Building Your Brand

One of the challenges entrepreneurs face is building credibility for their brand. When starting to put together your promotional materials, it is sometimes necessary to create the content you need that will match the image you want to convey. Rather than “making do” with what you already have, why not have something made that will accurately represent what you want to be known for. And when the goal is to build credibility for your brand, you need a good mix of source material.  A good example of this is in a video we recently created for Malaysian mystic Kabir Khan to position him as an iconic personality.

From the initial concept we arranged the venues and locations, sourced the actors, got the shots we wanted, then edited and scored the video to create a high-end video marketing tool.

 

However, there is no cookie cutter formula for promotional videos. Different markets call for different types of videos. Another video that we just completed was a music video for The Moogician, Todd Charles. One of his many talents is as a musician, and this is the fourth music video we have created together. Todd does shows to educate and promote dairy. For this video we filmed at several locations around Chicago with iconic views of the city, as well as Fair Oaks dairy farm and edited everything into a fun-filled song about butter.

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From Concept to Completion

One of the pleasures of being in a creative industry is that I get to travel to new places and work with very talented people. IMG_1349Last month I traveled to East Waterford, Pennsylvania   to work with The Moogician, Todd Charles. You may recall the promo video we made for Todd last year. Shortly after that project Todd came to me with a fun concept for a parody music video. In addition to performing magic, Todd is also an accomplished musician and had previously recorded two parody songs that he wrote.

It is with great pleasure and amusement that I share with you this month two music videos that I shot and edited, on location. First up is a lively, toe-tapping song all about cheese!
 

IMG_1356We filmed this all around New York City in just one day; hitting all the iconic landmarks from the Statue of Liberty to Rockefeller Center. Shooting from the rooftop gave us an even greater perspective of the city but was also the most challenging for me as I am not a fan of heights. And, despite initial weather reports of heavy rain, it turned out to be a perfect day in New York!

The second song, The Milk Song, we filmed over two days at the Lovetwo Farm dairy farm in Pennsylvania.
 

IMG_1331This was quite a unique experience for me as I had never been on a dairy farm nor had I filmed cows before. It was interesting to see how much the cows interacted with us and the camera.  We definitely had some very “happy accidents” that made it into the final edit. I could not imagine a better location to film a song devoted to milk!

A big thanks to Dan Love at Lovetwo Farm, and especially to Todd Charles for writing and recording these fun songs and giving me the opportunity to collaborate on bringing them to life!

In Your Arms

I have always been intrigued by music videos as an outlet of filmmaking. Perhaps because music videos lend themselves so well to abstract imagery. Many would agree that Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer video was the greatest music video of all time, certainly a breakthrough at the time.  This past Monday on my weekly CineMagic segment, broadcast on mcbridemagic.tv, I showed a newer music video that is perhaps equally as innovative. It’s a music video for Kina Grannis’ song “In Your Arms”. It consists of 288,000 jelly beans, animated through stop motion. Enjoy!

I cannot imagine the careful planning and attention that went into making this. To give a little insight, here is the making of: