30
Jun 11

Wayback Thursday’s – Rock The Bells 2007

This week we take the Wayback Machine to August of 2007 and the Rock The Bells show that was held at Randall’s Island.  If I remember correctly this was the first corporate gig I shot.  It was for a company called Mirrorball and thier client Heineken who had a tent at the event.  The video was intended as an internal video for Mirrorball to illustrate to the Heineken folks that they did their jobs.  Mirrorball became my first regular client but for them these videos were all made as internal videos.  At the time I was also creating weekly content on TheNewPop for public consumption from my non-corporate gigs.  I thought that it would be great to create a directors cut of this event for TheNewpPop with their permission.  They were fine with it.  The Mirrorball cut just included the Rahzel performance, hence all the Heineken product shots.  Our video included the storyline of how Tone and I documented that day.  Today all my corporate videos are targeted at the consumer.  A testament to how brands have embraced the web over time.  But I digress…

To date the 2007 Rock The Bells show is the largest and wildest show I ever attended with or without a camera. Two groups that I grew up loving, The Wu-Tang Clan and Rage Against The Machine were reuniting and another of my favorites Public Enemy was also performing.  Needles to say the crowd was huge!  It rained the previous day and it was muddy and really hot.  The makeup of the crowd consisted of mostly Rage fans who were pretty out of control.  The wildest and scariest moment I’ve ever had shooting came during the Rage performance of “Bullet In Your Head,” I was literally in the middle of thousands of frat boys and jocks violently moshing.  This isn’t that hipster moshing shit where skinny kids crowd surf and bump shoulders, these were big corn fed white boys throwing fists with the intent to kill.  And there I was this one black guy with a camcorder trying to capture it all.  It was like wearing a big “kick me!” sign on my back.  You can see a brief self shot of me screaming in the video looking like I was having fun.  Trust me I was terrified!

The real storyline of the day was Tone’s mission to get onstage without a backstage pass.  At the time we were both very competitive in the emerging photo video blogging sphere and we took offense to any other documentarian who was trying to lay claim to our scene.  While I still had the video realm pretty much to myself Tone had a few folks starting to vie for his artistic and commercial throne as a photographer.  He was out for blood and he got it!  Tone talked his way backstage and in my opinion took some of the best images that he has taken to date.  In the end this video is one of the more memorable days we remember during the early days of TheNewPop.  Especially since we were both getting paid to do it.  Imagine that, WE were getting paid to see Wu-Tang, P.E. and Rage.  How could you ask for anything more?

Enjoy
TrVZ

Wayback Trivia: This video runs almost 12 minutes long and is more representative (albeit on the extreme side) of the earlier editing style that was TheNewPop before the corporate clients taught me the value of brevity in storytelling.

Movies from the Wayback Machine are particularly buggy.  You may need to refresh a few times to see movie window.


 


29
Jun 11

Tracey Emin’s “Love Is What You Want” Exhibit

Wallpaper mag recently sat down with British artist Tracey Emin as she prepared for her first London retrospective at the Hayward gallery.   Tracey who is best known for her confrontational and often sexual work dedicated one room in the exhibit to just Sex.  Her reasons…

“People think that I make lot’s of work about sex, but I don’t I make lot’s of work about lot’s of things, I make lot’s of work about love, but I thought I would just give the people what they wanted.”

“Love Is What You Want” will be on exhibit through August 29th at the Hayward gallery.


 


28
Jun 11

I.D.W.P. – A Shining Example of The Avant-Garde at work in New Media

This past Friday on The Videographers Guide I spoke about branded video and how it is possible to be avant-garde in a commercial environment.  The following video by Benjamin Robinson produced for Edwin Jeans is an amazing example of how the web provides a platform for corporations to build its brand in an artistic and avant-garde medium.  As they describe it…

“A collection inspired by individuals living their lives in Edwin. Personal life experiences etched into the grain of the fabric… Motorcycle references pepper the collection…  A sense of freedom, and of sharing with others the same need for flight and independence. Customisation of ones own motorcycle parallels breaking in ones own denims, unique in spirit.”

