There is a first time for everything, and a few nights right before Christmas Eve of 2016, I got to make an appearance in a music video, my first time ever.
It all started when I randomly received a message from a lady-producer friend, Myra, who asked if I were free “tonight” to be an extra on a music video. That’s usually how some of the best film-making happen here in Alaska: on the fly, with very little planning, or time – and BAM – together we give birth to something amazing.
She wanted me to come dressed like as if I were going to a “computer-data-analysis-working-boyfriend’s company Christmas party”. Wonderful! I thought this would be the perfect occasion to re-use that pair of reading glasses I once bought for a theatre play. It is always good to get a second mileage out of props that one buys for theatre or films.
Anyway, I had the night free, so I was like: “Sure, why not?”
So I dolled myself up looking the part she wanted, and a few hours later, arrived at the filmset (or more like a party), and we dived right into filming.
Once again, Alaskan filmmakers never cease to amaze me with how much they can achieve with very little. I had an awesome time being on set, met some awesome film professionals, and I am so thankful for this wonderful experience.
And guess what? The end product looks pretty damn good too.
Check this out:
Written/Directed/Edited by Justin Lawrence Hoyt
Director of Photography (Cinematography) by Tom Trainor
Gaffer – Chris Thomas
Camera Operator – Jeremy Blake
Assistant Director/Production Manager – Myra Johnson
Girl – Ida Taylor
Fiancé – John Norris
Affair – Greg Rowland
EXTRAS (In Order of Appearance): Jessie Wei, Camille Milroy, Cole Crawford, Myra Johnson, Ben Nilsson, Boba Fett (The Cat), and James Engberg.
Hope you enjoyed it! Now go out there and make some movies!
With Love, Jessie