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The Concept

 

 

Red Label records artists Men In Speedos are releasing a new album in the coming months, called 'At A Kalamazoo Near You'.  The album is a mixture of styles and sounds, with 13 tracks interspersed with audio from a couple of weekend trips to Amsterdam

 

 

When you listen to the album you'll hear from the talky bits in between the actual songs that the album is supposed to be listened through from one end to the other without a break.  Since the album is a continuous flow, with the start and end of tracks blending with the clips of people speaking, the Speedomen wanted to have a video that did the same thing. 

 

 

So the concept album video is the result .. where 13 different directors have selected a track each, and will shoot a music video each.  We'll shoot all the videos first, then animate the sections in between, and that way if there are any particularly strong images or characters, then they can be included in the animations.

 

 

Characters can be introduced throughout a video, but any that are included must pop up somewhere in other people's videos, e.g a taxi driver that appeared for 10 seconds in Chris's video, should have a walkthrough part in David's video ... Or a space alien from Brendan's video should be sitting eating a bacon buttie in Helen's video .. And so on.  Hopefully you get the idea ... It's so that even if the videos are as different as chalk and cheese in terms of the way they are shot, or lit, or whatever, that there is still some very vague & tenuous link throughout the whole album video.

 

Click here if you fancy sampling the album's tunage.


Scroll down for the latest news on the shoots.




 

 

 

The Directors

 

 

Their Ideas

 


Other Details

 

ANNA MC CAUGHTRY

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BRENDAN MULLIN

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CHRIS BAUGH

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Script

CHRIS CAMPBELL

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CHRIS MARTIN

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Storyboard :: Shoot Info

CIARAN HANLEY

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More :: Storyboard

DAVID COOKE

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DEREK JONES & SHANE MC COURT

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GAWAIN MORRISON

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HELEN SLOAN

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KEVIN MC DONALD

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MICHAEL CORRISH

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STEPHEN MC GEOUGH

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Treatment

 

 

 

TRACK #

 

TRACK NAME

 

DURATION

 

WHO

 





1


WELCOME


1.04


ANIMATION


2


TAKE ME WITH YOU


2.15


ANNA MC CAUGHTRY


3


DUTCHY


0.57


ANIMATION


4


SLICE OF ASS


1.57


CHRIS MARTIN


5


WALKING


0.10


ANIMATION


6


SPACED OUT


5.03


BRENDAN MULLIN


7


CABARET


1.00


ANIMATION


8


THE BETA LOUNGE


5.55


CIARAN HANLEY


9


FOOTIE & STRONGBOW


1.18


ANIMATION


10


SPIDER LEGS


4.06


HELEN SLOAN

11


STREET SOUND


1.44


ANIMATION


12


CHAIN OF EVENTS


4.18


MICHAEL CORRISH


13


FUCK TO THE POWER OF 3


1.27


ANIMATION


14


WEDDING POWDER


4.44


STEPHEN MC GEOUGH


15


I’LL JUST PUT THAT OUT


0.40


ANIMATION


16


LADIES & GENTLEMEN


2.27


DEREK JONES & SHANE MC COURT


17


SUGAR OVERLOAD


7.27


GAWAIN MORRISON


18


SPLIFF ATHLETIC


0.26


ANIMATION


19


A MOMENT ON YOUR OWN


2.05


CHRIS BAUGH


20


TV FLICK


0.55


ANIMATION


21


A CHANGE IS DEFINITELY NEEDED


3.47


CHRIS CAMPBELL

22


GLASWEGIAN MOZERELLA


0.13


ANIMATION


23


BLADDER JAZZ


3.54


DAVID COOKE


24


RELIEF


0.38


ANIMATION


25


FARTING CHIPMUNK


5.04


KEVIN MC DONALD


26


ENJOY THE FLIGHT?


0.15


ANIMATION



And we’re off and running.  After a long summer of rain and work, where we had hoped to have shot a few of the videos already, we have finally begun the large task of creating ‘At A Kalamazoo Near You’ the Album Video.

 

Ciaran Hanley The Beta Lounge

 

29th August 07

 

Ciaran’s concept is a bored lad in the back of the car looks out the window on a long journey, puts his headphones on and sees a wakeboarder and a free-runner cruising down the road behind the car, and he fantasises them doing tricks and waving at him.

 

We needed a trampoline, a trampolinist & a wakeboarder, all to be shot in front of a green screen.  We also needed a young lad to do shots in the back of a car, both on the open road and in front of another green screen.  And all on near-to-zero budget.

 

Francie Craven of the Newry Sports Centre came to the rescue and provided their facilities and trampoline.  Simon Black a member of the trampoline club stepped up to the challenge alongside Peter O’Hara a wakeboarder from Ballymoney.  And Shea Harper came with his mum to play the young lad in the back of the car.  And Conor Rotheram came on board to shoot it.

