“Love waits for no one. And everybody dreams of someone.”
Starring: Taylor King & Eric Perez
Directed by: Danny Garcia
Cinematography by: Brandon Moore & Danny Garcia
Edited by: Brandon Moore
PA: Edgar Machuca
Special Thanks to:
Revolution Cinema Rentals – revolutioncinemarentals.com/
Panasonic AF100 / GH2
Lomo Anamorphic Squarefront 50mm / 80mm
Man Miracle-Don’t Waste It
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Brandon Moore
Producer: Dylan Travis
Lighting and Grip: Matt Rome
Camera Operators: Danny Garcia and Dana Shaw
Visual Effects: Brandon Moore
Shot on Canon 7D and Panasonic HVX200 w/ Redrock Micro M2 Adapter.
Edited on Final Cut Pro
Visual Effects created in After Effects CS4
Surreel Studios 2011
It’s always a pleasure to work on a music video when you happen to also love the song that your adapting. This was exactly the case with The Dodos, a local San Francisco band who’s songs naturally seem to invoke vision.
For this project I was hired on by Jenn Dorn, the Director, and and close friend who I collaborated with during the production of her Sleepy Sun music video “White Dove”. Together, we began scouting locations all around the bay area coastal Highway 1. Locations were a crucial element in this project. Our only actress, Veronica Pavia, and the equally beautiful Carmengia, where simply there to give the video context. Our main feature would be the abstracted locations themselves.
The first 2 days of production began along the coast between San Francisco and Big Sur. Between me, Jenn, and P.A. Daniel Herd, we accomplished most of the abstract roadside shots. While Jenn was at the wheel of my vehicle directing, I found myself hanging half my body out the window in order to achieve a variety of somewhat steady, tight shots. It was quite an experiment overcranking and undercranking the frame rate while driving at a variety of speeds, one that proved to yield a diverse amount of shots.
The next 2 days of production we worked with Mike Solidum, a great cinematographer, who was able to help us shoot the majority of shoots featuring Veronica and the Carmengia. With a smaller camera rig, Canon 5D MKII, we were able to get the tighter shots from inside the car and out the window. Overall, the production process was very smooth.
I commend Jenn Dorn for taking on the roll of Director, Producer, and Editor. In order to create such an incredible abstract treatment, she spent a considerable amount of time cutting this project.
Band: The Dodos
Label: Frenchkiss Records
Directed by Jenn Dorn
Shot by Brandon Moore and Mike Solidum
Edited by Jenn Dorn
Color by Daniel Heard
Produced by Jenn Dorn
A.D. Brandon Moore
Actress: Veronica Pavia
Directed, Edited, and Produced by Brandon Moore
Working with little-to-no budget is always difficult. However, have entirely no budget can sometimes make your vision a nearly impossible task to achieve. “New Age” was my first music video project, in which I expected a to reach a somewhat large audience of enthusiastic fans. With this in mind, my initial goal was to create a video as grand as the opening song itself.
From the very beginning I had big ideas for this video. Growing up watching fantasy films such as “The Neverending Story” and “Alice in Wonderland” were always a captivating experience. Therefore, it only seemed natural that I would honor such a genre. So in the spirit of fantasy I wrote a treatment, which would feature a young child who bares witness to a world that pushes the limits of imagination.
““NEW AGE” SCREENPLAY LINK
Adapting a heavy, psychedelic rock song like “New Age” had me stretching and expanding the limits of my filmmaking. Never before had I employed so many different forms of experimental filmmaking: buying a fish tank to shoot colored dyes and creating an elaborate setup to shoot ultra-macro bubbles to name a few. All of these bizarre experiments were extremely beneficial in regards to visual effects. However, shooting the narrative proved to be more of a challenge. Working with a child actress, Destiny Pape, and here mother, Amanda Pape as makeup artist, was very exciting as a director, but it would require that I communicate my vision very delicately as to not overwhelm Destiny.
With my nonexistent budget looming over my head, I decided to that in order to achieve a video teeming with some of nature’s most miraculous creatures, I would need to rely on found footage. So for the next 4 months scoured the largest plethora of royalty free archival footage on the entire internet: archive.org. Downloading and converting movie files of all sizes and formats became a daunting task in its own, although it proved worthwhile when it came time to start cutting. Using the newly converted movie files of archive footage, I began integrating it with the original HD footage I shot during production. From there I was able construct a fluid narrative.
After a 2 day shoot with Destiny, my child actress, Josh Unger, my supporting actor/grip, and an abundance of composited found footage I was able to construct “New Age”, an equal trippy counterpart to the psychedelic song.