I took part, along with I believe a total of 13 other filmmakers, in a recent Music Video Challenge. The challenge: pair a local director with a local band to make a music video. The South Texas Underground Film group put the challenge together and it was kicked off at Revolution on August 24, 2011. Directors drew from a hat. I drew band number “1″ – Killamora. On September 29, 2011, a total of 8 videos had their premiere. It was an amazing night of films that showcased so much wonderful talent on so many different levels, each unique and wonderful in it’s own right.
Coincidentally, I’d actually photographed Killamora on assignment at Theo’s Billiards and spoken with lead singer afterwards about putting together a video. Nothing ever came about. Cue the Music Video Challenge. Strangely enough, the first of four nights and one day of filming was at Theo’s Billiards. But I decided I wasn’t going to utilize the footage and so collectively we decided to go a different route.
I met with the lead singer Tony and we went over a game plan. He gave me his interpretation of the song, which I’m not going to try and recapitulate here but one thing stuck with me. It was that “Groundbreaker” represented every-day person #keepthatinthebackofyourheadfornow….
Filming didn’t happen for a few weeks and when it did, we found ourselves at TFC Studios, problem was only 4/5 band members were there, this time missing Izzy. While I continued to sit on the footage… we needed to schedule another shoot to include Izzy. We now found ourselves in the guitarist David’s house… again with 4/5 band members, this time missing Will – the bassist. We took some footage, and 99% of it didn’t get utilized.
So far, we’ve shot three times, and 2/3 times I’d decided not to use footage. I thought to myself, “This isn’t going too well.” I decided to push for another shoot with the band, hopefully this time the entire lot of them on Wednesday, the day before the video was due. That shoot was cancelled. Again I thought to myself, “This really isn’t going too well.” But I found myself thinking how to fill the “void” of just having band performance footage in the video? I turned back to that first meeting with Tony and his interpretation of “Groundbreaker” #bringittothefrontofyourmindnow and decided to have a person being chased by “someone” and that “someone” ends up being the person that’s being chased, follow me? This is the part where you come up with your own meaning #insight. One more note, the chase scene couldn’t've been done without “Slayer” and his wife. She drove us around town while I sat in the bed of the truck filming. Slayer played the dubious looking double to Tony.
Izzy, Fidel, Tony, David, and Will of Killamora Rock on so many different levels. Get at them when you see them putting a show on and be ready because they rock it LONG and HARD – the only way to rock! KILLAMORA!
Anyway, here’s the video, which was voted #1 by a combination of audience award and jury panel. I think I won best editing too, although I’m not entirely sure. However I am sure I won $10 to Urban Fare Cafe #score
Again, here’s the video: