Denver Direct: OK, Albus Brooks gets it.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Big Al-bus and his krew may have a career waiting for them in the music biz.
H/T to the Captain.
Added 4-27: I had to come back to this to make a few comments on the video itself. For Denver, local political production, it’s tops. It has a freshness that comes from young minds. The director is responsible for most of the spangle, and this took a lot of work, well-planned and not thrown together in an afternoon. The locations are good with action at the corner store on York nailing it as a ghetto. (Hey, it’s my ‘hood too, so I can call it ghetto.)
The editor backs the director up with good action and stutter cuts (same person?). Count the scenes and note the sound and movement syncing perfectly over each transition. Check what is going on in each scene because there are multiple actions in many frames. Watch a person who is not the focus of the scene. They are engaged. Note the rivalry between the two lead singers, when “Flight School” grabs his rival at 2:07, giving us another layer. Tres cool.
The music is very good. The chant, harmony, and repetition really work – I was humming “Write it in” a half hour later. The verses really work to tell the story if you listen to it a few times.
ON THE OTHER HAND…
It did not move me to want to vote for Albus, who comes across weak. When he’s on camera he looks like “what am I doing here?”. He seems meek and apologetic at the end, and the snicker on the sound track doesn’t help. It’s hard to get politicos to act any different from what they think a politician should act like. (I know, I’ve tried). Albus needs to lighten up and bust a few moves, but he doesn’t think that would be proper for a candidate.
It’s too long (by about a third).
It represents many of the things that some people hate, namely rappers, rap music, and rap moves. It doesn’t seem to be embedded on the official Brooks website (one link on a twitter feed). Was someone worried it might cost Albus votes? Too rad?
When I first saw it yesterday it had 28 views, right now it’s at 244. For Denver, that is going viral. We’ll know when it gets picked up by a national outlet, web or TV, as it will start to jump by the thousands. If that happens “Flight School” and his krew should be prepared: get a publicist and a lawyer, go on talk-TV (Oprah if possible), and wait for the contracts to roll-in. You guys are the stars of this vidie. I’m not kidding.
As for Albus Brooks and the election in District 8, I’m not so sure. At the next forum, maybe he should bring the krew with him, spread them out in the audience, and when it’s his turn to speak, have them punch on a box, stand up, and start dancing, while he dances on the stage. If he did THAT, he could win. Otherwise, he’s just another one of 38 candidates trying desperately to distinguish themselves from the crowd. Oh, you say, who wants a dancing fool for their representative? Can you say Orange Hair?
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