Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Dancing With The Chords

I put out a new music video today.

The track is an oldie and coincides with the release of my old band's greatest "hits" album, "The Best of Ghost Peeps." The video is made entirely out of free cheesy stock footage that I found off a website called Videoblocks. It's all part of my effort to put out good content that doesn't cost me anything. Well, I think it's good, a bit like one of those terrible karaoke videos.

In other news, I've made arrangements to shoot in Los Angeles a parody rap video later this month. I want to wear a jersey and you need to see my muscles, so I've been trying to gain as much weight as possible. I probably won't have much time to really bulk up, but maybe I can get fat. I'm still sporting my patchy facial hair of last week's video shoot for reasons that are unclear. In other words, I look & feel kinda gross. This is art?

I've been averaging a viral video a year so either the rap video or "These Are The People That I Know" will be this year's. If none of the above do it, they are opening a Target near my house.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Those Were The People I Knew

Today we filmed a video entitled "These Are The People That I Know" where I play a man who goes around singing about all the people he knows in his life. The song is only about a minute long and it's soon revealed he doesn't really know anybody. And the people he does know can't stand him. Somehow I've ended up looking a bit like 1980s "Weird Al" Yankovic. Though a great inspiration, it was not intentional.

Ironically, out of the 22 people "I know" only 7 I had actually knew before today. Everyone else was a unknown extra from SFCasting or a friend of a friend. I even had a kid cancel a few hours before shooting. Phone calls were made. A child was obtained.  

Everything was shot (sans some photos with my "ex-wife" this weekend). I'm mulling over the footage now. It looks ok. Alot of the shots were outside and today was one of those rare sunny San Francisco days, so shadows are prominent. Playing with color correction helps. "Duluth Is Horrible" looked really good. Perhaps too good. It actually had a budget though. I realized today that I'm no longer satisfied with so-so production values. I guess what I'm trying to say is expect alot more Kickstarter campaigns. I'm bitching over a few shots but overall things look solid. I'm sure it will be a pleasant minute's entertainment and the song is perhaps the catchiest thing I ever written. We're talking pizza level here.

Today I was Lead Actor, Producer, Director, Production Assistant, Craft Services, Camera Assistant, and Driver. Tomorrow I'll be asleep.