WOW, have things been busy for us at JNP-but as always, that's a good thing!!! First off, we did finish the video for Simple Mantra's "Cluster". We can say now after all the hard work and trying a few new editing tricks, that this video was a HOMERUN for us. Within 2 months, they have already got over 29,000 plays on youtube alone!!!! That is awesome and we are so stoked to be helping them get the attention they deserve. If you haven't seen it yet, please check it out here.
After that, we got to work with the nicest people on the planet, the folks at No-Loc records. This gospel group, BJWH & Change, has been playing together since the early 90's and we were fortunate enough to do their very first video for the song "Caught Up". The song is extremely catchy and tells a simple story of life and loss, told through the generations of one family, and we were honored to "bring it to life" for them. After two very energetic days filming at their locations, I was off editing for 2 weeks before showing them the results. I nervously (as always) awaited the answer on if they liked what I had done, and they called back saying they "were all crying...they loved it!” This was music to my ears. We can't wait to work with them again-- they all were the nicest and welcoming people you could ever meet. To see the finished video for "Caught Up", click here.
One of the coolest things we get to do at JNP is work with up-and-coming bands, and our next project was a great example of that. "The Parlour Shootout" is a new San Diego Alt/Heavy Rock band, featuring our very own General Manager Christina Sousa on drums. I was very happy to get a chance to film and edit a short EPK showing them recording, talking about their history together, and showing them doing what they do best, throwing down in the rehearsal room!! Keep an eye out for them as they already have a buzz building around San Diego with the handful of shows they played over the last few months. To see the video we did with them, click here.
Next we flew to our "home away from home" Denver CO, for another video with Charlie Ricks, but this one was different. This one was his "directorial" debut for the artist "Who is Jane Doed", featuring Amanda Hawkins and Bianca Mikahn for the song "While the Record Spins". It was a lot of fun working with both these talented ladies, and getting a chance to meet with Denver producer Nathan Reid. Although we have already finished editing the video, at the time of writing this, it hasn't been released. Once it’s officially out, we will post it on our page.
And finally, we recently got to work with Dan Castro out New York. Dan is the mastermind behind "Castrofate", a power metal band that has a lot of early Metallica and other thrash band influence. He was very easy to work with and flew all the way to San Diego to film his performance portion of the video. We were given creative control over the story, and had a lot of fun exploring a "big brother" themed idea. This video allowed me to try some things I don't normally get to do while editing, and I was very pleased with the results. To check it out, click here. Thankfully we had the great acting talents of Erik Fowler on board to help us bring this character, driven over the edge, to life. You might recognize Erik from our previous video we did with Christine Rage "Rock the House" video. See if you can spot him?
With all that it’s time for JNP to take a little break and have some time to recharge. Flights have already been booked for a week in Cabo before starting 2012 running full speed ahead. Already we are in talks with some heavy bands, some repeat customers, and some new to JNP. We can't wait to see what kind of videos we are going to be able to do once I get more used to my new Adobe CS 5.5 software we recently purchased. Also, JNP is heading into what we have been calling "JNP 2.0". After 3 years of growth and learning, we have decided it’s time to "take it to the next level" and expand our team so we can make even better videos moving forward.
LOOKOUT 2012...JNP IS FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS!!!!
Thanks again to everyone for their support and help in making 2011 a great year for JNP Productions....