“Girls On Tv” – Tashaki Miyaki (Dir. by James Franco)

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“I didn’t hear a word you said, but I love Kurt Cobain”

In January I was in Los Angeles working on a web series called “Making A Scene with James Franco”.  It’s the third season of the show and this time around they are taking TV shows and mashing them up with famous music videos. I can’t release any details here but the show is coming out soon on Black Pills, a new content distribution platform. Once we wrapped production, I was still in LA for a couple of days hanging out with Bruce Thierry Cheung (IMDB), a talented DP/Director and executive producer for Making A Scene and bunch of other of James’s film projects. We got a call one night saying that James wanted to do a music video for his friends band, Tashaki Miyaki.

The idea was it was going to a Midnight Cowboy style run and gun shoot starring Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises, Maleficent, Atonement). The camera men were to be myself, Bruce, and the other DP from Making A Scene, Eitan Almagor. We spent a day or two talking about the visual approach and then went for a location scout. The next day we grabbed a couple of easy to conceal cameras (Sony A7s) and met up with the rest of the team at the Rabbit Bandini offices. There, the art department had rigged Juno cowgirl suit and a bicycle with little LEDs all over. We grabbed our stuff and headed out!

The first stop was a restaurant that had a mechanical bull inside. We all got some food and then Juno got on the bull and went for a ride. The restaurant was pretty full too so it was alot of fun having a whole crowd of people cheer her on while we sneaked around getting some shots. After that we headed to the main strip of Sunset and got the majority of our shots on the street and small interesting back alleys, intersections, and popping in and out of shops. Then it was on to Chinatown where we did most of the bicycle stuff. In between shots, Juno decided to have a little party break at club that was right next to us. Bruce followed her in and got some trippy shutter-streaked footage that ended up being the majority of the music video toward the end! After our last shot, we hung around for a min, said our goodbyes and went home.

On the way home we decided there was a great opportunity to make it a lyric video with floating neon text that would compliment the footage we got. We ran it by James and we was on board. I flew back to Houston and spent the next week and half slapping together an edit and then churning out the neon text FX.

All in all it was one of the fastest projects I’ve worked on but also one of the most fun! Hope you enjoy it too!


Camera: Sony A7s
Lens: Canon 24, 35, 85
Grade: Davinci Resolve


Released Feb, 22 2017
Filmed in Hollywood, California