Music Video

Behind-the-scenes of the She Runs music video [Photos and Video]

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Behind-the-scenes of the She Runs music video [Photos and Video]

Last week, we had an interview with the three masterminds behind the unique She Runs music video, Tim Halpert, Joe Childress, and Jonathan Combs. If you haven’t seen the music video yet or the interview, I suggest you check it out here before going past the break and looking at the behind-the-scenes photos and video.

Thanks again to their photographer, Sara Moses, for supplying the shots.

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Unique music video tells a lifetime of stories in one shot

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Unique music video tells a lifetime of stories in one shot

Making videos in one continuous shot isn’t new.  Old Spice has done it with Isiah Mustafa and his horse, Ok Go has done it with their treadmills, and Nyle has done by Letting the beat build.

But, it’s not easy. Prolonged shots require lots of planning and intensive pre-production preparations. Once you head into the production phase, there are still a lot of elements you can’t really plan for.  Things go wrong and you have to reset the shot, actors and set.

For Joe Childress and Jonathan Combs, making a music video for Tim Halperin’s “She Runs” was a creative challenge they wanted to take.  It was a project to help them expand their creative wings while living day to day in corporate America. The music video they each co-directed, past the break, was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II and only used a budget of about $500.  This just comes to show you that creativity will always be worth more than money.

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172 Students, 1 Music Video, 1 Take

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172 Students from the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) created a music video during the “week of initiation”.  This is definitely a video that will make you smile no matter what country you’re from.  I really appreciate and respect videos that are done in one continuous tracking shot.  It is very tough to coordinate, choreograph and film.  There are so many things that can go wrong, and like a video game with out a save state, once you fail, you’ll have to go back to the very beginning.

Btw, this isn’t the first time a one take music video made it big recently on the nets.  Remember Nyle’s “Let the Beat Build?”

Great Job to those student from both music videos.

Unemployed Director/Cinematographer took his time with this music video

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I guess, when you’re unemployed you really have a lot of time on your hands.  Instead of looking at unemployment as a bad thing, director/cinematographer and SDSU graduate, Ross Ching used his time to create short films like the music video you see above.

The burning question in my career has been, “What makes me different?”  These days anyone can make a short film and post it on the internet. The problem is that there is so much clutter on the internet that it is impossible to stand out from the pack. This is the main reason I started doing time lapse and stop motion; because it enables me to tell stories differently. It catches people’s eyes and hopefully it will lead to a creative job.