Thursday, March 31, 2016

Music Video: Fossils

Since moving to LA, there has been a direct correlation to how much I post on this blog. I’m typically so busy with filmmaking stuff, that I don’t have time to post regularly on here. And while I do miss being more engaged with the film blogging community, it’s been damn fulfilling to chase after my dreams.

“Fossils” is my latest labor of love, a music video about two friends and their missed connections for one another. All told, “Fossils” took about a year to complete. Last March, I stumbled into my favorite bar in LA and watched Seasons blow the roof off for their entire set. My subjective ears heard traces of Edward Sharpe, The National and M83. I was immediately hooked. I approached Seasons after their set, introduced myself, and bought their incredible album, Everything Changes. In the subsequent months, I caught their shows whenever I could, and eventually got up the courage to ask if I could do a music video for one of their tracks. We agreed on the song, I spent a few months coming up with the story, casting, booking locations, managing schedules, shooting, editing, and suddenly, it’s a year later. The rate of which time flies when you’re creating something is insane.

So here is “Fossils,” a video I’m very proud of. I’m so thankful to Seasons for giving me the shot, and so proud of the honest performances from Summer Slim and Lexi Moeller. Summer is my best friend in LA, and she’s going to be appearing in a lot more of my work from here on out. Lexi and I have been friends for a while, and it was a joy to finally be able to work with her.

And, of course, I want to thank the film blogging community for all the support you’ve shown my writing and filmmaking over all these years. I hope you enjoy the video!

“Fossils” on Vimeo:


“Fossils” on YouTube:




14 comments:

  1. I think I commented on this video as I'm one of your subscribers to your YouTube page. Excellent video by the way.

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    1. I saw that - thanks man! Really appreciate your support and kind words.

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  2. Visually this looks great! (I'm watching it without sound now because I'm at work, but I'll come back to it) Great job, Alex. :)

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    1. Thanks Brittani! Hope you're able to watch the full vid soon ;)

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  3. Wow Alex! That was fantastic, I could watch hours of this - you have such a talent - and these two actresses as well - to capture emotions without words. Really beautiful video, loved the cinematography and how some things just popped on screen - like that red drink in few quick frames. The beginning with the title reminded me of Enter the Void and the split screen suddenly being one reminded me of Mommy. Really great work here! And the song is lovely as well

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    1. Thanks so much Sati, I really appreciate it! Enter the Void was the main inspiration I told my titles guy to work with, so I'm glad you got that! And I STILL haven't seen Mommy, which is insane. Jesus, I really need to get on that. Thanks again for watching and commenting!

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  4. Gorgeous stuff Alex! Love, love, love it.

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    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!

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  5. Awesome song and exactly the kind of music I'd listen to. Great job on the music video. It fits the song so much. :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Katy! Seasons' album is sooooo good. If you like "Fossils" I can promise you'd dig many of the other songs on the album. Thanks so much for the kind comment!

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  6. Really great job, Alex. I sort of fell into a mini-trance while watching it, and that's a good thing. Nice!

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    1. Thanks Dan! Man, that is such a nice thing to say. So happy you were able to trance-out a bit!

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  7. That was a beautiful video. I really enjoyed it. This was a really good use of split screen as well. I especially enjoyed the scene near the end where the two women are running towards each other. You really do impress me with some of these videos you have directed so far, Alex. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

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    1. Thanks Henrik! Really nice of you to watch and comment. Man, shooting that scene... that was a tough one. The timing (had to be precise down to the half-second, which is NOT how I prefer to shoot), not having permits (that car behind Lexi was NOT staged haha), and then when they finally hug, I was lying in the middle of the street to get that shot and nearly got decapitated. It was... close. Ahh, the things we do for art!

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