Yo! Long time, no blog! But I’ve been crazy busy getting ready for my first feature that I am AD’ing but anyway to stay on subject. We shot this video in Miami towards the end of last year.
This video was Directed by Wuz Good. I haven’t worked with him in a while, so it was pretty cool to work with him again. We actually have a couple more videos that we have coming up. Also, this was my first time working with AK. He was the DP on this project. I like working with him, he’s made chill and makes the day much easier. Of course my brother Marcus was on the edit. That’s what he does! LOL
Anyway, let me stop speaking. Check out the video and I will blog to you guys later!
Produced By: BeeMac Films
Director: Wuz Good
Director of Photography: AK
AD/Colorist: Legendary Big Body
Editor: Marcus “M Kutta” Smaill
Shout out to Andrew Machol, Rob Vickers and Victor as well!
So where do I start. Oh yeah. Pre production! This is the first video that I have done with the core crew and we didn’t have 17 pre-production meetings and I didn’t mid at all! LOL But it was a little scary at the same time because we had NO meetings. But hey, let’s move forward.
Day 1: We shot the master green screen performance at F.I.R.S.T. school in Orlando. The second location we were suppose to shoot was a downtown penthouse but we ended up losing that location so we just shot the green screen for day 1. That’s where we start the somewhat downward spiral of stuff not going right.
Day 2 comes around we have this kick a** location downtown Orlando. I believe we were shooting in this building next to old Club Paris. But something was different. Something happen to the lead singer and the band and he got replaced in the middle of the shoot but I didn’t figure that out till about 3 or 4 hours in. But MurrayMile the director for this project had everything figured out. And on top of that, we went hard (no homo) for 18 hours on the shoot for the 2nd day. Damn that was a long day but it was like my fourth time doing 18 hour days after 12 hour shoots.
I’m not going to ruin the surprise but the final video is going to be tight. We couldn’t really call ourselves filmmakers if everything turned out perfect each project. So he came up with this interesting way to tell the story in the video. So that’s enough talking for now. Check it out!!
This was an interesting shoot to say the least. A couple of key’s I didn’t really get along with cause they were spazzing the f*ck out all the time and adding stress. Everybody that knows me now of days knows that I am anti-stress. I used to let people piss me off then I snap. But I’m better now. LOL
This was a 2-day shoot and we shot it at a local high-school in Orlando. Wuz Good (the Director) for this project wanted to make this a sports theme and they had the idea to shoot at a school because it would be easier to move around there then moving to different locations around the city, which was a great idea. It made my job easier cause when I did the schedule, I put in padded time so when we went over in one location we saved time cause we didn’t have to do a company move anyway. We just changed locations that were 5 minutes away from each other.
The art department did their thing on this video as well. Roger also got sponsors from Hip Kat clothing and the Orlando Magic. And of course Marcus and Corday did their thing on the post end of things. Other than the rain and certain people acting a bit reckless at times, this project really came out good.
Special shout out to the Lution Crew for doing work!!
The was my frat brother’s (Marcus) first and probably the last music video he directed. Marcus said directing isn’t really for him but he did a good job. I originally wasn’t suppose to AD this project but people’s position got shifted around and I ended up AD’ing. This was another 1-day shoot but it was cool. We got the job done and the video is below.
Oh and a side-note! Never do green screen unless you have a lot of money to pay someone to do it. Marcus didn’t want to do the green screen after he shot it but it was his idea so he and Corday did it! LOL
Producer: James Parker
Director/Editor: Marcus “M Kutta” Small
Director of Photographer: Corey Jennings
1st AD: Da Big Body
So I was put on to this project by a wonderful friend of mine, Alexandria Taylor. She is an up and coming producer in the film world and she thought I would be good for this project so of course I took it.
Pike (from Alaska) and the GCB crew wanted to push a new single they had and I came up with an easy concept that they were happy with and it was fesable to do with the limited budget. We shot everything in 1-day. I had a couple people walk out when we had the garage scene with the guns and dope but they didn’t know the guns weren’t loaded and the ‘coke’ was flour. But I can understand if people who are not used to shooting music videos and random things come out like weed smoke and random things like guns on tables with fake cocaine. LOL, but it’s cool. No hard feelings.
Check out some pictures!
Concept: The concept that we did for this video was a day in the life of the Gulf Coast Ballers. Move work, party and rap!
This was a pretty exciting project. This was my final project as a student at Full Sail University or any school of that manner. I swear it seems like I have been in school for forever and a day but I have two degrees to show for it. So I wasn’t a waist of time by any sort.
Anyway, back to the actual commercial. My approach to this project was really going after a specific target audience for the product and do something out of the box and something that my classmates wouldn’t even think of. Of course they did the stereotypical rockband or party atmosphere like commercials and my group and I decided to take a second and actually research what the “rockstar brand” actually markets too.
Originally we wanted to do a mix of sports like skateboarding, bmx, paintball, etc. But with budget constraints (no money) we had to come up with something that could capture the eye and still serve it’s purpose to market the drink to a target that Rockstar Energy drink actually caters too. So we came up with an exciting game of capture the flag. Paintball style!
Concept: An action packed day with the boys turns into an adrenaline fueled game of capture the flag meets the rock out attitude of Rockstar Energy Drink. A militaristic scenario paintball match reaches the brink of competition when the one team calls upon Rockstar to give them the winnng boost of energy.
