The Filming of Lisa Moen's Music Video "Tell Me"
To digress from a typical country-style music video and to show Lisa Moen’s elegant side.
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.
“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 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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.