I am especially excited about this project release. I have always been a huge fan of motorsports and riding. Also this is one of the few times I get to spend time working on just a passion project. I grew up riding dirt bikes and quads, but I've never used my skills in film yet to create something with them as the subject.
A couple weeks ago my buddy Tyler Brown hit me up saying I should come out to the track and shoot some stuff. This was my first time shooting moto stuff but I have always had an eye for how it should be done. After I got home and reviewed the footage I was pumped. We scheduled the next Saturday to hit up another track to finish the video.
After hours of searching for just the right track I settled on X Ambassadors Jungle remix. It didn't quite jump out at me perfectly but I think it works pretty well for the subject matter and how I pictured the flow. As you see from most of my work the music has to be very dynamic with pumping parts and chill breaks.
For most of these shots I used a Zeiss 18mm ZF2 and a Canon L 70-200mm. Shot on a Sony A7s at 60p.
I wanted to either be really close to the action and wide, or far and tight so I could make everything look as big as possible. I first had a clean looking color grade with vibrant skies, but then on a whim I decided to create a mad max vibe and loved it.
Hope you guys dig the video as much as I did!
This sure has been a long time coming! I started working with Luke Holland in March of 2012.
35 videos and 20 million views later here we are!
I get questions from fans about the process on a weekly basis. So in an effort to get out the most information in a streamlined manner I've decided to create this post and a video detailing the process. I plan to create some more written works that dives in further but that will have to wait a couple months down the road.
and the final video!
As you can see the process is quite time/resource intensive. We have to align the schedules of Cameron, a world class producer, Luke a touring musician, and myself a nearly always booked filmmaker. Beyond that I check schedules of additional camera operators, and sound techs so everything can run smoother. After we are done, Cameron has to mix and master the audio, then Luke and myself edit the videos.
The shooting day goes as follows:
1. Load in all the gear.
2. Decide where we set the kit up.
3. Kit goes up, cameras are built.
4. Mics are set up on the kit, lighting is roughed in.
5. Tuning the kit and getting levels on the mics.
6. Finalize lighting and camera angles.
7. Begin shooting the videos.
8. Tear down and load out.
All said and done that could be a 6-8 hour day. Also keep in mind we all do this as a passion project. There is no money to be made on copy righted material via YouTube. All this hard work and time is for the people who keep coming back to support all the work we put into this art. We are all great friends and we have a lot of fun working together. A team of super heroes is instrumental in creating great ongoing content.
Recapping some gear we use.
Cameras: Sony A7s
Lighting: Ikan LEDs
Software: Premiere Pro, Pro Tools
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Much love for all the support over the years! Check out where it all began.
Drop some links of your covers in the comments!
So a common theme in my work is that I am often so busy doing work I rarely think about making time to share what I have done.
"Jeremy, what on earth have you even been doing with your life, bro?"
Oh, well I am glad you asked, reader!
Let's pull out the ye olde YouTube and dig up some links. Let's take an adventure going back to last summer up till about now. I will start with the most recent works and go backwards.
Truth & Requiem is a gaming content creation project I have been working on. This video right here is the "hype" video for the beginning of our Twitch streams where viewers login to watch and interact with us as we play some of their favorite titles.
Another T&R video, in the series I call "Quick Looks" I try to show off games in under 10 minutes. Less of a review and more of "will I actually be into the gameplay". They are short sweet and to the point.
Tyler Blinn is a great dude who has been coming to me for drum covers for a couple years now. This is his latest cover we did for "The Feeling".
Trevor Blinn, as you can guess is Tyler's younger brother. Had the pleasure of working with him on his first vocal cover "Love Yourself".
I had the great pleasure of working with Johnnie Guilbert and Bryan Stars on a series of videos for Johnnie. This video we had a lot of fun with. I was really excited to do a more fantasy style video with props and VFX. Dan Fusselman absolutely killed it on the visual effects.
One of my favorite videos with Johnnie Guilbert. We had such an awesome little dude to play young Johnnie. Another part that made this video special is that I got to work with my wife on the story treatment.
After we wrapped Johnnie's videos we all headed to L.A. to shoot this video for Sounds Like Harmony. I had this concept written up about this couple that mainly took place on the pier. When we arrived there was just far too many people on the pier that day so I decided we would shoot under the pier. I am super happy with how the look turned out and it is another lesson in being flexible!
Ian Head has been coming to me for rad drum covers for a few years now. This dude has passion and power. Always enjoyable teaming up with Ian to create some art.
Cameron Mizell at Chango Studios is an absolute beast. I have had the honor of befriending this guy and working along side him on a number of projects. Camera tapped me to create the promo for his new Vocal Plugin.
Meinl contacted Luke and I for a Halloween release drum cover. We all decided Thriller would be a great choice. Cameron Mizell killed it on the audio and turns out he is an incredible make up artist too!
It's always fun doing collaboration projects with other artists. Tyler Carter and Luke Holland teamed up to tackle Years & Years - King. I filmed Luke in AZ, Anakt filmed Tyler in Atlanta and I edited all together.
My buddy Shan Dan and I teamed up on this IWABO music video. He directed the shoot in LA and I did the edit in AZ.
The first shoot I did with Blake Elerby. Great dude with a lot of heart!
The great guys at Camel Armor approached me to make a promo for their product. Showcasing the strength and durability through different situations. Had a lot of fun making this video with one of my oldest truest friends and on camera talent William Anders.
The second music video I have done for Villain Of The Story. I always have a great time with these guys and their music is killer.
There is always a soft spot in my heart for young hard working independent bands. I really enjoyed working with Vintage Wednesday to bring them into the visual realm. These kids are going places!
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