Ever since I was a kid I’ve envisioned shooting videos the old way…the “practical” way where the moves and gimmicks, the set changes and the moving walls happen in camera, in real time, and real space, as opposed to the numerous luxuries we have nowadays in post production. In short, the opportunity to live out that vision from when I was a kid is precisely why I was jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with my pals in the triple-platinum band The Presidents of The United States of America (Lump, Kitty, Peaches, Dune Buggy) on a music video for…check this out: Pokemon. It was a complete blast. Loved every minute of it.
And, it’s all practical, baby–and phew is that hard. Learned a ton through the process…not just about the cute little Pokemon characters, but about the amazing challenges working almost entirely in camera. And the choreography? Whoa. That’s HARD too, but it’s a wonderful challenge and something I think every filmmaker should play with at some point.
For the record, we shot it all at 4k on the RED, and had a lean crew of about 20 to pull this off. Huge props to the cast and crew–especially Loren and the art department who stepped up big to make this happen.
So enjoy the latest chase jarvis RAW above. We did our best to share all the moving parts, from concept to wrap. Lemme know how we did. And of course, the final video is below.
Catching up on your posts here so I know I’m late on this comment. Regardless, just wanted to say I enjoyed this a lot and thought the idea and execution were spot on.
One of your best!
Great work Chase – I know how hard it is to choreograph all that behind the camera movement! Here’s my attempt at a one shot music video from a few years ago – I pushed and pushed for the entire video to be one shot, but none of us could come up with a solution for what to do with the bridge. Still, plenty fun trying to work out all the sneaking around behind camera to make it happen – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMc4CC-C6Fg
Great stuff Chase…great stuff!
sweet vid and great bts. Love the creativity of doing everything in the camera. Its hard work but worth it.
The Presidents were actually the first large band I ever got a photo shoot with way back when I was the spry old age of 16.