The date is May 17th 2017 as I write this. I had recently just had my website hacked. Most of my articles had been replaced by Viagra ad’s. I was pretty damn upset. I had a few suspicions as to who it was. A website company had called me and told me they had noticed that my website had been hacked before I even knew it had happened. The timing was very odd. I kept going back to my website and every time it would make me more upset. Until I decided this was an opportunity. This was an opportunity to go back and re-write all my articles on the blog right. I decided I wanted to have a site that would be a map for aspiring directors and artists who were trying to make and use my journey as a road map. I’ve been making videos now for 8 years and I’ve come a long way. I’ve raised my prices over 10 times and I don’t remember the time I did not have a client. The goal when I started making videos was to one day to become a legendary film maker. Now 8 years later I’ve secured funding for my first feature film. I’m going to write about each music
I started to looking back at my past articles
Filming corporate video rarely allows you to explore creative filmmaking.
I made the decision that instead of continuing on with attending film school that I would use the knowledge of filming I had and started doing fee based corporate videos and commercials.
After two years of success and dozens of projects, I felt something was missing. That something was my creative license! When filming corporate videos and commercials, I was “handcuffed” with their creative restrictions, especially if the company and the talent they were using are well known. The bigger the corporate project the more restrictions. I knew I had to do something new, something different; something that would challenge my creative storytelling.
Most of my favorite directors “claim to fame” had started out making music videos and then building a reel of films to demonstrate their creative excellence. This seemed like the next logical step in my journey to be a Hollywood film director.
My next step was finding a quality band to make a video for. I didn’t know where to look so I posted the following message on Facebook “anybody know some good bands that would possibly like a music video made free of charge?’’. From this posting, Trevor Martin, who owns the radio station Above the Radio, messaged me with an idea to run a contest for bands looking for a free music video. This would give us a number of quality bands to interview to select a winner.
So we created a 2 month contest and 40 bands submitted their music for review. On the last day of the contest, I narrowed my selection to 3 bands. The bands were good but I didn’t fall in love with any of them. Then the final submission came in, a band called YUS, with his song called “Girls”. As I listened to it, I immediately knew I found the song I was looking for. What made this choice feel even better was that as I listened to the rest of his CD, I knew there were multiple productions we could work on if I liked and was able to work with the artist.
The next day, Above the Radio announced the winner. YUS was thrilled. One week later, YUS and I met at the LUX Cafe in Phoenix and started developing our brainchild. Within an hour we realized we both loved the movie “Pulp Fiction” and thought it would be exciting to make a music video revolving around a mysterious briefcase.
The music video was published on some 20 different blogs that included international blogs as well. The Phoenix New Times even wrote an article about it. This one video then led me to additional videos with the bands Snail Quail and Reggie Savage.
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