So I was talking to someone earlier about a potential video which I hope will happen. It got me thinking. I’ve been noticing more and more films, videos and docs which stray from their purpose, become convoluted or just choose nothing but style over substance. Having a video full of flash is all well and good if the song or band or subject matter call for it. But if it doesn’t, don’t force it. Shooting something that has nothing to do with the vibe or lyrics of the song is also strange to me. That makes no sense and leaves most people scratching their heads while watching and annoyed afterwards. I can do flash and all that good stuff just fine but I prefer nice colors, natural lighting, clean edits and as little fluff as possible. That’s is why I love the examples I am posting below. They are simple, clean and just hit the nail on the head.
“From where you’d rather be” – Friends take a trip to mexico to get away, chill and surf. Perfect blend of Taylor Steele’s genius shots and my friend Ronnie Dudek’s brilliant band Years Around The Sun’s Miles Away. A thing of beauty.
“Music everyday” – The listener and one little snippet of their life defined my their music all over the world. Just perfect.
“The Force” – A little kid in a Darth Vader costume trying to use the force and getting frustrated until…
“Electric Town” – A popper in Japan dancing while trying to return a wallet to a woman. No tricks just pure visuals and super subtle sweet music.
“Dancing on the edge of Kuwait” – Doss and a mellow jam by Handbook. One shot, one take and great colors. (yes I made this one…)
There you have it. Simple edits with great shot selection and as little frills as possible. That is filmmaking and that is what capturing the true vibe of the subject is.
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I stopped by the 2013 Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival for a bit and was just in time to see the Captain and Crew come ashore and lay siege to the Fort Walton Beach Landing Park. This festival happens once a year and is pretty interesting. There are some sweet costumes, great eats and rocking bands to be found as well as a fantastic fireworks show. I will defo be capturing all the key events of next years festival!
Who Took My Lizard is the creation of the multi talented artistic genius that is Lewis Chapman. He is a master painter, insane musician, teacher and even created the lizard costume itself! We filmed this video all over interesting spots in Kuwait. For future videos and projects with the lizard fan created content about lizards will be used so get those creative juices flowing and hit up the websites below to find out more about this amazing project and of course the always cool Lizard itself! The song was originally acoustic but he and master producer Amin Fari teamed up to make it a fun dance track for everyone to enjoy.
DJ Lock of Locktight Entertainment is one of the premiere DJ’s in Kuwait. His ever evolving playlists range from Salsa and Swing to House and Hip Hop. The styles he can spin are as diverse as the locations he gets people dancing in. From Embassies and Villas to Performance Halls and Boat parties. He does it all. He has performed internationally in the US, Europe and the Middle East. Originally from Tampa Bay, Florida he is down to earth, does it for the love and his prices are ridiculously low compared to the other people spinning their same old playlists gig after gig. Hit him up and hire him for your next event!