Recently I got to shoot a really fun addition to a really fun music video that I had already shot.
To celebrate the release of Liah Alonso’s Box of Light music video, producer Erik Bryan Slavin decided to direct a VR music video to accompany it: a perfect fit for a song who’s theme is about being addicted to technology.
Check out the VR video here. A fun tidbit about this video, is that in order to complete my task of policing the safe approach distance to the camera, there was nowhere to hide, so I had to be IN the movie. So look for me riding a fuzzy bike and wearing a fun outfit. The umbrellas in the back basket of the bike are because it was intermittently drizzling and I had to protect the camera rig. The 24 camera 360Orb rig by 360RIZE, was provided by Joe Che of VRVR, also seen in the video wearing a fabulous green coat.
You can see the flat music video here for Box of Light. This was a fun “labor of love” collaboration among my burning man friends, directed by Stefan Pildes (aka Stefan Spins) and shot over 5 days, including at a Kostume Kult party at Webster Hall. It contains stop motion body painting by Athena Zhe, where Liah turns into a cyborg, (which took 10 hours to shoot 4 seconds of footage.) I also have a cameo in this video as one of Liah’s friends in a chat bubble. The VR headset that Liah wears in the movie belongs to me, and I kept it decorated that way for fun after Art Director Maxwell Buchan made it wacky. We shot on at least 4 different kinds of cameras for different purposes, plus the fun little Osmo gimbal camera, though we didn’t end up using any of that footage for various reasons. The video release party was a fun event at The Cutting Room that was an actual wedding where Liah married her iPhone, and I won the prize for best costume. I love my friends. It was so much fun creating something so whimsical with them.