I was moved by both the visuals, and the “Mortocycle Song” by Arlo Guthrie.  What an amazing example of creating a mood and having the courage to let it build and play out over six minutes.  This is something that could not and would not be attempted in old media.  New Media has created its own rules and its own artists, this video embodies the avant-garde approach of today’s videographer.

Enjoy
TrVZ

Courtesy of Hypebeast


 


27
Jun 11

Leica Portraits – wowe

Our latest video for the Leica portrait series features German born New York based photographer Wolfgang Wesener aka wowe, Wesener covered the NY Punk and nightlife scene during the 80′s and has photographed some interesting and eclectic personalities over the years.  Coming from the New York nightlife scene myself and transitioning to the commercial world I was fascinated to hear how wowe dealt with many of the same challenges I struggle with today.  Wolfgang also shared some amazing celebrity encounters with us including a memorable photo shoot with the late great James Brown.  Log onto the Leica blog for the in depth interview and photos.

Enjoy
TrVZ


25
Jun 11

Tiny Feature Saturday’s – Everything is a Remix Part 3

This is the 3rd part of a fascinating series Produced by Kirby Ferguson and Robert Grigsby Wilson titled Everything Is A Remix.  In this episode they explore the act of creation.  As stated in this video…

“The act of creation is surrounded by a fog of myths. Myths that creativity comes via inspiration. That original creations break the mold, that they’re the products of geniuses, and appear as quickly as electricity can heat a filament. But creativity isn’t magic: it happens by applying ordinary tools of thought to existing materials.”

Using the examples of the evolution of the personal computer as it’s prime example, the filmmakers give us a pretty compelling argument for why everything is a remix.  This is a must see and I can’t wait to see the 4th and final installment.

Enjoy
TrVZ


24
Jun 11

The Videographers Guide To Not Falling On Your New Media Face – The Avant-garde?

I have spent allot of time discussing the commercial side of New Media.  Giving advice and anecdotes about how to make it by crossing your t’s and dotting your i’s.  But what about the art?  In the end isn’t it all about branding through art?  New Media videographers are the latest vanguards of the filmmaking genre, arguably becoming the quintessential avant-garde artists of our generation.  Producing work that is both non-conformist and socially edgy.  

Some may argue that to be truly avant-garde one must totally disregard anything commercial.  I argue that this is not always the case. Was Henri_de_Toulouse-Lautrec any less avant-garde because his illustrations of French Bohemian lifestyle were advertisements for venues like the Moulin Rouge?  Was Helmut Newton any less of an avant-garde artist because he worked for French Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar?  I am aware that in most cases (present company included), other than the genre there isn’t anything particularly avant-garde about New Media content.  However every now and then I will find commercial work that pushes the boundaries and should be considered avant-garde. Here are a few examples…

Marcelo Burlon: “Marcelo Does Milan” – This video originally published on The New York Times website profiles the editor in Chief at Rodeo Magazine Marcelo Burlon. I love the way Marcelo and his circle of friends and artists embrace and own their inner Zoolander.

Cass Bird: “Sophomore” – This film made for the Sophomore brand is a fascinating look at local NY kids hanging out in Coney Island. There is a unpretentious unapologetic confidence that jumps off the screen and draws you in by giving us a refreshing look at NYC on one summer day.

Ruth Hogben: “Gareth Pugh S/S 2011″ –  This Fashion film Starring Kristen McMenamy directed by Fashion Film pioneer Ruth Hogben’s captivated hundreds of editors, buyers and other industry insiders at Paris Fashion Week, where it was projected at giant scale in the Palais Omnisports in Bercy.

Merlin Bronques: “London Fields” – The photographer behind the Hipster blogging site Lastnightsparty has been directing videos for quite some time now.  His eye for capturing the cool and the sexy in a non sequitur format is the embodiment of the New Media avant-garde artist.

Hopefully you found this post as inspiring and informative as I did.

Next Week: How do I get “it!”

