The Story: In early 2012, Pianist/Violinist/Composer Jennifer Thomas sent Singer/Actress Viktoria Tocca an email congratulating her on her win in the Classical genre at the 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Awards where both ladies were nominees. After many novel-length emails, the two women found many commonalities and a new friendship even though they lived an ocean apart.
As Tocca and Thomas discussed a possible collaboration, they ended up deciding to find a classical song that they could arrange and modernize. Jennifer really liked the idea of using Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" because it had the elements to create a duet for the two - featuring the piano part for her, and a beautiful melody line that Viktoria could write lyrics for.
Jennifer arranged the piece for piano and vocal, Viktoria wrote the lyrics for it, and Glen Gabriel did all of the orchestrations.
In late 2012, Viktoria came to Seattle (where Jennifer lives) and they teamed up with ARC Media (Ali Mohsenian) and director Moses Olson to create a music video for the song. Where both women come from a genre of Classical Crossover music, where they are often seen in beautiful dresses with flowers and very feminine themes, they wanted to try something different that would be quite the contrast to the music or what CC fans are used to seeing.
The concept of Viktoria being a high-class thief and Jennifer the cop trying to chase her down for a recent bank heist was visualized by Moses Olson at almost the 11th hour after a different video concept did not work out. With the help of the amazing people involved, the generous home owners (for Viktoria's "home"), the building manager (the rooftop scene in Seattle), car drivers, actors and more -- they were able to pull off a video on a small budget and minimal time allotment.
The Lake House: THANK YOU to the Lawrence family for allowing us to use their beautiful Sammamish Lake home. This home is for sale and you can find details at the following link: http://www.luxuryportfolio.com/proper...
A little funny tidbit about when we were filming at the lake home -- several times there were people out in boats who stopped in front of the house because they thought that real cops were surrounding the house and chasing someone. A couple of people yelled from their boats "Are you guys okay?!". When we told them we were filming, more boats would come by and stop and watch.
The Rooftop: Downtown Seattle, WA - Thank you to Peter Cho for letting us use the rooftop of your building so late at night. You were so generous and helpful.
FILM CREDITS: Moses Olson - Director / Writer Ali Mohsenian -- Cinematography / Editor / Producer Jonelle Cornwell -- Producer / Makeup/ Hair Jennifer Thomas -- The Cop Viktoria Tocca -- The Thief Chris Hynes -- The Lover Demone Gore -- Detective Gretchen Black -- Detective Rick Walters -- The Wheelman Noelle Jensen -- Makeup/Hair Michael Kang -- Production Assistant / Bank Patron