Wednesday, March 11, 2009

She's a little bit country...

...I'm a little bit rock 'n roll. Rolling that Earth globe with one hand and lowering the tripod head slowly with the other... Phew. It's take 17.

I'm not writing this on my usual computer. It feels...different.

First the looper died. Now my computer is on the fritz. It keeps making a painful noise. Making me wince. Each time. I have to get it looked at. Seriously.

The making of the video ultimately killed it. Making the video was epic in Instant Video standards. The computer cacked in mid-compression. We drove to a friend's house in Toronto to borrow a computer with Final Cut Pro that could open the project I've been working on to output a Quicktime file. The video was uploaded from his computer.

I didn't have time to write this blog. This is a project in creation. You are witnessing the birth. Blah. Blah.

Country / City started off as an elaborate idea based on creating a a green-screen dress effect with fancy lights borrowed from another shoot. It got later and later that night. Then Tammy realized that she had to sing the song another way. I started hating the shag rug I tacked up on the wall behind Tammy.

We went to bed.

We had too much time to think about it. The effect didn't work. I needed more instant in the Instant Video.

The next day, I am thinking about the Instant Video "story" as it was told last week. I'm thinking that Tammy was off to space on a blinking intergalactic transporter in Lights Blink.

If that were true... She would see the Earth from space, wouldn't she?

My eye catches the glint of the globe in the attic. The globe is so last minute. But that's somehow "country/city" to me.

The green-screen heart on the banjo is kept in the video as a reminder of the other idea. And hauntingly, the song stays.

Country / City
by Tammy Lin Foreman

You've got a style
a rhythm
That comes from within
and when I see your smile
I can't help myself but grin

Come now
I know a place
out of this rat race.

I want to go off

That's what I want to blow off
Let's go off

I've got a plan to build
a place of my own
no more landlords
calling me on the phone
paying rent is like
throwing money out
I want to live without a doubt

I want to blow it off

Say you will go off with me
Say you will go off with me
Say you will go off with me
Say you will go off with me


Blogger GeoD said...

Well - I like it - even if it wasn't your original intention...

Sorry to hear about your recent technical issues... I have Final Cut Pro (btw) - so in the future I may be able to save you a trip to Toronto. ;)

March 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger Lester Alfonso said...

I might just have to take you up on that Final Cut offer..even if it's just an excuse to get together... you available next week?

March 12, 2009 at 6:40 AM  

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