So to wrap up a pretty exciting 2016 why not fly down to Florida and film a crazy movie called “The Executioners”. Let me rewind a little bit. So I was in St. Louis and I received a phone call from my friend Allan. Allan is a producer who will help produce my very first short film called “No Charge.” We’ve always kept in contact ever since that first project and he always said if he has a project I’m gonna be the first one to call, so he called me. He told me he had this awesome script that he was trying to shoot it and he needed an AD and the rest was history.
Any way so I fly down to sunny Florida leaving freezing North Carolina and get picked up in a convertible to welcome me back to Florida. The production for this project was pretty interesting to say the least. I originally suggested that we shoot this project and 20 days. The final schedule ended being 14 days but we finished in 16 days. This project wasn’t the easiest to get through but I excepted the challenge and we got to the end of the project and finished the movie. This movie will probably be one of the best movies that I’ve ever been 1st Assistant Director for. It pushes the limits it makes you very uncomfortable but I think in making controversial films like this one will stand out and be really good at the end of the day.
So a little while back I had the pleasure of working with Marquis Daniels of the Boston Celtics and his crew the 10/90 Blokk Boyz for the first single “Kome Here Nikki” featuring Dee Boi! The video concept was a very ambitious from the director Wuz Good but giving his track record with these music videos, we always know that the video is gonna come out hot!!!
The concept was a Grand Theft Auto concept except for stealing cars they guys were playing the Grand Theft Nikki video game collecting Nikki’s!!
Be sure to check out the behind the scenes of the music video which I edited and of course the music video!!! Shout out to beemac Films for producing this project and always hiring me for gigs!!
Have a look at the Alexandra Amor music video “Superstar” directed by Wuz Good. We shot this in the lovely city of Miami. We had a few complications with the shoot and we ended up shooting the video twice but it turned out well both times. Have a look and enjoy!!!
So my former teacher and now fellow colleague Carl Verna hit me up on Facebook and was like “Big Body, I need you to AD two music videos for me in one day!” I was kind of taken back because Carl is known for his AD’ing in the industry. So why not AD for a person that can help me out and tell me what I need to improve on.
Show time! Going into this video, I was kind of anxious to work with a different director outside of my usual core of directors that I work with. You know everyone works differently and nothing is the same. but it was cool. We shot everything at Full Sail which made things easier but as you can see from some of the pictures, it was cold as hell! And we were outside during the coldest part of the night!
The first video was “Test De Foundation.” We shot this video all in one location on the backlot and we shot there for about 6 hours. It was like a big dance party outside for 6 hours. It turned out pretty cool. The final edit could of came out stronger but I can’t get everything I want!
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!!
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
The Spaceship project was another interesting project. First of all I was the 2nd AD on this project. But not to talk down people who 2nd AD, I really didn’t like doing it. I really felt out of the loop when the video was actually being made. That job (to me) consist of a lot of talking to extras and walking them to set and leaving. I don’t like that really, I like being in the mix of things, solving issues and running the actually production. But being the 2nd AD helped me really appreciate being the 1st AD, even as stressful as it can be, I’d much rather AD or Direct then do anything else in film.
On the post end of this project, Marcus did his thing but we had one of the animators bail out on us and it took over a month to actually finish this project. But after it was done and over a million views in a week on World Star Hip Hop, this video is still the shit. I just can’t listen to it that much because I heard the song over a million times sitting in Marcus’ house when he was editing.
Directors – MurrayMile/Wuz Good
DP – Jonathan Bregel
1st AD – Freddy
2nd AD – Da Big Body
Camera team – Burke, Kev Dogg, Ben Eck, Matt
Editor – Marcus “M Kutta” Small (with no S)
Dope Behind the scenes by Brad Patterson and Derek Soter: