Neil Fallon discusses the ups and downs of running their own label, Weathermaker Music, their current tour with Motorhead, and how they've managed to stay together all these years."
For the last handful of months I've had the honor of editing some pretty amazing interviews and live shoots with some incredible bands and artists for a company called Roxwel, a great music site with tons of original content, if you love music go there and bookmark it now. (roxwel.com)
Though them everyone from Iron Maiden to The Smashing Pumpkins to 30 Seconds From Mars has been pushed through my machine. Totally enjoyed doing all of em but for some reason this is my fav, that's why I'm posting this one here. I'll post links to some of the others I really dug below.
Essentially the way this has worked is that they go out and shoot the interview and, depending on the act, shoot their live performance as well. This one there was no live, just interview, and then whatever footage they get is passed onto me.
With whatever I'm given its my job to do all that I can to make the piece as interesting as possible. Trimming down the interview, often times flipping segments around so that they make more sense, finding and/or creating graphics/motion graphics, find pictures and video and adding sound effects and the right music beds to enhance whatever it is the interviewee happens to be talking about.
That may be part of what I like about this one, everything to me just weaves so well. Clutch has such an immense catalog of diverse music that, with some digging, I could always find a song from around the time that fit and enhanced what Neil was talking about, not just musically but lyrically as well. One example of that was Neil talking about DRT and he says "The records hadn't been out in the store for years because they couldn't afford to manufacture them either" we go from the moody lamenting music bed of White's Ferry" that appeared on their last DRT album "From Beale Street to Oblivion" that emphasizes the tribulation of their problems with DRT to the opening power chord of "One Eyed Dollar" that, at least to me, subconsciously lends itself to the triumph of their winning the rights back , and beyond the musicality of that opening chord the lyrics chime in "I been working, one eye dollar, Bye and bye, Lord, bye and bye." How perfect is that? And then the more obvious jumping into the second verse of "Electric Worry" with "I get satisfaction everywhere I go, where I lay my head, that's where I call home". Weathermaker anyone?
Upshot is I love this piece and as a long time fan of Clutch giddy as a schoolgirl I got to throw it together.
*Ray Wylie Hubbard is actually on Ya'll Wire which is the Country site for the same company as Roxwel.
* Black Tusk is one of the few I got to shoot which was awesome as I had shot their "Red Eye's, Black Skies" video under director Kevin Custer. You can read more about that here: tinyurl.com/64wrd7b
Forgive me for being Mr. Frikkin Obvious on this one, have wanted to play around with Xtranormal for awhile now and when I saw that they had a clown this scene immediately came to mind. Not sure if it’s funny or not but since I wasted a buncha time putting it together I’d at least post it. And don’t bother asking for the two and a half minutes of your life back, you coulda opted out thirty seconds in. =)
Direct/Shoot/Edit] Raymond J. Schlogel
Model] Alexis Eden Feldman
Swimsuit Design] Stacy Zeiler Kenyon
Music] Honey by El Presidente
Stylist] Rebecca Powe
Hair & Makeup] Kat Johnson
Production Assistance] Matthew Iha
Production Assistance] Tony Hubbard
Subtract my name from the list above and you have the people who really made this little whole project as bad ass as I personally think it is. This was kind of a unique project for me in that Stacy had contacted me to do a photo shoot for her Bandita Couture bikini line when I don't by any stretch consider myself a photographer, it was all about the pictures and the video was secondary. I don't want to repeat myself too much but you can read more about that and see more pics from the shoot here: tinyurl.com/4aod6or
Bearing that in mind she did want a video but on the day of the shoot that totally took a back seat. At the end of the day I think I had shot maybe ten minutes if I was lucky of vid and was beyond convinced that we didn't have enough footage to make anything decent. It was pretty obvious that I was going to have to integrate the photography if I was going to make anything even close to substantial. From the start I knew that I wanted all the vid to be slow mo so the video snippets I did get were all shot on the same Canon 7D that I was using for the photography in 720/60p.
First thing was to get the photo's in order, Stacy and I picked our fav's and I went about doing the little various Photoshop techniques it took to get the continuity in order and ready for print. That accomplished I started playing with the pics and footage in the edit. Even though I had some good moments it seemed to take forever to wrap my head around making it all come together and feel cohesive to me. I tried a good hundred various stock songs that I have on hand and just couldn't find my groove so to speak. For whatever reason this great song "Honey" by El Presidente came to mind. It was one that I had heard years ago and had kind of bookmarked in my head that I'd really like to use somewhere down the line. Popped it onto the timeline and literally like magic all the pieces fell in place. The look, feel, mood, texture, pacing just came came together so naturally and organic that I it felt more like I was just coaxing things into place instead of the usual feeling of the edit. As I used this without express permission it's my sincerest hope that anyone and everyone who watches this vid immediately falls in love with the tune and go buy it! Gotta support these incredible artists.
El Presidente: myspace.com/elpresidenteband
El Presidente if you ever by chance read this know that you provided the inspiration behind every choice of imagery, every nuance, and every single solitary decision that I made while putting this together.
