A few months ago while shooting a video for JFA’s song skateboard anarchy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7kPgDa8D0k
Jean Rusen and i discussed the shooting of a video for “Kevin Daly’s chicken and waffles”, a band she sings in. Jean being a good friend of mine i of coarse said yes, and started rolling over the logistics of such endeavor in the back of my head.
As the planets have yet to line up in a neat row, and the song to be interpreted in video form is still in the loving hands of the audio engineers, the only thing for me to do on this project so far is to go and see a live show, catch some live clips of the band preforming said song in the wild, so when the time comes, i have lots of pick-up shots to choose from.
As some of you know, my life is a dimension of pure chaos these days. Family life, work life, projects personal, and professional, have me feeling like Sybil on two hits of blotter most of the time. If i did’t put it on my calender a month ago, have my wife, Hippie Steve, or Rob Locker, reminding me, I’m probably not going to make it.
Saturday was no different. Had to wake up early and Take the wife and kid to the airport, fortunately on the drive to Sky Harbor my lovely wife said “are you still planning to go to Jeans show tonight?”
Upon returning home i jumped into action (ok, i started texting Jean while guzzling coffee)
Shooting in the wild is pure stress, endless unknown factors to plan for. Bad lighting, the crowd, cramped, or non-existent shooting vantages are all obstacles you can count on. But the first one you need to address is “will the venue let me film?”. Show up to a bar with a couple of grand worth of gear, without the bar owner, or manager knowing your coming, will lead to the least productive night of filming you have ever had, very few people want to see a video of the outside of a bar.
I highly suggest that you get all of this worked out days, if not weeks before a show, but as usual i didn’t, which is the reason Jean was getting texts 8 hours before the show much like this-
me- “do you think anyone would mind if i came down and did a little shooting tonight?”
Jean- “absolutely not! Well none of us anyway. Lenny’s buddy owns the place so he might know if the bar would have an issue”
That is whats known as “getting lucky”, one of your best friends, is friends with the bar owner.
A text to Lenny got me hooked up with the owner of The Lost Leaf, a great little bar down town http://www.thelostleaf.org/
this lead to Lenny and i making plans to go together. best decision i have made in a long, long while.
Lenny hooked it up, i drove down, he paid for the taxi home, and took me back down in the morning to retrieve my car, not only that he talked to the bar owner, getting me permission to shoot from the loft. big, big thanks Lenny!
The band, time to talk about the band. Before Saturday I had heard one song, the song i was at the show to get some live shots of. The one song I had heard fucking rips, but as we all know, one song does not a set make. Well I am very pleased to say that after seeing a complete set from Kevin Daly’s Chicken and Waffles, I am hooked. They ROCKED! Driving Rock and Roll the way it was meant to be played. Every song made me want to stomp my feet and sing along.
So i shot more video than just the one song i was there to shoot, but the one down side to the kick ass shooting location i was in, was that one of the monitors was directly beneath my mic, blowing the hell out of the sound. this wont matter for what i was really there to shoot, we wont be using the audio, but it really sucks for being able to show you a couple of the bands other songs i shot that night. i cleaned it up as best i could, but its fucked. if you watch the video, i suggest you turn it down, and use the power of imagination to picture it sounding really kick ass…
Big thanks to Kevin Daly’s Chicken and Waffles, The Lost Leaf, and Lenny Rogers for a great night.