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Shooting “Hopped Up” with The Pagans!

pagans1I recently worked on a music video for punk rock band “The Pagans.” Who are The Pagans? A group of heathen punk rock boys who hailed from Cleveland, Ohio in the early 80’s. Today, The Pagans are still around but the only remaining member from the original band is the lead singer- Mike Hudson.

The newer band members include Justin ‘Lizard Tongue’ Lack on drums, Johnny ‘Babyface’ Dzubak on guitar, Eric Michael ‘Ponyboy’ Schrader on bass and Ben ‘Womanizer’ Reagan on guitar. Fun fact: Richard Duguay, who played guitar on Guns N’ Roses’ “Spaghetti Incident” album, is featured playing lead guitar on The Pagans recording “Hopped Up,” which is the song you are about to hear.

thedramaSo anyway while we’re talking about the newer band members, you should know that Schrader and Dzubak also play in another band together called “The Drama,” which is a moody rock band based out of Hollywood, CA. They are a really fun band to see live, because the lead singer Ashley pulls theatrical surprises including a possible ‘Jim Morrison flash.’ And since we’re talking about Eric Michael Schrader, you should also know that he Directed the music video I am getting ready to talk about!

The music video you are about to see is for The Pagans song “Hopped Up.” We shot it on location at The Art Of Charm School in Hollywood, CA. Schrader along with Kevin T. Miller did the bulk of the shooting. I shot some of the rooftop band performance scenes, did the casting and played the epitome of a groupie coke whore. Check out our other videos on The Enclave Hollywood page

I’d like to give a special thanks to team Clay Coker and Noelle Poulson for doing a fantastic job creating a rock n’ roll ‘night haze’ for the rooftop performance scene. And you know what, a big thanks to everyone who had a hand in working on this video. It couldn’t have been done without you! 🙂

The whole band is featured in the video along with lovely actresses Noelle Poulson, Suzy Williams and Annee Elizabeth. We also got handsome actors Clay Coker and Eric Bakey for the video as well.

Mike Hudson best describes “Hopped Up” as, “A song about a group of people, and one guy in particular, who are just pretty much out of control.” I say it’s, “Where a cool Hollywood band and fame whores unite!” Check it out:

Graham Bonnet Video Shoot Venice Beach

grahambonnetcrewWhat fun I had having the opportunity to work on a music video for Graham Bonnet. I assisted for this shoot with Eric Michael Schrader and Kevin Miller. Thanks to Eric, Kevin and Conrado Pesinato for the opp! See behind the scenes photos of the shoot in Venice Beach on our Enclave FB page HERE.






Watch the official video “The Mirror Lies” HERE
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Song available for download HERE

High Horse In A Glass House

HighHorseGET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE

As some of you know, I live in Hollywood, CA and I work in TV, film and web production on both sides. Both sides meaning in front of the camera and behind the camera.

Just like any other work field, there is a hierarchy of job positions. The totem is very tall and so are the egos usually. Although I have noticed that the super famous people who you work with are usually the nicest!

Anyway, I was on set last week and an actor started asking me if I knew who ‘so and so’ was and if I knew who this actor was. I knew of the projects that this unnamed actor had starred in, but I couldn’t picture their face. You know how it is, there are soooo many actors and names in your head that the match game can be tough.

So the actor who was talking about this other actor who has a great resume, said that he went to one of the Starbucks in Hollywood and saw this unemployed actor, employed at Starbucks now.

The actor I was chatting with said he talked to the now Starbucks Barista and pointed out that the Barista was the former star of such and such projects. He said the unnamed actor played ‘dumb’ about his acting resume and apparently got red faced about the conversation.

“I can’t believe he was working at Starbucks! If I were famous I would never be seen working at Starbucks. I would get a job in an office where I didn’t have to see anybody,” said the guy I was chatting with.

THIS is not okay people. This guy is shaming another person for having a different kind of job. So what- the former actor isn’t starring in a show right now. He’s making ends meet and working a job at Starbucks. Or maybe this actor doesn’t want to act anymore?

I hear people say condescending things like this all of the time. There is nothing wrong with taking a job in the food and beverage industry, janitorial, service industry or any work field that isn’t considered “glamourous.”

Life is tough and a lot of us are in poverty or close to it. We have so many bills and responsibilities, that we have to work our asses off to make ends meet.

Being ‘out of work’ or ‘unemployed’ sucks. Especially when you knock on a thousand doors and you get nothing back for sometimes a year!

Never be ashamed of working anywhere to make your income. Don’t let some person degrade you or disrespect you in your current position. They are ignorant and have their own perceptive distortion disorder.

BE PROUD of yourself and the job you have. BE RESPECTFUL to others servicing you.

If you do your best at whatever job you are doing, then you will feel good about yourself no matter what. Do not let someone else’s perception dictate your perception.

LL