Overboard – Music Video for Les Vinyl

In the spring of 2012, a Director of Photography friend, Eythan Maidoff suggested to me to take advantage of his recently purchased Red EPIC.  Immediately I imagined a high wonderfully irresponsible video involving samurai swords and possibly a music video, but what band would I ask and more importantly where was I going to find samurai swords.  A quick posting on Facebook asking if any my friends had a samurai sword, quickly came with results from my long time friend and neighbor James Sorrenti. Little did I know that he would have a plethora of awesome sharp objects.  So, sharp objects were found, now to find some great music and a great fun band to be in this project.  I contacted long time friend Casey Jost, who I worked at Maries Gourmet together when we were struggling for work, but eventually started working together on the hit show “Impractical Jokers” on TruTV.  Casey has had a wonderful indie band named Les Vinyl who have opened for Ingrid Michaelson and played all over New York.  They’re energy was just so much fun and have been friends with Jenny and Pat for a while now. So we set forth in assembling a wonderful crew starting with a great producer and AD.  Keith Lambe saved my ass in the project as producer and Gena Mimoso , and my AD has been my logistical rock for years already. We rounded out the rest with these amazing people:

Associate Producer/Assistant Camera
Mike McWeeney

Director of Photography
Eythan Maidoff

2nd Assistant Camera
Miguel Gonzalez

Art Director
Gretchen Kittel

Hair/Makeup Design
Kristin Nawrocki

Assistant Hair/Makeup
Elizabeth Taillie

Production Assistant
Noel T. Jones

“Director”
Jay Miller

Weapons Master
Kevin Devlin

Extras
Sam Rodriguez
Christina Carannante
Joan Moore
Gary Moore
Thomas Thomas
Leigh Janicki
Joe Imburgio
Joe Pecora
Chris Vertaramo
LeighAnn Sciara

Casey use to swim at Hillside Swim club in Staten Island and so graciously allowed us to film in their parking lot.  Anyways, using the EPIC i always wanted those great 180fps slo mo shots of destruction. And with this video, we were able to acomplish it.  Everyone worked so hard on this piece and it was a great pleasure for everyone bring a rather silly idea to fruition.

Boy Genius “Old New England” Music Video

This video is being premeired on Magnet Magazine

http://www.magnetmagazine.com/2010/01/12/film-at-11-boy-genius/

Marisa Cerio of Boy Genius and I collaborated on a experimental music and art show by the Verrazano bridge a few years ago.  The first year I created an abstract narrative to play behind her band.  The next year, I curated an experimental film exhibiton bringing 8 filmmakers local and around NYC to screen.
Besides our affinity to off-color humor, creatively I loved working with her, Jason, Lisa, and Jeff on this music video.  I can’t stress how hard working, responsible and punctual people are appreciated.  In bringing the resources together in directing this video, it was a no-brainer to call on the services of director of photography Hugh Mackey.  It was the first video I shot on HD, and wanted to make sure that the DP had a good sense of what New England locales look like.  Hugh, originally from Ticonderoga, lent some great insight in bringing Boy Genius’ vision to fruition.

Vessels in the Village

Les Vinyl on Ludlow

Belt – Sorry Moe

BlackSheep – Novakane Groove

In 2007, I worked as the Director of Photography on a music video for world renown rapper Dres from Blacksheep.  On a low budget, and the resilient work ethic of the people involved, we were able to put this music video together.

Anabel Phone Commercial

Director Jonathan Whittaker approached me in the summer of 2008 to produce this little commercial for Anabel Phones.  You like.