Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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.

Monday, November 25, 2013

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

Thursday, November 14, 2013

GRAYSON GILMOUR | MINUS TIMES INFINITY 2

November 2013

GRAYSON GILMOUR | MINUS TIMES INFINITY [FLYING NUN RECORDS]


Almost a year in the making. 5625 frame painstakingly hand colourised! The new video Grayson Gilmour 'Minus Times Infinity' has premiered as an official selection at the BBC Music Video Festival. Click here for the full write up. Argh! I have always wanted to dismember Grayson Gilmour but I had no idea it was going to be such a long process. Firstly, 1x giant animatronic dragon needed to be constructed. Creative director and cinematographer Jenna Eriksen and I had some solid ideas of what we wanted. The dragon had to be kitch and homemade but with character and personality. It needed to be big enough to devour Grayson and small enough to be driven for hours to the location. We wanted it to move in a robotic way but we were worried about it seeming too stagnant or lifeless. 

Borris (as we lovingly named him) was born out of hinges and ropes, tubing, wood, foam, bathroom sealer, fabric, wire and mesh. His eyes and brains were made from a deconstructed remote control car and were operated off camera. His neck, jaws, tounge and legs were controlled by pulleys and operated by two puppetters inside the body. During production Borris suffered terribly. He was shoved in and out of a van. His jaws briefly caught fire. He was sent down a river and finally he was cut completely in half.

I am really amazed at how far we manage to push our bodies and brains and budgets during the production phase. But with this clip I am even more amazed how far we managed to push our patience during post production. Every single frame that make up Minus Times Infinity was hand colourised after the principle edit was assembled. I have always been fascinated by frame by frame colourisation in early 20th century films. But I have always regarded the technique as too difficult and time consuming for music videos. However, after talking with Grayson and after a lot of convincing by Jenna it started to all make sense. The style and narrative suited the frame by frame colourisation perfectly. So the decision was made to hand paint every single leaf and drop of water of a four minute clip at 25 frames a second. When the video was finally reassembled frame by frame Borris suddenly looked more alive. The colorisation seemed to bring the forrest to life and the most inanimate rock burst into focus. The clip was now set in its own unique world ... and with that some kind of boyish-dragon-fantasy of mine was fulfilled. It is really wonderful to finally share Minus Times Infinity with everyone.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

GRAYSON GILMOUR | MINUS TIMES INFINITY




GRAYSON GILMOUR | MINUS TIMES INFINITY [FLYING NUN RECORDS]

"Filmed in a remote Australian forest, it sees the Wellington musician facing off against a giant animatronic dragon (lovingly named Boris). Shot on a 16mm Soviet-era camera, with each frame coloured by hand, the film exists in its' own unique world, giving the song a whole new perspective." NZMUSIC.ORG.NZ



Art Director | Jenna Eriksen
Thanks | Shayli Harrison
Thanks | Sam Mapplebeck


Copyright © 2013 Jesse Taylor Smith

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

MINUS TIMES INFINITY BLIP

SEPTEMBER 2013


BLIP | PROMO | TEASER | TRAILER

Here is a first look at Grayson Gilmour's -x∞ (Minus Times Infinity). 5625 frames were painstakingly hand colourised for the video. Production has taken almost a year. Total madness huh? My excitement to share the clip is only exceeded by my absolute terror. The full version is out very soon but in the meantime I hope you enjoy this small taste of what's to come! 


Copyright © 2013 Jesse Taylor Smith

Thursday, June 20, 2013

AUTUMN SPLENDOUR | CLAIRE




AUTUMN SPLENDOUR | CLAIRE [INDEPENDENT]

"Auckland trio Autumn Splendour have released an excellent new clip for latest single 'Claire'. Actually more like short film than a music video, Claire the horror flick finds two of the band members transported back a few decades and on their way to a birthday party where all is not well." UNDERTHERADAR.CO.NZ


Cine | Jenna Eriksen
Thanks | Shayli Harrison
Thanks | Edouard Chalaron


Copyright © 2013 Jesse Taylor Smith

Tuesday, January 1, 2013