Somebody Else

“I’m reminded that I should be getting over it.”

I haven’t created a video since September 2014, a moment where I thought I was putting the solo producer ambitions of my adolescence and college years behind me. Almost three years have passed, though, and I’d still feel a nag in my subconscious to constantly visualize the music floating in and out my ears. Emote the story and life of lyrics being sung via my car’s stereo from the mouth’s of artists around the world.

And then I heard that one lyric (above). I couldn’t stand the urge anymore. I picked up my relatively newly refurbished camera (thanks Amazon) and sought out the lovely Alex Daugherty to help me make sense of what I was trying to accomplish with The 1975’s “Somebody Else.”

To be fair, I really hadn’t a clue what I was looking for in terms of scene composition. I wanted something stylistically serene, yet also something amorphous and aesthetically pleasing. I chose a beach at random along the Pacific Coast Highway; it was mid-January and I was fully aware no one else would be present to ruin the serenity. The stillness of the beach was important: it represented the quietness shared by two people in love and simultaneously falling out of it. It’s only them in their relationship. No one else.

All said and done, the process of cutting together the pieces which I collected not knowing how I wanted them collected was the most enjoyable part of this experience. In getting my groove back, I had a blank slate.

The black/white sketch filter proved to be an imperative feature of the emotional journey I attempted to tell (up to you if I was successful). Nothing is black and white in a relationship, but either party probably sees it that way. There’s one person’s perspective (as black) and there’s also someone else’s (as white). It flickers back and forth. White changes to black, vice versa. It’s ever-changing…so are we, in tandem with each other.

Many thanks to The 1975 for giving me a platform to express.

Many thanks to you for watching.

Behind the Scenes: “Let Her Go”

UPDATE: Watch the new, full video here!

I’m not usually one to take people behind the camera lens as I create my videos (unless I’m getting paid to!), but with my upcoming work for Passenger’s breakout hit “Let Her Go” I just had the urge to. Sometimes you just gotta roll with those urges.

“Let Her Go” is an extremely evocative song, filled with so much emotion, perfectly balancing heartbreak with happiness and a tinge of future uncertainty. I used all three in creating my vision for the song.


While I don’t want to spoil the premise of the whole film, I will say that I structured it as a film within a film. One character finds a DVD another character left behind and plays it, watching all the heartbreak, happiness, and future uncertainty unfold before his own eyes. It’s more of a film that will illustrate an acceptance of the blending of those three.

I’m struggling, however, with the effects, as I want a nostalgic tone, but not so much so that it looks like a movie from the ’80s (which has been a bit of my mantra the past couple of films). It’s a bit of challenge to separate what’s the real film and what’s the film on the DVD, but I’ve been working out different methods on this challenge.

One thing is for sure, though, it’s all slowly but surely coming together. As it always does, I suppose.

But hey, if we can’t celebrate the coming together but only the finished product, where’s the fun in that?