Originally Posted by Bucho
Niiiice. At first they sounded very Australian to me (not accent-wise, just the particular brand of rock-wise) but this is a Phoenix band, right? Bummer about the darkness but I do like a bunch of your shots.
0:00 High over the drummer's shoulder is nice grunty shot which goes perfectly with the way the song opens, then the way it cuts to the kick drum with the band's name pumping out. Then the shot from behind the drummer showing the front man doing his thing but not showing his face yet. The combination does a great job of kicking things off by beginning to ramp up some tension with a little bit of mystery while complimenting the dynamics of the song.
0:31 One of the things I dislike about modern music videos is when they fuck around with cropping like this, but if you are going to do it it should always be the way you did it - by focusing in on a woman's eyes.
1:03 Like the angles in this shot a lot, with the singer strongly foregrounded and the drummer low enough in the frame relative to the singer that he gives the shot visual punch without de-emphasizing the singer.
2:58 Similar to the 1:03 shot, the main man is foregrounded but this time it's badness going down in the background.
3:56 Another good angle on the drummer. You really know how to shoot a rock drummer to bring out the punch in the beats.
Which are your faves?
Thanks for all that, dude! They are indeed from Phoenix; I've known the front man (Chan) for about ten years now.
My favorite shots are pretty much the same you listed. I like the tight profile shot of Chan singing, framing Casey (lead guitar) playing in the background, the shot of the drummer Eddie being pulled behind his kit by vampires, and I'm especially happy with the shot of the vampires ripping into him while Chan sings in the foreground. It turned out to be a beautiful shot in full resolution, and Eddie hamming it up in the background was hysterical. We had a video village set up off-stage, so all the extras and crew could watch each take as it was filmed, and that shot got a round of applause as soon as we called cut.
Most of the best shots involve Eddie because that's how he played every show, sans make-up. He's incredibly animated and always having a good time. It was easy to get high energy and great shots out of him playing. Same goes for everyone else, too. They were really excited to shoot a video, and loved having everyone running around in fangs and blood.
As for the second video, I used to hear Dave Grohl four or five times a week (before I cut the hair, shaved the "beard", and dropped some weight). I've heard Adam Goldberg too, and even Jason Lee from a few people (I think it's the nose). Never heard Gaz, though -- interesting!
Feel free to spread The Dead Eyes around Australia, if their sound seems like a good fit for folks over there. Both albums are available for listening on their site, and they're fantastic. They're still trying to find their break, and I don't think it's occurred to them to try overseas.
Thanks again for everything, dude!