OPTION//CONTROL - "Falling Star": Behind the Video
At 10:01 am on 10//01//11... the NEW OPTION//CONTROL Music Video for "Falling Star" debuted online!
Earlier this year, I set out with a goal to make a sexy video, for an even sexier band. I wasn't sure where this orgasmic video would end up taking me, but I knew I had to do it. It had been the culmination of many years trying to become an amateur filmmaker that ultimately always fell flat on its face. On the verge of graduating college and finally owning my own professional camera equipment, I knew that the time had come and that the band I needed was OPTION//CONTROL. When I made "Saw Her There" with OPTION//CONTROL back in February, needless to say it was an eye opening learning experience. Since then, I have seen business pick up faster and faster (especially after I got my shit together and went completely HD) and I couldn't be more thankful for all the opportunities presented to me.
So fast forward to this past July... enough time had passed and it became clear to everyone involved with "Saw Here There" that it was time to make a new video. We set some very strict guidelines this time around (no people, less performance, more band) and began hammering out a storyline that at one point involved a CGI Craig Hamilton on a shooting star. The band settled on the track "Falling Star," which was co written by local St. Louis producer, Jimmy Hargrove. A more dramatic departure from our previous video, we all knew that the entire look and feel had to be less orgy and more emo... but totally NOT emo, if you know what I mean. We settled on filming in Clayton, MO instead of Downtown St. Louis, since we wanted the location to have a non-geographic landscape (nothing that would give it away).
On Sunday, August 28th, 2011, principal photography began for "Falling Star" on what would become a 3 day shoot. I knew I couldn't pull this off by myself, so I invited my good friend Ashley Alcamo to help A.D. the shoot. Ashley and myself had previously worked together on University of Missouri - St. Louis' Spring 2011 production of the Vagina Monologues ("Any One of Us"). The biggest chunk of filming took place on the first day, which included hauling an upright piano through the streets and back alleys of Clayton (a la Bruno Mars) and having a performance on rooftop... with no permission. Let me take this opportunity to tell you that I like to play dangerous... and having an entire band play the same song over and over for 3 hours in the middle of a small city, with no permit, was as thrilling as it gets. It was like we were all bad children, waiting to see when our parents were finally gonna catch us... But no one did. At one point, someone with a name badge strolled through the set and didn't say anything. We thought for sure that we had been busted, but when 45 minutes had passed and no one had come to stop us, we chalked it up to the guy was probably just looking for a place to hit a joint.
At the end of the first night, we knew we had a winner and in my opinion, I think we could have just done the whole video with the amazing performance footage we got on rooftop. But, we moved on to Day 2 at the Vino Nadoz Wine Bar in Richmond Heights, MO. Even though we decided early on that there were to be NO PEOPLE in the video for "Falling Star," we felt that we needed an atmosphere to place the band in, one that was more fitting of how they normally spend their nights. So we invited a smaller amoun of people (who WANTED to be on camera, this is key) to come out to the wine bar and just hang out. We had a great turn out and everyone had a blastky, getting drunk and just hanging out with the band and crew. Even my other video darling Kyle Jordan Mueller came out and kept my fiancee entertained during the filming. Probably the ease and fun about filming this scene for the extras was that no one was being asked to make out and wear underwear the whole time... which, there's nothing wrong with that of course.
Day 3 saw us on another rooftop, this time in the Central West End of St. Louis. The sundeck of this penthouse apartment served as the dusk and dawn shots that you see in the pre-chorus and finale of the video. The crazy coincidence of this scene (which needs to be shared cause its so fucking cool), is that the sun going down over the city, is actually Clayton, MO - where we had been filming the previous two day. Of course leave it up to the universal and spiritual guru of OPTION//CONTROL, Matthew David Brown to realize the coincidence as it occured. From there we headed over to Washington University, where we filmed the final few shots of the video that ultimately all fell on the cutting room floor... of my basement, as it were.
So where do we go from here? OPTION//CONTROL is making some crazy strides this fall and have picked up a few key shows that can help catapult them out of the local St. Louis scene. I couldn't be more proud of them, for they are more like family to me every time we get together. As long as the response from "Falling Star" is as good or better than "Saw Her There" was, I would expect to see us have another go around on the small screen.
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