A Day At The Downtown Fiction Music Video Shoot
I had the lucky oppportunity to be casted as an extra for The Downtown Fiction’s new music video for “Thanks For Nothing”. Here on MusicSkinsGirls, I’ll spill some deets on how the day went!
Our meet up time was at 10am. I got to the area around 9:30, and let me tell you, the surrounding neighborhood of the location felt super sketchy. I was hoping for some sign that indicated where the video was going to be shot, but nothing. That is, until I saw some road cases being loaded in. Who would have ever thought to find such reassurance in road cases? Haha!
As I waited a little longer, I saw that Taylor from Photo Finish Records was walking by. Even she asked where the building was, so I pointed it out to her. And when we walked closer to the door, MusicSkins very own Jesse Cook (otherwise known as Uncle Jesse) steps out! How cool is that?
So I walk in, and video was actually being shot in a bar. The main set was the back lounge of this bar that had a stage. While we waited for all the other extras to come in, we waited in the actual bar area and watched as TDF did two takes of the entire song.
Now that everyone has arrive, it was time to shoot the “concert scene” of the video. We did three takes of the entire song, first one being that the “crowd” (no more 20 people) completely lacked energy. So the next two takes were full of energy. Basically your normal concert pit behavior. After the last take, we were told to go on break.
At this time, the band members were getting their close up done. here’s where I managed to snap a couple of pictures.
Here we have Eric and Wes taking a break on top of the road cases. At that time, David was getting his close up. Cameron was on stage as well.
This is Eric’s close up shot!
So, my cell phone shots aren’t all that great, as you can tell. Those lights that take up majority of the shot? Yeah, they were pretty intense. When we were coming up for the crowd shot, you would pretty much just start to sweat. Now, imagine the guys having to be up there. In between takes, David and the make up artist were blow drying the sweat out of his hair, and Wes was blow drying the sweat off his shirt. Pretty funny sites, if you ask me.
The indoor scene for the day was done, and it was time to shoot an outdoor scene, which was right outside the actual location. This is where we were forced to embraced the heat wave taking place in New York City. Did you guys here about the video shoot for “I Just Wanna Run,” where the temperature on set reached over 100 degrees? I have to say, TDF and their crew have a knack for filming music videos on sweltering hot days.
After the outdoor scene, we went back inside to cool off for a bit while the crew gathered their gear to head on over to the next location. Since I participated in the outdoor scene, I wasn’t chosen to move on to the next location, which was at a cafe, I believe.
And that sums up my day at the video shoot! Kind of lame that it sort of had to be cut short, but it was awesome nonetheless!
During break time, we were able to grab the guys aside for a minute and snap this shot! And whats that there, in our hands? MusicSkins? Autographed Musicskins? Keep an eye out for those here on MusicSkinsGirls…
On a side note, there may be some special, and I mean SPECIAL news coming from the TDF boys. Some of you were waiting on this already, and I know it will be a pleasant surprise. Maybe you probably picked up a hint from this post. As for now, my lips are sealed. ;) -S
p.s. - You HAVE to watch this video when its release, there aren’t many spoilers here, because, well, why would I want to ruin an epic music video for ya?
The very fact that Wes was IN the music video tells me something. Something awesome :)