10 QUESTION'S WITH: Chase Beynon
1. So you are in a band and you are a film maker, how long have you been doing both?
I have been producing projects ever since I picked up a stills camera in high school and this inspired me to want to study film after school. I have been a member of Facing the Gallows since the band started, 13 years ago, and I have been producing content for the band ever since.
2. You direct, edit and produce music videos, how did you get into this?
Being passionate about film and music naturally brought me towards shooting music videos. I think being a member of an active band and being a part of the South African music industry has also really helped me to get a foot in the door and get more music video projects with other South African artists. I started handling all of my own bands media for two main reasons; to save on funds, and to give myself the opportunity to continuously work on content creation for a brand.
3. Do you prefer filming music videos vs other content?
Music videos definitely are one of my favourite forms of content. It allows crazy amounts of creativity, thought process and problem solving. The energy levels on set are always high and that excitement can be quite addictive. Music is a massive part of my life, so the marriage of the two is almost the perfect mix for me.
4. Which project(s) have you enjoyed working on the most?
I have enjoyed most of the music video projects I have worked on due to the fact that I am somewhat selective in my projects. If I am not a fan of the artist or song, I will find it extremely difficult to take on the project, so I generally stick with music that really inspires me and drives me throughout the whole project. But I think one of the most fun shoots was Facing the Gallows – Doom II. We spent most of the budget on alcohol to make sure we kept people there for a while. It was just crazy trying to shoot in and around a non-stop party.
5. If you could shoot any music video, who and what would you shoot?
If I could get the chance to direct a Run the Jewels music video. Possibly shot in Hong Kong? My life would be made.
6. Your favorite music videos of all time?
Off of the top of my head I would have to say the following for incredible choreography, cinematography and camera techniques:
DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak feat. Run The Jewels (Director: Sam Pilling)
Glass Animals – Hazey (Directed by Georgia Hudson)
Kendrick Lamar – Humble (Director: Dave Meyers)
Oliver Tree – All That x Alien Boy (Directed by Oliver Tree and RJ Sanchez)
7. What other positions do you find yourself in, working in content creation?
I think it is vital to understand the full scope of film production, and people are having to educate themselves and become multi skilled in a number of fields. I have worked as a Director, DOP, 1st AC, Grip, Sound Op, Editor (Off & Online), and even as a producer.
8. What aspects do you think people under estimate about film making?
From my experience, there is two massive aspects that we can never have enough of. The first is budget. People hugely underestimate the cost of film and video production, as well as how this directly relates to the next aspect. The second aspect is time. Film production takes time to make look good and polish up in post. Unfortunately we are constantly moving towards smaller budgets with less project time. Which in my opinion is detrimental to the production, especially with content like music videos that have much longer lifespans than say commercials.
9. What is your process when approaching music video projects?
It all starts with as much conversation with the artist as possible. The goal is to communicate as clearly and in as much detail as possible, so as to fully understand what they are looking for and expecting. Then I will listen to the song on loop, read & analyse the lyrics and really get a feel for the songs flow and tempo. From there I begin story boarding, create a shots list, source references and do a site recce with the DOP (Director of Photography). Preparation is vital so that on shoot day we know exactly what we need to film.
On shoot day, I am typically pretty good at sticking to schedule and the shots list, which allows me time to play around and get more creative, unplanned shots. I am usually planning and plotting out the post production timeline in my head as the project goes on, so ideas do evolve on set.
Once the project goes into post production, I play with effects and techniques and see the project come together. With all my experience and work in the industry, I have come to learn that the most important part of the film making process without a doubt lies in the pre-production. The more work you put into your pre-production, the less work you will have later on.
10. Future Projects?
With Facing the Gallows, we are busy releasing singles for an EP and have two more music videos to shoot. We have some awesome ideas that are going to require some problem solving, but I’m super exciting to be taking them on!
Otherwise I am really eager to dive into some projects involving new genres of music which have been yet to be explored and push my film making towards ideas I haven’t dreamed of yet.