Music blogger aside, I am a full time film student in Toronto, in the West-end, (cue Pet Shop Boys) specializing in sound, working freelance on small and large projects of all kinds. I have been building a portfolio of sorts containing several things – I started: building a ‘demo-reel’, compiling a sound library (collection of recordings), composing music for films, attempting foley and tackling sound design for short films as well as personal projects, to hopefully better my chances of transitioning into the workplace.
Music heavily influences how I live my life, how I go about my day and how I work. It’s comforting to know that it is there morning and night, at breakfast, when I’m out driving, everywhere. I know I’m not the only one who needs to use music in such a way – it’s a healing escape, a soundtrack and guide to life’s events. You can launch complete memories and moments from listening to a single song. I like to approach my films in the same way I would an album. I almost like to imagine what my film sounds like before the rest comes in to the mix. Working on films my view is that “a project can have the most lovely and riveting picture, but that is all thrown away if it is overshadowed by poor audio, music choices and sound mixing. You can have an awful looking video, but the sound can be incredible and I guarantee that the viewers won’t walk out of the theatre. They will stay, as sound is comforting and it is something they already know and love so dearly.” Of course some cinematographers will tell you otherwise, but hey I’m just the sound guy. It is a magical thing, a definite bonus when the two worlds (audio and visual) correlate and create something that could not be achieved on their own. Working from the inside you witness its development and you see it as it happens. It’s quite amazing actually. The process of creating a film is time consuming, thought consuming and money consuming, but of course it is the idea that holds no price and it is the final product that makes it worth every hardship.
This brings me back to music and video working together. The music video is one of the greatest outlets to get your music heard and shared online. I find them to be the most fascinating, as you only have a short period of time to show and tell and there are little to no rules. Some of the greatest filmmakers started doing music videos. I’ll name a few:
Spike Jonze started off in the medium, making music videos – notably: Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”, Ween’s “Freedom of ’76″, Daft Punk’s “Da Funk” and Björk’s “It’s Oh So Quiet”. He ended up making feature films like Being John Malkovich (1999) and his latest being the incredible Her (2013).
French filmmaker Michel Gondry has made some of the most original and creative body of work to date, doing videos for Björk’s “Hyper-Ballad”, The Chemical Brothers’ “Star Guitar” and recently Metronomy’s “Love Letters”. He’s made films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).
David Fincher’s early work with Madonna was pretty groundbreaking. He did the videos for “Express Yourself” and “Vogue” before moving on to make beautifully dark films such as Seven (1995), Fight Club (1999) and Zodiac (2007).
Anyways the point of this post was to show what I’ve been working on, and that I haven’t been completely neglecting my blog (on purpose). I’ve just been spending most of my time working on several projects as new ones seem to come up everyday. I study film production in Toronto and I made a couple of videos for school projects this year. They may not be anything near as special or ‘groundbreaking’ as the filmmakers’ early work above, but I’ve posted them with inspiration in mind. You have to start somewhere. Enjoy these two videos below and although they aren’t music videos I worked on one for a local band recently that will be finished closer to the end of Summer which I’ll post then. Thanks.