Check out our latest behind the scenes video with the super talented hip-hop artist and all around good guy Mantra. This is our most extensive video update yet, and Mantra takes us through the process of creating some of Play It Safe's original music, the relationship between improvised music and acting, as well as the music video for his track "The Fear" which was created by the core creative team behind Play It Safe.
A few weeks back we launched the video for Mantra's latest single The Fear (check it out here if you haven't already). Mantra not only acts in Play It Safe, but has also put a lot of work into the film's soundtrack, so it was a real pleasure to be able to continue collaborating with him. A lot of Play It Safe's core creative team (including DP Sherwin Akbarzadeh and editor Raechel Harding) also came on board with this video, so it was very much a family affair which was great.
We just wrapped up shooting the video for Allday's next single "That Phone Is A Brick". As soon as I heard the track I knew we had to do a video for it. The song features a banging beat from One Above, and the lyrics had me thinking up ideas straight away. Both Allday and I were super excited by the concept, and we've been working around the clock to get it shot before he heads off on tour during April.
Late last year I directed and shot a fun little video for the one and only Allday Chubbyboy, and at long last the video is now online for you all to enjoy. It premiered last Tuesday on the Triple J Blog and has been doing pretty well so far, racking up more than 15,000 hits in less than a week.
You can check out the video below, I hope you dig it!
Massive thanks to the whole crew for helping to bring this crazy vision to life. You can check us out hard at work in some behind the scenes pics taken by Mei Ling Wong:
I believe that learning to work within limitations is an incredibly important part of being a filmmaker. On many (if not not all) projects it is simply a requirement. In addition to this, however, I believe that it can actually be a very big help to the creative process. This is something I learned early on in my film career and I still believe it today. Some of my best work has come out of the technical or logistical limitations I had to work with. So with every new project, instead of cursing the limitations and restrictions I face (even though sometimes it’s mighty tempting) I do my best to actually embrace them.
A visual accompaniment to "Going Away Song" by Melbourne band Watson/Liow (featuring award winning jazz pianist, composer and producer Nathan Liow and vocalist Nicola Watson). Starring Irene Chen (The Home Song Stories) and Megan Gigacz. Directed by Chris Pahlow for KICK KICK PUNCH.
Premiered on Your Music Today:
DIRECTOR & PRODUCER: Chris Pahlow
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Jaque Fisher
EDITOR & SOUND DESIGNER: Maia Tarrell
ART DIRECTOR: Jennifer Wong
ASSISTANT DIRECTORS: Maia Tarrell & Mitch Forrester
STARRING: Irene Chen & Megan Gigacz
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Nathan Liow
SPECIAL THANKS: Clayton Jacobson, Vicki Musso, David Recht, Craig Adams, Nathan Liow, Alan Lam, David Shiyang Liu, and Jack White.
Yesterday we shot a bunch of stuff around Sandringham, Beaumaris, and Mentone for our video for "Going Away Song" by our good friends Watson/Liow. The clip stars AFI nominated actress Irene Chen and Megan Gigacz who both did an amazing job. Yesterday was our most physically challenging day of shooting so far. Many thanks to the whole cast and crew who performed above and beyond the call of duty on a very tricky shoot. Here's a few behind the scenes stills:
"We Are The Knife", the new single from Patinka Cha Cha's "Planets" EP, out December 2nd 2010.
