Making a Music Video in Aruba

An interesting opportunity came up, one to make a music video for Stone Temple Pilots who now have Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park) doing the front-man work. Their song, “Black Heart” was in need of a video. So, I put together a small crew of talented people and voila! Here’s the link for a look at the video:

“Johnny Black Heart” music video

We filmed the entire thing in San Nicolaas, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean. At times conditions were very challenging, but all’s well that end’s well. Has a nice, gritty look to it, that I thought fit the song. Hope you like it.

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Darn Tough Vermont (video review)

I saw Darn Tough Vermont socks advertised and decided to give them I try. VERY IMPRESSIVE. Now, you’re saying, “Socks, what’s the big deal?” Well, if you’re on your feet all day, maybe for work or maybe for play, good socks make a big difference. I went with the run/bike model, finding them to be everything they are advertised to be. Strong, light, VERY comfortable. Check out the video:

Having used them in various applications, I can say they live up to their name. Please note: I think the sizes run a little small, but they fit snug to the foot, which is important. You don’t want your sock shifting around; that’s how you get blisters. These socks do the job and are guaranteed for life, which is another amazing feature. As always, you get what you pay for. Since these socks are made in the USA and awesome, they cost a few bucks more. Worth every cent!

Also, if you saw my previous post, I really did have a collision with an SUV. Generally healing okay, thank you.

Hollywood Station, video review

Hollywood Station, by Joseph Wambaugh is a wild ride through Holly-weird. This story is perfectly paced and draws you in through a series of vignettes that are alternately heart-breaking and comical. Here’s my video review:

This is the first book by Wambaugh that I’ve read. I look forward to several more in the same location and with many of the same characters. If you like you’re cop stories with heart, this is the book for you. Not all of it is pretty, but it is certainly realistic.

Zoom H4n, video review

The Zoom H4n is an excellent digital audio recorder that is absolutely packed with features. In fact, the H4n has so much within it that I recommend checking out the Zoom company website for the details. Suffice it to say, this audio recorder far exceeds my expectations. I’m using it every week to improve my video productions by recording sound on location, especially sound effects that can be added later. Here’s a video review of it, including audio recorded at the Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster County, PA, USA.

Now you saw one of the tricks of the trade, gathering sound separately and then using it with another video take for a specific reason. In a movie production, this happens all the time, allowing for dialog to be heard over top the sound of machinery or traffic or something else that would otherwise mask it. Whether you making videos like me, or a singer/songwriter, or a band looking to make a demo, the H4n will serve you well at a price all of us can afford.

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