If you haven’t seen the video, first watch it, then read:::
The concept of the video, as with the “Model in the Media” music video, was inspired by the set location. I had been to The Complex a few times previously, to record the song “Raven Fly,” as well as some other unreleased projects, but had only seen the ground floor/recording studio and knew not the wonders that lay above…
Imagine the Natural History Museum. Now combine it with Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and a Hard Rock Cafe. Finally, place it in a piss-soaked alley off 6th and Market. You’re beginning to see the beautiful madness.
So the story is born: a 1960’s era housewife is alone in her house when toys begin to come alive. Naturally she is surprised at first, but shortly comes to embrace the company and has a grand old time singing with hand puppets, running from “Godzillas” and playing chess against the actual chess pieces. Soon her husband comes home, so she hides the toys and meets him at the door with firm handshake. Just kidding.
Aaron Blumenshine, with his penchant for dramatic lighting and bold color, was the first choice for director. He also has experience with stop-motion animation, which of course would be vital to the project.
So this all sounds exactly like the Model video shoot up til now; T with concept and location, Aaron with skillz, lights and lenses. But what was really incredible about this shoot were all the people that lent a hand and their considerable talents to the project. To them I am incredible grateful:
Green Twig Salon
Located on 25th St and Church in Noe Valley, The Green Twig and more specifically Dana the owner has been so generous and incredibly, unthinkably kind to me these last few months. They are and always will be my FIRST sponsor, and my favorite salon.
So, 9 am the morning of the shoot they meet me at Green Twig and do this rad bouffant hairstyle and cat eyes…looks so awesome. Only one eye has purple eye-liner… you can just barely tell in the video. Maria, the make-up artist, Jesse, the colorist, and Dana, who styled my hair are all incredible technicians and artists.Amelia Kennedy, the photographer who introduced me to Dana and also took a lot of great shots the day of the video shoot!!
Lonster Monster (Loni), for literally lending a hand by manning several hand puppets . She also took some great photos that day.
George Rosenthal, for orchestrating the use of The Complex and lending his gear and vast knowledge to the project. Thank you for putting up with us.
To the Rosenthal Family, for letting us use their amazing space, and for their apparent dedication to the collection and protection of all things wonderful and bizarre. Thank you for putting up with us.
Ashley, Aaron’s assistant, who kept things organized and on track. Having done one shoot without her (“Model”), then one shoot with her, it was easy to tell the tremendous positive effect she had.
And finally, Mr. Andrew, the protagonist’s love interest, who not only grabbed some last minute essentials for the video like ketchup and bubble bath, but did it all in a dapper brown suit and with a fistful of yellow tulips. He is the inspiration for the song “Raven Fly”, so none of this could have happened without him anyway
Oh, and Charlie the dog. For being a dog.
But most importantly, you, people who read this far, or watched the video, or like me on Facebook, or anything else that could be translated into support for Girl Named T. Thank you. xoxoxox ~t