Posts Tagged ‘shooting’

School’s Out

November 10, 2020

I made this little something, what feels like a lifetime ago (I’m going to be saying that a lot I think). When I first moved to HK I was living near an abandoned school (since demolished) and wanted to shoot something there. Wasn’t sure what.

The whole roof topping trend was big back then, so it was always a popular spot with loud kids who weren’t very ninja, which isn’t great if you don’t want to be interrupted by police. I then met the very talented Miranda Chan and after some chatting and preliminary test shooting we decided to muck around at the school for an afternoon. There wasn’t one solid idea and what we ended up shooting was pretty improvised. It was a fun day and after the shoot I had all this cool footage.

We had several tracks that we both liked and were working with but I found when editing them, none were really building toward a nice self contained piece.

I started grabbing all sorts of tracks from my music library and dumping them on the timeline and funnily enough School’s Out by Alice Cooper just clicked. Having been shot in an abandoned school was the cherry on top.

Now this isn’t the typical way I work on videos or music videos. It’s not entirely efficient. Obviously, if you want something to have a point to it, it’s best to figure this out beforehand. It’s easy to get caught up in deliberation and never end up shooting anything.

I am guilty of this and am constantly trying to find that perfect balance
In future I think my urge to shoot something should override this because getting out and shooting can really help the process and you will probably come up with stuff you didn’t or couldn’t have thought of otherwise. 


Josh

Time is the Key Ingredient

February 16, 2015

I have really been neglecting this blog, I feel like a bad parent. I know it’s there, I’m just not giving it the attention it deserves for whatever extraneous reasons.

You may remember (or you may not) the Lars Andersen: a new level of archery video that went viral towards the end of January.

Ben Green and I thought it would be a good idea and exercise to parody it.

Most videos that go viral have about a week where they’re being talked about and passed around the public arena. After that everyone moves onto the next one and ceases to care. Sometimes you’ll get a parody of the video a week after and people will start passing that about but beyond that I’m not sure if people revisit those things.

This issue means the video not only has to be made in a very short space of time but it also has a short shelf life (in theory). Additionally, in order for people to be made aware of the parody, the video would have to be shamelessly and intensely promoted online for it to be seen by anyone.

Unless of course the video is made by a big company with a large fan base and/or links to the press. By the time Ben and I got round to shooting our parody four days had passed and the original was on 16million views, I was working on a freelance job and so time wasn’t particularly on our side.

We both, came up with a bunch of ideas and gags from watching the video, combined them into a rough structure and spent half a day shooting things involving lacing shoes that we thought would be funny. In the evening, I only had a few hours to edit the thing and then record the narration which Ben wrote and I riffed on and I think that’s where it came together.

I don’t think you need to see the source material to enjoy our little video (but you should and it would help) and I also think it works outside the influence of its origins. I just wish I had, had time to promote the shit out of it on twitter, etc.


Josh