As I said I don't want to be too redundant from my other posts elsewhere but I simply have to give one more deep and never-ending thanks to Stacy for trusting me to do something I wasn't sure I was capable of. You perpetually impress me beyond words and I've sung so many songs of praise in your name that my throat is delightfully sore. Alexis, you are a golden drop of sunlight and having met you I can tell everyone that in real life you embody everything that I love and find so profoundly bold, elegant and beautiful about this video. Rebecca, you have effortless way of bringing harmony to the chaos and lighting up everyone around you with your presence. Kat your talent cannot be praised enough, you are the unsung hero and saving grace of every project you do. Matt and Tony, I never have to worry if you guys are on set. Your passion and dedication are everything I need and truly you guys deserve more credit than I because I would never be able to even hit record button or snap one frame without you.
Everyone else I truly hope you'll forgive the brazen and shameless public display of affection, I can't help but but notice that it seems every project I do I'm surrounded and lifted up by some of the most amazing and talented people in the world.
A few months back I was asked by Douglas Spotted Eagle (aka Spot) and VASST to co-present in one of their training videos that was going to be about shooting with DSLR’s. I had personally purchased more than a handful of their training DVD’s in the past on various subjects and jumped at the chance. Spot is someone that I got to know through several video related forums early on and has been both a mentor and a friend ever since and it was an honor, if not a little surreal to be doing this with him so many years later.
Needless to say I had a great time up in Utah hanging out with him and Mannie Frances, his partner, while working on this and am thrilled to say that it’s finally out and available! The clip is actually on a bonus section of the DVD. You can check it out here:
Inside HDSLR FIlmmaking – Create Stunning DSLR Imagery with Unlimited Possibilities
“HDSLR Film and video production is immensely popular, for good reason! Stunning imagery and unlimited possibilities are at your fingertips with a DSLR camcorder. Raymond Schlogel and Douglas Spotted Eagle expose all aspects of HDSLR film and video on this two and one half hour training DVD. From lenses to metering, to preparation and peripherals, Douglas and Ray show you how to get the most out of DSLR film and video production.”
I talk a bit about the shooting of this in the intro but just to be a little more specific: This was shot on two Canon 7D's, two just because I had access to Spot's and having his there meant that instead of having to change lenses I could just grab the second camera or at times I would have one recording on a wide shot while I did handheld with the other. I used three lenses on this, the Canon 50 1.2, Canon 85 1.2, and the Tokina 11-16 2.8. Going for the crazy shallow DoF on a sunny day of course hadta use the Fader ND. The other neat tool that you may have noticed with the little dolly shots was the indiSLIDERmini. Love that little thing with DSLR's. A great way to add a little production value, movement and nuance to shots and east to pack, actually fits in the same case as my tripod so never a reason to leave it at home. (indisystem.com/indislidermini/) You probably caught the shot of Spot's helmet cam but just in case you didn't recognize it that was an HD GoPro.
Beyond that edited pretty quick in Sony Vegas with very little color correction.
So I had been pushing Timeca to do a short for some time, an incredible actress with a million great story ideas. “Drama” was one she had mentioned and one that I fell immediately in love with. Maybe it’s because when I was a kid when I told my Dad I was getting picked on he said “What do ya want me to do about it? Ya gotta stand up for yourself”. The next day I did, got my ass kicked. Anyway, as I was saying, we had bounced around a lot of ideas and this was actually part of an longer story she had thought of doing. From the first time I heard this particular part of the storyline I thought it would work really well as a short, picking up from when Drama gets out of bed and walks by her Auntie who’s passed out, ending with Drama’s moment of self-realization in the mirror, perhaps not exactly Norman Rockwell but a slice of life nonetheless.
Took me five months to convince Timeca to go for it and once we decided to do this it was cast, found locations, shot and edited within a week and I really couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. We got incredibly lucky with the casting, only auditioned 6 girls for the parts of Drama and the bully and don’t think we could have found anyone better had we auditioned 100. Huge props to Ann Woodward (Drama) and Gianna Redeemer (the bully). Both just amazing and incredible to work with, I know we will be seeing a whole lot more of you two!
Of course Timeca rocked it, never had any doubts about that, and never had any doubts about her screen love interest of the moment played by Aaron Spivey-Sorrells. For those of you who watch “Friday Night Lights” you’re probably familiar with his work, he’s appeared in every episode except the pilot as Coach Spivey. We were all nothing but flattered that he was interested in being a part of our humble little short.
As for the making of stuff that I like to babble about, we shot this over one verrrrrry long day and picked up a few shots over a couple hours a few days later. Because of the nature of this one I wanted to keep it with a more real/doc type feel and opted for a handheld look. A little ironic that two of our actors were from Friday Night Lights (Timeca has also made an appearance on the show) and I went with the swishy sway cam but what can I say? When it works it works. My favorite shot of the whole piece is the shot coming off the roof. Took us awhile to find a location and when we did winded up with one that didn’t have rooftop access. Thankfully, Austin Habitat for Humanity did have a trusty old lift truck that hoisted us up two at a time with our equipment so we could get the shot I wanted.
Side note, the song playing in the background while Drama is running from the other kids was a song called “Get Low“ by First Class Fresh who Timeca’s son, Elgyn A. Chandler Jr. is a member of. The group makes a guest appearance as the boys who tease Drama as she’s walking by. You can see the music video I did for their song “Wobble House” here:
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