MV: Day Three WRAP

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The final day of the music video went well, got some good shots and I think the video will turn out good. Wrapped early and everybody had Pizza at The Tree.

MV: Day Two

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Mike D and Melody The Music Video

Everything went well today … people were only an hour late, costumes were ready, make up was ready and the camera was not forgotten back home. All batteries were charged and our time-lapse photography even went as planned.

Good day.

MV: Day One

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First day of shooting the music video went relatively well, apart from everybody’s lateness that I wrote about before. The lateness nearly prevented us from getting the money shot, the final shot of the video. Today had to be the day because all three models were only available today, we need to shoot them separately on other days. The final shot required all of them, and the shot took place just before sunset, in the twilight.

We arrived at the location at 4.30, sunset would be at 4.51 this Saturday.  Of course, once on the location there seemed to be a misunderstanding, the costumer thought that we were only going to shoot one of the models and not all three of them. THE POINT OF HAVING THEM ALL TOGETHER TODAY … was TO SHOOT ALL OF THEM TODAY! Well, it didn’t register with some, so at 4.30 the leading lady and singer of the song didn’t have her costume ready. Only about 15-20 minutes and we’d lose the look, the light and the whole feel of this ONE important shot. I took the two other models out of the car, one of them ready, one of them half ready … she had to hold her jacket up so that it wouldn’t fall off and reveal her bare chest underneath, something me and the camera man didn’t realize at the time and kept asking her to stop fiddling with her jacket, stop holding your jacket as if you’re cold! She wouldn’t listen to us, so we just shot and thought “what a primadonna”. Later we of course realized that she was naked underneath and the jacket was just hanging on her, not at all ready to be worn. Well, we got the shots and just 5 minutes before total darkness the singer joined us and we managed to include her in the shot without it looking to strange.

The rest went smoothly, shooting night scenes of one model. The other two models will take up the rest of the schedule. We even had smoke on the streets, these little smoke devices or pads that we light fire to and they generate smoke for about 5 minutes, who needs a smoke machine? It worked great and looked like something out of an expensive Ridley Scott movie or a cheap Motley Crue video.

Tomorrow we start 3 hours earlier.

Here we go again: Stories from Beijing productions!

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So once again I’ve signed myself up for a semi-amateur no budget Beijing production, last time was The Chairman’s Wife which I had no time to blog about, the time before it was Little Flower and I had plenty of time to blog and burn bridges on that one, although surprisingly I didn’t manage to do the latter.

This time it’s a music video for DJ Mike Dee and singer Melody, Mike D is an English entrepreneur who Dj’s and makes music in his spare time, Melody is his Chinese muse.

The idea was outlandish, expensive, arty, meaningful and groundbreaking all rolled into one … then came the actual budget, it was ZERO, nothing. So, the idea changed into something more doable, something less meaningful, something more realistic, something less groundbreaking. The idea changed into a tried and tested formula of all great music videos, especially electronic music videos. Put 3 sexy girls in some revealing designer outfits and have them sulk and walk around a city being all pouty and sexy and arty. Shoot it and then put lot’s of effects over the images.

Day 1: Should have started a week ago. Today is day one, I said 2pm EVERYBODY needs to be ready.

Shadow our Chinese designer, that’s her name, forgot the dresses and woke up late and she’s not finished the dresses, she just started putting make up on our actress now, it’s 2.19pm. Jason our cameraman forgot his camera, he’s gone back to get the dresses and his camera.

What we’re shooting today is a scene that involves the sun going down. That begins around 4.30pm. I wanted to be safe and have everybody aim for a 2pm shoot. Just in case nothing went as planned, and nothing has. So will we make the last light of the day or will we still be waiting for make-up?

I have a feeling we’ll just about make the final scene and I have to re-schedule the actress for another day, something I was very adamant that I did not want to do, mostly because I don’t have time for this … one more time. The only way out of these low budget no budget situations is to write a high budget Jackie Chan comedy, I’m starting to see that now… but the mess, the language barriers, the fucking stupidity of it all … is kind of addictive.

Makes for good blogs, we shall see in the coming days.