Stone Irr

LateHW today: Music Video "In the Rain" by Stone Irr !

"I wanted my friend Hugh to take the artist lead of directing this video. He really loved the track and decided to hone in on the uneasiness and discomfort expressed in the lyrics. So what better way to do that than have a mannequin follow you around while wearing the same clothes as you?" -SI

Check Stone Irr out on Spotify, Facebook, and Bandcamp.

Requiem Fo Dat A$$ | A Holy Child Halloween Special

LateHW Today: "Requiem Fo Dat A$$ | A Holy Child Halloween Special" a spooky music video collaboration between Holy Child and Primrose Path Productions.

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We also have an exclusive interview with Primrose Path Productions (director: Savannah Power) and Holy Child:

What was The Holy Child’s inspiration for the song? What was Primrose Path Production’s vision for the music video and how much collaboration was involved with this creation?

PPP: The Holy Child came to me with the idea of doing a 1930s Dracula movie-inspired video with some hints of voodoo mixed in. I immediately loved the idea and through discussions we discovered the plot of Dracula luring a young woman (Johanna) to his lair with the help of his henchmen. I watched the old Dracula film again and tried to incorporate some of its elements into our film, while still giving it a modern realist twist. My biggest contribution to the film I think was the idea of the wedding scene at the end, I just really wanted that POV shot coming down the aisle before the end reveal. We originally had them marrying at the end and that was it – no twist! But we all felt kind of icky about letting this poor damsel fall into Dracula’s hands so easily. It was actually Robert the lead singer who came up with the idea for the twist ending which I LOVED and immediately adopted.

HC: The song was a group collaboration, one that is pretty equally written between band members and their parts in the song. This also being the first song written in this manner with the current line up for musicians (Robert, Johanna, Ferny, Anthony, and Zeke). The song having its own creepy tone, inspired the lyrics (written by Robert) to relish in a ghoulish storytelling of his own character. Once written, music video ideas started pouring out, and as soon as a music video was suggested to Savannah (Primrose Path Productions) she was able to pick up on exactly what we were envisioning and the creative flow began.

2. We love the addition of the close up of the girl’s fist clenching the keys, very relatable and that along with other elements (that we don’t want to spoil) elevate this from the typical “I’m checking this girl out” theme by making her a little smarter than the typical horror protagonist. What inspired this? Without spoiling the ending did you guys put any other elements that fit this idea of realism in a fantastical story?

HC: The music video idea is inspired by the 1934 film Dracula, but with our own 21st century twist. We didn't feel right about a "damsel in distress" situation. 

PPP: Trigger Warning: I know I said this already, but I’m extremely glad you commented on that particular shot. The key shot is an externalization of what I call “rape fear” which is something that most women constantly have nagging at them as they walk home at night, go places alone, go running etc. I included this specific image in the video to recognize that this fantasy story isn’t so far removed from our natural world and that this horror is in fact, real. I’ve also had several men ask me since this came out what the deal with the keys was and that in of itself is proof that we still need to have more dialogue about women’s experience of rape culture. Not only did I want her to be smarter than the average damsel, but I wanted her character to be an echo chamber for women everywhere; wanted women to feel represented and empowered as she battles Dracula like a badass.

4. How did you guys decide on lighting and the stylistic choice of going black and white? 

PPP: I think most people have a soft spot for old Hollywood films and sometimes I think it’s nice to pay tribute in a sense to all the creations that have come before us; the black and white 4:3 choice is symbolic of both of those themes for me.

HC: We wanted to keep it feeling like an old horror film.


5. I love how the song builds and gets more and more chaotic? How did you guys decide on the crazier bits where these epic guitar solos are happening/the world seems to be spinning around her to elevate the story?

PPP: Pretty early on we decided that the breakdown Latin section would be associated in the video with the “trance” that Dracula’s bite puts our damsel into. The fun part of that for me was in the editing, and trying to make the video escalate the same smooth way the music does!

HC: Writing a song is a lot like writing a story; with an intro, climax, and conclusion. The crazier bits came about from our collective and eclectic musical backgrounds that span many cultures and genres. 


6. Clearly this was inspired by classic horror films-- what’s your favorite horror movie?

PPP: Hmm that’s a tough one…I think I’m going to go with “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night” which is fitting for this conversation as well…

HC: Honestly, we are not super into horror films, and are a buncha scaredy cats. It wasn't about a love for horror as much as a love for old hollywood style classic movies with bombastic props and unreal scenes. 


7. Thoughts on Twilight as a representation of vampires? 

PPP: No comment…

HC: Glitter wasn't in the budget. 

