Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Watch a little, not a lot

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Cheers to you if you can make it all the way through this newly released music video by local scenester/musician/producer/goofball Charles "Major Mandolin" Prignano.

Titled "Drink a Little, Not a Lot," it's grating, to say the least.

Learning that local filmmaker Pete Schuermann was responsible for the visuals, I gave him a quick call to ask the obvious question: "WTF?"

"This thing goes back to when we made Alice in Wasteland together — he was one of the financiers," explains Schuermann.

"He's been bugging me for years to make a music video ... he said he'd come up with some money and we'll do something. I said, 'Let's do irreverent and weird.' My thought was David Lynch meets Monty Python."

Schuermann went on to say that the project — essentially shot in hopes of it going viral on YouTube — cost around $12,000, with a lot of volunteer help and him working at "slave wages," because Prignano has helped him in various ways over the years.

"He's retired [from the Air Force] and he's one of those guys who sees value in art-based things whether they yield a return or not."

Schuermann worked on the video for the better part of a year between other jobs and his own project, Creep!, but says if the work had been done on consecutive days, it would have been about a three-week project.

"I treated it more like a short film than a music video," he says. "It serves as a nice portfolio piece for me."

Indeed, nothing sells a filmmaker like a good segment of gratuitous vomiting and ample T 'n A!

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