Repository for the projects of Michael McVey, filmmaker.

Music

Explosions in the Sky – Your Hand in Mine. San Francisco, 1906 [Skiffleboom.com]

By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

Market Street, San Francisco.
Filmed just four days before
the Great Earthquake
leveled the city in 1906.

Music by Explosions in the Sky - Your Hand in Mine

Michael McVey
Skiffleboom.com

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Stop Motion Word Animation [Skiffleboom.com]

By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

I find these refrigerator word magnets incredibly addicting:


I thought this up one early April evening, after playing with the magnets for hours.  I enlisted HARDCORE AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHER Seth Wood to shoot the magnet animation, using a trusty Canon 5D Mark II.   We used individual photographs shot over three separate nights — over 2,880 photos in total. I edited in Final Cut Pro at 24 frames per second.

We wanted to keep the lighting consistent during the shoot, to get the smoothest motion.    Since my kitchen has many windows, a daytime kitchen takeover to set up cameras and lighting would have been too much effort.  It was easier for us to shoot at night, from 10PM to 4:30AM (followed by 3 hours sleep… and then our day jobs!).

Music by Chris Thomas King and Colin Linden – “John Law Burned Down the Liquor Sto’.”

Michael McVey
Skiffleboom.com


Fleet Foxes “Mykonos” at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA – 2011 [Skiffleboom.com]

by Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

A trip to see some Fleet Foxes with Mortimer Duckbrella + friends.  Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA – May 17, 2011, HD FLIP + FCP.  I stitched this video later that night.

The official Mykonos video is OUTSTANDING:

Such beautiful animation.
The door slammed loud and rose up a cloud of dust on us
Footsteps follow, down through the hollow sound, torn up.

And you will go to Mykonos
With a vision of a gentle coast
And a sun to maybe dissipate
Shadows of the mess you made

Pallid animals in the snow-tipped pines I find
hatching from the seed of your orphaned mind, all night

And you will go to Mykonos
With a vision of a gentle coast
And a sun to maybe dissipate
Shadows of the mess you made

Brother you don’t need to turn me away
I was waiting down at the ancient gate

You’ll go
Wherever you go today
You’ll go today

I remember how they took you down
As the winter turned the meadow brown

You’ll go
Wherever you go today
You’ll go today

When I’m walking brother don’t you forget
It ain’t often that you’ll ever find a friend

You’ll go
Wherever you go today…



MYSTERIOUS ALIEN ORGANISM LOVES SYNTHPOP! [Skiffleboom.com]

Michael McVey

Dancing magnetics by artist David Durlach of TechnoFrolics, featured at 11 Miller Street during Somerville Open Studios, April 30, 2011, Somerville, MA.

Music: “Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat.

Michael McVey
Skiffleboom.com

Torrid Love Affair with the Somerville Open Studios, from TheInfamousDance.com


Abbie Barrett and The Last Date: “Disappointing You” Music Video

by Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

Here is a brand spanking new music video we made for Abbie Barrett and The Last Date. Song is called “Disappointing You” off the album Dying Day, (available on iTunes).  www.AbbieBarrett.com

Bostonians will recognize Abbie Barrett and The Last Date from the Boston music scene.  Her sound has been described as “not bad” and “good” by several people that are not related to her.  Abbie’s blend of eclectic indie folk rock has inexplicably yielded her an Academy Award nomination for Best Special Effects in a Motion Picture for the movie “AVATAR.”  Abbie Barrett and The Last Date are:

Abbie Barrett (Duh)
Alec Derian (Bass)
Jack Hamilton (Keys)
Josh Kiggans (Drums)
Steve Levy (E. Guitar)

Video by Skiffleboom:

Director of Photography: Seth Wood
Director of Photography: Sam Sacks
Producer: Kristen Hamill
Director, Editor, Producer: Michael McVey

Filmed in Somerville, MA.  Music © 2011 Abbie Barrett.  Video © 2011 Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com.  All rights reserved.



Music Video: “Live in Dreams” by Wild Nothing

By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

My hometown Warwick NY has lots of backroads.   Driving late at night, the sprawling woodlands and fields become a dark, cerebral place.  And though nobody can really outrun existential dread on a late night drive, it never hurts to try.

Watch this in Full Screen HD with volume up, if you dare…

Artist: Wild Nothing
Song: Live in Dreams
Album: Gemini (2010)

Shot and edited by by Michael McVey, http://www.Skiffleboom.com
Made with an HD Flip at 2AM on Thanksgiving weekend, 2010.


Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains), from the Album “The Suburbs”

By Michael McVey, Skiffleboom.com

This is a video edit I made of the Arcade Fire’s Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains), from their album “The Suburbs.”
I came home from work late last night, caught a new episode of Mad Men at midnight, then stayed up til morning making this.  I don’t know what it is about that show that gets me going.  The whole things took about nine hours from start to upload, plus a little nap.

A youtube user named StocktoSong loves this album too – StocktoSong also made an Arcade Fire video from the original 1957 Suburba Prelinger footage.  It’s interesting to compare and contrast how we both used the footage.  We are reworking digitally something edited by hand half a century ago.

The original ephemeral film:
1957’s “In the Suburbs” is a thoughtfully made advertising sales promo film extolling 1950s suburbanites as citizens and consumers.  It was produced by On Film, Inc., and sponsored by Redbook Magazine.  It can be viewed at http://www.archive.org/details/IntheSub1957

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