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Marco Polo "Nostalgia" (Feat. Masta Ace) dir. by Kris Schackman

Nicely done HIP-HOP video...

Hi-Res Obtusity

ifearpopmusic, April 20, 2007 at 12:55:35 AM CEST

Wow. That track is HOT.

The video matches well... long shots for long verses. A homespun feel with the rather impatient steadicam to match the late-90s sample-heavy feel. overall, a fantastic compliment to the track.

[EDIT] On second viewing, forgot to note the well-executed, subtle cuts in the sequence shots. Very Hitchcock.

tommito, April 20, 2007 at 7:23:20 AM CEST

Very enjoyable. It didn't feel long at all.

antiville, April 20, 2007 at 9:55:46 AM CEST

Yeah very 90's, but what's good about that? Hate it when band/public lip sync to samples, fucking awful! Also the camera format let this down, if it was a higher spec camera and better grade it would've made all the difference. The vignette was diabolical, very amateur.

Although, the opening shot was bliss, really set it up for something great, it goes downhill from there.

shatner, April 20, 2007 at 12:52:27 PM CEST

Antiville. When you make a music video you are given a bit of money to make it with called a budget. This budget will sometimes dictate what camera format you can shoot on, and what you online on too.

dommy, April 20, 2007 at 3:19:07 PM CEST

agree w. shatner. i like the fact this is a real video

antiville - would love to know why you're slamming this one so hard. have you directed any vids recently that we can take a look at to see how best to handle sync, edit, grade etc (on 35mm please). x

antiville, April 20, 2007 at 3:35:11 PM CEST

budget? never heard of the word, so thanks for the pointer Mr.Shatner sir. Can i go to the lav now? Even if this video was say $5k you can still get a tasty bit of kit and if you can't afford an online grade then there's a few 'home' programmes.

And Dommy, i thought this was a forum. If i think it's good or bad i have the right to say so. I've got buddies that shoot videos for the above amount and manage to scramble together 35mm all the time. I can't divulge how they do it, as everyone would be following suit. Let's just say they ask nicely in all the right places.

ali_taylor, April 20, 2007 at 4:05:28 PM CEST

Love the sarcasm going on here. Better than the video really which is neither that great or that awful.

dommy, April 20, 2007 at 4:14:47 PM CEST

of course you have the right... all i'm suggesting is that if you're going to critique someone's work/project it would be more helpful to the director (and reader) to know the reasons why you slag something off/praise it. it would add some weight to your arguments, and your point may take on validity for other people who look at this site. as it is, comments like that (combined with everyone choosing anonymity, it) just seems a bit hollow and pointless to me... with regards to your friends' videos - great that they can blag 35mm. they're obviously onto something if they can make great work for that budget; would love to see some examples.

daveycockett, April 20, 2007 at 4:26:06 PM CEST

Kind of agree with Dommy there... yes, its a forum and the nature of it means that anybody can say whatever they want. However, its pretty weak not backing it up and kind of lessens the value of such an amazing site as a whole if people don't justify their anonymous sweeping comments...negative or positive.

Oh, and I really wish I knew how to shoot a promo on 35mm for 5 k US dollars !!! C, mon Antiville... you must admit you are kind of priviliged in that sense?

antiville, April 20, 2007 at 4:37:10 PM CEST

i thought i did give reasons? What else am i supposed to do? I take MV's for what they are. Not as a commodity, just visuals that accompany/interpret the track. In this sense 'yes' the video works. It's an urban track and it's an urban video. I guess i'm just an anally retarded perfectionist who spots things that would bug the hell out of me if i created them.

and yes Davey, it's a very priviliged status to wield 35mm in todays industry. I'll ask the guys and girls who have this luck if i may post their efforts here. But, i'm guessing if my name is somehow connected with these posts they'll be torn apart anyway. Such is life.

progosk, April 22, 2007 at 11:19:21 PM CEST

late to this, but: loved the track, really liked the vid. one of the rare times this kind of stuff felt sincere. (prolly would've done less so on 35mil.)

freshhead, May 2, 2007 at 12:23:52 AM CEST

well late to this...but I love it too I have to say. A simple vid that doesn't stick to the over-saturated form of mainstream hip hop videos. It always helps when the song is good as well.

marcovid, October 3, 2007 at 5:10:34 AM CEST

Wow!! You guys talked a lot about this. The budget was only $3k I hear. Who the f' cares enough to bash it so much. I think the opening passing through those quarter water bottles was dope! I wish I could see this on HD like it was shot.

How can you make a video look like this for $3k?

Its already a classic. I think over 300,000 views between Youtube and Myspace alone.

Well Done.


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