T TToo many times I've seen directors film the same video but with different artists. A copy and paste type of music video. I see no love or ambition with their style. I never wanted to be complacent with my work. This is my story on my most ambitious music video...yet.
I wanted to challenge myself. I was only going to accomplish this with an artist I was comfortable and familiar with. The hip hop artist, Top Notch trusts me with my vision so when I came up with this idea, we was all for it. His song "iRap" practically says he lives and breathes rapping and hip hop. So I said let's film everywhere with you rapping the song. He liked the idea. After the first day of shooting, I told him let's do 50 takes of you rapping this song. The craziest idea I've ever had. I knew I was gonna hate this song by the end of shooting and editing it.
Over the course of 3 days of shooting all over Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, we had 50 takes of him rapping the song. Which would mean 4 seconds of each scene. All this traveling around town for 4 seconds of each place. We filmed at restaurants, in the middle of streets, stores, all over CMU campus and more. Day and night shots. We hustled. We were tired with the long days of filming. In the end, we were both proud of the accomplishment and dedication we put behind this video. This was something you don't see often or at all.
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE! "iRap" - Top Notch (Music Video)
Where do I start? Hey there everyone! Yeah it's been over a year since my last blog post. I've been busy and my life became hectic. Trying to keep up with my life is a challenge in itself. I still have big plans for my blogs. I have topics written out from my experiences with video and photo shoots, to tips and tricks and more. I want to open up like never before.
I haven't made my blogs a priority and I want to start doing that every Monday from here on out! Just another thing on my endless to-do list but I will always feel incomplete if I don't do it. You all can keep my accountable for it. I will deliver on it.
As a creator, no matter what type of artist you are, it's important to document your work and maybe even teach your mistakes and knowledge to someone else. Pass on something. Starting to realize that and I've been giving back to people someway when it comes to my work. I will discuss more on that in next week's post.
I'm much more active on social media, especially Twitter and Instagram @giobartlett. This is for the real fans and supporters of my work, you'll learn more like never before with the blog posts. I will go in detail as much as I can. Thank you for your support this far and continued support in the future.
Only 4 months into 2017 and it has been treating me right and being super busy is an understatement. Hence why I haven't posted this year! Being busy is such a good problem. People get that confused always wanting breaks and vacation. If you find something you love, you wouldn't want to be doing anything else. I'm fortunate that I found my passion and do it everyday!
I want to be more frequent at posting on here. I'm not going to be having a schedule but I will post more. A lot of new videos and projects are coming soon and summer will be amazing for you if you're a fan of my work.
There will be a lot of music videos with NEW artists and a lot more photo shoots. I have many short films and documentaries planned and hoping to shoot in the next coming months! I even have some surprises that might come up as well.
As of right now this was just an update post to let you know I'm well and alive creating so much for the world. I cannot wait to have you see what I have in store. Gonna be my biggest year yet. Next post will be a regular blog post like usual. Thanks for your continued support and patience, it means the world to me!
Thank you 2016. Thank you for letting me prosper more than I could imagine. From creating new friends to receiving many new clients because of my work. Thank you for progress.
I started 2016 with grind and hustle in my mind. That was the mentality I wanted to bring in the year with. The first 7 months were plentiful with Abstract Generation. I created some of my favorite work at the time. There were many videos made and memories shared. I learned a lot with video and editing skills. I gained confidence with my work.
Thank you 2016 for pushing me when I was starting to plateau. Thank you for sending me new faces to work with and to grow with. The last 5 months were a rollercoaster. Some of the craziest things happened ever since I opened my business account for Gio Bartlett Productions. Things got real.
Thank you 2016 for financial growth. Thank you for bringing in more work and more money so I'm able to continue doing what I love. 2016 was nothing but huge progress for me. Working with a $200 million dollar company to working with a lot of new music artists. Thank you 2016 for the best year so far. Thank you everyone else who contributed in making it my best year.
2017 you're next.
The best things are sometimes not in the open. This past year and 9 months of filming music videos showed me just that.
