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WALKING SPANISH - "Jacksin (Is Long Gone)" Unofficial Music Video Directed/Edited by Amanda Craaig

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Published on Mar 23, 2011

This was a film making class mid term project. Our professor told us to take ANY music and just shoot some film around it... So while most people decided to film their girlfirend jogging to instrumentals or friends lipsynching to the latest pop songs, I , Ms frigging Overachiever Amanda, decided I wanted to make an original music video from scratch!! So I chose my friend Randy & fellow classmate Matt to join me , since I knew they both knew how to edit & besides Matt had a really cool Sony ( AGAIN..never use different kinds of cameras ... notice band footage where we mostly had to use Matt's superior Sony camera footage!!)

I scoured youtube and came across a young talented band "Walking Spanish" who had just won the SAMMY awards the previous year for Best Rock Band. I found practice video of one of their songs.. no title & I really couldn't even decipher the lyrics.. but it started really slow and then turned upbeat & uplifting.. LOVED the song!

When lead singer Alex Nelson gave me permission to film him, they only had time in their schedule to have us film at one of their gigs at Old Ironsides in downtown Sac. I made sure to film them performing the song I had in mind. While filming, I STILL could understand the lyrics..cause of booming huge speakers and forgot to ask him the title. Since it was a new song from their upcoming CD and since I wanted to use a crips audio, he sent it to me asking me to not release until after his CD came out.. COOL!

Then I read the title & heard the song !!! HOLY CRAP... "Jacksin Is Long Gone" about some dude that kills his cheating girls lover,...ties her up ... burns down her house and is LONG GONE!! So miuch for my uplifting video!! lol

I told the boys we needed to get actors and show this story cause it was a crime of passion and we needed to show love, heartbreak, obsession, sex, murder, etc & band footage wasn't gonna be enuf!!! They thought I was crazy & told me we didn;t have time.. it was due in a couple weeks....

So I told them just to edit the band footage & I would do the rest & since they weren't "available" to help me film that weekend ( after I had found my 3 acting students) I had no choice but to film, direct and Edit the story footage ALONE!! I created slugs for the boys to place their edited band footage in ...while I finished editing my footage and did the credits.. This is what we came up with... whewwwwwwwwwwwwww lol....Enjoy... Amanda

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