When we decided to start focusing on locally produced videos of music artists from St. Louis, we just knew that there would be some hidden gem that we'd uncover. Something so good and well done that we'd be upset at ourselves for not hearing of it previously. Today is the day that inkling comes true.
Brian Owens, a soul-singer with a voice that absolutely demands you pay attention, makes a showing in this clever, well-choreographed video directed by Ben Kaplan of Act3 and I Heart Buffets. The song is a slow-burning soul journey of an ode to Brian's wife with vocals that give any classic soul singer a run for their money.
Ben Kaplan said:
"My unofficial motto when it comes to film is, “cause as many problems as you solve.” It speaks to the unpredictable and often chaotic nature of the medium. Cameras, actors, extras, props, locations are all variables that add complexity to a project. But that motto also peaks to the unrealistic search for perfection in the medium. Sometimes, you can never quite exactly manifest the image you have in your head. Too many things to control. But, sometimes it turns out better than you could have ever imagined. This is one of those stories."
Brian had a great idea, “I want to show what it is like to have an affair with my wife,” he said. I nodded and stroked my beard— as I am want to do when thinking intently on an idea. I loved it, but how do we show that exactly?
The end product is a great example of how community comes together to support authentic art. From Brian’s beautiful song to Amanda’s quick change behind a scrim at 4 months pregnant to the ENTIRE family— kids included—pitching in to Scott Smith and the entire Big Club Hall team constructing sets and shopping for just the right slinky little dress to the crew of enthusiastic “stage hands” who participated knowing full well that their roles would involve eight hours of choreographed manual labor, this piece came to life only because of ALL of those involved. Everyone had a sense of ownership over the piece and it was very clear from the level of enthusiasm throughout the day.
Read the entire piece on Brian Owen's blog here.
Behind the Scenes Videos
Brian Owens performs Friday, April 18th at the Sheldon Concert Hall as Ray Charles in an ongoing Masters Series. Bad ass.
Thanks to Scott Gericke for the heads up.