Hi all, again, apologies for the tardiness in my blogs!!
I love my job here at And Productions. But sometimes it does get tiresome filming the same old thing. Dont get me wrong, I work with lovely clients, I really cant complain, but often when working in the corporate filming world, you do film a lot of similar things.
That is until I got approached by Long John Laundry to produce a music video for their new single – Holy Moly. I like honesty from the offset – I knew there was no money in this, but thats not always why I do what I do. I am a creative person. Just like Tony is (Long John Laundry lead singer/guitarist). We chewed the fat over the ‘bread and butter jobs’ and how important they are to allow you to create your ‘soul food’ jobs. Holy Moly really was my ‘soul food’.
I can honestly say, I have never enjoyed putting together a shoot and an edit as much as I have this one, despite having about 3 days prep and a mere 4 HOURS to film the whole thing in, I was allowed complete creative lead, and I could do what I wanted. (Insert evil grin)….
Its the first time I have ever edited a film and not TOTALLY hated the song after. I even found myself playing the song in the car as I was delivering the final version for sign off. Now THAT is a testament to how good it is. When I am editing, I have to watch the film about 2-300 times (not all the way through but pretty much) so you can understand how irritating songs become!
The edit took forever. I would say in total about 7-8 long days, piecing it together, timing it with the music and then theres the grade… layer upon layer of filters and effects. And on a technical note? Yeah there are loads of flaws. But why get hung up on that? I can spot them, and others will as well, but I dont care. I love it.
I couldnt have done it without my partner in crime (soon to be my sexy husband) Gary Barber, who added a little sparkle of magic to a few scenes. So thank you very much…
As I come on to thanking people – the cast and crew were incredible. All they got paid was a glass of wine and a chip buttie! But they all turned up, got right into the swing of things, and let me be the bossy cow that I am on a shoot. (And my friends will say I am always bossy).
Melanie Jane Louise Stevens – Prop and Costume queen!!! You are awesome!!
Gem Robinson and Hannah Gray for make up and props – thank you xxx
Hannah Walker – you made a blinding drunk bird and thanks for the loan of your cameras
The Charles Bradlaugh for yet again letting me use your wonderful bar…. x
And everyone else who turned up – it was a pleasure to work with you all… Looks like we may be doing another one in January… so you know, I’ll be in touch
And with that, I would like to share this film with you. I love you all, thank you Tony for giving me this opportunity xxxx