Stonefield Musical Instrument Company is once again out to impress but this time, instead of it being one of their innovative basses, it's a promotional video for their Freekbass Signature Model, which features both Freekbass and Stonefield founder Tomm Stanley.
Catching up with Tomm, he explains, "When Freekbass and I started working through promotional ideas for his Signature Model, I had asked if he would be available to come down to New Zealand to film some demo and promo clips for us. I wanted the clips to be cooler than what you usually see: a musician sitting on a stool clicking through control options. Freek and I are both sci-fi fans and he's big into comic books too. We have a really cool working dynamic and we're both big thinkers, so the discussion quickly ramped up to making a sci-fi, superhero, fantasy kind of movie. Somewhere along the way reality set in and we down-scaled it to a mini movie."
About a year earlier, when first looking to do some promo videos, Tomm had the good fortune of meeting cinematographer Richard Bell, whose credits include work with Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Bryan Adams and a host of other well known acts. "As soon as the mini movie concept was firmly on the table, I got back in touch to see if Richard would be interested in working with us."
Tomm Continues, "Freek and I had bounced the story line around and I had written a script for it. Richard and I met to discuss more of the details and he took the script away to make some tweaks to suit filming requirement. We then had a Skype meeting with Freek where the last wrinkles in the plan were ironed out."
Freekbass came to New Zealand in July for the three-day filming schedule. He says, "It was a pretty full-on week, with me and the Bump Assembly wrapping up a gig in New York City not even half a day before I was getting on a plane to NZ, arriving midday on a Sunday there, which is a Saturday here ... that whole 'cross the date line' time zone thing is always a little trippy ... and shooting started the next morning. Tomm and I had a great time in front of the cameras with Richard and his team being just fantastic to work with. We filmed for three days and most of the filming locations looked like something out of another world. I was back on a plane the following day and got home about 12 hours before the next gig so the whole experience was just surreal."
The sci-Funk mini movie is called Looking for the Bassmaker and it will premier this month at Bass Player Live! during the Saturday evening concert's midway point, around 9:30pm. For a sneek peek, check out the trailer at Stonefield Music's web page http://stonefield-musical-instrument-company.myshopify.com/pages/looking-for-the-bassmaker-trailer and get ready for the sci-Funk event of the decade in just a few weeks.
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