I'm super excited about this music video. It's the first that I've done that has no performance section; it's all story. Daniel and I spent weeks planning this one out down to every last detail, but if there's anything I've learned from doing this, things rarely go as planned. We sent out multiple calls for an vehicle in the vein of an older Bronco, but nothing was coming through. We even stopped a random guy in a Wal-Mart parking lot who was getting into a Bronco (surprisingly enough, he was down to let us use his vehicle for the video). Fortunately, Daniel's old friend Jeff Robins pulled through at the last minute and let us use his Bronco that looks exactly how we envisioned. A few days before the shoot, Daniel went and met up with some of his good friends over at Sturdy Brothers who graciously lent us a few of their products to use in the music video. Thanks Ben and Spencer!
We met up with our actor, Steven Quinn, around 1:00pm. Steven is an actor/model based in Atlanta, GA and has worked with Daniel multiple times in the past, so it was super easy to work with him. We started out with a quick photoshoot with his character's girlfriend, played by Kelly Redlinger, at Daniel's photography studio. Pressed for time, we went to Staples to get them printed to be used as props for the video and then immediately set out towards our location to begin filming. If you've ever been in South Georgia during the warmer months, you know how bad the humidity and bugs are; if not, keep it that way. We were all drenched in sweat for most of the day, but of course we couldn't let that get in the way of filming, so we pressed on.
Our crew was pretty barebones for this shoot, consisting of just myself and Daniel. I handled most of the actual filming while Daniel directed a large portion of it. It was go-go-go all day, with us taking only one short break for everyone to eat a quick meal (big shoutout to Nella and Rebekah for the food hookup). Knowing we'd have to race the sun for light, Daniel and I made a general timeline for the video so that we would be able to move through scenes pretty quickly. This ended up working out how we hoped, and we were able to get everything we wanted before sunset. With night finally approaching, things slowed down a bit and we were able to take a longer break to roast some hotdogs and marshmallows over the fire. Ben from Sturdy Brothers stopped by for a bit to enjoy some food and drinks with us, and we all just relaxed and goofed off together. After filling our bellies and saying our farewells to Ben, we got back to work filming the scenes of Steven reminiscing by the fire. This is where I truly realized how lucky we were to be working with Steven; he perfectly nailed the mood and look we were going for in this scene, producing real tears and emotions that we all felt on set. Steven is an incredible actor, and we were so happy with his performance throughout the day.
We finally wrapped filming for the day sometime around midnight, and set out on a little walk to a nearby lake to relax. It's always refreshing when you're able to sort of drop the mask and and small talk and just connect with people on a very real level. We all ended up talking about some really meaningful things & made some really cool connections together. Finally around 3:00am, we all crawled into the tent used in the video and tried to get some sleep - or at least I did. Daniel has a tendency to get really goofy when he's tired, so of course he and Steven stayed up for a few more hours talking and laughing while I roasted in the South Georgia heat. Around 8:00am, we woke up and went straight to work on wrapping the video. We were all running off of about 3 hours of sleep and were more than ready to wrap up the day, so we moved through the final scenes pretty quickly. After a hard day-and-night's work, we all went to eat a well-deserved meal at Arby's (who doesn't love their curly fries?), said our goodbyes, and went our separate ways.
Despite the heat and bugs, it was an experience I'll never forget. Reflecting back on that shoot now, I realize that I experienced a few firsts. As mentioned, it was my first time shooting a video with all story and no performance. It was also my first time working with an actor of Steven's caliber. And last but not least, it was my first time camping. Spoiler alert: I hate camping and never want to do it again no matter what Daniel tells me.
Big thanks to Brandon, Daniel, Steven, Jeff, Sturdy Brothers, Nella, and Rebekah for all of their hard work on this video!
Director: Robbie Grantham & Daniel Shippey
Director of Photography: Robbie Grantham
Additional Camera: Daniel Shippey
Editing: Robbie Grantham
Story: Daniel Shippey & Robbie Grantham
Actor: Steven Quinn
Special Thanks: Jeff Robins, Sturdy Brothers, Nella Elliot, Rebekah Gutierrez