The myth is that anyone can make a music video. All you need is a concept, a song, and the cellphone number of Floria Sigismondi, Watkin Tudor Jones. or Marcus Nispel.
The reality is that music videos are basically mini-movies, which means that countless people end up working behind the scenes to bring everything together.
What makes the new Rodney DeCroo video for “Stupid Boy In an Ugly Town” impressive is that the folks on the other side of the camera weren’t made up exclusively of professionals.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign raised over $11,000 earlier this year, the veteran Vancouver singer-songwriter worked with a crew that revolved around kids from Templeton Secondary School’s widely respected theatre and film programs.
Students first came up with the story for the video, which is based on DeCroo’s autobiographical 2015 song about his troubled upbringing in small-town Pennsylvania. They then took part in every part of the creative process, from filming, makeup, and set design to postproduction.
Providing support and direction was a team of professionals that included Vancouver photographer Rebecca Blissett, filmmaker Flick Harrison, and Templeton theatre teacher Jim Crescenzo.
On Saturday (September 24), the results of the collaboration will be unveiled at the Cultch with a free concert and video launch. In addition to the first-ever public screening of “Stupid Boy In an Ugly Town”, there will be a talk-back session with the artist and students, as well as a concert by Rodney DeCroo and Wise Blood.
Doors for the all-ages event open at 7:30 p.m. with the screening at 8 p.m. Tickets can be reserved at rodneydecroo.com.