Spent a week working on shooting three videos with several Limerick bands.
The first shoot was with Hermitage Green in the lobby of the new Irish Music Dance building in the University of Limerick. It was great to get all the guys I worked with in the Gibson Friary session together again. Everybody knew instinctively what to do and the whole thing went off with ease.
The second shoot was with Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters. We got the audience to shoot the band when they performed their track ‘Fight The Grey’ at their gig upstairs in Dolans. I was quite surprised at the amount of people who filmed. It was great working with the Fox Jaw lads as they are very creative people. During the song they took it upon themselves to film the audience which I thought was a touch of brilliance.
The third shoot was with The Hip-Neck Blues Collective in Dolans Warehouse. Like with Hermitage Green it was very easy working with the band as they were used our workflow. All the band have a real good fun energy and are great to be around. When we were not laughing we got the job done. Dolans was a perfect location and I would certainly like to do something there again.
All in all it was a great week working with some talent people. I look forward to working with them again. Now to lock myself off from the world to start the long editing process.
Came across this series of videos on vimeo by a guy called Kirby Ferguson which explores the idea that every creative process is a remix and that the techniques used at any level of creation are the same: copy, transform, and combine.
Part one looks into not only the use of sampling in music such as Hip Hop but also how rock bands like Led Zeppelin copied original work and presented them as their own.
Part two is an exploration of the remix techniques involved in producing films. It breaks down the origins of scenes in films such as Star Wars and Kill Bill.
Part three Explores how innovations truly happen. It talks about the idea that we are all standing on the shoulders of giants when we create, it just does not happen by magic.
Part 4 talks about the failure of our present legal system which doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. In reality these ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, interwoven, and tangled. When these laws conflict with the reality of the creative process, the whole system fails.
Went down to Bourkes Bar with the three of the Hip Necks, Dave O Brien and Conor James Keaneto do a live one take of the song Broken Man. Its been a while since I’ve done something as simple and really found the process refreshing. I really enjoy the moulding of an idea on the spot rather than coming up with a preconceived plan. After a while of hanging out with the lads while they played I got more of a sense of how the video should look. I can only liken it to a musician who brings their instrument to a jam. After a while of playing they understand where their place really is. Dave as always was great in his role of recording the audio while Conor did a top job with using the natural lighting mixed with candle light. I left the shoot happy and really enjoyed my jam with all the lads. The results of it should be up during the week.
The Hip-Necks ended having the track we shot in the Friary played on Today FM last night. Great to see them getting some national airplay. They will have their E.P finished this month. Hopefully we can sort out another video with them around that time