The Frantic Video – Blackout Brigade

This is a long one, I apologize. Too much goodness went on during this shoot. Cereal and watermelons were flying, body paint was used, and last but not least, there was jello wrestling. I mean, how often to do you get to experience jello wrestling… especially in an apartment in Wrigleyville?

First of all, credit for this amazing video goes to Kyle Cogan, director of the video…. if you watch JBTV, you might recognize his name from the credits. He’s pretty great.

Oh, and while I’m at it, I have to give a shoutout to Kyle Dee, singer of The Frantic, for learning the words to “Blackout Brigade” backwards. It sounded as if he were speaking in demonic tongues, but I’m sure it’ll look great in the video.

Basically, this shoot was filled with great people. A ton of local musicians came out to support and lend their face/body, as well as oodles of local music fans. It was teamwork at it’s finest.

And, to wrap it up… if you’re in Chicago, head out to The Frantic’s CD release show at Subterranean tomorrow, Saturday, April 2nd. You should pick up a CD while you’re there too…not only will it be awesome, but I might have had a hand in some of the photos.


Shooting Notes 

Basically, I was just trying to stay out of the way during this shoot. The whole thing was filmed in Kyle’s apartment – and it was jam packed with people, production equipment, and actual filming space. Most of the time, I was on the other side of the lights, or trying to shoot around corners. I exercised my ninja skills. In fact, for the last scene I was there for (the jello wrestling), I was actually above the action: part of the time, I was 6ft high on a wooden platform, and the rest of the time, I was balancing on a windowsill.

Lots of primes, lots of pushing exposure, and lots of trying to make sure I didn’t get “jello” on my camera.