This song, which I consider my best release to date, is getting a music video, and its first filming day is 24 February 2023! Ahead of filming, this post covers the storyboard and concept artwork I drew.
I know I've written at length about The Drummer's Prayer in two separate posts; these covered the process of making the track, as well as the feelings that went into that track. Translating these feelings and intentions into visuals is tricky, especially considering that we have a finite amount of space to play with -- filming is intended to be carried out at Soundskills. Given the amount of props, poses, and shots I have covered in the images in this post, this will require more than one filming day.
The recording of the drum kit will need to be done in another, separate session -- and it is worth mentioning that the Soundskills drum kit is the same one I use for my session work and recordings. It is currently damaged -- weather damage to the building caused damage to it -- and it in the process of being maintained and reskinned.
Today, I would like to talk about a selection of these images. The full list of them can be viewed on Newgrounds; I am in the process of slowly releasing them on both my Twitter and Cohost pages.
The video ultimately took on the colour scheme of blue, yellow, white, and black, because our film crew were aiming for a cooler colour scheme than the previous music video recorded at Soundskills, which was At the Ends of the Earth. That video also relied on building set pieces, so we have some experience with this for the upcoming video.
Full disclosure: this video, At the Ends of the Earth, and Mio/Homura were filmed by the crew from Soundskills, through the Alison Project. If I understand correctly, the Alison Project receive council funding (though, I currently do not know if it is from Preston City Council, or Lancashire County Council, or both) to undertake creative projects for those in the community of Brookfield and in the greater area of Preston, and especially for those who do not have the means to fund such projects.
When Mio/Homura and At the Ends of the Earth were filmed, I was still an asylum seeker, forbidden from taking employment, and therefore I had no means of income. The Alison Project gave me the means of expressing at least two of my songs visually. I planned these videos together with the film crew; from these planning sessions, I gained the confidence to storyboard my own videos. As my skill for drawing grew, so did my confidence. I am now able to work, and able to pay for at least some of the things that are going into this video, but I don't think I'm able to fully fund a project like this just yet.
I am now in the headspace of preparing for the music video for The Drummer's Prayer. I have been in that headspace ever since we agreed upon the first filming date. The first filming session, at least, is going to be an hours-long affair. I am keeping both a text checklist and a mental checklist of the props I need, the makeup to gather and bring with me, the instruments I need to bring with me... it is going to be exhausting perhaps, but certainly fun. I look forward to it, and I hope you all do too.
I hope to get some behind-the-scenes footage or photographs for the next post that I write about this. I feel it would be nice to share and demystify the process. No guarantees on that one, but I'll certainly try!