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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Garage Band Does Living Room

My friend Bob Burnett (he directs documentaries in real life) was one of the cameradudes on a couple of recent music videos. In Wilco's "Muzzle of Bees," Bob hovers behind the bass player and appears briefly about an eighth of the way into the song. I like his flarey, confused camerawork at the end of the first guitar solo. It was also Bob's job to chop the hole through the ceiling for the downshot of the snare drum near the end.

In this video of Steve Albini's band Shellac—same living room—he was on the Albini close-up chase cam. (The hole in the ceiling from the Wilco shoot is still there.)

These videos are part of the series "Burn to Shine." Bob was the add-on camera for the Chicago project called "Burn to Shine 2" (where these clips come from). The project is the brainchild of Fugazi's Brendan Canty and Christoph Green. Go to for more info. There's a good Denver Post article at that site about the overall approach. All "Burn to Shine" projects are shot in high def.

And this is the terrible result of a bored filmmaker on the road away from his family for days at a stretch:

Bob Burnett, I Am Bob



Blogger raymond said...

I love the variety in your blog - wouldn't have thought to read about Shellac & Fugazi here. Please keep the quality and surprises coming!

12:36 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"wouldn't have thought to read about Shellac & Fugazi here"

...Especially not two days after reading about the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble. What can I say, I have eclectic tastes. (g)


1:24 AM  

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