Making a Music Video: Ending to Dhoom!

This is Michael Kleven’s 1st music video. Ending to Dhoom is now available for viewing on both Youtube and Vimeo. The project was a collaboration between me and James Whetzel the lead singer of Seattle indie rock band Das Dhoom. James also appears in the video as “the boyfriend” and again singing and playing the traditional Indian instrument the sarod. Deepayin Archarjya appears in the video playsing the dhol and Sebastian Lange is seen in the video performing on the violin.

This work would not have been possible if not for the creative contribution of members of Seattle’s indie film, fashion, dance and photography communities. The video was shot primarily on the Canon EOS 7D. Leave it to say that I love that camera. My editor Sanjeev Tandle provided some interesting effects to the footage and some interesting creative choices, influenced no doubt by his experience working on Bollywood features. Lead actress Ronee Collins is a veteran of Northwest stages and Indie films including my award winning film MARCELL. The “other man” was played by Bjorn Whitney. Local model and actress Stephanie Raven was “the new girl”. My AD Patricia Bennet helps manage her husbands photography business when she isn’t working on film projects. Her husband Patrick helped out, with shooting on the fire sequence. Additional cameras for this sequence were provided by Mike Gurley of Canon Camera. Amalia Cuthbert was our principle dancer. Will Carson was our stunt coordinator and primary fire breather. Jennalee Evavold, (I know, quite the name), was our animator. For the scene where James enters the water this was necessary lest we forfeit our PG 13 rating.

The two versions differ slightly. The Youtube version can be viewed at full 1080 and has 10 seconds of additional credits. For the Vimeo version we cut the credits back a bit and did some extra effects work on the footage where James enters the fantasy with the dancer, (Amalia). The scene with James and Deepayin was filmed in the water tower at Volunteer Park. The scenes with Ronee and Bjorn were filmed on the monorail, outside of McCaw Hall at Seattle Center and in the conservatory at Volunteer Park. The silhouette scene with Sebastian on violin and Amalia belly dancing was filmed near Marshall Park on Seattle’s Queen Ann Hill.

Variety Reviews – The Off Hours – Film Reviews – – Review by Ronnie Scheib

Variety Reviews – The Off Hours – Film Reviews – – Review by Ronnie Scheib.

This nuanced review about an a subtle Seattle based film which premiered this week at Sundance is another example of the vibrance & potential of the local film community here in the Northwest. With costs of some parts of the process becoming more affordable great films can now be made for what was once considered a shoe string budget. I shoot with a Canon 7D & record sound on a Zoom H4N, do my editing in Final Cut Pro & Motion Graphics in Adobe After Effects. All of which can be purchased with a top of the line iMAC for under $10,000. I went to mention before I get to wonky that my friend & former classmate/cast mate Tony Doupe stars in this film. I really haven’t seen him in over 20 years. We were both heavily involved in theater at WWU in he 1980’s. So I can’t wait to see the film. One play I recall doing with him was She Stoops to Conquer, while in Summer Stock in 1986.