Since instagram let's us post multiples now I decided to go through old work... mega post warning.... This is the first real music video I shot with a crew.. "Reminisce" for @ianchristianevans aka Napolian (2014).
This shoot was wild. The video is a loose portrait of a newly released inmate feeling unfamiliar around his neighborhood. It was extremely low budget... we spent all the money the label gave us on the Steadicam and camera rentals so everything else was DIY.
About a week prior I went around asking shops if we could shoot there, I was lucky enough to have access since my father is a landlord and rented to them. Fast forward to the day of, I had everything lined up. A barbershop, liquor store, street exteriors etc. and the lead talent Esco mentioned that he couldn't go to that part of town due to his prior involvement with certain things we don't need to get into. (Esco had actually gotten out of jail recently and wasn't just playing the part). Anyway we scrambled last minute and he was able to hook us up with locations he was familiar with. We begin shooting and everything's going great, until we get to the liquor store.. a cop approaches us.. so I get ready with my "student project" shpeal, but he has no issue with us shooting the video.. he says he's more concerned with our safety because we are shooting a video with known gang affiliates on a "hot block" aka multiple homicides had occurred in that spot. So we rush a few shots and head to the barbershop.
After an hour or so Esco comes up to me and says something along the lines of.. "we gotta go, enemies know where here." I didn't really know how to respond besides rounding the crew up and heading to my uncles house where we finished the shoot.
Luckily nothing went down. It was incredibly surreal to be shooting a video about the very thing that was actually occurring. It wasnt meant to be a documentary.