While brainstorming Bad Taste Blues Part II out loud in the car one day, my beautiful wife said, “what if the band are villains that try to do evil but can only do good?”
… and we were off to the races.
From there the Graetzmedia team swung into action. I fleshed out the concepts and created my legendary invisible storyboards (I can’t draw okay), Ben pulled together talent, costumes and locations on a shoestring and a prayer, while Jaymis ably accepted another random challenge, creating a belt that could be wirelessly popped open by remote control – because.
In a series of brief and surprisingly relaxed shoots with a harmonious albeit skeletal crew, the ideas came to life thanks to the always engrossing performances of the Ball Park Musics (in particular one Samuel Cromack who’s vaudevillean acting chops are beginning to threaten his day job as rock star), and the freshman appearance of Luke Constable who nailed my ‘stoked but naive’ brief on the first take and then proceeded to fearlessly execute a series of unrehearsed tumbles onto a crash mat thinner than Ghandhi’s bedroll.
Then the files went into the ‘puter and with a single swipe of the saturation slider the world was bathed in monochromatic shades, leaving the piece to be carried only by the strength of performance, concept, aaand…I want to say framing??
Our fellow crims at IVmotion helped salvage our feeble compositing efforts, bringing credibility to the blockbuster underderps brand Bropants that came to me in a moment of cranial flatulence, and the clip wath done.
It’s awful nice to work with a band game to venture into the ridiculous with gusto. If I’d gone to them and said, “so you wear your underpants on the outside, someone rubs their fake nipple, you all look really awkward and a dude’s pants fall down by magic…oh and there’s no colour” they may not have gone for it. But now that I think of it the pitch didn’t have THAT much more meat on it…
- Dan Graetz
Written & Directed by: Dan Graetz
Producer: Benjamin Evans
Technologist/B-camera: Jaymis Loveday
DP/Editor/Colorist: Dan Graetz
Make-up: Renae Michel
Camera asst: Brian Loewe
Camera asst: Kieran Harris
Production asst: Josh Logan
The Guy: Luke Constable
The Villain: Sam Cromack
Band: Ball Park Music
Air Hostess 1: Amie Jenkinson
Air Hostess 2: Katrina Mathews
Airt Hostess 3: Georgia Yovich
Air Hostes 3: Rhian Thomas
Bus Stop Talent Scout: Steph King
Bus Stop Mope 1: Jaymis Loveday
Bus Stop Mope 2: Josh Logan