11″x11″ Metallic silver and gold paint pen on black acrylic painted wood
Archive for April, 2011
This video began as a concept between Travis Pierce and I about a dystopian romance in a sterile environment of the distant future where love was harvested from humans by the robots in control. At the time, we were working towards a submission deadline for Norman Music Festival and were falling behind. Luckily, Attila Balazs stepped up and grabbed hold of the reigns to make something happen with this concept. Travis and Attila spent a night drawing out this video, based on all the ideas we had been throwing around together, then Attila and I assembled props, set the stage and co-directed the filming. This was Attila’s first music video to edit, and I think it’s a strong rookie effort. If nothing else, we had a lot of fun, made a big mess and the video ended up in the top 10 ranking of the Music Video Picks competition at the 2011 Norman Music Festival.
This video, directed by Chris McDaniel and Susan Emberton and edited by Chris was done at my house over the course of a couple of weeks during the particularly snowy and angry winter of 2010. I remember standing in the snow for nearly 30 minutes with a giant old-school projector on my head and wrapping plastic zip-ties around my face so tight that it bruised the sides of my eye sockets. I can’t claim credit for how well this video turned out (I was just a cast member and general assistant) but I wanted to include it anyways to show, if nothing else, just what lengths my friends and I go to in order to make our art. This video made it to the top 10 ranking of the Music Video Picks competition at the 2011 Norman Music Festival.
This video spawned from a Zanzibar Records meeting. At the meeting, we were discussing music videos and the ideas I was hearing were sounding like giant intricate towers of platinum. I loved hearing about the high concept visuals, but was getting frustrated by our lack of video production, so I paired a simple ambient video concept with a simple ambient song from Doug Rader‘s album that we had just released. Doug was at the meeting so I asked him if he wanted to take a trip to the Witchita Mountains tomorrow. Susan Emberton was down for a road trip too, and Chris McDaniel hopped on board before we left the next morning. During the car trip to Mt. Scott we listened to the song over and over and discussed what we wanted to do. We are all big fans of Andy Goldsworthy, so we decided to pay tribute to him with a paced video about getting in touch with one’s environment and building small sculptures or “cairns” to mark a personal attachment with a particular place and time. The video was shot in one day, with Chris, myself and my then 5 year old son Donovan gathering stones and sticks to make the final sculpture while Doug and Susan were filming in various places around the nearby hills. It was edited by Susan during the weeks following.