On Shark Pig’s very first corporate job – back when I shot by myself and edited on an old broken lap top – I called this kid and begged him to write me a “safe” score for these silly little internal corporate videos. We were both just trying to get our careers off the ground. Since then Djemba Djemba has signed on as a producer for Mad Decent, and has had the chance to collaborate with a veritable who’s who of new artists like London Future. So to be able to direct this music video for him now – after all that – feels pretty hype. Check it out:
I don’t know if it’s because I’ve directed one too many cute videos lately, but I like how dark and bizarre we got to go. I definitely had some Ed Wood type feelings on set. As with anything, any success is due to the cast and crew involved. I’m lucky to be in such good company.
Cast: Brian McGuire, Eliza Roberts , Steven Flores, Christina Bullard, Kevin Cannon
Director: Brian Morrow
Producer: Jonathan Lynch
Cinematographer: Jonathon Narducci
SFX Makeup: Hugo Villasenor
Production Designer: Adam Henderson
Stylist: Brianna Hanson
Gaffer: Nik Smith
I’m flipping. I know that’s we always write in blogs. This is a promotional space. It’s a place for exciting news and what not. But I’m having a hard time expressing how I actually feel when I listen to Father John Misty’s haunting, gorgeous version of “Trouble” that he made for our upcoming documentary Once I Was. I’ll try and explain why I think it’s so cool. There’s a few reasons. First of all because I had his album “Fear Fun” on repeat in my car especially that song “Nancy from Now On” while I subjected any and all passengers to my off key singing. It’s a great record if you haven’t checked it out. Secondly because Cat Steven’s original version of Trouble is the score during the ending of Harold and Maude. It’s the perfect use of music in film. It still blows me away. If you want to hear our music supervisor Thomas Golubic talk about Ashby’s use of music in film check out this.
And please please please take a moment to check out the song, written up here on Aquarium Drunkard. I think that’s what makes it so cool to me…the combination of artists all of whom I really look up to. And that somehow I get to be involved with them through this film. I’m flipping.
I live in Atwater near The Flashdance headquarters. This location offers some benefits, such as: Tacos Villa Corona, Proof Bakery, The Juice LA, and a rad retail shop called Individual Medley. Shortly after I moved here, I became incapable of walking by this shop without staring awkwardly through the window, bombarding the register and leaving an hour later with a huge bag.
In short, this store rules.
There are many reasons for this. For example, Monica and Justin (the owners) are possibly the most mellow and friendly people who have ever owned a retail business. Check out this great interview they gave on Kinfolk. And they work with great artists. From clothing and accessories to beauty products to books and home stuff, Individual Medley has rallied some of the most talented and respected makers in LA and across the country.
We invited Individual Medley and their contributors over to our studio, The Social for a day. It created an opportunity for some of the artists to meet for the first time. What resulted was some good memories, some new friendships, and this video, where you’ll see a handful of talents showing off the products they make.
Individual Medley is located at 3176 Glendale Blvd. Go there.
I couldn’t be any more excited to announce that Shark Pig is producing it’s first feature film! It’s a documentary on the life and work of cult film director Hal Ashby. The whole thing came about in the middle of making this weird commercial when our editor, Amy Scott told us about her project “Once I Was.” She had been developing it for a few years, but was close to getting the rights from the Ashby estate to direct THE official documentary about him. We jumped in with her and helped produce the trailer that you see above. Even just working as volunteers, we were already able to interview Jane Fonda and Rosanna Arquette and have had an outpouring of support from the film community like John C. Reilly who came by our studio to rep it. Now we’re raising funds through Indie GoGo to get this film off the ground. If you’d like to help us or read about the amazing team of creatives we have on board, check it out here!
If you’re thinking, “I don’t actually know who Hal Ashby is” don’t worry. That’s part of why it’s this film is important to us. He directed Harold & Maude, Shampoo, Being There, Coming Home, and The Last Detail to name a few. I remember the first time I saw the ending of Being There, and how much it made ME want to become a film maker. It blew my mind! I can remember thinking, “I didn’t know there were American films like this.” If you haven’t seen those flicks, or haven’t seen them in awhile – you should watch them. They rule!
In terms of asking for money online – well…it’s awkward. I’ll be the first person to say it. I wouldn’t ask for money unless it was a project that I really believed in, and one where I needed some help. For the past few years, I’ve taken great pride and some joy in having been able to get ahold of corporations’ dollars and give them out to our crew. That’s what our company is for! But a film like this won’t be funded by a studio – nor would we want it to be. Ashby was a Hollywood Rebel. We’re trying to do something with Shark Pig that we’ve never done before, so if you can help us out with either a contribution to the Indie GoGo campaign or by just getting the word out, it would mean a lot. We already raised $23,000 dollars in our first week which is SO awesome. Everyone on our team is beyond humbled and so grateful for the support from our friends, family, and colleagues. If you want to help us reach our goal, jump in!
Oh…and here’s the film’s Facebook page. We’ll be updating that frequently with press and behind the scenes as the project develops. Peace!