I remember the band Hanson from many moons ago and haven’t really heard much of them for some time. But their creative director, Paul Lawson, and DP of their new music video recently got in touch with me to tell me about the video for their new single “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin”.
It’s an homage to one of my favourite scenes from one of my favourite movies “The Blues Brothers”.
Shot entirely on the 7D using old Nikon AI lenses (found easily and cheaply on ebay) and it looks awesome. In fact it looks just bloody excellent. They even have brick walls in it with no aliasing! It’s one of the most un-DSLR looking videos I have seen and I mean that in a good way. There are no giveaways like moire or aliasing on things like guitar strings, no overuse shallow DOF, just a really well done homage to a classic scene not just in the feel but also the visual look… Here is Paul…
I recently got turned onto DSLR cameras (Canon 7D & 5D Mark II) after a long run with 35mm adaptors. I used these fantastic image making devices to DP my new music video for the band. The video concept was really a dream made reality, in which we recreated an Iconic scene from the classic 1980’s film “The Blues Brothers.” a scene in which Ray Charles performs the song “Shake Your Tail Feather” with Dan Akroid and John Belluci. It’s not really a parody of the iconic scene, but more of an homage and even has a guest performer- Weird Al Yankovic, the Godfather of parody. I chose the Canon 7D, primarily because this was before the 5D firmware finally came out and I got sick of hearing the rumors so I just went with the 7D to shoot the video. (a week later the firmware actually was released this time). I used anarray of old 80’s Nikon AI Prime Lenses to shoot the entire video, to really try an emulate the look and feel of the vintage film.
and here is the original scene from “The Blue Brothers”