Having directed and filmed videos in the past, I know that the communication between myself and the performers and camera ops is very important. I have a vision in my head and I want to get as close to that vision as possible. Usually with the right communication everything turns out fine - but not being able be in the same room as the performer AND not being able to control the camera shot has proven difficult for the music video I had planned for the track My, my.
The initial idea was to have Krystal Lowe (professional dancer & choreographer) dance her way around a storage warehouse whilst the lights flicker. However, we are unable to visit the warehouse and it would be unsafe and unfair to expect Krystal (and crew) to create the video as it isn't 'essential'.
After a re think on my end, I decided to approach Krystal about filming herself around the house. The purpose of the video then being around the mundane activities we do day to day which are emphasised now during the lockdown - how can we make the mundane a bit more FUNdane. Creating hilarious puns is a good example of this.
Before the phone call I prepared some questions - Krystal and I are friends already, so there was no need to be overly formal with my approach. I wanted to know A) would she be ok with her house being used, B) What phone camera she had and C) is this possible.
Luckily she was up for it and her phone camera is of high quality. Then we discussed shots, But I found it hard to describe over the phone. I explained how I like symmetry a la Wes Anderson, she then went away and took some photos of possible angles. I told her which ones worked well and which ones wouldn't be suitable.
She then sent some test footage of her dancing in the space, asking if the shots were good and the dancing was suitable. At this point I suggested that she used more 'traditional ballet' moves - which made sense to her! I have zero knowledge of dance in all senses - I knew I wanted it to be ballet around the house, and Krystal definitely delivered this.
The process was a challenge and a lot harder than if lockdown want happening, but the experience of adapting my skills and communications was worth while to develop a good video.