Producer: Ryan Hitner
Production Manager: Paige DeMarco
Directed by: Da Big Body
Dir. of Photographer: Jonathan Bregel
1st AD: Brad Burke
Edited by: Marcus Small
Color Corrector: Murray Mile
Composer: Kris Fame
Cam Op: Matt Adams
1st AC: Kevin Griffin
Jib Op: Brad Patterson
Glide Cam: Derek Soter
Key Grip: Chris (Super grip) Fountain
Grips: Dan Lobosco, Justin Keller, Cody Kruger
Script Sup: Tim Hahn
Wardrobe and Makeup: Paige DeMarco
I directed this commercial back in March of 2008 for a indie record label (r. e. d. Label – which stands for rtistic expressions defined). Going into pre-production of this project, Tru (CEO of r.e.d. label) wanted the commercial to be in a first person point of view so that the artist can see the actual process of what it takes to be an artist on the label as well as making it in the business.
The song featured in the commercial is “Gotta Try” performed by r. e. d. Label artist Peter Baldwin who makes a cameo in the video as well as Hau (r.e.d. Label, music producer – Nastaytraxxx, Autumn, Drew, DJ Gonnie and a lot of other people who were extras in the video and I don’t really remember their names.
The only thing that sucks when doing little to no budgeted projects is that the things that you want to do in the particular project have to be dumbed down and make it feasible to do it the easy way cause you can’t get everything you want but I think this came out pretty cool.
Some of the crew on this project: Director of Photography: Jonathan Bregel UPM: Alexandria Taylor Camera Operators: Brad Burke/Kevin Griffin Editor: Marcus “M Kutta” Small (with no ‘S’) Key Grip/Gaffer: Chris “Super Grip” Fountain
What can I really say about this project? I was shooting my 16mm project at Full Sail University, which was three 12-hour days and then I had like a 8 hour turn around to AD this music video. To be honest, think this is the video where I coined the phrase “What the F*uck is going on?”
The concept called for a pool party and another location but they fell through and all we were left with was the pool house and the house that we shot at. During the shoot I was half sleep, I didn’t even do a shot schedule, the producer (who didn’t pay me-another story) did the schedule and like I said earlier I was on another shoot, Bregel (the DP) was in the zone but was kind of lost because everything kept changing on the fly and we had to rush things. So he didn’t have adequate time to light they way he wanted too. Wuz Good knew what was going on but had to do a new shot list on the fly because of the locations changed at the last minute. All of that makes for a confusing but fun 18-hour shoot as usual.
Besides all of that and the producer skipping paying a few key positions and running of to LA, the video turned out pretty good.
So I have been in Florida for a few months now and one of the guys I meet (Tre Thurman) was in the Recording Arts Program at Full Sail University. And at the end of their program they have this thing called the producers showcase. Which is basically, they form groups and start a new song from scratch. (the beat, the lyrics, mixing and mastering, etc) and part of their presentation at the end of the month is to present the song to a panel of judges. And if they choose, they can shoot a music video for the song.
So that’s where I come in at. I was like cool, let’s do it. The only thing is when doing a session project by the time they actually finish the song, it’s probably about 3 days before the actual presentation. So that means, either pull some strings and get a bunch of equipment for free or not shoot the video. So luckily, I have been getting to know a lot of people in my short span at the school. So I was able to pull equipment and shoot on the 35mm soundstage at the school.
Shoot time!! So when it comes time to actually shoot the video and pull equipment from Candy Land, the instructor that was hooking me up bailed on me and said I can pick the equipment up 2 hours after we were suppose to get it. And on top of that I only had the soundstage for 4 hours. So 2 hours later, we finally get the equipment and shoot this video under 2 hours.
Then comes the post production part. My frat brother Marcus aka M Kutta is not in Florida. He decided to go to NC and be with his family!! LOL! Joking. He was in NC and he wasn’t coming back until the night before the project was due. So I did the rough cut and when Marcus finally came back he added the sprinkes on the edit!
So now comes the big move to finally up and leave North Carolina and really pursue my dream in becoming a filmmaker. I had a lot of different things going on in my life around this time. It was pretty crazy. I was living in Greensboro, NC in an apartment, I got laid off of my job I had working in Human Resources at WSSU, I was suppose to be going to the New York Film Academy but my credit wasn’t good enough and trying to juggle a stressful relationship. It was a lot of shit and some stuff just had to end so I can move forward in life.
So while in North Carolina and finding out I couldn’t move to New York, I came across this film school down in Orlando, Florida called Full Sail. I checked it out, went it visited and I was like I’m going to film school down in Florida. Some people didn’t believe that I was gonna threw with it but I did and started to meet new people who were on their grind and I started to put in work.
“Hosanna” was the first music video I did when I got into Full Sail. It was for my homeboy Gove of Flex Entertainment. He was in school at the time towards the end of his program (recording arts) and he need me to shoot a quick and easy video for him. So I did. On this it was just me and my brother Marcus aka M Kutta on the video. Besides the abundance of light rays (Marcus), it was a pretty descent video for shooting it by myself. Once again a growing process and still learning more about what it takes to make a good project.