What’s up everyone!?!? Here we are with another update. This is 1 video of 6 I did with the Mazerati Music team. beemac Films brought me on for this week-long project and I worked with 2 directors Wuz Good and Akil Kurji. We were on a small island right outside Sarasota, FL and let me tell that place was beautiful besides the bugs that came out exactly at 8:00 pm and feasted on me everyday! LOL
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.
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!
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:
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!