On Making a New Family Music Video

It’s that time of year again. The time when I scramble to think of something to get my mom for her birthday, and end up making a music video for her instead, roping the rest of my family into the project. If you’ll recall, a few years ago we did Copacabana, and then last year it was The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Don’t remember them? Well, here you go:

This year, I was initially planning on doing a version of Stayin’ Alive. It was going to be pretty epic, with dance offs and more. But the more I thought about it, the more I decided that was just going to be too difficult to pull off. So instead, I decided to go with something easier. More straightforward. And when my mom posted a link to a Carpenter’s concert on her Facebook page, things really came together.

I plotted out the story, worked out the shots, went over all of it with the family, and then shot it last night. I edited the whole thing on my iPad this time, and I was amazed at how easy it was. It helps that I’ve had some experience doing it by now. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. A little less comic than the previous ones, but you have to mix things up from time to time, right?

Right.

Anyway–here it is, in case you haven’t seen it already. Happy birthday, Mom!

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