There are two types of professions that make it their business to ensure shitshows don’t happen:
PR and HR.
djmanultimate asked: I know you may get a lot of requests everyday, but do you think it's a possibility that we could get a Dragon Ball Z For Orchestra to coincide with the release of the new film in the US?
abso freaking lutely
Soundtracks And Trailer Music Feature
It turned into a 1 hour conversation about art, life, school, music, and more.
Some interesting things about my new journey, but this quote is my favorite:
“The consumer is on auto-pilot, they’re gonna do what they do, and it’s up to you as a producer to adapt to them. It’s much easier for you to try and rotate the ship rather than change the ocean.”
Here’s the article
Also check out Karen’s artwork :)
The Obstacles I’ve Had These Months
Having had a pretty successful music show in 2007, the one thing I never learned was production skills. If I had then everything would have been different for me. Fast forward to 2014, and I’m night-and-day when comparing knowledge to my younger self.
So with this new dance idea, while I know that this idea can work, I don’t know that it will work. Rather than spend months to prepare for this and reading books on it, I instead just jumped into this head-first and learned so much more through experience. So here are some things I’ve learned.
1.) Wrong dance style. When the choreographer asked me what I wanted the Punch-Out!! video to look like, I replied “beautiful” and “involve punching”. The result was a dance style that I didn’t enjoy, but it was my fault for not researching and being descriptive enough.
2.) I thought all dance was the same. Jazz guitar players could easily play heavy metal or new age if they had to. So coming from a music background, I thought dance styles were similar. When I realized that contemporary dancers couldn’t do hip hop then it was a long expensive lesson. The choreographer had to sit me down and drop some knowledge on me.
3.) My boxing ring broke. I thought everything was ready for taping, so I brought my boxing ring to the first rehearsal. Not only was it nearly impossible to carry, but the ring broke during filming. This is why I treat rehearsals like the real thing, so that I can prepare for failure.
4.) Maintenance and follow-through. I called universities, local dance schools, friends, family, and more. Weeks went by and I was getting frustrated trying to get people onboard for this idea. Some dancers were “yes” all the way up until the week of filming. They never followed-through.
5.) I got burned, once. I had to rent lighting and video equipment but every place was out of stock, which meant I would have to reschedule everything. That wasn’t an option, so rather than get burned again I decided to just buy the equipment myself and learn it as I went.
6.) This will be easy. I talked about how I thought filming this video was as simple as picking 2 dancers, buying a camcorder, and filming it all on a weekend. Then reality happened.
7.) The rabbit-hole goes deep. Aside from just buying a camcorder, it turns out that there was a certain kind of camcorder I needed. Certain green screen. Certain dance studio and floor. Certain dancers (the original ones I had were the wrong style). And certain software I needed. I had to travel a lot, go over my internet data to keep researching, build the boxing ring, buy the outfits, choreograph, write the story, and so much more. Why not just hire a production team? Because almost everyone was $100/hr, some didn’t return my calls, while others didn’t understand what I wanted,
I’m just glad it’s all done. Not because it was a horrible experience (it was both good and bad), but because I learned so much and just needed a breather. My short list of things I learned are hopefully the beginning of a much longer list! Keep growing :)