Have you ever had an idea floating around in your head for years? An idea that just sits there and sits there, not knowing if it will ever see the light of day? I had one that I decided to take action on. A simple yet elegant music video of a young girl with wavy blonde hair and white dress, frolicking through the woods to the song "Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Ray.
This was the initial concept - but as you know with the creative process, this is not what I ended up with.
We had our fair share of production delays, a few run ins with the police, location changes, etc. All of which is expected when you have any sort of production. Every time I produce a shoot, regardless of the final outcome of the project, I learn so much.
This production, in particular, had three location moves in one day, each an hour or so away from each other. Not to mention that was only a two-day shoot, to begin with so putting three company moves in one day would make any seasoned producer shit themselves. Rightfully so.
When you work on low-budget productions you have to break a lot of rules. Some of which included shooting without permits for each location. Two of those locations resulted in the police being called. We were able to talk our way out of the first officer writing us a ticket. He sympathized with a "student film" and decided to cut us a break. He was a swell guy. The second one, however, didn't feel the same way. He also didn't have a clue what he was doing, something I'll visit later.
I've been on many productions that have taken place in New York City, which some consider the media capital of the world. The laws in the city clearly state that you can shoot on the streets as long you don't set up a tripod, light stands, or block off traffic. None which we were doing. Now, granted we weren't shooting the city, we were shooting in a state park, so the legality behind it could very well be different. This particular officer stopped near us and asked for the proper documentation, which we didn't have nor did we need. When I explained to him that we weren't doing anything wrong, he left to go speak to another officer. I mean, what kind of cop leaves us to go ask someone else if we were supposed to be there? Come on, guy. As soon as that happened I knew he didn't know what he was doing.
He proceeded to kick us out. Props.
To make a long story short - when you shoot something guerilla style, you have be prepared to deal with the consequences, and of lot that has to do with dealing with individuals who don't want you to shoot where you want to shoot. Low budget film-making is an art itself. You cut corners wherever possible to save money where you can. It's stressful, there's a lot of work involved, and no matter how much you try and prepare, something will go wrong.
But it's why we do it.
All in all this was worthwhile experience. I set out to shoot a music video, and that's exactly what I did. Regardless of the outcome, I learned a lot, and I grew from this.
Hopefully the video will be as successful as I anticipate it being. But at the end of the day. I had a goal of making a music video, and that's exactly what I did.
Stay tuned for the release of the final video.
Until Next Time.