Photo by Curtis Schultz

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Zebidy Tank/Drop Tank music video directed by Wesley Alley

The Band
Drop Tank
Most recently I met a girl in LA that wanted to shoot a music video. She is Australian and the very talented singer for several bands and groups. She wanted a music video for her band Drop Tank.
Zebidy Tank
Zebidy Tank (The singer) was great, and I really liked her music. She needed a music video to showcase her talents, and I wanted to make another to showcase mine.  Perfect timing.  We put our heads together and decided to help each other out.  We had very little money for this video; but with a lot of haggling, calling around, and cutting deals we were able make what we had feed the crew and pay for sweet locations. She approached me with a song called “Cheap Shot”.  After listening to the song, Zebidy Tank and I had the same idea for what the video could be about. We started brainstorming and figuring how we could do it. Once we got it all figured out, everything just seemed to fall into place. We planned out a fight scene and started looking for someone to act in it with Zebidy, as well as a fight coordinator.  Almost immediately, a female professional wrestler named Katarina Waters, AKA Winter, approached us.  She liked the song, and wanted to do the coordinating, and the acting.  It was perfect.  So, just like that, we had two beautiful women who were going to fight each other, lots of blood, weapons, etc, what else do you need? Maybe a chainsaw??? We had amazing locations, a good song, and everything was falling into place. Once again I have amazing friends who wanted to help out and be involved. So that was it, we got a bunch of extras, got all the crew together and made a rocking good music video!!!
Zebidy Tank and Katarina Waters fighting while me and Director of Photography Dustin Gardner Block and go over camera moves.
Director of Photography Dustin Gardner and I reviewing footage.
Pro Wrestler Winter taking a punch from Zebidy Tank.
Winter striking back!
Talking to my DP about the framing (I have a mohawk because I make a cameo in the video... look for me.). 
Cool shot of the action
More fighting!!!
Check it out...
Director Wesley Alley with Katarina Waters (Winter) and Zebidy Tank after the shoot.
Bass- Joey Friedman
Singer/Guitar - Zebidy Tank
Drums - Harry Thynne

The video turned out great and it is one of the best things I have directed so far. Let me know what you all think... More posts coming soon, please "follow" so you can see all my posts.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Very Merry Thanksgiving Trip To Idaho

Okay okay okay, I know I said that I was going to be writing the next few entries about the work that I have recently done and am proud of but I had a wonderful experience and I just wanted to share with you.  I will have another post about work that I have directed and that I am super proud of in a week or so. Please keep reading and we will be back to our regularly scheduled program soon...
Whitney and I Home for thanksgiving on the train to the North Pole to take pics of the kids with Santa. It was pretty sweet, and a surprisingly short train ride from Boise ID to the North Pole. Also free Candy canes and chocolate milk for all the kids... and Whitney's 16yr old brother haha 
So, this year for thanksgiving my wife and I went back home to Idaho. We didn't have much time and to make things worse we decided that we were going to drive the short 13 hour drive from LA to where I grew up. I slept a little while, Whitney drove, and then we switched and I drove the rest. It was an Okay drive. Not nearly as long as the drive we made last Dec, from Orlando to LA. That drive was crazy and a whole different story. maybe a story I will share one day... Anyway, home was great. We spent some time with the family, and even had a little time to visit with my Cousins that I had mentioned in my prior posts, Derek and Jeremiah. It was great, didn't have a chance to visit with either for very long, but it was great. First thing I learned is my family really needs to do more family portraits...
My mom and family
This is my cousins Jeremiah, and his family, Derek and his family and my moms sister Julie.
Derek and two of his adorable children. 
All three of his kids
Jeremiah and all his kids 
His whole Family
The beautiful new baby
Then we went to Boise to visit Whitney's family for a few days. It was fun, all of her family was in town, all the sisters and brothers and their families. It was great, food was good, all around a great thanks giving. Whitney's family definitly takes enough family photos... Notice the difference?

The whole family (Photo taken by me...) 
Whitney's Sister Misty and her family 
Whitney's Sister Melinda and her family (New baby coming soon)
Whitney's Sister Callie and her husband.
Whitney's mom dad, and brother Sam.
We weren't there very long, but I even had time to visit a few old friends. Met with my buddy Kyle from high school, my buddy Mark from High School, and even had a business meeting with my buddy who is like my older brother, Jade. We met about a script, and a possible movie that I might be directing. 

Buddy Mark rocking out!
Kyle doing super cool Important stuff...
My brother Jade. His mom thinks he is special too, and we are making movies!
Sorry to all of those that I didn't get to visit, it was a very short trip, and I promise to be back and see more people next time.

It was a really good, short trip. There was one thing though that really really made me feel good, and made me want to share. All through out the trip, people kept making comments about how great I am doing. Not just the normal my mom thinks I'm great comments (which trust me, she totally does think I'm great) but real cool comments. My cousin Derek tells his kids that I worked hard, did good at school, and actually became what I wanted to be when I grew up and that if they work hard, and do well in school, they can too. Other members of my family just kept asking me about all of my success and my projects. When we went to Boise, I heard more great things like that about how great it is to read about my successes in my blogs, and how proud of me everyone is. It was a really humbling and cool experience and trip. It has not only fueled me to work hard for success, but really made me humble to know how much people care and how many people are rooting for my success. I just wanted to tell all of my friends, family, fans, loved ones, everyone thank you for everything. I really appreciate all the help, support, etc. and that I promise I will work really hard to continue to make you all happy and proud. I could not achieve anything without your love, support, and help.


okay now back to not being all gooing and thankful, and back to our regularly scheduled blogging.