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Friday, February 04, 2011

Little Hawk by The Windy Hills

Our friend Andrew Kidman and his band The Windy Hills just released a wonderful new record. THE WINDY HILLS- get it HERE
I asked Andrew if I could make a music video for their new single Little Hawk, to which he replied, "F@*# Yeah!" So without further adieu here it is.


Here are some images and stories from da making of the Little Hawk video-

Quite randomly I downloaded two apps for my iPhone, the 8 Mil, and the ReelDirector apps.
I was really skeptical about being able to edit on my phone, but started playing around with making little shorts at lunch time.
The short random videos I was making on my phone were working, and it was becoming really fun-addictive rather.

Andrew had forwarded me an advance copy of the new record, as we are working on another video for the single Three Wishes.
I listened over and over to the record and I really gelled with the Little Hawk song, so I gave myself the challenge of making a music video for it with the phone.

Over the last two weeks I have been shooting every chance I get to step away from work, and it has been freeing to not have to lug around a grip load of camera equipment which enables me to focus on the creative parts.
Below are some images and stories from creating the project, and of course the final video. Thanks so much to my dog Merle and bird Lilo for their acting chops, my brother who was the arms of Merle, except in the car scene, that was Sean whom later suffered a terrible allergic reaction from all da dog hair, Nick who is Merle's surfing stunt double, Art for helping us with the tarp surfing, Jill for the great bar scene, Liz, Devin, and all my friends for letting me be the creative weirdo I am.

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Merle working on Excel spreadsheets. He kinda looked at home behind the computer.

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My brother Phil getting into costume, he was Merle's arms in da vid and a huge help!

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I have this old latex werewolf mask that I love, but it is beyond repair and the latex is all deteriorating. We used the mask for the office scene, then when I could not figure out how to get the footage of Merle surfing- I decided we would need a Merle mask. So I started reshaping the mean mask with old wetsuit neoprene and the old standby hot glue gun into a lovable Merle mask.

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Gluing and sewing down the fur.

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The finished Merle mask! The head is too high, so it can be worn by a human, but other than that looks like Merle to me.

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Manzano driving as Merle. Manzano came by the shop and I asked him out of nowhere to put on a dog mask and drive my car around the block. Thanks Manzano!

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Building one of the sets for da vid in my li'l office. This kinda was my favorite part of the video making these li'l worlds out of li'l potted plants.

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Another set for Lilo.

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Our buddy Nick who played Merle's surfing stunt double. Thanks Nick! It took us two days of tarp surfing, before we really figured it out. We shot in GG park, and got quite a lot of stares from random people out on their jogs.

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Nick- I mean Merle shredding da gnar!

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Filming Merle's hangover scene! I was using a smoke machine which Merle hated.

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Thanks so much to MIke, Jill and the crew at Flanahan's Pub, whom let me again come out of nowhere asking to film my dog pretend to be drinking at the bar. Big thanks to Greko and Prairie, who plays Merle drinking buddies

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A screen shot of the ReelDirector on da phone with clips. You need tiny fingers.

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The magic magazine- with a big hole cut out and a portable DVD player electrical taped to it.
Posted by Aqua Surf Shop on 02/04 at 04:49 PM
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