Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's Awfully Cold Here In Binghamton...But I'm Enjoying It Anyway.

I'm in Binghamton, NY working on a Music Video.  Much like cigarettes, this makes the ____th time I've sworn I was done with them...and the ____th time I'm back at it.  I'm not going to go into a great deal of detail, but working on Music Videos can truly suck -- used to almost always suck.  And they suck less often now for much the same reason that many of you might complain about watching Music Videos, (i.e. they've become too slick).

At some point, while I was officially retired from them, they became more of a professional endeavor. I'm not going to get into a discussion of the worthiness of Music Videos...or a discussion of whether or not they might be better or worse than they were in the early days when I worked on my first. (BTW, the shot of the snare drum covered in milk, about 2:45 in, was the great "concept" for that entire video.)

But the point of all this is that I'm working for a really enjoyable and talented Director.  Tomorrow promises to be fairly entertaining.

Here's an example of some of the class and imagination he brings to a project:

LIPTON - Green Tea & White Tea from Yoann Lemoine on Vimeo.

And here's an example of the class and imagination he brought to another project*

(Not Even Remotely Safe, Even A Teensie-Weensie Little Bit Safe For Work)

AIDES - GRAFFITI from Yoann Lemoine on Vimeo.

*This was an internet project for Aids Awareness in France...and it got millions of hits and ended up actually airing on French TV.


Eric said...

Dude, see, you're doing it wrong. You're blogging the way President Obama negotiates: right there in the second paragraph, you set up an incendiary and fail to light it. What you want to do, is you want to say something like:

"The only good music videos ever made were all made in 1992, and I wouldn't take a crap on the ones made before that year or puke on anything made after, but the music videos of 1992 are better than any of Godard's films. 'November Rain' is the Citizen Kane of music videos and the video for Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy' is better, second-for-second, than anything directed by Fritz Lang or Alfred Hitchcock."

And then stand back and see if any fur flies!

But what you did instead, my friend, would be like my deciding to post a video of Keith Richards and Willie Nelson performing a really good Rolling Stones song and saying "'Dead Flowers' is probably one of the best Rolling Stones songs ever," instead of deleting that bland line and making the absurd and unprovable claim that "Dead Flowers" was the best Stones song, indubitably, when there are a number of good rival candidates for the title, including "Sweet Virginia," "Shine A Light," "Wild Horses," and "You Can't Always Get What You Want," among others that I might be overlooking.

Other than that, great post.

Nathan said...

Aside from that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?

Like that, Eric?