Made an EP Teaser for Carlos Valdes (of Once, Jersey Boys, Arrow, and now THE FLASH fame!) He was also the bass playin’ foolio in my hallway freshman year of college! When he’s not acting, he writes funky jams on his bass and is coming out with an EP this October! Thanks Taylor Stanton for shooting this all in a day during world cup fever.
Happy Birthday Beyonce!
In honor of my favorite pop star’s birthday, I’d like to present the world with a prime example of why Beyonce deserves all the hype she gets. I’ve been getting more and more into the world of interactive video design for live productions through my job, and I have to say this Billboard performance blows all of her competitors out of the water.
Not only is her feminist message inspiring, her vocals pitch perfect, and her choreography incredibly athletic (she is as good as her backup dancers, if not better which is pretty rare)—on top of all this, the effort she puts into her visuals for music videos and live productions surpasses anyone else in the game.
I’ve said it over and over, what makes a great performance (or music video) is an obvious amount of effort. Beyonce doesn’t just stand up there and sing and dance (although she slays at both). She introduces an entire perfectly timed video installation along with her performance. The video design alone is an amazing piece of artwork, but the way it syncs perfectly to what’s going on onstage is something we just haven’t seen Top 40 pop. She must have had to practice for hours to get the timing right, and someone else must have spent months slaving over the animations. It totally pays off. Her insane choreography is 100% tight with the music. The music is 100% tight with the video element.
If you have an extra 15 min, what her Superbowl Halftime show, it will be the best 15 min of your life.SLAYAGE. BOW DOWN. (I get a little passionate sometimes, but rightfully so!!)
A couple weeks ago my music video for Talkfine screened in the Sprockets Music Video Festival alongside a bunch of other great videos for artists including Diplo, Aimee Mann, and Dead Confederate. If you’re a music video geek, check out the line up, there were so many other mind-blowing videos in the rotation!
See all the videos here:
And watch Talkfine’s “Dance Like This” here!
Psyched to share that my music video for TalkFine's “Dance Like This” is going to be featured in the Sprockets International Music Video Festival!
Fri. July 18th @ the 40 Watt Club. Athens, Georgia.
Watch the music video here:
Shot an EP Teaser for Carlos Valdes (of Once, Jersey Boys, Arrow, and now THE FLASH fame!) He was also the bass playin’ foolio in my hallway freshman year of college!
When he’s not acting, he writes funky jams on his bass.
Also, we were running around BK all day yesterday with two crew members. So hot tip for the mobile music video: put your iPhone in a cup!
Get ready for some new tunes in September!
Jack White - Lazaretto
The first thing I thought when I saw this the other night was, “Jack White made a hip hop video!”
Don’t get me wrong, this video still rocks very hard. In fact, I love that he’s rocking so hard, the glass in the vicinity shatters when he picks up a guitar. It’s such a great concept because not only does the effect make him look like a badass, it’s the perfect special effect with that “wow” factor that also happens to work thematically with the song. They put him down in the Lazaretto, the glass walls are reminiscent of observation rooms, or maybe they merely suggest the feeling of being locked up and confined. And because NOBODY TELLS JACK WHITE WHAT TO DO it all comes crashing down around him in such a artful way.
Most importantly, he just looks so cool throughout the whole thing. The directors, Jonas & Francois have done a bunch of videos for Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, and their signature style really shines through.
The black and white video shot in against a white cyc is something we’ve seen in many a rap video, but we don’t often see this level of polish in rock. No longer is Jack White that kid playing dirty garage punk with music videos shot in standard definition (although life-changing music videos shot in SD). Now he’s got Justin Timberlake level effects, sleek and bold lighting, expensive cars, smooth, gorgeous camera moves, and weird imagery of snakes, bulls, skulls, and fire just to shake things up. I can’t help but think of Jay-Z.
"On to the Next One" - Jay-Z
"My Love"- Justin Timberlake
While “Lazaretto” references some signature hip hop tropes, it’s by no means a cheap imitation. The directors completely created something new and cool by spinning this signature style to work within a rock context. The look is pretty slick, but they are able to balance that with some raw and dirty shots that slip off the white background so you can see the film set behind. At one point, he spits into the camera, breaking the 4th wall, which epically shatters into a million pieces. By the time Jack White is done melting your face/ shattering your soul with his guitar solo, feel free to hit replay— I know I did about 70 times this week!
So cool! Charlene is featured on the Music A to Z podcast, where they talk about her for an hour! (And the also mention some of my vids!)
Check it out here:
Thanks Steve and Doug Ferguson! From brothers to sisters :D
Charlene Kaye covering Beyonce’s “Rocket.”
I covered Beyoncé's Rocket. Finally, an opportunity to sing the sentence “Let me sit this asssssssss on ya.”
Thanks Liann Kaye & Taylor Stanton for shooting and to Ken Rich at Grand St. for engineering & mixing!
More photos at facebook.com/paperframes
And watch the video here!