I pulled a muscle in my neck this morning, so I’m not having a great time typing or sitting upright right now. I’ll keep it short.
The friends at Rhymesayers called me up in January, very excited about an idea. I was in the middle of a commercial project that was getting bigger by the week, and was just fantasizing about doing another music video with my friends at Scandinavia and goofing off on set. The timing was good. The guys had a very fun premise: Bonnie and Clyde with old people. They also made it clear that we won’t try to be funny or try to laugh at them, but these are folks who love what they do and love each other, and we should envy their conviction.
I’ve actually never seen Bonnie and Clyde, instead I just watched Friends of Eddie Coyle again (after Mr. Oswalt reminded me what a great film it was), as well as some older Takeshi Kitano movies, scouted a bunch of Bay locations (places I’ve shot at and loved, such as Viracocha, as well as places I’ve always wanted to shoot at, like the race track), and began re-writing the story.
I originally wanted to cast Silk E from The Coup as the lady, but there was a scheduling conflict, so I ended up going with Chinaka Hodge, based on Boots’ recommendation. She was actually younger than me, but she just looked so badass killing hipster zombies in that video, that everyone was down to change the age of the character. For the gentleman I always knew I was going to use Mr. Takahashi, my landlord who was almost going to be in the Delicate Cycle video but was cut out last minute. He’s a gunsmith who owns San Francisco’s last and only gun shop, and he’s had a crazy life. I know he’d be good in the role, despite minimal acting experience, hard of hearing, and lack of confidence with the English language. The pair hit it off, and here’s the video.
It was my first time handling quite a few new elements on my own as a director, but luckily the team at Scandinavia more than backed me up. I’ve got a robbery script in the works for some time now, and having done this project just makes me all the more excited to finish it.
I’ll be chatting with Doug from IMVDB about the making of this video, so check back in the coming weeks!