NEW RELEASE!! Old Sault - Sail Home

After having premiered this video at Clipped Music Festival in Sydney as part of the Vivid Festival, we were fortunate enough to land an online premiere through Australian Magazine - The Music.

Now as the clip does its rounds in the international festival arena, we can take a quick look at what went into make this one..

Director Richard Clifford walking the frozen lake to set location.

Director Richard Clifford walking the frozen lake to set location.


On the video Richard(clip director/writer) spoke to The Music:
“When Angie first showed me the track it was the middle of winter in Toronto, so the snow and freezing weather had a huge impact on the creative. I felt like the song and lyrics had a very isolated vibe to it. Choosing to film in an old cabin in Northern Ontario coupled with the extreme elements helped set up that visual for being alone in these thoughts - in that it’s an eternalized confrontation.

Essentially we wanted to relay the message that we all tend to sacrifice our creative selves out of fear and would prefer taking the safer/ less risky option to save face. The Herman Hesse quotes were added to push the idea of the battle between the aforementioned frame of mind and the one wishing to be creative.”


Derek helping move the gear across Kamaniskeg Lake.

Derek helping move the gear across Kamaniskeg Lake.

Richard shooting some b-roll on the frozen lake.

Richard shooting some b-roll on the frozen lake.

Sail Home presented many an obstacle to overcome, filming in -20 degree temperatures will tend to create challenges outside the normal spectrum you deal with on a set. We managed to film some of these obstacles as we went, you can preview in the below video..

Angie(Old Sault) has been a long time collaborator with us, her instilled trust in us(baffling as it is) is never taken for granted. Angie had this to say about "Sail Home":

"Completely heedless to his creative talent, Rick penned an apprehensive proposition to make a video for Sail Home, as if I might refuse it. I knew his mind was flooding with ideas and I gave him full creative control over the whole process with no hesitation. When I watched it for the first time, I cried like a baby. Not only because it is completely beautiful, but because it looks exactly how Rick described it before he’d even started filming."

Jess Sommerfeld getting in a bit of "selfie time" between takes.

Jess Sommerfeld getting in a bit of "selfie time" between takes.

The high quality video can be viewed in full here and on the below.

Please head over to Old Sault's Facebook page to keep up-to-date on all the new releases and info on her latest EP release. 

OLD BUILDING SESSIONS - EPISODE 4 - BAD PONY

Bad Pony post OBS shoot.

Bad Pony post OBS shoot.

Episode 4 of Old Building Sessions finds us filming in an old school gym on the outskirts of Toronto. The school closing its doors in the mid 80's is now completely covered in graffiti and smashed everything.

The remains of a pool, creating that unique pool reverb.

The remains of a pool, creating that unique pool reverb.

The Bad Pony lads managed to squeeze in a little time during their north american tour to head out to Oshawa to record a few songs and do a little adventuring.

The first track from their performance and their latest single release Deficiency sat perfectly within the echoed chambers of the basketball court, have a look below.

Richard scouting the location.

Richard scouting the location.

Filming in this space was amazing, whilst we only had limited time to get it all together, we managed to film a cover version of Cold War Kids track "Hang Me Up To Dry" again the lads executing this with their unique blend of rhythm and harmonies.

For more OBS episodes please check out our YouTube channel.

We're always on the lookout for new performance artist to feature in OBS. If you'd like to get involved in a future OBS, please drop us a line on our Contact Page.

Steve Tyssen - "Final Place to Call Home"

Actress Maddie walking through some of the backroad locations of the video.

Actress Maddie walking through some of the backroad locations of the video.

Our latest release and ongoing work with multi-talent Steve Tyssen has been released through The Music, check out the write up and release here 

A still from the smoke scene.

A still from the smoke scene.

This is our third collaboration with Steve, and as usual, its an honour and a privilege. Happy to let us roam free within the medium, here is what director/ writer Brad Murnane had to say on the project - "The idea for the clip was to create something with simplistic honesty and totally stripped back, no gimmicks or tricks. The juxtaposition of the songs lyrics to the imagery was an essential place to explore these characters, allowing for them to express emotions in its simplest form. We often are torn between the idea of what we perceive ourselves to be and the actual self. That the distance between these two ideals, often leaves us in a constant state of longing. These characters, though never appearing in the same place, are connected through a chain of relative experiences"

The Director Bradley Murnane, taking part in the video as the antagonist.

The Director Bradley Murnane, taking part in the video as the antagonist.

Steve goes into detail about the song and its creation - "It's more or less a metaphor for the seemingly constant struggle to find yourself and find purpose in what you do. Most of the time we only remember good experiences, but I think it's also the bad experiences that really make us who we are. The song is about taking risks and stepping closer to where you we want to be.

"It's also a duet which features my good friend Jess Lean from The Brains Trust on vocals.  We were living together at the time of recording and I asked Jess to sing some harmonies on a few tracks. When I heard the second verse that she had written for Final Place - I was blown away - and it completely changed the dynamic of the song for the better."

