Actor, singer, songwriter, and all-around performer Dru Serks released his music video “Stormy” last year, in tandem with Director Michael Barnett and his production company Novelty Hat. This year, Barnett’s director’s cut will be making its festival premiere at the New Hope film festival.
I chatted with Michael a little bit about the making of the video, and he surprised me by calling it a “scrappy” effort. Somehow maintaining razor-sharp focus while capturing multiple moving subjects using a camera on a gimbal feels anything but indie. And yet, it was. A crew of seven managed to knock this shoot out in just a day.
This video is worth watching for the lighting alone, but Barnett’s post-production work is what really makes it shine. From an exterior shot of a barn in the daylight, he created a moody sunset scene complete with rain, lighting, and fiery volumetric lighting. He was even generous enough to send us a VFX breakdown video that you can see below.
“One of my favorite things about KitSplit is how much gear I can find in my neighborhood,” Barnett said of sourcing gear for the shoot. He happened to find gear for the initial shoot from someone who lived just a block away. After getting to know each other, Barnett hired him later to DP a green screen shoot for this same video. “We ended up having kind of a cool KitSplit moment,” he said. And don’t we love to hear it.
You can find more from Michael Barnett at his production company’s website, https://noveltyhat.tv. And on Instagram @themikebarnett & @novelty_hat. Full cast and crew credits are linked below.
https://tighekellner.com – the DP/ gaffer, also a great commercial director
@tighekellner – his instagram
https://samanthaniedospial.com – hair & makeup artist
https://stephaniesasso.com – wardrobe stylist
https://open.spotify.com/artist/61MnpadJtHfqjv1diIAL2t – Dru Serkes on Spotify
@ginaduci – Gina Duci, choreographer/dancer
@sarahefischer – Sarah Fischer, dancer
@boogiedownmj – Michael Jones, dancer
@jimpenola – Jim Penola, PA
@joejoesam3 – Joe Morreale, AD/ Producer
@conjonklin – Jon Conklin, Cam OpGreen screen DP https://mikegreenberg.tv @mikegreenbergtv