Woodsrider Films

Oblivion by Grimes

I’m checking out Paste’s top 25 music videos of 2012, and it’s pretty interesting – I haven’t watched MTV or music videos in at least a decade, but from a filmic perspective it’s fascinating to see what’s being made these days. At least for this group, what a tremendous amount of talent, creativity and energy on display. I’m really digging this video from Grimes, a band I’ve never heard of before. Apparently I like electro pop. This video reminds me of Friday Night Lights meets Drive, meets some of the vibe I’m going for with The Woodsriders, especially in terms of the contrasts between the long shots, almost surreal, of the sports activities, and the intimacy and fun of the inside/closer shots with Grimes’ lead singer and the people she hangs with. From Paste: ‘In this beautifully shot clip, director Emily Kai Block places Grimes’ Claire Boucher and her dancy electro-pop within the seemingly opposite world of violent, masculine sports and physicality. But “Oblivion” is a video not only of presenting dualities, such as masculine and feminine, but of subverting preconceived notions regarding such opposites. Split between the spontaneous on-location shots of football games and motocross races, and the highly staged interiors of a locker room and a slam-dance house party, Grimes is placed at the center of it all. Rather than settle as a spectator, Boucher instead performs to the arena itself. Grimes’ music has often been described as feminine, and perhaps in many ways it is, but “Oblivion” displays a welcoming, inclusive nature where such definitions prove to hold little meaning.’


The new video off Y La Bamba’s most recent record, Court The Storm. These guys are one of my favorite new bands. I’m a little obsessed. But you can see why!

Almost Officially Official

Last week we went for big Day 2 of shooting.  Now I need to get production insurance, and a permit from the U.S. National Forest Service, since Mt. Hood Meadows (and the other resorts) are on US Forest land.  It was another beautiful fall day, though the forecast called for the first snow of the season later on that weekend.  We shot in the clear fall weather.  Then on the weekend we went up, hoping to shoot with the car mount.  We did get to shoot with the car mount, though it was raining, then snowing, as we did so.  And then the car battery died.  After getting a jump from a friendly local cop heading up into Rhododendron, we continued driving with the car mount into increasingly snowy mountains, blanketed in fresh snow. But we couldn’t stop to shoot for fear of getting stranded with a dead battery! So some interesting car-mounted video is all we have from the first snow. But we did make it back to town, got a new battery, and will live to shoot another day.

Ben and his assistant prepping to shoot in the parking lot

The halfpipe, a serene beast waiting to devour

Securing the car mount. It held fast like a good friend through the snow.

Very excited to report that Monday was our first day of shooting on my new film, tentatively called The Woodsriders.  On a beautiful crisp and clear September afternoon, we headed up to Mt. Hood Meadows for Day 1.  The tech staff we ran into (listening to Jimi Hendrix, the Band and the Dead while working on the chair lift) were super nice to us, and informed us of the black bears that were gallavanting about the mountain.  We wanted to see the bears, but from a safe enough distance.  For better or for worse, we did not see any bears. In about 3 hours tromping around the base of the mountain, we did see wildflowers, hawks, beaucoup trees, and got our shows all muddy.  Can’t wait to shoot some more. Here is Ben shooting at the base of the mountain, from the peak of Mt. Hood all the way to a stream emerging underfoot.

Amidst a field of yellow wildflowers on the mountain

And here’s my favorite shot of the day.  Although the film will not be shot in Hipstamatic video, I might have to figure out a way to incorporate a vintage feeling to all the imagery.

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