Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Why June 25th? The Lionel Richie & Michael Jackson connection.

Is It Me You're Looking For?

I'm very excited and proud to announce that my short film/music video hybrid, Hello, has premiered on YouTube!
The project is based on Lionel Richie's song of the same name and has been an idea I've had for over two years.  However, due to the fact that the music was copyrighted and there were no obvious forums to present it, I just held on to it.  Waiting.
When Heisted first came into play, and the Kickstarter campaign that would come with it, I suddenly saw a reason and place for Hello.  It seemed like a perfect fit.  We would shoot Hello, as a complete and fully separate project... or film, and it will exist as that forever, but we would also ultimately use it as a sort of Trailer, for Heisted.  To show people what we were capable of as a creative team in the hopes that they would join our campaign and pledge to it!  (Speaking of, to find out more information on Heisted and to pledge click HERE)
We filmed Hello in London while I was there and shot it to appear like New York City.  I know!  I'm the only guy who goes to London to shoot it like NYC!
It worked perfectly though, and the city easily doubled for America!  The look and feel I wanted for Hello was perfectly captured and I'm excited by all the creative choices we made, including to shoot it in the UK!

The MJ Connection

To answer this, you have to first understand something about me.  Something that is about me as an individual but also about me as an artist...
I think the format of the music video is a perfect format for storytelling.  The possibilities are truly endless!  You get to do it all!!  You are limited by nothing!  Not like television, or film.  You can have characters singing and not call it a musical.  You can have them acting or dancing or both!  Using Music, Singing, Acting, Dancing, and any visual tool you can throw at it, like animation, cinematography, visual special effects, makeup, choreography, and costuming, you can create an amazing, original, and totally unique story.  No limits!
I have always had a deep respect for not only the format of music videos but the artists, both in front of the camera and behind it, who have created truly iconic stories and experiences!  Plus, I am and have been, personally inspired my music videos.  I have been struck with awe, I have cried, I have laughed, I have held my mouth wide open in shock and amazement.  All things that music videos have made me feel.  They are more then a music video though, they are an experience, or as Michael Jackson referred to them, they are "Mini Movies"!


  



Inside My Mind

Like many people I have loved the Lionel Richie song Hello for years.  An AMAZING pop song, and in my opinion, one of the best pop songs of all time.  A love song to many, but I was struck by the lyrics:

I've been alone with you
Inside my mind
And in my dreams I've kissed your lips
A thousand times
I sometimes see you
Pass outside my door
Hello!
Is it me you're looking for?
I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your smile
You're all I've ever wanted
And my arms are open wide
'cause you know just what to say
And you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much
I love you

I was immediately struck with the message, underneath the beautiful, poetry, and love song pop lyrics.  There is something darker, something sinister underneath the simplicity.  It's there in the music too.  Listen for it.  Something stalking.  A repetitive "drumming" of the piano.  A repetitive note.  Like torture.  Even Lionel's voice has a whisper to it, a haunting feel.  Desperate.  Loving, yes, but something more.
"I wonder where you are...Are you somewhere feeling lonely, Or is someone loving you" He sings.  Why does he wonder?  Does he know her?  Have they ever actually met?
And then he says to me the line that sums everything up, "But let me start by saying, I love you."
Start.  He'll start there.  Having possibly never met, the first thing he tells her is that he loves her.  Even for pop music this is fairly unnerving.
Armed with these questions and thoughts, I began to imagine a new music video for the song.  An updated, mini movie, that would tell a new story but still remain respectful and true to the source material.  After breaking down the lyrics, original music video, and music, I would create a treatment that is pretty darn close to the video you can watch today on YouTube.  The courtship, and discovery, the beginnings of love and obsession, to the disappointment and betrayal to the final retribution.  I was inspired by many music videos, many specifically from the eighties.  George Michael's Father Figure being a main one.  However, we specifically used elements and references from Lionel Richie's Hello too, as a tribute.  Plus, it felt appropriate to "re imagine" elements of not just his song and lyrics, but his music video.

















 

June 25th

Like most things with me, everything is for a specific reason.  Nothing is arbitrary.  June 25th is no expection, and with it the explanation of the Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson tie in.....
June 25th, 2014 is the five year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death and I believed, what better way to honor him then releasing Hello on this date.  Michael and Lionel were friends and worked together on most famously, We Are the World, so I felt like the date would be approriate for a tribute to Lionel too.

And there you have it.  Hello.  My inspiration, my hopes, the whens, wheres, and whys!  Now, with no further ado... I hope you will check out HELLO and if you are entertained by it, please like it, and please share it, and very importantly, please consider checking out our HESITED kickstarter campaign.

Thank you!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Three so far. Tomorrow makes Four.

Hopefully you've heard about the EZ Productions Promos by now...
We've released three so far, and all three have reached over a 1000 views each on YouTube!!  The reaction has been amazing!

The promos were created for Ettore Zuccarelli and his Production company, EZ Productions.  They feature him, and a whole bunch of other "characters" (even some of the Celebrity type!).  The promos are directed and written by Yours Truly and are edited by Gareth Fient.

Tomorrow we'll premiere the newest one, SPECIFICS.  Check out all of the ones you've missed so far (plus the EZ PROMO Teaser) at the EZ PRODUCTIONS YouTube page, and see the newest one, Specifics, tomorrow, June 24th!

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The EZ PROMO TEASER



Sunday, June 15, 2014

Do you know what TODAY is??!?

Well yes, it IS Father’s Day (Happy Father's Day!)… but besides that, do you know what else today is....?
Um...ok... YES, it is ALSO the season finale of Game of Thrones tonight!!

