Wednesday, January 21, 2015

POND | MAN, IT FEELS LIKE SPACE AGAIN 2

January 2015

POND | MAN, IT FEELS LIKE SPACE AGAIN [MODULAR RECORDINGS]

Oh brother, here we go again. Another completely over-the-top music video for Pond. After we made the space tragedy for ‘Midnight Mass’ the guys were keen to work on another film clip together. This time for an even longer and more expansive song, the gigantic title track of their new LP Man, It Feels Like Space Again. Nick and Jay liked the idea of making another video disguised as found footage and a kids television show seemed to fit nicely with Ben Montero's playful cover art. Making a puppet clip is something I have always wanted to take a stab at (literally). But I've been reluctant to commit to a project because I thought the kids tv music video format was pretty well explored (especially after I saw that amazing Adult Swim! video for Mastodon - Deathbound). But after talking to the guys I went away and listened to the song about seven hundred times and the concept seemed to naturally descend into a sort of satanic sesame street. Over the next few months co-creator Jenna Eriksen and I spent a lot of time making puppets and costumes while inadvertently sniffing glue. Come to think of it, that might explain some of the nightmares that inspired the second half of the video. I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

POND | MAN, IT FEELS LIKE SPACE AGAIN



POND | MAN, IT FEELS LIKE SPACE AGAIN [MODULAR RECORDS]

Cine | Jenna Eriksen
Design | Sophia Celeste
Illustration | Ben Montero


Copyright © 2015 Jesse Taylor Smith

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

GRAYSON GILMOUR | SILENCE & YOUTH



GRAYSON GILMOUR | SILENCE & YOUTH [FLYING NUN RECORDS]

"Silence & Youth has finally gotten the Kubrik-esque video treatment that it's deserved, and while it might cliché to have a tripped out space themed video to spaced out triply pop music, the animation and art direction from Jesse Taylor Smith and Jenna Eriksen respectively really makes this vid stand out from the crowd." HHHAPPY.COM


Art Direction | Jenna Eriksen
Thanks | NZonAIR


Copyright © 2014 Jesse Taylor Smith

Thursday, November 27, 2014

POND | MIDNIGHT MASS 2

December 2013

POND | MIDNIGHT MASS [MODULAR RECORDINGS]

We interrupt your regular programming to bring you 
Midnight Mass (At the Market Street Payphone). My latest video is for Perth band Pond. Clocking in at 6 and a half minutes it by far the longest music clip I have ever made. From the very start we set out to make a video that framed all of Hobo Rocket (the bands fifth studio album)When I started developing the concept I figured I should try translate some of the themes weaved throughout the recordIt was clear Nick Allbrook (Pond front man) didn't want a traditional promo clip and I surely didn't want to make him one.

During production we instructed the cast to come in character to a space launch, not a video shoot. While performers whimpered and howled in between shots the crew wrestled the 1985 VHS video camera into position. We originally considered shooting Midnight Mass on 16mm film but I must admit I'm glad we decided against it. Being able to capture the footage directly onto a laptop meant I was less stressed and more able to fully focus on directing the actors. Also, it goes without saying the VHS footage is beautiful (in an ugly kind of way). 

During post production the video came together very quickly. The clips hopeful introduction and rapid transformation to dread closely followed the emotional and tonal shift of the song. There was some concern during the edit that people might be turned off by the rapid emotional shift. After testing it with friends and family we decided to stay true to the original concept. The video is as funny and sad, powerful and provocative ... but most of all its just kinda silly. I had a blast making Midnight Mass and I hope you enjoy watching it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

POND | MIDNIGHT MASS



POND | MIDNIGHT MASS [MODULAR RECORDINGS]

"Following a melodramatic reconstruction of a news broadcast from the 1980s, the Midnight Mass video keeps things as authentic as possible with the decision to shoot the original footage on a 1985 VHS tube video camera" TONEDEAF.COM.AU



Co. Director | Jenna Eriksen
Producer | Sam Mapplebeck
Thanks | Nick Allbrook


Copyright © 2013 Jesse Taylor Smith

Friday, October 31, 2014