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Filming Jessica Kelly's "Here I Am" Music Video
Day 1 filming Jessica Kelly’s music video “Here I Am”

Day 1 filming Jessica Kelly’s music video “Here I Am”

Day 2 filming Jessica Kelly’s music video “Here I Am”

GOAL

Create a contrasting music video that showcases Jessica’s realness and authenticity as an artist.

CONCEPT

“Here I Am”, written by Jessica Kelly and Dahlia Fernandes, is a song about a deep love and connection between mother and daughter.

BACKGROUND

“Here I Am” is the first music video that I filmed, directed and produced for Jessica Kelly. We incorporated contrasting elements in this video such as light vs. dark, and moving vs. stationary movements. When Jessica’s family approached us to film a music video for her debut single, we were overly ecstatic and couldn’t wait to get started! We really enjoyed working with Jessica and her family, especially after seeing how supportive her family is. It’s amazing working with like-minded individuals.

Jessica practicing her routine at Pure Energy Dance Co. with the backup dancers (Gabby, Emma & Sydney)

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Jessica

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Jessica

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Jessica

THE PROCESS

We initially had the idea of filming at three locations, but as we kept planning the concept, we decided it was best to film at two locations while using the “less is more” approach.

I’ve always wanted to film a music video that had dancers, so I pitched the idea to Jessica and her family. Jessica was very open to the idea, even though she had no dancing background! She was extremely dedicated and learned the choreography in a month. We were so impressed! We even hired the same dance teacher that I had growing up (Karrie-Ann @ Pure Energy). It was nostalgic going back to my old dance studio where I was a student, and now being a professional filmmaker, working alongside my dance instructor.

The music video was filmed at The Sweat Shoppe and The Movement YXE. The owners of both locations were very accommodating, friendly, and made sure that we were all comfortable. I scouted both places before booking them to see if the locations were going to fit what I saw in my head. Luckily, everything did!

Jessica wore 3 different outfits: dark jeans with an olive green off-the-shoulder top, light blue jeans with a cerulean blue off-the-shoulder top, and black leggings with a black t-shirt. The ‘coloured’ outfits were worn at The Sweat Shoppe. The studio has a dark and warm ambiance so I wanted to ‘lighten up’ the mood by including calm and cool colours (green & blue). The Movement YXE has a light and airy feel to the space, so I wanted Jessica and the back-up dancers to balance the space by wearing all black.

Since the song is called, “Here I Am”, we decided to give the girls a natural make-up look to give the video an authentic and real vibe.

CHALLENGES

  1. Location Scouting: We thought about filming at three locations, but I’m happy that we chose to film at two locations instead. I think if we added another location in the mix, it would have made the concept a bit confusing. Since we planned for this video in advance, we were able to secure the locations ahead of time, so that was a major win!

  2. Extras: We worked with two incredible back-up dancers from Pure Energy Dance Co. It can be challenging having a specific criteria when looking for an extended cast, but Karrie-Ann found the perfect dancers for Jessica’s video! I made sure that they were about the same age and height as Jessica. Emma and Gabby had a great attitude the entire time and ran through the routine countless times without complaint.

  3. Lighting: Typically our music video shoots are dependant on natural light. However, I was able to use my large, artificial video light at both of the locations. The Movement YXE had large, beautiful windows which worked really well for the video. We filmed the video during the day at The Movement YXE to keep the natural lighting consistent.

  4. Location Set-Up: Set-up didn’t take long at all. Mike (the owner of The Sweat Shoppe), was awesome and had the studio set-up before we got there. This saved us a lot of time when it came to setting up our own video equipment. As for The Movement YXE, we needed to move the reformers out of the space and into another room, but that didn’t take very long to do.

“Here I Am” music video still

“Here I Am” music video still

“Here I Am” music video still

“Here I Am” music video still

“Here I Am” music video still

I can’t say enough good things about this video shoot. I was over the moon with the whole process. As always, I learn something new at every video shoot. This was my first time filming dancers and it was so much fun! My dance lessons paid off since I was able to communicate with the dancers using my previously learned dance terminology/lingo. I’m proud to be able to work with aspiring artists like Jessica. We’re very excited to continue working with her in the future. Be on the lookout for 3 cover videos and another original music video this year!

You can purchase “Here I Am” by Jessica Kelly on iTunes by clicking here or clicking on the photo below.

 
Click on the photo to purchase Jessica Kelly’s song, “Here I Am” on iTunes!!

Click on the photo to purchase Jessica Kelly’s song, “Here I Am” on iTunes!!