 

The Friday night before we shot Ciaran [the director] & Conor [our DoP] came round to Gawain’s house [the producer] to have dinner & discuss how we would get all the shots we needed, and how to work out the green screen shots.  Anna McCaughtry dug out a load of plastic toys to mock-up a wakeboarder attached to the back of a car going past fields and walls.  This is also where rhino-cam was created using a plastic toy rhinoceros attached to a square cut out from a pack of weetabix with a piece of string  the aim of this was to get a handle on where the wakeboarder would be in relation to the camera, i.e. the kids POV.  Without this reference then we would just be shooting footage in the hope of getting something that might match.  With 4 heads, a lot of scratching, and Anna’s models we worked out what we needed for the weekend’s shoot.

 

Conor had a hard time with lighting the green screen because unfortunately as we were setting up the lights one of the bulbs popped and the nearest place for a replacement was 40 miles away.  But he did a mighty job and all was good.  And Dylan did a great job of cable bashing, board clapping, and tower wrangling.

 

Both Simon the trampolinist & Peter the wakeboarder gave 110% in everything they did for us and it will be more than apparent when it comes to seeing the final cut.

 

On the Sunday young Shea Harper was very good & hugely patient with us, since he had to do take after take of waving out both sides of the car windows whilst being filmed.  Big thanks to him and his mum Amanda, as well as Simon, Peter, Francie, Uncle Eoin, all the staff at Newry Sport Centre.

 

We’ll keep you posted as to the progress of the edit.

 



1 Wakeboarder & Car Mockup




Photos courtesy of Anna McCaughtry.


As you can see from this video clip we didn't have the weather on our side for some parts of the Sunday shoot, but good old Mother Nature came to our rescue and brought the sun out.

 


CHILD

FREE RUNNER/TRAMPOLINIST

WAKEBOARDER

MOTHER

FATHER


DIRECTOR

DOP

WARDROBE/RUNNER/TINY SET MODELLER

GRIP

DRIVER

PRODUCER


GREEN SCREEN LOCATIONS

SPECIAL THANKS TO

SHEA HARPER

SIMON BLACK

PETER O'HARA

AMANDA HARPER

SHANE MC COURT


CIARAN HANLEY

CONOR ROTHERAM

ANNA MC CAUGHTRY

DYLAN MC CAUGHTRY

SHANE MC COURT

GAWAIN MORRISON


EOIN SMYTH'S GARAGE, NEWRY SPORTS CENTRE

EOIN SMYTH & FRANCIE CRAVEN


Anna McCaughtry Take Me With You


Anna’s concept is a man notices a cable and starts to follow it as it takes him from random place to random place until he ends up finding what it’s attached to.  To help to link the other videos Anna is shooting parts of her video through the sets of the other videos.


Steve Moore is the star of this video and gave us some funny moments as he followed the cable across a green screen set, and across a trampline whilst Simon the trampolinist was bouncing up and down on the other end.  Steve will be wearing a Men In Speedos t-shirt throughout his shoots.


As each shoot comes and goes we’ll add to this section.



1 Prepping The Men In Speedos T-Shirt



STAR OF THE SHOW


DIRECTOR

CAMERAWORK

PRODUCER

STEVE MOORE


ANNA MC CAUGHTRY

CONOR ROTHERAM

GAWAIN MORRISON


Chris Baugh - A Moment On Your Own


Johnny Lightwing & his sister the Queen of The Alien Universe are trying to outwit each other.  Johnny makes it to the safety of his spaceship and launches it.  Unfortunately a birdman happens to pass into the spaceships launch path and is speared out of the sky.  He lands in Johnny's back graden only to explode.


Dylan & Jessie Jones were the stars of our shoot and were superb from start to finish of the day, never complaining once and making it fun for all of us.  And Anna McCaughtry made some fantastic costumes and sets for the story to be told as Chirs wanted it.


Thanks to everyone who helped out on this.



alien-queen-taking-a-break


Photos courtesy of Anna McCaughtry.



Video is approx 14Mb.




JOHNNY LIGHTWING

QUEEN OF THE ALIEN UNIVERSE

MOTHER

BIRDMAN

STUNT BIRDMAN


DIRECTOR

DOP

PRODUCTION DESIGN / SETS / WARDROBE

EDITOR

PRODUCER

DYLAN JONES

JESSIE JONES

ANNA MC CAUGHTRY

GAWAIN MORRISON

DEEK


CHRIS BAUGH

GRACE SWEENEY

ANNA MC CAUGHTRY

DEREK JONES

GAWAIN MORRISON