Week 19

Studio on Fire is the best letterpress shop in the country, and it’s not even close. My friend Steven likes to say “We’ve always been into weird shit, and now we’re getting into even weirder shit”. He wasn’t lying.

I showed up at Studio on Fire’s space for a couple beers and to watch this whole experiment go down. It was no bullshit when they told me they didn’t even know if it’d work. I heard the phrase “Holy shit I think it’s actually working” more than once that day. This serves as a call out to local artists and screen printers to invite them the opportunity to have their shit run over by a massive steamroller, too. Don’t ask me how to get that invite, though. I don’t even know if I’m invited.

Again, an extreme pleasure to collaborate with Studio on Fire. I’ve following their work for a long time, and I suggest you do the same. I’m thrilled at the notion of more collaborations between us in the future.

Brendan.

Week 18

First music video! I feel like I’ve almost been putting off doing a music-themed video because it feels so apart of my world and I’ve been trying to branch out more. But we always come back to what pulls us in the first place.

I really like how this turned out, Brent’s a good friend and a total goofball. Sidenote, his beautiful wife Ashley cuts my hair at Stellar Hair Co in NE Minneapolis, she’s fantastic. For those of you who noticed, I’m posting early since I’ll be on a 6 am flight to Chicago for Riot Fest this weekend. In the area? Gimme a shout!

Best
Brendan

Week 17

This week’s video is as much about this project as my first one. Ive been in the middle of a busy two weeks. Maybe the busiest of my life. Between working a lot, packing and moving my life across town, filming for projects on the horizon (keep an eye out), and lots of other obligations, Ive been feeling stretched in all sorts of different directions. But thats ok, these are the moments that refine us. After getting home late last night from a work shoot, I wanted to give you guys a portrait of what most Thursday nights look for me; taking care of what I need to, and staying up really, really late to edit. It might not mean much to anybody, but it means something to me.

To catch you guys up, a 5x5 film is a simple video composed of five 5-second shots, using only natural sound. Its an interesting way to put restrictions on the creative film process, which isnt too far off from what Im trying to do with this project. 

Be good,
Brendan

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Week 16

A few weeks ago my name got passed along to John Mark, the man behind Hotrocity and MPLSTYLE, and he came to me asking if I would be willing to shoot a launch video for his new fashion e-commerce brand. As he was demonstrating his vision, showing me the clothes, and explaining the brand imprint all I could think about was how over my head it all was. So I agreed. Ive reached a point where doing what seems intimidating and putting myself out of my comfort zone is the easiest way to find the same high I got when I first started shooting.

I found that the pace and collaboration of working with talent and fashion was really appealing to me, and I hope to do lots more of it. That desire was where Week 14, Graveyard Girl, was born from. The crew on this shoot was outstanding, I cant say enough how much of a pleasure it was to work with John Mark, Irv Briscoe, Matt Blizel, the dancers, and the assistants. Julia from Ignite was fantastic, I think her talent is beyond obvious in the video.

I hope you enjoy it!

I love the hell out of this. I’m in awe of your talent - it shows in all of your videos.

The cinematography on the rooftop dancing shots is incredible. Mood is perfect. I watched this three times in a row… now for the fourth.

Keep them coming, man.

Humbling words, Taylor! You’re making the weekly struggle worth it.

Week 16

A few weeks ago my name got passed along to John Mark, the man behind Hotrocity and MPLSTYLE, and he came to me asking if I would be willing to shoot a launch video for his new fashion e-commerce brand. As he was demonstrating his vision, showing me the clothes, and explaining the brand imprint all I could think about was how over my head it all was. So I agreed. Ive reached a point where doing what seems intimidating and putting myself out of my comfort zone is the easiest way to find the same high I got when I first started shooting.

I found that the pace and collaboration of working with talent and fashion was really appealing to me, and I hope to do lots more of it. That desire was where Week 14, Graveyard Girl, was born from. The crew on this shoot was outstanding, I cant say enough how much of a pleasure it was to work with John Mark, Irv Briscoe, Matt Blizel, the dancers, and the assistants. Julia from Ignite was fantastic, I think her talent is beyond obvious in the video.

I hope you enjoy it!

Week 15

Another one with me in front of the camera, sorry y’all! I love doing fun intimate pieces on my own, but I think larger scale corporate videos are just as fascinating. I got to collaborate with some real folks in this one, and having resources to bounce idea’s off of is invaluable. Lots and lots of motion graphics in this one, diving deeper into the world of keyframes.

Full disclosure, I didn’t shoot this video. Cinematography from the talented Marty Wood, Art Direction from Allie Long, and Storyboarding, Video Direction, Editing, and other post work from myself.

Week 14

I find that my two biggest creative outputs, music and film, have an inverse relation when it comes to inspiration for me. I wanted to create visuals that matched the melodramatic and moody vibes of this song, and bring this unsatisfied and distant character that I kept picturing to life. I’ve been stretching myself in the direction of working with more talent, and it’s been so much fun. This was no exception.

Big thanks to Emma, who was down to hang out with some drifters and bite an Uno card when I asked her to. She came to the rescue.

Watch this, share this, and then leave your computer for some place outside. I’m off to Chicago, peace!

Week 13

So.

This is the first week where I’ve hit a real roadblock in posting a video every week. I had a video that I worked on this week that I had planned on posting, but for reasons I won’t go into, I couldn’t. It was a lesson in logistics and planning for me. However, this is a video that I made for All-City Cycles for their Frostbike party. Since we must have the rights to music for commercial work, my friend Ethan and I whipped up this super dorky tune one night. Consider it working ahead!

Cheers!

Week 12

First, let me say this. Sorry Mom, I know you’re reading and watching.

I met Jake location scouting for another video, aka trying to break into a grain elevator. I couldn’t get in, but he gave me a tip on one I could get into down the road. I said thanks, and took off on my bike in search of it. About 15 minutes later, I see Jake pop up again. He came by to check that his directions led me to the right place, and it was a good thing because they hadn’t. This is when I noticed what a character Jake is. I could sense that he just wanted to share with me, his experience, his tools, his social opinions. It was getting dark, but I asked Jake if he’d like to meet me there the next day, and if he was comfortable with being on camera. Initially, he wasn’t. He stated that privacy is important to him, but I gave him my website and number and asked him to take the night to think about it. He did not disappoint.

If I’m being honest, I was feeling creatively drained after a few long weeks of working and traveling non-stop. It was Wednesday, and I had nothing for my Friday deadline. In what felt like a last ditch effort, I left home on my bike in search of anything that might help me focus. That’s when I stumbled on Jake. I learned an important lesson on finding inspiration when I need to, and seizing an opportunity when divine intervention places one in front of me.