New Zealand, 2010. 3:07 min.
Team: Angus McBryde and Andrew Jacombs.
OK! Crazy Fiction Lady is a local Dunedin band, formed on the back of many super jams with Angus McBryde, Mark Murray and Brendan McBryde in late 2009. They crunch scintillating riffs, prance around to happy anthems, and blend the finest musical styles that they slap together as a musical tornado roughly approximating New Wave.
The music video takes the eponymous track off their debut studio EP “Mystery Dinosaur Railroad” and converts their over-the-top musical dalliances into a bright, happy, whimsical visual aesthetic.
The video is based around a string of music videos and internet videos which use clever film techniques and careful planning to produce a compelling video which is captured in one shot.The location for the video was the ‘dinosaur park’, formally known as marlow park, adjacent to st kilda beach. Intimately known to all children of dunedin, the use of the whale evokes strong nostalgic pangs.
Vocal lip-syncing shared between multiple people, none of which will be OK!CFLs vocalist. This makes the video more interesting to watch; by having a constantly shifting focal point.
The overall concept is for the video to be a compelling, punchy thrill ride, which we feel we have achieved.
The video was shot with a canon hf30 mounted onto a DIY ‘Steadicam’. The light weight of the camera, and the steadicam rig allowed the continuous motion to be filmed reasonably smoothly.
The shoot take place over the course of an afternoon. Approximately three hours was spent rehearsing each part of the video, and then a further hour was spent doing ‘takes’. Five takes were filmed, with the fourth eventually being used.
One limiting factor was the number of small children at the park that day. As we did not have ethical approval to film anybody under the age of 18 – and as toddlers most certainly are under 18; anytime a child ran into the frame to embrace the whale, we had to stop filming. This happened with infuriating frequency.
Once the footage was ingested into final cut pro; editing was a relatively easy process, requiring only that the speed changes be made and the footage synced up to the studio recorder audio. It was decided that the footage was slightly too shakey, and so was digitally stabilised in Apple’s Motion. Finally, the footage was round-tripped to Apples Color, where it was graded to give an over-saturated, slightly cross-processed look.
In conclusion; watch our video, bitches!