Music video production on the cheap

But not in Bahrain or anywhere in the Gulf or the Middle East at the moment I hasten to add, so don’t get your hopes up!

With that disclaimer, I wish to bring to your attention how art can transcend difficulties. Take “The Get Out Clause” band from Manchester, England for instance. They didn’t have the money to shoot their song, so they used the law to do it for them! How? Well, the UK – like many of the more advanced countries in the world – have an official Freedom of Information Act which mandates that citizens have the right to information – private or public – which concerns them, that includes video footage shot of them via the millions of video surveillance cameras in the streets or in shops. The band took advantage of this:

The_Get_Out_Clause_482967aThey set up their equipment, drum kit and all, in eighty locations around Manchester – including on a bus – and proceeded to play to the cameras.

Afterwards they wrote to the companies or organisations involved and asked for the footage under the Freedom of Information Act.

“We wanted to produce something that looked good and that wasn’t too expensive to do,” guitarist Tony Churnside told Sky News.

“We hit upon the idea of going into Manchester and setting up in front of cameras we knew would be filming and then requesting that footage under the Freedom Of Information act.”
The Telegraph

Ingenious don’t you think?

Proves that if you have the will, you will find a way. AND, a good story transcends the technology used to tell it.

Enjoy the music video.

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