 

CREDITS

Song written by Jessica Kelly, Trina Greene & Dahlia Fernandes
Music video filmed, directed and produced by Nolita Studios
Recorded / produced by Roy Hamilton III
Photography in blog post: Nolita Studios
Key Makeup Artist: Joanna Tran
Hair styling: Joanna Tran
Locations: The Sweat Shoppe and The Movement YXE
Choreographer: Karrie-Ann at Pure Energy Dance Co.
Dancers: Emma, Gabby & Sydney

Thanks for reading! Check out Jessica Kelly’s music video, “Here I Am” below.
-Andrea

 
 
Filming Taylor Skye Hanley's Cover Video, "Lips Are Movin'" by Meghan Trainor

GOAL

Create a fun, vivacious and kid-friendly cover music video.

CONCEPT

Taylor Skye Hanley is one of Meghan Trainor’s biggest fans! When I first heard Taylor sing Lips Are Movin’, I immediately envisioned the video having bright colours with multiple outfit changes. Meghan Trainor is known for using pastel colours, so I wanted to use primary colours in Taylor’s video instead.

BACKGROUND

Lips Are Movin’ by Meghan Trainor is Taylor’s first cover video release. Taylor’s family was very open to our ideas and we were so excited to bring our concept idea to life. She did a fantastic job at this shoot, and she certainly knows how to bring out smiles on anyone’s faces!

Hair & make-up touchups

Behind the scenes photo of Taylor

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Taylor

THE PROCESS

For this music video, we set up 3 different coloured backgrounds: red, yellow and blue. I paired the backgrounds with these coloured outfits:

Red background = blue outfit
Yellow background = red outfit
Blue background = yellow outfit

We chose to have different hairstyles for each outfit & background: high ponytail, side ponytail, and pigtails. We threw in some choreography to spice up the video as well! In case you didn’t know, Taylor is also an aspiring actress, so she had no problem with getting into the zone when we asked her to perform in front of the camera.

Taylor’s mother (Holly) did her hair and make-up for this video shoot. Holly is a super talented artist and made Taylor look like a rockstar!

Thanks so much to Holly Hanley and her family for making this video shoot possible. We’ve been working with them since October 2018, and we love seeing how supportive they are with Taylor’s endeavours. It’s always special seeing a family support each other’s dreams.

“Lips Are Movin’” cover video still

“Lips Are Movin’” cover video still

“Lips Are Movin’” cover video still

DETAILS

  1. Location Scouting: The cool thing about collaborating with artists and their families is that they also bring out their ideas for locations, which I love! Holly found a place for us to work out of - thanks so much to Jenn & Troy for letting us film at their house for a few hours!

  2. Lighting: Since we filmed this video in front of different coloured backdrops, I used artificial lighting and natural lighting. We setup the backdrops in front of large windows, and we also setup two of our smaller video lights, as well as our large video light. We call our large video light, “the sun”.

  3. Location Set-Up: Once we brought in all of our equipment, setup didn’t take long at all. It was just a matter of switching out the backdrops.

We were so excited to start editing this cover music video as soon as the shoot was over. I personally love how cute and adorable this video is! Taylor is working on more cover songs with us as well as an original song and music video. Working with Taylor and her family has been such a delight, and we are truly grateful that our paths have crossed.

After you’re done watching the video, be sure to leave a comment! Taylor would love to know your feedback. You can purchase Taylor’s version of Lips Are Movin’ on iTunes by clicking here or clicking on the photo below.

 
Click on the photo to purchase Taylor’s cover song, “Lips Are Movin’” by Meghan Trainor on iTunes!!

Click on the photo to purchase Taylor’s cover song, “Lips Are Movin’” by Meghan Trainor on iTunes!!

 

CREDITS

Original “Lips Are Movin'“ song recorded by: Meghan Trainor
Original “Lips Are Movin’” song written by: Meghan Trainor and Kevin Kadish
Cover “Lips Are Movin” song performed by: Taylor Skye Hanley
Cover music video filmed, directed and produced by Nolita Studios
Cover recorded / produced by Jesse Weiman @ Nolita Studios
Photography in blog post: Nolita Studios
Makeup Artist: Holly Hanley
Hair styling: Holly Hanley

Thanks for reading! Happy Tuesday!! Check out Taylor’s cover video, “Lips Are Movin’” below.
-Andrea

The Filming of Lisa Moen's Music Video "Tell Me"
Group photo with Lisa Moen & Garth Howell

Group photo with Lisa Moen & Garth Howell

Group photo with the entire team

Group photo with the entire team

GOAL

To digress from a typical country-style music video and to show Lisa Moen’s elegant side.

