I have completed the Music Video that I have been working on, for my son Ryan's new song - "The End of Things". An Edgy video style was used to match his quirky and darker song writing style. We really wanted a feeling of the video being shot with film instead of a video camera. The finished piece that started with my Concept and Story Board a few weeks ago, is exactly what Ryan had envisioned:
BE sure to change the quality Setting from 360p, to 720p to watch in High Definition as shot.
- - - SHOT WITH A PEN - - -
Shot exclusively with the Olympus E-PL1 and 14-42mm kit lens.
Zero budget with video clips being shot in only 2 small rooms and lighting supplied by the 50 watt and 100 watt halogen modeling lights from 2 studio strobes (that's all I had available to me).
Manual focus, and settings of 1250 ISO for all scenes. Aperture Priority exposure was set to minus 1 to 1 1/2 stops depending on the mood I was after. Shutter speed was set to 1/30'th second and colors post processed for contrast and colder tones - for a more film like look. The video was edited using Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 9.0 (inexpensive consumer video editing software).
The E-PL1 cameras Diorama Art Filter was used for the effect on the graveyard scene and closing flower scene. Ryan is a really good performer and high energy with short quick thrashes when playing live on stage - - - and so we tried to incorporate that sensation with the quick sharp movement in clips like some of the lead guitar parts.
Ryan has being writing and producing songs that are rather dramatic and almost always unconventional (like this song that as no bass guitar and yet his use of the kick drum acts like a bass through it) - since he purchased his Fostex 24 track digital recorder when he was around 14 years old. He started out playing bass guitar, playing his first live gig at 13 - where he stole some of thunder from the other much older band members, with his energy and impressive playing.
His main love is drums and he is an incredible and creative drummer - whether he is producing the sounds with his drum kit, electronic drums or digital drum pad, or writing dashes in Reason with a pencil for the structure. He played guitar and was the singer for years with his band.
He loved the comradery of playing live with his band, but really enjoys his own projects such as this new one, where he can use his own personal work and play and produce everything himself.