Hi my name is Ryan Wheatley, I’m a Freelance Director, Editor and Camera operator from Ilkeston, I studied Film and TV at Confetti College and made contact with a few bands during my time there, namely Black Cats and Magpies who allowed me to shoot my final major project with them using their song ‘away’, I’ve always been a massive music fan and been surrounded by musically talented people all my life and so shooting music videos came naturally, I’m a massive fan of all genres of music, going to gigs, analyzing music videos and watching interviews of the artists. Now i’ve been given the chance to work as a intern with I’m Not From London doing exactly what I love.
For my first assignment Will asked me to make a playlist of some of my favourite local artists in Notts and review their music videos, all different genres and video styles.
The first video on the list is actually my FMP I directed – Black Cats and Magpies “Away” featured on their album ‘The Quarry’ that came out this year, what i tried to emulate in this music video was an Audiotree live performance setup having the band play naturally giving the viewer the idea of what they’d be like on stage at their gigs. We was lucky enough to have the help of the sound engineer students at confetti working the lighting grid and record Audio for the whole performance for us. For video work I had the best cam operators in my class help me using a four camera multi-cam setup, one camera stationary on a tripod to Capture Nathans vocals, two cameras roaming on fig rigs getting general shots of the other members playing and the last camera was on a dolly track to move with the pace of the music. It was all edited on Premiere Pro cause it was all shot in one take all i had to do was do a vision mixer trick and just switch between the video feeds and show the best footage, the band was so great to work with and true professionals i highly recommend checking out their stuff.
PHATTFOXX – JAY-T
PHATTFOXX’s video perfectly captures their energy as a group and their audience being in that moment of a performance and connecting with the people you’re playing to and they’re dancing back, with them combining four genres of music DnB, Ska, Reggae and Dubstep that blend so brilliantly together on this track, if the video had just been them performing on a stage I would still have checked out their other stuff, but this video goes the extra mile with all the editing starting off slowly with little glitch effects, then turns into these psychedelic strobes effects cutting so fast to the beat it fits seamlessly.
The video made me want to do two things
- Learn loads more after effects
- Find out when this bands next gig is
Church of the Cosmic Skull – Cold Sweat
One of the most aesthetically pleasing videos on this playlist, the fact it’s done in a 4:3 aspect ratio as well to sell the retro look of the video to match the song playing against the green screen gives them that freedom, it’s subtly story driven in its own setting up the lore of the band each member with their own intro as the song starts and right at the end when they fly off on their spaceship to “spread the light of the cosmic rainbow across this planet and beyond” hence the rainbow borders around their bodies. I’ve used green screen before and getting it so the light doesn’t reflect on clothes is so, especially when all the members are wearing white! the lines around them are so clean I wanna give the vfx team an award.
Kagoule – Gush
This was the first music video I ever saw from the alternate rock band, it’s so visually striking with the first couple of seconds setting the tone for the whole video, the green screen and effects aren’t Church of the Cosmic Skull level but in their own way they’re perfect for this band, such a simple concept of each member of the band being washed in the sink, but with the distorted guitar playing creates this kind of horror element and dread starting off all clean and blue then turning a crimson red by the end. This definitely set a theme for all their videos being very artsy and visualistic.
Babe Punch- Control
One of my favourite bands in the notts scene and i’m not just saying that cause the guitarist is my cousin Carys, the footage they got from the gigs totally show what it’s like at all of their shows, that raw energy and seeing how much they enjoy playing together shows how far they’re gonna go in the business with talent and passion like theirs, how do I know?
I was at the show in bodega with the mosh pit when they filmed there. This was an amazing idea to do this video to promote their single and get their image out there, simple but effective, great use of editing tricks to slow down nice shots, since there’s nearly no continuity needed other than the shots of Molly singing the lyrics, the video is an easy watch with the filler shots of the audience feeling the grove of the song.
Rolo Tomassi – Balancing The Dark
Perfect mix of narrative and performance style, the hardcore guitar riffs and the airy atmosphere compliment each other so well gets you invested in this character, hearing the words that relate perfectly to the story as it plays out knowing exactly what is gonna happen to this guy what he’s gonna have to sacrifice, the editing constantly keeps your eyes on the screen incase you miss something with the subliminal imagery, while i think it could be a bit more story driven the bands presence was phenomenal and always having them in control of the narrative. Cinematography wise this is one of my favourite that’s been shot and that final shot implying it continues, it made me watch all the other videos they have out.
Rob Green – Blue
I’ve met Rob a couple years ago and he’s one of the nicest artists I met during my time there so excuse the wording but “it doesn’t surprise me” that he got a brilliant music video for this song, it shows simple actions from an actor on screen can say so much just with a glance, it also helps when you have Joe Dempsie whose an amazing actor.
At first glance I thought this was great because it was all done in one take, but it’s even greater for one of the cleanest cuts I’ve seen since Bird man. The thought put into this video is exceptional, having both actors play off each other as the music plays with the steadicam following. Since the song talks about the colour blue there is a subtle change in the when there’s a tonal shift in the story when Rob and Joe have conflict the warmer colours getting sucked out the image.
I love videos that have a cinematic feel to them, using mise en scene within the house of the memories together of them being an actual couple and going through so much then when the break up happens you feel for Rob’s character predicting this fate in the song.
The Shrives – Crash Me
Out of all the shrives songs this sounds the most dream like and I thought on a first watch that this was the intended theme of the video but it’s more subtly from the bands eyelines to the camera, instead of them just performing to the room jamming together they all look directly to the camera like it’s another person in the room whose fading away, the clock at the beginning implying there’s not much time left for them and the camera journeys around looking at the band members as he says “I don’t wanna die to soon”.
The DandyLions – Lovin’ on the Streets
Notts is known for its fashion, Kagoule, Babe Punch and The Shrives all rock that look but The DandyLions bright vibrant pink luchador outfits are definitely more eye catching, matching that with the eccentric bright graffiti backdrops to match that personality and stage presence, they’re a force of energy, perfect site to shoot and represent Nottingham on sneinton market.
Like in Rob Greens video they do a continuous shot following the lead singer as the crowd singing with him runs round the other building for the chorus to sing along, but instead of hiding the transition cuts, they make it obvious which suits the video better.
I love all the videos on this playlist I put together and I can’t believe how lucky I am to be given this opportunity to start working with Will and the rest of the team. Thanks for reading and hope you check out my future work with them.