Thanks to all of you who came out to the first Cutlery/Danger collaboration show this past Saturday! The House of Love did an amazing job of setting up a huge screen that wrapped around the back wall and made for an incredible backdrop behind the band. Huge props to James for making that happen. I was still feverishly cutting my clips down until an hour before the show because every last clip that I had collected had it’s own special meaning for each song. I realize that planning a show, finding the raw footage, cutting it up, and compressing it is becoming a hefty load of work to fit in the spare few hours I have each day, but it’s all worth it in the end when a show feels like it was put together purposefully. At least to me it does! I don’t rely heavily on effects on the fly, but I do spend a good deal of time choosing my clips and messing with them in final cut & after effects before the shows.
For the Cutlery, after seeing their first live show I envisioned a particular color palette for the entire evening. Mostly high contrast sepias, mixed with black and white photographs, railroads, travel, 1940s starlets, starry nights, and muted dreamy footage. I’m looking forward to our next show, where I’ll probably have a better collection going, and hopefully a new laptop that doesn’t freak out when I play large clips. I found my little old powerbook choking a few times, and while you probably can’t really tell in the audience, I could tell, and I didn’t want to see it happen again.
To sample the Cutlery’s tracks online, you can listen to them here.