Trevor “Trevz” Bayack is a Brooklyn-born filmmaker who approaches his web pieces as mini documentaries. Recognized as a member of the 2008 URB magazine Next 100 for pioneering the “video blog” Trevz continually makes his pieces shorter, sharper and ever more shareable” Follow thenewpop twitter feed for more.


23
Jun 11

Wayback Thursday’s – PS-1 “Love Is In The Air”

This week we take the Wayback machine to January of 2007 and a video that was shot during the summer of 2006 at PS-1.  This video holds a special place in the New Pop storyline because it is the first time my former partner Tone and I shot an assignment together.  I was doing a video profile of the band Kudu who were headlining that day and I invited Tone who I met a few weeks earlier on myspace to join me.  We were both just discovering our love for photo and video and everything we covered seemed new and exciting.  The energy we documented that day at PS-1 was arguably the most joyous we both encountered for many years to come. Back then it was all about capturing people having a good time and documenting people dancing.  Capturing the energy of movement defined both our styles for years to come.

Another thing that made this video special was the last shot you see on this video.  Every great party has that moment when the energy builds so much momentum that it explodes into one climactic moment. It can take hours, but when it happens you and everyone around you knows it and it becomes one shared orgasmic experience. Well I was fortunate enough to have anticipated that moment and to be in the right place at the right time to document it.  As the sun was setting over PS-1 I panned down keeping my hand steady (since I had no tripod) when right at the chorus the entire court with hands raised high yelled in unison with the track of the same name “Love Is In The Air!”  Tone and I just looked at each other amazed at the power of that moment. To date it is the arguably the most magical single moment I captured on camera.

If this post seems more sentimental than usual it is because as some of you know Tone and I had our relationship take a turn for the worse a few years back and haven’t seen each other since.  Two days ago I accepted an invitation from Tone to attend an amazing event that he created called Live at The Loft. It will be the first time in over two years that we will see each other.  This reunion will also be attended by our third former partner Texas who is a producer on the show.  I can’t remember the last time the three of us were all together.  We have traveled different paths in the past few years but despite our differences our ups and downs our successes and failures we will always share a bond that can’t be broken by time or circumstance. When you boil it down the story of The New Pop was if nothing else a love story between three friends, their cameras, and the city.  What we have learned from each other over those formative years feeds much of what we do today, for that I am eternally grateful.

TrVZ

Wayback Triva: This shoot was also our first encounter with Margot Silvera who was promoting a dance rally protesting the cabaret laws that were killing nightlife at the time.  The following week Tone and I did our second video together at this rally in front of Mayor Bloomberg’s residence titled “Dance If You Dare!”  Today Margot is an entertainment attorney who represents TheNewPop among others.

Movies from the Wayback Machine are particularly buggy.  You may need to refresh a few times to see movie window.


22
Jun 11

Aaron Nagel Studio Interview

This video courtesy of the folks at The Warholian profiles figurative artist Aaron Nagel who is currently exhibiting at The Shooting Gallery San Francisco thru July 2nd.

Enjoy
TrVZ

 


21
Jun 11

Final Cut Pro X is Here!!!!

 

Finally!  A few months ago I posted an entry about the upcoming Final Cut Pro X from the Supermeet Las Vegas Nab 2011. Her is an excerpt…

“Final Cut X is a video editors wet dream.  With FCP X Apple went back to the drawing board and pretty much made sense of the editing process.  Revamping the way it handles image quality, color correction, organization, and editing on the timeline.  No more worrying about knocking clips out of place, automatic audio sync, auto color matching, rendering in the background, a new magnetic timeline that groups and matches clips, an incredible new interface and a bunch of other revolutionary features.  This is a game changer.”

Well it is Here, my god it is here and as I mentioned before it is only $299.  I will be downloading this ASAP you should too.  FCPX link

TrVZ


21
Jun 11

Indie Game: The Movie Official Trailer

This is the latest and official trailer from the film Indie Game: The Movie Directed by James Swirsky and Lisanne Pajot this film is a fascinating look into the mind of the indie game creators.  They are truly the Harvey Pekar’s and Robert Crumbs of our generation.  I can’t wait to see the film.

For more info about the film log onto the Indie Game website.

TrVZ