Amoeba Films

Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator
Music

Beleza Brazil :: Music Video

Make me sweat and fix me mojito. Beleza are a big splash of Brazil, which can turn any patio cafe into a round-trip ticket to South America. The flamenco helps, too.

Madeline and Humberto play what they call funkalicious samba soul. And I kinda wish I had studied more Latin dance. One night another life ago, I found myself at the Copacabana in Manhattan. Yes, that Copacabana. And a woman there told me that if I could salsa, I could have any woman there. Well, I’m married now. But I’d still like to learn to learn to move my hips.

I’ve filmed these folks at various venues. Here’s a performance at Charlottesville’s Jefferson Theater, when they got a little crazy with the face paint. The funny looking bass player is Dave Berzonsky, with whom I went to Peru to film a music doc two years ago. The percussionist Eric co-owns Feast, the best cheese shop in town.

Amoeba Art & Media (a.k.a. Amoeba Films) is an award-winning production company and film studio in Central Virginia.

Contact :: Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator • 434.249.8759

Before the Rain :: Music Video

No, it’s not always zombies. In this case it was ghouls … in love. Of course, there’s redemption, too. And sexy girls with tiny hats.

At a friend’s suggestion I had entered two spec videos for the Norwegian band Royskopp on the website genero.tv. Both were finalists and showed in London somewhere.

I noticed Duran Duran was also looking for videos for their latest album, so I called up the usual suspects for some weekend film fun. Jessica Baraff was the beautiful ghostly bride. And Todd Fletcher from Fiber Optic Angel played our weeping beau (still on the bottle and looking for a supernatural fix). This was the second Duran Duran shoot we did and the most complex.

The song, according to Simon LeBon, was inspired by Purcell. So I took the baroque influence and set a minuet in a graveyard. It’s harder than you’d think to get a dozen ghouls to learn the steps in a few hours. But I had help from Juanita Wilson and Joe Ducette at the Wilson School of Dance.

Ron Shuey cranked out the airbrushing. Jessika Flint finessed the detail work. Ike Eichling supplied the vintage clothes. But after 2 hours of makeup and 2 hours of dance rehearsal we had about 2 hours left to scoot to the graveyard and get our footage before the sun went down. Another one of those multi-camera shoots. Marco Duran shot Canon 7D in slow motion. Kirby Martin tried out the Steadicam Merlin (and took the top photo below). I ran with my Canon 5D.

I did one little pickup shot with my jib the next day. Gotta love that jib. And Jonah Tobias gave me some candy time-lapse flower blooms for a nicely-composited ending.

Amoeba Art & Media (a.k.a. Amoeba Films) is an award-winning production company and film studio in Central Virginia.

Contact :: Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator • 434.249.8759

The Man Who Stole a Leopard :: Music Video

A while back I had entered two spec videos for the Norwegian band Royskopp on the website genero.tv. Both were finalists and supposedly showed in London somewhere.

Seems Duran Duran was also looking for videos for their latest album, so I found a track I liked and put on my thinking cap. I hadn’t listened to the band for decades, but Duran Duran played an influential role in the shaping of my libido through adolescence. Girls on Film mostly. I wanted to return the favor by creating some eye candy for the upcoming generation. This song had good potential for naughtiness. And naughty we were.

Simon LeBon had the notion of Peter Beard coming back from a safari with a leopard and keeping it in his apartment. Of course, there is some implicit sexual politics going on. So I ran with the notion, as well as cribbing a bit from Peter Beard’s book.

Ron Shuey did the leopard paint job. Brandy Mason was our erstwhile cat, prancing about in nothing but a thin coat of color (boy, can she drink cream). Christian Breeden was our lucky banana-eating hunter. (Note: he wore that pith helmet and gorilla suit in the movie Lake Effects, which I though would add a nice bit of weirdness to the kinky setup.) Emily Williamson and Leia Jones were the dancing birds (there’s another topless cut for the European audiences).

This was my first shoot with assistant Marco Duran (appropriate name for the project). He’s a young buck and I hope this makes him want to film more. Some studios just stick to corporate industrials. Others shoot kinky music videos when they can. Gotta mix it up to keep the assistants interested.

I did an early cut with a lot of saturated color. But finally bit the bullet and went in for the filters and the superimposed writing. The judges at genero.tv said they loved both but the later edit was the strongest. I was happy I got to finally use my yard-sale-bought faux-leopard-print rug with such a willing and alluring subject. Reaar.

 


Amoeba Art & Media (a.k.a. Amoeba Films) is an award-winning production company and film studio in Central Virginia.

Contact :: Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator • 434.249.8759

Fetish Dolly :: Music Video

Yes. Make me beg.

I have a new movie I’m shooting in the fall about a zombie dominatrix. This was an early investigation into the S&M world (alas, I still have a lot to learn). Dominatrix Fetish Dolly did this screen test for the title role. She’s also a DJ, so we did double duty and made a music video with her recordings. Love it when the models come with their own costumes (or complete lack thereof, as the case my be). Yes, one day I’ll redeem myself with a wholesome family movie. Next year.


Amoeba Art & Media (a.k.a. Amoeba Films) is an award-winning production company and film studio in Central Virginia.

Contact :: Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator • 434.249.8759

Sons of Bill at SXSW :: Music Video Promo

Local boys gone national.

I was invited down to SXSW in Austin, TX and found myself (after indulging in a marathon of great Hollywoodn’t indie gem films) choosing from between hundreds of musical acts nightly in a city gone mad for music.

Among the acts I noticed the Sons of Bill, who I had shot on a few occasions in their hometown of Charlottesville. Lucky I had my camera with me.

I caught the end of their set, when they played a couple new songs from their album. This is “Santa Ana Winds”. These boys are gonna be huge someday.

 


Amoeba Art & Media (a.k.a. Amoeba Films) is an award-winning production company and film studio in Central Virginia.

Contact :: Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator • 434.249.8759

Royskopp :: Music Video

Before we shot PYROMETHEUS, I fooled around with the Scintillation Fire Troupe out at Biscuit Run. The players got out their hula hoops before night fell and we had some fun in the snow, tearing down a trailer home or two.

I had this footage sitting on my desktop until a contest came along to make music videos from some Royskopp tracks. This video was a finalist. One of the judges didn’t like the backhoe. It’s what makes the video meaningful to me. Beauty and destruction. Youth and decay. A little danger in paradise.


Amoeba Art & Media (a.k.a. Amoeba Films) is an award-winning production company and film studio in Central Virginia.

Contact :: Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator • 434.249.8759

Scintallation Fire Troupe :: Experimental

The secret is in the breathing.

I take all shoots very seriously. Before filming I’ll often get actors to do some breathing exercises first – one of the tricks I learned studying drama at Yale. Sometimes it works. Sometimes people just get lightheaded, which can’t be all bad.

This was more fun with the Scintillation Fire Troupe. That’s the lovely Jessica Baraff doing her thing. She likes the breathing thing. And after about fifteen minutes with a motivation and a metered breath, something was stirring behind her eyes, which seems to make this piece a little more than just the flames and leather.


Amoeba Art & Media (a.k.a. Amoeba Films) is an award-winning production company and film studio in Central Virginia.

Contact :: Brian Wimer, Primary Instigator • 434.249.8759