So here goes nothin’. Boy band of my early youth Hanson has just released a new single. Why is it interesting? Well, aside from being kind of catchy, it’s an homage to one of my favorite pulp movie scenes of all time. On top of that, for my camera buffs out there, the creative director and DP of the shoot, Paul Lawson, did the whole thing on a Canon 7D with some vintage Nikon glass. Here’s a quote from Paul, courtesy of Phillip Bloom. Bonus points if you can figure out who is playing the tambourine in the video. It took me a couple times.
I recently got turned onto DSLR cameras (Canon 7D & 5D Mark II) after a long run with 35mm adapters. I used these fantastic image making devices to DP my new music video for the band. The video concept was really a dream made reality, in which we recreated an Iconic scene from the classic 1980’s film “The Blues Brothers.” a scene in which Ray Charles performs the song “Shake Your Tail Feather” with Dan Akroid and John Belluci.
I chose the Canon 7D, primarily because this was before the 5D firmware finally came out and I got sick of hearing the rumors so I just went with the 7D to shoot the video. (a week later the firmware actually was released this time). I used an array of old 80’s Nikon AI Prime Lenses to shoot the entire video, to really try an emulate the look and feel of the vintage film.
For comparison, here’s the original scene from the Blues Brothers.