Shooting most of my videos in the same town I grew up in, you find places you've never seen before. It's astonishing. I thought I've been everywhere in town and when you explore or location scouting for a music video, you see things that been there all along but you've never processed them. You find buildings, fields, corners, alley ways that you've never noticed.
I deal with some music artists that say there's no spots to film but you have to think outside of the box. Stop looking at the everyday areas and you start seeing more. Sometimes searching a little will lead to the perfect spot for your video.
Music artists don't view the world all the time like the director. You can film in a place you have before but differently with different angles and camera lens. Most people wouldn't know. There's potential everywhere to film.
Don't let where you live, limit your thoughts. If you can't film in your town, you won't be able to in other places. In this industry, you have to be creative, be different. Sometimes you have to put in a little more work but ALWAYS in the end it's worth it. I still find new places today for music videos. It's literally endless.
I'm not saying to not venture to a new town to film because you should as well but sometimes you can't for a reason and you should be able to film a solid music video wherever you are in the world. Stop making excuses and start filming.
Some of my best videos were places we weren't allowed to film or places we asked to film at. Do what you have to for a video. The worst they can do is kick you out so don't be afraid to film. Do not limit yourself! And most importantly, have fun.
I just released my new director reel showcasing music videos I directed. So I thought I'll explain the importance of a reel in a blog post! (Check it out here youtu.be/Jo9c0ZfFlrk?a)
It was 5th grade and music class was fun. But I'm not all about singing and playing xylophones twice a week all year. So how can I get out of performances?
My music teacher would teach us a full song to sing and play and after a few weeks of practice, we would do a final performance and he would film it. I wanted to film it.
So one day before one of our performances, I was like "Hey could I film it? I film my brother all the time and I enjoy it." And the next thing he said I could not believe. "Sure!" And just like that I filmed the performance.
You best believe I asked each time we had to perform the final version of the song if I could film. I received a yes every time! This was huge. I was doing something I enjoyed more and got more experience with cameras that would later on help me.
Everything happens for a reason. I filmed music performances in 5th grade and now I film music videos. Who would've known?
First time learning a camera was my brother's old tape cassette video camera that was passed down to him from our father. And I was scared to use it.
Now I know what you're thinking, why were you scared of a camera? It wasn't the camera really, it was the video tapes. I heard that the tapes can only be used and erased so many times before you had to buy new ones. I was scared to waste tapes on videos. I didn't want to waste money and being 7-8 years old, I don't know why that was such a worry for me.
So the first stuff I ever filmed was with my brother and we shot skits, little movies as we acted out characters. As well as Jackass type of stunts because that was the cool thing to do in mid 2000's. I didn't fall in love with filming then. It wasn't for awhile later that I did. I filmed because my brother was in front of the camera and he couldn't film otherwise I wouldn't touch the thing.
I remember for a Christmas, I received a package of tape cassettes and I was so excited but at the same time I didn't want to waste them on dumb footage. Til this day, I have never used those tapes.
Fast forward to now, I'm glad cameras take SD cards so I can film and erase virtually an endless amount of footage. My fear of filming vanished.
Hey everyone! Welcome to my blog. And no, I'm not trying to be the next best blogger out there. This blog is here is to not only for me to look back on and say what the hell was I thinking but also to help out aspiring videographers, photographers and entrepreneurs alike.
There's only so much I can say and do in front of the camera and sometimes that limits me how to express certain topics. This blog will have information, experiences and much more that will shared with you.
There will be a new blog every week. If I'm feeling a little feisty, you may get more than one a week every now and again. I'll be covering how I handle the business side of being a freelance videographer, struggles/obstacles, reviews on camera equipment and so much more. That means my website will be updated frequently, at least weekly. I hope that gives you another reason to come and check out my site. I'm excited to launch my first website. If I can help or teach somebody then that's all that matters in the end with this blog.
As this train starts rolling, if there's a topic you would like for me to cover, let me know. I'm here to give as much insight as I can. Also I'm still learning and I'm going to continue to learn more and more as my journey progresses. Are you ready to get to know me a little bit more?