BUT, besides Father's Day & Game of Thrones finale, do you know what today is?!?!?!
Today is the first day of the Heisted Kickstarter Campaign!!  From today, and for the next 40 days, we will be trying to get enough funding to meet our goal.
Please, please, PLEASE check out our Kickstarter page NOW and spread the word….

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/getpaulhoward/heisted

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The HELLO Teaser Trailer PREMIERES!

Exciting news....
The teaser trailer, for my next project, "Hello", has premiered!

See it now, and be sure to LIKE it, share it, and subscribe to my youtube channel, so you don't miss the WORLD PREMIERE of "Hello" on June 25th, 2014!!

Facebook Users can also RSVP to our EVENT on Facebook HERE!!

Enjoy and thank you for your support!!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Funny Bunny

Just in time for.... well, let's be honest, do the EZ Productions Promos need to be in time for anything specific?  This one does just happen to be in time for Easter!

I'm proud to introduce the newest EZ Productions Promo...."Wardrobe."  I directed and wrote it and am once again, very proud of the final product!

Special thanks to Ettore Zuccarelli, Peet's Coffee, Brett Richards, Jamie Dedeaux, and Paulo Rocha

Post Work (including editing, sound, & color correction) by: Gareth Fient

Produced by: Ettore Zuccarelli & Paul Howard For EZ PRODUCTIONS and WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE? PRODUCTIONS

Shot in VALLEY VILLAGE, CA and STUDIO CITY, CA

*Shot entirely with the GoPro Hero3 Camera

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to EZ Productions on YouTube and check back for a new promo EVERY month for the rest of 2014!
** Coming in May "Talent" and in June "Specifics" **

*Special thanks to all the talented cast of "characters" appearing (or soon appearing) throughout our monthly promos:
(In Alphabetical Order)
Jeffery Acoff, Aaron Bauer, Carmine Bicchetti, Sonia Chopra, Igor Corbe, Marcia Cross, Patrick Dempsey, Matt H. Erdems, Edy Ganem, Victor Garber, Whoopi Goldberg, Nate Hoffman, Paul Howard, Felicity Huffman, JoJo the Donkey, Katie the Monkey, Tatiana Kaufman, Eva Longoria, Lotus the Lamb, Linda Medvene, Yanis Onkes, Ana Oritz, Dania Ramirez, Arielle Raycene, Judy Reyes, Brett Richards, Paulo Rocha, Rebecca Romijn, Roselyn Sanchez, Nicolette Sheridan, Susie the Elephant, Dennis Tong (aka Lucky Madison)

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Be sure to check "Wardrobe" out now on the EZ Productions YouTube Channel:




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Easter Bunny FUN (behind the scene photos):





Monday, March 31, 2014

What's important about March 31st? The answer is EZ!!

What's important about today you ask?  What's so important about March 31st, 2014?
Well, the answer is... EZ!!

EZ Productions, that is!!

Yup, today is the day, I'm excited to announce, that the first EZ Productions: A Day in the Life premieres!!  The first promo, titled "Normal" was written and directed by me.
It was truly a pleasure to direct the talented cast and crew and I am so pleased and excited with the results!!  See "Normal" by scrolling down and clicking below!

I am also super excited to announce that each month, for the rest of 2014, we will be releasing another new and different promo!  Celebrities, behind the scenes, entertainment industry antics, educational videos, animals, and more!!  There are tons of surprises left...so be sure to subscribe to EZ Productions on YouTube HERE and don't miss a single promo!!

Thank you to everyone who helped create this promo and all the others!!  Please take a moment to check out the credits below, the team deserves the acknowledgement!!  And then, enjoy.... NORMAL!

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EZ Productions: A Day in the Life
"Normal"


DIRECTED BY: PAUL HOWARD

Featuring the talents of:
Ettore Zuccarelli and Sonia Chopra

Director of Photography: Marc Wiercioch
1st AD: Jamie Dedeaux
2nd AD: Chase Alexander
Script Supervisor: Brett Richards
Sound by: Matt Thompson
2nd AC: Andrew Cho
Hair & Makeup by: Garret Gervais & CJ Neal
Wardrobe by: Linda Medvene & Sarpreet Gill
Set Dec. & Props by: Josh Paul Thomas & Joseph Mauceri
Photographer: Nate Hoffman
Animal Trainers: Mike Morris Jr & Madara Stinkuls
Production Assistant: Paulo Rocha

*Special thanks to all the talented cast of "characters" appearing (or soon appearing) throughout our monthly promos:
(In Alphabetical Order)
Jeffery Acoff, Aaron Bauer, Carmine Bicchetti, Sonia Chopra, Igor Corbe, Marcia Cross, Patrick Dempsey, Matt H. Erdems, Edy Ganem, Victor Garber, Whoopi Goldberg, Nate Hoffman, Paul Howard, Felicity Huffman, JoJo the Donkey, Katie the Monkey, Tatiana Kaufman, Eva Longoria, Lotus the Lamb, Linda Medvene, Yanis Onkes, Ana Oritz, Dania Ramirez, Arielle Raycene, Judy Reyes, Brett Richards, Paulo Rocha, Rebecca Romijn, Roselyn Sanchez, Nicolette Sheridan, Susie the Elephant, Dennis Tong (aka Lucky Madison)

Written by: Paul Howard

Post Work (including editing, sound, & color correction) by: Gareth Fient

Produced by:
Ettore Zuccarelli & Paul Howard

For EZ PRODUCTIONS and WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE? PRODUCTIONS

Shot on location at Quixote Studios, West Hollywood, CA





 


Thursday, March 27, 2014

If the drinking and the guns don't kill me...the snake bite will.

I thought it would be fun to share my 1000 Ways to Die episode again.  What a fun shoot!  I love how the clip turned out too!
It's crazy to think the stories on the show are TRUE and about REAL PEOPLE and REAL EVENTS.  Sad, actually... and a little scary...

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