My NPR Tiny Desk Contest Entry

You might be familiar with NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Typically, it involves a musician or band performing at or around a desk in NPR’s offices. Part of the appeal is the band performing in tight quarters. NPR ran a contest this past January asking bands to submit their own Tiny Desk Concert video. One of my bandmates from The New Limits saw the opportunity and suggested we enter. The project contained the right amount of urgency and flexibility.

We had less than two weeks to make the video from the time we learned about the contest to the time that the entry was due. Given our busy schedules, the only time we had to film was at one of our weekly practices. We’d always talked about making a music video but we were never quite able to pull it off. This seemed like the right moment; we had a deadline and the video itself didn’t have to be extravagant. To meet contest requirements, we simply needed to film a live recording of a song specifically for this contest. We enlisted the help of our friend and professional videographer Kevin Davila, ran the song three times, and he was able to produce the video above.

Behind the Scenes

This also struck me as a great opportunity to try my hand at movie making. I’ve been in the producer’s role plenty of times, but I’ve really never shot and edited a movie of any length. I filmed myself before and during the shoot. One of my bandmates Periscoped the evening so I used his footage as well. I then spent 12 hours of the following weekend editing. It was a learning experience to say the very least. I’d also admired those with movie-making skills but I gained a new appreciation after going through the process start to finish. Quite frankly, I ran out of time. In the interest of not letting the “perfect” be the enemy of the “good,” we went ahead and published a fairly rough cut. I’m pretty proud of how it came out and it’s gotten laughs from everyone I’ve spoken to.

There is some NSFW language in this clip…

Wish us luck!

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