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Azaelia Banks // Complex Media

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Complex Media Presents

Azealia Banks

As is tradition, when a new year comes, new resolutions do too. Many resolutions have to do with working out more or eating healthier, all of which in turn help with one's overall mental health. With these thoughts in mind we wanted to highlight a recent project shot by Complex Media at our stages. The video is an eight minute introspective on the world-renowned recording artist Azealia Banks. The piece goes into detail about the limelight that sometimes prevents superstars like herself from being seen as a ‘real person’. This limelight places stars like her in a place where fans may forget that these artists also go through the same day to day struggles as us, as well as some different ones that fans may not be aware of at all. Due to the constant microscope on their daily affairs and pressure to be perfect, as well as constantly pushing out new, riveting work, the burden on these artists is very real. Azealia and the video itself come across as very raw, as you see wide shots of our NYC studio space and the equipment used, while the artist goes into harsh detail about her hardships to find proactive ways to push her mental health forward in a positive way. Her music comes across as very strong and happy, but as stated, she is nothing more than a flawed human like the rest of us. We absolutely love this piece and the new perspective it sheds on not only her life but a lot of entertainment industry big shots lives’. 

In summation, Azealia states “Every day is a difficult time, I’m Azealia Banks.” Thank you to Complex Media for choosing our film production studio, and a big thank you to Azealia for being so honest with the public about such a sensitive subject. We hope each and everyone of you is able to conquer your 2018 resolutions for a better outlook and overall life.

Mac Demarco // Pitchfork Live

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In celebration of Mac Demarco's new album, "This Old Dog", our friends over at Pitchfork thought it'd be a nice gesture to film a live stream performance at our very own Brooklyn soundstage on Monday evening. Before long our studio was filled with some of the bands friends and fans to provide more of an authentic feel to the whole playing to an audience of people at home tuning in on their computers and/or other respective electronic devices. About a quarter of the way through the set, Mac even invited everyone in the studio to come up and sit down around the band to make themselves more comfortable. It was quite the intimate evening of sharing new music along with some hilarious antics in honor of the latest album that dropped just last week. 

This marked the first live stream session we've hosted at our photo studio rental space with Pitchfork and we could not be happier with the results. The set up was fairly straightforward with minimal lighting, some fog and the camera crew surrounding the stage for multiple angles while the band played on our stage in front of some multicolored flats. There was a small team in our back office editing video and cutting shots on the spot for your viewing pleasure. If you missed the actual live stream, don't worry; it's up and available for you to watch here. Grab some popcorn and a beer and enjoy the show!

words and photos by: Justin Buschardt

Paper Mag // Kat Von D

More Than Meets The Eye

Paper Magazine teamed up with Kat Von D to highlight seven women who are making waves in todays pop culture and challenging the ideas surrounding beauty and success. Hair and Makeup featuring Kat Von D's new tattoo liner each applying with her own flare. Check out the inspirational video below and follow the link to the full interview. Video was produced by Extra Extra Creative and features Baddie Winkle, Beverly Johnson, Susanne Bartsch, Carmen Carrera, Dai Burger, Chantel Jeffries, and Kennedy Grace.

Enjoy!

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Bright Light Bright Light Music Video

Earlier this year, Bright Light Bright Light shot several music videos as well as the album artwork for his latest album Choreography. Rod Thomas, the face of BLBL, is a Welsh singer/songwriter delivering vibrant synthpop dance hits such as All In The Name featuring vocals by Elton John. Check out the video below and look forward to more this summer!

Bleeker Music Video Release

Canadian alternative rock band Bleeker just released their self-titled debut album last week featuring hit single 'Highway'. The music video, produced by Eleven Seven Music features several scenes shot here in studio with the car driven right inside and onto the cyc. Just one of the awesome benefits of having a ground-floor location! 

http://fivesevenmusic.com/artists/bleeker/

https://www.facebook.com/BleekerOfficial/

 

 

 

It's a Big Hit!! Mihwa Kim - K-Pop Music Video

Hoon Entertainment Inc just released the music video they produced for Korean pop singer Mihwa Kim titled "It's a Big Hit." We had a small crew and about 15-20 dancers in the studio for the day shooting various combinations of choreography. Pretty cool what you can do with some simple lighting and a nice white cyc. They had so much content they made a few versions of the video, check them out below.

http://hoonentertainment.com/main/

Drive-In Music Video

Street level access means more than just a super efficient load-in and load-out. You can drive right onto our Cyc and use the car as a prop. Recently Eleven 7 Music was in the studio shooting a music video for one of their artists new singles set for release next month. The crew brought in a Dodge Challenger which was already pretty cool. Throw in some dancing, a projector, and some fast music and this video was looking pretty hot. 

http://elevensevenmusic.com/

Proclamation Punctuation: A Fashion Film

Sewra Kidane saw her creative vision come to life this week at Be Electric. Her latest project Proclamation Punctiation is sure to make waves. Bold, elegant, and powerful, Ayo Jackson was perfectly cast. Everything from the lighting to the outfits to the props were all crafted specifically for this film and they all complement each other perfectly. Shot on our in-house RED Epic Dragon.

Conceptual Dance Video

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brooklyn soundstage - If you made it to Barclay's Center last weekend for Maxwell's Valentines Day concert, you might recognize these dancers. Filmmakers Kristjan Thorgeirsson and Matthew Mendelson were in the studio shooting this beautiful choreography which would be projected as a backdrop at the show. The dancers, Annellyse Munroe and Lloyd Boyd, had great chemistry and were just incredible to watch. Check out some of these shots from behind the scenes!               www.matthewmendelson.com                    www.annellysemunroe.com