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My spooky music video shoot

November 4, 2015
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Happy Halloween everyone!!! I know it’s late…. But only by 4 days!  My plan was to release this video on October 31st to make for an extra spooky halloween for all of my awesome fans, but unfortunately, my computer problems had the best of me and I wasn’t able to export my video in time. So, here I am 4 days later, and I’m going to tell you alllll about how we made this video come to life!

 

I recorded a cover of Aerials by System of a Down in the studio several years ago after winning a radio contest, and have always wanted to film an epic spooky video for it. Originally I had planned to film something in the amazons during my Brazil tour 2015, but I fell sick for quite some time and couldn’t gather my strength to film during my tour.

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When I returned back home, I thought it could be epic and perfect if I filmed & released this video sometime near Halloween. Thankfully a lovely opportunity came knockin and I knew I had the right idea! An old friend of mine and owner of Mystery Man Photography has been wanting to work with me for quite some time. We bumped into each other randomly and in perfect timing. I knew immediately that he would be an excellent cinematographer for the style of video that I was after; dark, spooky, gothic, abstract.

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I really wanted to try something new and different for this video so I was prepared to go all out with costume, makeup & location. During my time at a friends house near Owen Sound, I stumbled upon a gigantic and creepy property — exactly what I was looking for! The owner was the sweetest man and so kindly offered his place free of charge, for us to film for a day.

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After locking the location, I had to search for costume & makeup ideas. I came across some beautiful dresses at Zhenn Nymph designs on etsy, and thought these would fit in well with the spooky theme I was after. Adding in some scary ass long nails, gold tattoos and funky jewelry, I was all set for the day.

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Since this video was a 0$ budget, I did my own hair and makeup which took me about 10 minutes. We drove 2 hours to get to the location and arrived mid afternoon to start filming.

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It. Was. COLD! Sooooo cold. I had goosebumps most of the day. Eman and I split up for the first hour to shoot our own b-roll footage and then met up afterwards to film the me parts. We did get a bit of windy sunshine which added a nice touch, but also changed the continuity on us a little. But, that’s no biggie. Also, it was Suuuuper handy to have two cameras on set. For a lot of the shots with myself, Eman filmed handheld, and then we set up my camera on a wide angle and locked off the shot. This gave us extra coverage for the day and a whole bunch more shots to choose from.

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All in all, SUCCESS!! Despite the cold weather and early sun set, everything turned out even better than expected. I’m very proud of this video. I think it turned out beautifully, and Eman and I made a great team and video considering the non-existent budget!  🙂 Music videos don’t have to be expensive… With a ton of hard work and a creative mind, annnnything is possible!

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We edited my video together, and Eman edited his own Directors Cut too, which you can watch here. I’d like to extend my biggest thanks to Mystery Man Photography for making this vision come to life!! Was such a pleasure working with you!

For everyone reading this, please let me know your thoughts on this one!! I know it’s VERY different than my traditional style. What are some of the things that you liked or didn’t like?  All feedback welcome!!

 

 

Thanks for reading & stay kind!

xoxo

-Jess

 

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