As an experimental theater artist I’m constantly trying to expand the margins of my expressive experience. Lately, that exploration has been through film. Writing my first screenplay and applying for my first film grants have introduced me to all the ways my experience as a self-producer can translate to film. But cinematography and editing are newer art forms to me, and I’ve been on the lookout for opportunities to develop myself in these crafts.
Enter Queue Queue.
This all-female post-punk/psych band invited me to direct and edit the music video for their upcoming single Oprah. The song is incredible, and these badass women are wonderful to work with. They supported me wholeheartedly as I learned the mechanics of film right before their eyes, and trusted me to bridge the gap between my ambitious vision and fledgling technique to manifest a full visual expression of their music.
When I first listened to the song, two images popped into my head - a vintage car speeding through an epic natural vista, and a retro female diver on a precipice, working up the courage to leap. She then surprises us by externalizing her thought process in an explosive dance, right there on the edge of the void. I was thrilled to work with brilliant dancer-choreographer Alexa Capareda to bring this vision to life.
I’m super proud of the video, which gets released this Friday June 7. I learned a ton about composition, camera movement and light in the shooting process, which I shot myself on an iPhone 8+ with a gimbal stabilizer and clip-on lenses. And then I learned even more about pacing, sequencing, compositing and color in the editing process. The resulting video evokes a strong, quirky visual world that I can’t wait to share with you.