Earlier this year, we worked with The Danger Days in more ways than one. Other than helping them film their music videos, Catherine (IRL, "Kate") was hired as the Location Scout for their latest music video and created their first electronic press kit. She's also been working with them as a Booking Agent.
If you didn't already know, Kate by day is an Assistant Marketing Director with a leasing corporation as a member of their field team. When The Danger Days approached Kate with the idea of an industrial-looking space, she instantly thought of one of the empty big-box store locations within the property she works in.
What really got me excited about working on this music video was being able to collaborate in a space that was vacant for some time and being able to bring life back in a creative way.
When it comes to Location Scouting, it's important to ask yourself a series of questions and ensuring you cross all you I's and T's (check out 35mm.'s Etsy store for our helpful guide!). Frankly, when it came to scouting for this particular shoot their were more unique challenges on my end. Since I worked for the company, it was only fair that I disclose that we've worked together in the past and they are a credible musical group. On top of that, it was in a department store that has been vacant for years and has its own set of controls, entrances, and a bunch of other stuff.
And since this was for the corporation I work for, there needed to be compensation. We ended up working out a trade deal through our agreement for them to perform for free during the second annual Rocktober Concert Series I put together.
After twelve hours of shooting in three separate locations within the former big-box store, the crews of The Danger Days, 35 media marketing., Urban Mouse, and some freelance friends of ours - that was a wrap!
People always say you can't mix business and friendship, but that's not true. Because of that emotional investment you have with your friends, like any relationship - all parties need to communicate their wants and needs and do their best to make it work for each other.
Although we have been friends with Paul, the drummer of TDD for years, it is really important to continue fostering your professional and personal relationships. When we all started out, all we had were each other - motivating us to do better and to pursue what we wanted.
SCRAPED UP - Official Music Video
Check out this exclusive behind-the-scenes parody of shooting Scraped Up! (Fun fact - Kate leads the guys to the old salon for a brief tour and gives them helpful advice! Do they take it?)
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