Sometimes it feels like a song finds you. Like it was made specifically for you and it reached out when you needed it most. Hearing Andrew Shapiro’s “Mint Green” for the first time was one such rare and beautiful occasion. I came across the track by chance on Pandora and immediately stopped what I was doing and devoted my full attention to it. I was so touched by the song’s collection of layered pianos, delivering notes of love and hope and melancholy. When the track finished, I sat inspired and deeply moved.
As fate would have it, Andrew and I became friends about month after I discovered his music. He found a post I had written on this blog a while back, and wrote me a kind email about it. After sharing a few emails and phone calls, I decided to film the story I had conceived for “Mint Green.” It’s hard to explain where the story came from, it’s just simply how I envisioned the song. Andrew’s music has a very cinematic quality to it, so it was my intention to create a short film around the music, rather than a standard music video.
Music has always been an integral part of my filmmaking, but this is the first time I actually committed a single story to a single song. “Mint Green” marks a few other firsts for me as well. It was the first time I shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio (ultra widescreen), which was equally challenging and fun, first time I worked with a child actor (a born natural), and the first time I cried while actually shooting a scene myself (try to guess which one). The video stars Micah Parker and Carolyn Gilroy, who are both in my upcoming feature, Wait. Micah and Carolyn gave me everything here; my job was just to make sure the camera was in focus and capture it.
I hope you enjoy our work, and do please check out more of Andrew’s music, linked below.
Here is the embedded Vimeo file of “Mint Green.” You can also find it on YouTube here (make sure to upgrade the quality to 1080p).