Over a plate of buffet style pistachio pudding I tried to watch this inch of infinity on my phone. I can pretend that I am bright enough to have been able to get my bearings on it if it weren’t for the size of my screen, but I am not. I was dining with Doug Sakman, one of the main producers from BACKSEAT CONCEPTIONS, the bad ass Philadelphia Production Company who produced this grand feat which is the “True Romance” video from Motion City Soundtrack.
Now I have made a few films and played some tricks with a camera but to understand how they did this video in just ONE shot (intro excluded), Doug had to hold my hand and walk me through it as I asked the same questions over and over… “they walked backwards?” “well then where was the camera man?” “and then she walked, wait, which way?” and “no, he’s singing backwards there!??!?!!?” “fuck man, I have to watch it again”. I have now watched it about 3 or 4 times and I think I understand, but still, to get it right, the marks, the pacing, the framing, the singing, the external bullshit, the the the million factors….. brav-fucking-o.
I urge ya’ll to please pay your cinematic respects and enjoy this bit of logistical, multi-talented, coordinated effort Directed by Jesse Cain and Ben Fries and produced by Backseat Conceptions.
Stay posted for more on BACKSEAT as you may have seen some of them roaming around Philly in a whit & black school bus decked out as a travelling talk show for the “Philly in Focus” street team.
VIDEO CREDITS – Because seriously people? Holy fucking team work.
Starring: Shaun Paul Costello, Bridgette Harper and Julianna White
Directed by Jesse Cain and Ben Fries
Produced and coordinated by Doug Sakmann
Co-produced by Nick Esposito
Steady Cam Operator: Jeff Melanson
AC: Trinity Greer
Assistant Director: Ben Hammock
2nd AD: Doug Spangenberg
Asst. Coordinator: Leilani Goode
Gaffer: Zafer Ulkucu
Grip: James Madison
Makeup: Niki Brennan
Wardrobe: Lauren Rothery
Art Director: Noah Grant Levine
Set Dresser: Taryn Jones
Playback: Isaac Williams
PAs: Natalie Jean, Carlton Lester, Wes Mahon, Harry Mendez, Joe Cap, Ashley Wood Tiner, Joe Gariffo, Loren Lepre, Vince Wallace