Check out video below and also click through to check out more of Steve's work here.

Brief Habits - "Either/ Or"

Actors David Planche and Laura Roby getting into character.

Actors David Planche and Laura Roby getting into character.

Our latest video was released last week through Bombshellzine.com as the first video single for Brief Habits(ex Columbia Buffet) debut self titled album. This is what Dan - singer and writer for the band - had to say about the clip.

I was reading a lot of existential philosophy at the time of making this record and it really had a significant effect on the lyrics. We wanted to make the Either/Or clip mirror this – mainly focusing on Nietzche’s concept of the self and Keirkegaards work on Freedom/Possibility and Necessity.
To strip it all down the basic idea is that of ‘the grass is greener’ type ideal – Moments of despair and unhappiness can be found in all situations in life and that it is only ever up to the individual to find meaning in their current path and in the choices they make. From there Kierkegaard feels “One can run astray in all possible ways, but essentially in two. The one form is the wishful, the hankering; the other is the melancholic- fantastic. (hope in the one case, fear or dread in the other).

Rick reviewing the final takes.

Rick reviewing the final takes.

We have been great friends with Rick and Spilting Films for a while now – he interprets our music perfectly and understands our vision with very little explanation from us. He completely got this concept from the start and ran way with it – matching some really compelling ‘Hitchcockian’ visuals to some really interesting and contrasting life stories. We couldn’t be happier with the results and hope you enjoy the video!“ 

Rick directing actor David Planche through the open scene.

Rick directing actor David Planche through the open scene.

Director/ writer for the video Rick Clifford had this to say -
"I've always been a fan of Dan's writing, in that it almost goes under a guise when you listen to the melodies and instrumentation of the collective foursome, thus creating layers within the songs themselves. For Either/ Or I actively wanted to match the video to the lyrical context instead of the tone or vibe of the music itself. It was a struggle as I've always made my videos to the latter.
This one was shot with minimal crew in my house, in the space of 3 hours on a random Saturday night(between roommates cooking dinner), so it was a tad cumbersome to say the least. The execution was the easiest part of the shoot, with all the work being put into set design and rehearsal/ blocking.
The song based on its namesake, a book by Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, explores the ideas that there are only two end absolutions in life the selfish and the selfless. This is portrayed by the protagonist' pondering his potentialities forking off on varying tangents and peaking with the same resulting unhappiness.

The aim with having multiple frames within the video was to make it hard for the viewer to concentrate on any one outcome, much like the internal thoughts when thinking existentially. The videos final few seconds push the idea that once you step away from looking into oneself, you cease to reflect at all - in that the only real way to live is to be content with ones existence."

Actor David Planche and AC Tim Blackburn on break during filming.

Actor David Planche and AC Tim Blackburn on break during filming.

Click here for more on Brief Habits latest self titled release and stream the album in full here.

Watch the video below.

Steve Tyssen - "Pouring It Out" Video

We're most please with the release of our video for Steve Tyssen's "Pouring It Out" and the feedback so far has also been amazing! Shot in mid 2016, we've been slaving over the final edits to make them as on point with the original vision as possible, as well as working towards Steve's timeline for release..
Isabella McDonald still from the video.

Isabella McDonald still from the video.

“Jess is an old friend of mine so it was a no brainer asking her to sing on the track – and we had so many laughs recording it too! The song is basically about reaching the breaking point in a bad relationship or situation” - Steve Tyssen spoke of singer Jess Lean's inclusion in this track.

The crew setting up for the dance scene.

The crew setting up for the dance scene.

“The clip offers a notion that relationships sometimes manifest the individuals into playing a certain characters, keeping a certain idea of each other over time. A materialized society has forced an insecure hand over people, where our identity is categorized into a box or stereotype. In world under constant surveillance and judgment, the characters in the clip are a heightened version of themselves, a creation by fear and expectation.

The collaboration was an open canvas from the beginning with Steve Tyssen, who’s positive energy open mind allowed for creative ideas to be voiced. Our producer, Grace Julia banded together a small team of creatives and sourced an old abandoned warehouse in Brisbane as a location. Corey Donaldson provided the unique visuals and Jess Moxon searched far and wide around Brisbane sourcing props. The clip provided a subtle message to stop and smell the flowers every once and a while.” -Writer and director Bradley Murnane.

During the filming of one of Steve's scenes.

During the filming of one of Steve's scenes.

Filming during Steve's second scene.

Filming during Steve's second scene.

You can watch the video in full below.

WELCOME TO THE NEW SITE!

A new year a new site and many new projects on the cards! After an absolutely stellar 2016, which saw us working with many talented artist and extending our content to many new platforms, we're heading into 2017 with even more excitement and fun times in store! Watch this space for all updates and news from the Spilting team!

cheers
Rick & Brad