8. Is there a specific a$$ that inspired the title to this song?

HC: Robert (the singer/Dracula) is married to Johanna (keyboardist/damsel) and he went about telling the story of falling in love with her through the eyes of a crazed animalistic character. 

PPP: I think we all know it’s Johanna ;)

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Follow Holy Child on Facebook and Instagram.

TWENTY

Today on Late Homework we are featuring an episode of Lily Richard's web series, Twenty, entitled "Liz".

When asked about which episode would fit best with our Light & Dark theme,

"I think an episode that would fit well would be episode 9. Its one of the easiest to grasp out of context and it has a good mixture of light and dark in terms of individual relationships. I.e. Good people, bad people, and how no one is really one or the other. It also deals with how people change and how the past informs our decisions and who we try to be," - LR

"My goal for Twenty is to open a doorway for comedies that are relatable to everyone while highlighting the experience of LGBT women in today’s world. As a now 22-year-old proud member of the LGBT community, I wish that something similar to ‘Twenty’ had been available to me when I was growing up" Quote from Lily's Directorial Statement (read the whole statement on Twenty's website).

You can also check out the entire series on Twenty's Youtube Channel.

First Time

LateHW today turned in extremely late by Shefali Vasudevan a short titled "First Time."

"I meant to edit this at the beginning of the month, but got caught up with a million things, so this is more of a 'work in progress web series' if you will. 'The Female Gaze' will explore and expose different aspects of the Female brain. When Walker Sayen (d.p.) and I met up to think of style and concept for this piece we wanted to do a play on the classic 'male gaze' trope--men falling in love with women, stalking them, and the whole world thinking this is romantic for some reason!

Anyways, that's how this idea was born. The script itself is based off of something extremely personal to me so ahh okay I'm going to stop talking and let ya'll just watch. Hope you enjoy and feel like you can relate to titular character Jen played by the lovely Camra Godwin! (shout out also to On Shiu as Andy <3 )" - SV

Check out Shefali's work on her Youtube or Vimeo Page and Walker's Vimeo or his current project Scarborough. 

A History of Us

Today's featured LateHW: the short film "A History of Us" by Savannah Power.

"For A History of Us I wanted to focus on the cyclical nature of relationships over time. As the piece travel backwards through time, we start to see that their arguments are built on top of each other, and that while they’re having new fights, they’re still revisiting the same topics and core issues. By the end, the audience knows more about their relationship than they do, which makes it painful to see the male character’s naiveté at the end when he says “I don’t think we’ll be fighting much more”. There’s something about relationships being a “one-take” situation where you can never know the outcome; it’s only when you play it all back in your head that it becomes more clear; that intrigued me.

I feel that complex relationships aren’t often seen on screen - most of the time if a couple argues or has issues they’re “not meant to be” and the audience roots for their relationship’s demise, but in reality it’s much more complex than that. A lot of my recent material focuses on healthy couples that still have fears and doubts and insecurities, but it doesn’t mean the relationship is doomed. I wanted to expose the complexities and fears of the average relationship" -SP

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Check out more of Savannah's work through her production company: Primrose Path Productions!

You can also follow Primrose Path Productions on Social Media:

Instagram: @primrosepathproductions, Facebook: Primrose Path Productions

Reverse Psychology

To kick off our new theme Exposed, Chandler Kilgore-Parshall shared with us the final episode of his web series Reverse Psychology in which an inept psychologist, at risk of losing his practice, exploits his patients’ stories for personal fame.

(Psst! If you want to catch up on the previous episodes first, head over to Funny or Die or Youtube).

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“The ideas of reinvention and exposure appeal to me as a writer because you can flesh out what a character wants to be perceived as versus who they truly are, almost like two characters for the price of one. It’s the Yin and Yang of the human condition.

With Reverse Psychology, I love exploring Dr. Xanderhoot’s need to be recognized as successful and personable enough to get his own TV show. Ironically, it is during therapy sessions where his clients are supposed to open up to him. Throughout the series, we slowly unravel Xanderhoot’s insecurities and why he wants a new start. Either you like him or dislike him, but you’ll understand why Xanderhoot is the way he is.”

About Chandler Kilgore-Parshall: Living in Los Angeles, Chandler embarks on a professional career in screenwriting and producing for film and television. 

Chandler has worked at The Jim Henson Company as a Creative Affairs/Development Assistant for scripted programming. In Casting and Pre-Production at 10x10 Entertainment on reality shows like VH1's America's Next Top Model and Lace Up: The Ultimate Sneaker Competition for Youtube. Wanting to create his own content, Chandler has always been passionate about uniquely intimate stories that make people laugh, cry and reflect.