CONCEPT

The song is about a woman who’s in love and in a relationship, but the relationship is on its last leg. The singer (Lisa Moen) and guitar player (Garth Howell) perform the song in a classy lounge-type setting.

BACKGROUND

“Tell Me” is the second music video that I filmed, directed and produced for Lisa Moen; Country Girls Rock and Roll was the first music video we worked on together. I was excited to be the videographer for this music video as it had a completely different aesthetic than Country Girls Rock and Roll. She wanted the video to have a glam style theme, and she worked very hard to make it all happen! Lisa lined up the dresses, the makeup team, the extras, the location, the roses… you name it. One of the amazing things about Lisa is that she knows how to get things done.

THE PROCESS

The video shoot was inspired by Lisa’s photo shoot with Joi Photography at Solar Gardens. We wanted to replicate the concept by shooting the video at the same location, while wearing a dress that looked similar to the photos.

We filmed the video during Solar Gardens’ off-season so they were very flexible with our start and ends times. It was my first time filming at Solar Gardens, so the first thing I did was scout the area. I was able to film the entire video in one room which usually never happens!

Lisa wore two different dresses, a gold v-neck glitter dress and a black strapless heart-shaped dress. We paired the gold dress with warm lighting, and the black dress with cool lighting. I learned and implemented different lighting techniques for this video, and I’m happy with how the lighting turned out. All the men (including Garth) were required to wear suits and light make-up, and the women (except Lisa) wore cocktail dresses and left their hair down.

I always come to music video shoots with a plan. If you’ve worked with me before, you already know that I schedule out scenes “to-a-T”. As a videographer, it’s very important to come prepared because we’re only allowed to be in a location for a set amount of hours, and it’s important to be respectful of everyone’s time.

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Lisa

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Lisa

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Lisa

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Lisa

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Lisa

Behind the scenes photo of Andrea filming Lisa

CHALLENGES

  1. Location Scouting: We initially thought about filming the music video at the Bessborough, but unfortunately it didn’t work out for us. Luckily, we had a lot of time to find and secure a location that would suit the aesthetic of our mood board (ie: glam make-up/hair/dresses/suits, unique details, etc.)

  2. Extras: Working with 10+ extras can be challenging, especially since I’m only 5’-3” and my voice can only yell so loud. However, this was one of the smoothest video shoots I’ve had because the extras were AMAZING - they were very respectful, friendly and listened when I spoke.

  3. Lighting: Since we filmed the video at the end of December 2018, we could only use natural light for a short amount of time. In addition, the sun kept disappearing behind the clouds and the sun wasn’t facing towards the windows either. Luckily, we only needed to use natural light for one scene, and it didn’t take us very long to film it.

  4. Location Set-Up: Setting up locations can take a lot of time. For instance, we had to move some furniture around to make enough room for our equipment. The room that we filmed in was quite narrow, which allowed us to move a lot of the unused furniture to the back of the room.

“Tell Me” music video still

“Tell Me” music video still

“Tell Me” music video still

“Tell Me” music video still

“Tell Me” music video still

“Tell Me” music video still

Overall, “Tell Me” was an exciting video to work on. I always learn something new at every video shoot, and that’s one of the things that I love most about my job. This music video is completely Saskatchewan-made, and I’m very proud to work with artists like Lisa. It’s always a pleasure working with her and her team, and I’m excited to continue working with her on future projects.

CREDITS

Song written by Lisa Moen and Garth Howell
Music video filmed, directed and produced by Nolita Studios
Recorded / produced by Bart McKay
Photo thumbnail: Joi Photography
Makeup in photo: Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz from Green Tree Beauty
Hair in photo: Shades by Shae
Location: Solar Gardens in Saskatchewan
Dresses: Exquisite Fashions & Bridal
Key Makeup Artist: Jennilee Cardinal-Schultz Green Tree Beauty
Assistant Make-up artists: Cheyeanna Tourand, Kayli Weatherbee, Darah Bubnick
Hair: Lesley Kotyk
Tan: Bronzed by Brittani - Saskatoon
Flowers: Michelle's Flowers
Extras: John Brown, Matthew Turple, Connor Graham, Justin Ruf, Chad Ward, Chantelly Lace, Rhonda Fischer, Stacey Higgins, Amanda Fogen, Darah Bubnick, Cheyeanna Tourand and Jonathan Theriault

Thanks so much for reading! Check out Lisa Moen’s music video, “Tell Me” below.
-Andrea