I recently worked as the unit photographer shooting the production stills of a major music video production. It is always a joy to work with large and professional crews and this one was one of the finest I have worked with. Everyone just knew what needed to be done and did it. The whole crew moved as if one, in perfect sync and not once did I see anyone do anything that would ruin the take or slow the production (other than when the fog set off the fire alarm).
That said, I also couldn’t help be feel a sense of what is being lost in so many other works. There is an attitude of “anyone can do it” and we have armies of people out there claiming to be experts who have never even seen an actual production. This shows in the final product, whether it be a photo shoot, or a video production. I found myself wishing that these people could have the chance to see what it actually takes to do it right. So often a person entering the industry just doesn’t know what he doesn’t know.
I hope some of these photos will give a sense of what goes into the making of a professional music video, and just how beautiful the final cut is going to be as a result. Watch for it. It is “Numb” by Amy Kress.
See more photos in the unit photographer gallery on my website. Watch for updates on the release of Numb on AmyKressMusic.com
The love scene, copyright Mark Stout all rights reserved
The bar scene, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved
Director of photography nightclub scene, copyright Mark Stout all rights reserved
From the strip club scene, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved
Strip club scene, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved
Production stills from the strip club scene in music video. Copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved.
Filming the stripper scene, copyright Mark Stout
Production stills, movie crew and talent. Copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved.
Unit photographer, filming the strip scene, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved
Behind the scenes photo, copyright Mark Stout, all rights reserved.
Behind the scenes photo from Numb, an Amy Kress music video.
Strip club scene, copyright Mark Stout
Music video strip club scene, copyright Mark Stout
Production stills, copyright Mark Stout
Producer and camera operator, music video. Copyright Mark Stout
Producer and director of photography. Copyright Mark Stout
Movie crew behind the scenes, copyright Mark Stout
Aeriel view of the crew, talent and set. Copyright Mark Sout
The crew loading in. Copyright Mark Stout
Production stills, Copyright Mark Stout
Nightclub scene, Amy Kress, Numb, music video. Copyright Mark Stout
Talent waiting by the gear truck. Copyright Mark Stout
Filming the drug deal scene, copyright Mark Stout
Filming the drug deal, copyright Mark Stout