For my latest project in CIS 365: Digital Film, we were split up into groups of three to make a music video. We were given this assignment:
Pick a song. Tell a story. You cannot use dialogue – the story is completely visual. You may elect to represent the story in the song or something completely different. It’s your choice. Be aware that visual stories differing from the music background may be more difﬁcult for the viewer to decode.
That immediately removed my idea of doing a parody of The Chainsmoker’s “#Selfie.” We decided to put together a list of songs that were classic and/or funny. Some songs that we thought of were by David Hasselhoff, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Billy Idol, Kid Rock, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, and a bunch of one hit wonders. We came to the decision that we were going to do Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl.” After studying the lyrics, viewing the original music video as well as other ones, we put together a storyboard and went to filming. Filming took one day in multiple buildings and rooms. From there, we went to editing and put together the music video. During the editing process, we only had to reshoot 5 minor scenes which worked out well. OVerall, I am a huge fan of this music video and how well it turned out.
I want to thank my partners, Chris and Vandre. I want to especially thank Marissa for being Jessie’s girl.
Actors: Grant, Marissa, Vandre
Director: Grant and Chris
Video Recording: Chris and Grant