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Video Shoot All-Nighter

ImageLast night while most of the eastern U.S. was sleeping, several of my most talented friends and I shot a music video. The song was “Sucker Punch Town,” the title track from Dodd Ferrelle‘s latest release. For Dodd, the song is about how the dark side of a music scene – the drugs, depression, and everything else that we usually don’t talk about – can drag people into self-destructive behavior. For me, it’s about how damned hard it is for any artist in any medium to battle through our own vices and the darker side of the world in order to keep doing what we do, and how it’s essential to our humanity that we do just that: battle through, rise above, and create.

The concept of the video is gritty, and we shot it on Washington Street in downtown Athens, Georgia. We completely occupied one of the busiest blocks of Athens for about three hours, from around 2:30 AM to 5:30 AM. This required permits, conversations with the police (whose primary question was, “Will there be any weapons involved?”), chasing away the last of the night’s club hoppers and bar flies, and some very skilled camera work from Jonathan W. Hickman and David Smith to deal with the low and intermittent light along the street.

I had never taken over a public location like that to shoot something, and it was amazing. Despite the hours (can’t ever remember napping from 11 PM until 2 AM then getting up to do something), the adrenaline was flowing and we got everything we set out to get, right on the schedule we had planned.

None of this would have happened if we hadn’t had such an incredible group of people working with us. When my wife, Alicia, and I were contemplating the generosity and spirit of the friends who agree to come downtown in the middle of the night and work, we simultaneously landed on the same reference. In the “Gi-Ants” episode of Phineas & Ferb, Phineas says, “You know what I like about our friends? We say things like, ‘We’re gonna douse you in ant pheromones.’ And they’re just like, ‘Okay, whatever.’ They’re so cool.” Dodd and I asked our cast and crew to rehearse the night before then report for a call time at 3:00 AM, and they were like, “Okay, whatever.”

So from Late Fall Productions, my partner and amazing wife Alicia, and me, THANK YOU to everyone who worked on the project: Jonathan, David, Kevin Eagleson, Myron Tucker, Amy Severson, Jeff Marshall, Joelle Re’ arp-Dunham, Adam Poulin, Sean Polite, Eric Gregory, and Anita Blaschak.

Now it’s time to edit the video, and I can’t wait to put it out into the world.

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