This video for Woodhands' 'I Wasn't Made For Fighting' was directed by Asif Mian. I cut it in July of 2008, and it was up for Video of the year at the Slamdance Festival. Asif and I battle like crazy when we work together - what do you expect from an Indian and a Pakistani? - but when the dust settles, the product is frametite. Check out Woodhands' music at woodhands.com, and Asif Mian's at evaq.com.
Foo Fighters - 'Let it Die'
Puddle of Mudd - 'Famous'
I was reunited with the first editor I assisted, Sean Fullan, on an annniversary project for Harley-Davidson. Producers Batwin & Robin won a bid to create a DVD for Harley-Davidson customers, showing the original hog company's celebration of its 105th anniversary in Milwaulkee, Wisconsin. Sean cut the footage of exhibits, interviews and parades, while I cut the multicam footage of some of the acts that performed. Along with Joan Jett, ZZ Top and country acts like Dierks Bentley, I had a blast cutting this song from Puddle of Mudd's song 'Famous'. I had never listened to them before, and producer Elle Kamihira agreed that this song was one of the best performances of the event. You can see more from the 105th anniversary at tinyurl.com/harley105th. Check out other work by Batwin & Robin at batwinandrobin.com, and get into Puddle of Mudd at puddleofmudd.com.
The Giraffes 'Wage Earner'
I got into Brooklyn's finest Rock & Roll band, The Giraffes, in the winter of 2004. Going to see them rip at Mercury Lounge was a twice-a-month blowout bash. After I got to know the band members, Bengt Anderson was hired to direct 'Wage Earner', the second track from their second, self-titled album, and I was hired to edit. Lead guitarist Damien Paris imagined a video in which he gets beaten up by scantily clad trollops. Bengt obliged, and I was left to cut the chaos into 2 minutes and 22 seconds of screaming, unchained guitar glory. Giraffes' photographer Todd Kancar cameos as a wigged saxophone player. This is the clean cut. Don't even ask about the dirty one. You can find out more about The Giraffes at thegiraffes.com.