VIEW ALTERNATE: YouTube
ARTIST: Patinka Cha Cha
TRACK: We Are The Knife
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / ANIMATOR: Chris Pahlow
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Jennifer Wong
EDITOR: Maia Tarrell
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Jaque Fisher
CHOREOGRAPHER: Sid Mathur
HAIR: Jo Barber
ARTWORK: Elise Pahlow
Sid Mathur, Martin Sedgfield & Rieko Uesaki for The Collektive
Anna Medling for The Funk Factory Dance Studio
ARTIST: SPACECADET LULLABIES
TRACK: TALI MEETS MR RICKETTS
DIRECTED & EDITED BY: CHRIS PAHLOW & MAIA TARRELL
PRODUCER: CHRIS PAHLOW
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:JAQUE FISHER
ART DIRECTORS: JENNIFER WONG & MAIA TARRELL
POST-PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR: DAVID SHIYANG LIU
FOCUS PULLER: MARCUS ALLEMAN
CAMERA ASSISTANT / DOCUMENTARY: MICHAEL CIARLO
CAMERA ASSISTANT: GUS GEORGE
KAY LI YEOH
Here's a bunch more photos from the Spacecadet Lullabies shoot we did a couple of weeks back. These lovely shots were taken by award winning photographer Ryan Humphreys. Many thanks to Ryan for helping us out. Click here to check out more of his work.
And, just for fun, here's a few extra shots taken at a test shoot we did a week before principal photography.
Last Sunday KKP wrapped up principal photography for the new Spacecadet Lullabies video. Many thanks to the entire cast & crew for doing such an amazing job. We got some incredible footage, and I couldn't have hoped for things to go better.
Here's some behind the scenes stills from the day, captured by the one and only Chloe Gordon:
Maia & I are currently in pre-production on the debut music video for Spacecadet Lullabies. The track is "Tali Meets Mr Ricketts", from the soon to be released album, "Ghost Songs". Here's a little taste of what we've been working on so far...
Test shots taken by the one and only Jaque Fisher.
Last weekend KICK KICK PUNCH headed up to Wagga Wagga for the start of the Australian International Animation Festival. This year I was invited to come up and do a talk about combining live action & animation, and I screened a rough offline edit of the new Patinka Cha Cha clip (currently in post production). Representing the KKP was Studio Manager Jennifer Wong, Director Maia Tarrell, and myself. Steph Brotchie (D.I.Y Art, Vigilantelope) and Shirrah Comeadow also joined us for the roadtrip.
AIAF is always a big weekend on our calander and this year's festival didn't dissapoint. We saw a lot of great films and were lucky enough to hang out with some really great animators too. Many thanks to the AIAF team for having us, especially Malcolm, Andrew, and Helen.
Some of the sights along the way into Wagga...
AIAF was held at the local "Forum 6" cinema in Wagga Wagga.We arrived on Friday night via our trusty (although uncomfortable) steed, we dubbed "The Weevil".
We woke up early the next morning for breakfast at Scribbles Cafe.
Scribbles serves a great hot breakfast as well as letting you draw on the table. They're also home to the one and only "Disco Duck". Who knew? (For clarification, I actually do not love golfers. Thanks Maia...)
After breakfast we headed off to the Wagga Wagga Winery for the annual filmmakers lunch (it's a hard life on the festival circuit).
If you like cooking your own barbecued meat and you don't mind fishes with heads on then this is the place for you. The winery is on a beautiful property and the good food, weather, and lovely people made for an excellent afternoon.
Only a few hours later were the 101 sessions. Malcolm gave his talk at 4pm, and mine was at 5pm. Here's Malcolm doing some last minute preparations.
Malcolm showcased a bunch of really great new animations as well as a classic episode of Felix the Cat from 1922. Felix sure was different from what I remembered. Back in the day he fought in a war, won the war with the help of sausages (?) who traveled through radio waves, and finally had his bride stolen (which for him was a lucky escape apparently). Good times. After that it was time for my talk. Malcolm gave me a great intro and away I went. KKP Studio Manager Jen was a big help, deftly navigating the mess of slides I had neglected to properly organise.
Right after the talks was the Australian Panorama screening. It was a really great session, lots of wonderful films this year! We hit up Wagga's Mexican restaurant for a celebratory dinner. As you can see, the place has amazing decore.
After that I caught the end of the Late Night Bizarre, and caught up with Helen, Malcolm, and Andrew for one last photo.