Monday, September 26, 2011

A man and his camera.

Posted by AreJay Smith
1993, a young boy sat in a theater mesmerized by a film that would change his life and set his career in stone. The film was Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. The young boy was Brian Bailey.
“Prior to wanting to pursue film, I wanted to be a writer” he said, and continued with, “I begged for a home movie camera for Christmas and started making short films in my backyard like every other kid with a camcorder.” Brian has worked on several short film projects and now is one of the leading film makers who covers live local bands and music videos.

His first professional experience, he worked as a production assistant for the film “Living and Dying” shot by John Keeyes. Then he goes on to explain what his job consisted of. “My job was to guard the closed set and Edward Furlong’s trailer.” During that brief time Brian had to come to realize he had a lot to learn about the business. “That day on set was fun, but I knew I had a long way to go, so I went out and began doing my own stuff more than ever before and started teaching myself as much as I could.”
Brian also had tried to get on a pilot as crew saying, “I was the only guy who showed up for crew.” Due to certain issues the pilot got put on hold, but it wasn’t all bad for Brian. He had met two guys, Riley Morris and Naaman Rodges, who he would grow a friendship with, and soon their production company Shut Up and Prance , which was put together after the three worked on a comedy short film “The Legend of Pimp Jacket” .

Question. Have you ever been on YouTube looking for one of your favorite local bands to listen to their song, because you deeply love that song? After 15 minutes searching just for that one video, you finally find the one clip of that song? You go to listen and watch it...the video is shaky, blurry, and sometimes so dark you can't see a thing? Then the audio is so distorted, muffled, and just plainly so bad that you close the tab in frustration? In other words to modify a line from Suicidal Tendencies’s Institutionalized “All I wanted was to listen to my song and YouTube wouldn’t give it to me!” This was one of the reasonings behind Brian’s determination to pursue Intent Films with full force.

Brian’s full explanations surrounding Intent Films,
“I personally kind of hate watching most live band videos, because the camera is so far back from the stage, or the performers, that it just makes me wish I was there to see the real thing and I feel disconnected with the music. I try to make videos that put you in the moment as much as possible with the performers. I got started by looking at local musicians that I was interested in as a fan and viewing their YouTube videos and realizing they sucked. This is by no fault of the musician’s; it was just bad camera work by a fan, or a video guy that was approaching the video in a half ass manner.” and finished with, “So I approached My Wooden Leg and Whiskey Folk Ramblers and offered to do video for them as a favor. Great bands deserve great video.”

I asked Brian if being a musician himself had any advantages and he replied with, “Absolutely. I can usually predict changes in the song and adapt my camera work to it. For instance, I may be focusing on the guitarist, and if I can predict when the chorus is coming I can find the right moment to start moving my camera to the lead vocalist in order to flow with the song.” I then asked him, "What is the difference between shooting live and a music video?" “Definitely, you can’t control the environment of a live show, but you can on a video set. I can stop things, change lighting, get artists to repeat actions, choreograph motions, etc.” It's obvious that Brian found himself a niche with capturing live shows saying, “In regards to my live music work, I have been shooting live music for a while. There’s a beautiful thing about live music: everything that happens on the stage only happens once. Even if it’s the same song on another night, the performance is never the exact same twice. I’ve always made it my job to capture that moment as intimately and accurately as possible.” I finished with asking him "You’ve done a few music videos. Can you share some tips?" He went on to say “Communication and cooperation. When shooting a music video, you’re working with an artist that has a set vision. It’s the director’s job to ensure that the vision translates well to video. So you have to be certain of what the artist is looking for and they are okay with your concepts as well.”

Brian has accomplished much, and in my opinion, is quickly rising to the top in the DFW music scene, so I asked, "After conquering DFW, what area's next?" He responded quite modestly with, “I haven’t conquered anything man. And I’m not planning a world take over or anything. I’d like to work with bands that I have interest in, regardless of their location. For instance, I’m a huge fan of J. Roddy Walston and The Business. It’s kind of a secret goal to maybe one day do a video with those guys.” But music isn’t the only thing in Intent’s future. “It’s quickly turning into a future for music videos, short films, and documentaries.” Later on, I also ask if there was a script in the works. “Yeah, I have a few scripts that I’ve been nurturing for a while now. I gradually add to them. I have one or two that I’m really proud of and I think will be great. One of them is an indie sci-fi thriller. There’s sci-fi elements, but it’s not the focus. The best way I can describe it is Little Miss Sunshine meets Enemy of the State.” Earlier I asked him about his work with Lone Star Film Festivals and his experience to which he responded, “I had a great time doing some small stuff for the Lone Star Film Festival. I met a lot of really great people, but I’d rather be showing my films in the festival than volunteering or working in it.” It's clear that Brian Bailey has huge plans for Intent Films.

As a music and film lover myself, I not only respect, but get excited when I find someone who bridges the gap between the two. The passion I see in his work, and from what I’ve learned on a personal level as a friend, has made it clear he’s the real deal. His balance of professionalism and pure love for both music and film sparked me to feature him on I’ve concluded we both are trying to do several of the same things, but in our own ways, his being the more obvious. Music, film, games and photography since the 20th century all have gone hand and hand. Whether it’s the iconic Jaws theme signaling the audience to watch out or Michael Jackson as a zombie on his iconic track “Thriller”, there are countless connections between all these forms of art. Because of people like Brian and their goals, I decided to pursue

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