ALL I NEED

Jon Foreman and I had a chance to brainstorm some ideas for their latest song, All I Need. This song is so heartfelt and almost nostalgic, that I wanted to make it more of a narrative piece, with some fun VFX, of course. We had a bunch of amazing footage from their recent trip to India and Bangledesh, so we had to find a way to make a narrative that could include some of that footage, while still being in the same universe as the other two videos. (We really had fun time trying to make subtle links between the Native Tongue, Voices and All I Need videos)

So we came up with this concept, which was the most ambitious one yet, since it involved young actors, not a lot of band screen time, and a monster of a practical effect. (people say working with kids and animals is the worst, but having directed dozens of Youth Theater productions in my past, I felt good about it.)

I had some kids submit audition videos, and the band and I all agreed on Sophia being our awesome main character. She was so fun and easy to work with, and she put in a LONG day. Jadyn and Abraham were also so great to work with, and they brought of energy to the set.

How to come up with 30 Old Tube Tv’s, though? I called around to some different electronics recycling centers, and found one that was up for letting us rent them, so major thanks to Universal Waste Disposal! TV’s used to be very heavy and stupid, btw. My genius friend Jackie Valentine was on props and Practical FX, and he made the TV wall, and made a device that safely sparked when Sophia plugs in the Extension cords. I’ve had Jackie make a few random things for me, and he always figures out a way to do it and blow my mind.

I wanted to go for a Cinematic look for this one so I hired Steve Cachero as DP (a guy who I’ve been wanting to work with for a while, you can see why in the video.) and my good friend Nate Riedel who is a master DP and Gaffer. It really is one of the best feelings to have such a strong team surrounding you.

Maybe the craziest part of this video was finishing up the edit and VFX from tour with my band. Not recommended, but it is possible to upload a low res video over a hotspot while driving (but it takes a WHILE).

Overall, super amazing to get to work with talented young actors (and their gracious parents) and have the trust from the Switchfoot camp to make this one. Love those guys!

Brad Davis
VOICES

Super fun to get to work with the Switchfoot dudes on another Music Video. This song “Voices” has a really fun and uneasy vibe, and it was fun to try approach the visuals the same way.

One of the main looks we decided to use on the verses is called “Snorricam” which was an angle I was familiar with, but didn’t know the name. Thats the self facing camera, that is attached to the subject in the frame, the background moves around and the subject doesn’t (as much in this case). We had a very short prep time, so in a few days, the DP (Dan Coronado) and I were brainstorming on how to do it well without breaking the bank. (He always does test shoots with his kids and sends me the examples and its very sweet, and effective)

The verses feel sparse, and the choruses feel very full and have a lot going on, so I wanted the choruses to reflect that, like they jump into his head and thats where the real action is. It’s always super fun to take green screen footage and make something out of it.

Other fun moments were choreographing with 6 people the initial shot where Jon rises out of the tub, the sideways coffee drop, and the multiples of Jon on the trolley.

All in all this was super fun, and challenging, which is my favorite combo (besides fun and easy) and I love how it turned out.

Brad Davis
YOUR NATIVE TONGUE

When the best dudes in Rock ‘n Roll ask you for pitches for a the Music Video for their title track, you do everything you can to make it happen. This was originally based off their album art, and they let me run from there. We shot all the band stuff in one lovely day in Oceanside at Cinematic Arts & Sound (very cool place). The footage turned out so beautiful, since I had a good friend Dan Coronado shooting it on a Red Epic Dragon with Zeiss CP2’s from Redefine Rentals.

All I had to do was put it together and make some tweaky effects (my favorite). The band is a rare balance of kindness, with extreme attention to detail, and I’m always inspired by it. Love getting to be around guys who have been at it for 20 years, and are doing it so smartly. If you thought this was weird, just wait until you see the vertical version! (Debuting on Spotify)

Brad Davis
BEARS IN LOVE

This is an amazing song written by my super talented bud. He originally hit me up to make a music video for him, and was pleasantly surprised with his idea for an animated love story between two bears. Sean is an incredible songwriter, but he’s also a hilarious story/joke writer. We worked on the story together and included our friend Joe Chandler who writes for American Dad, and came up with something that I still enjoy watching.

The story was down, and I commissioned a friend and hero of mine - Dan Jones to design the characters. I have worked with him on a few projects and am always amazed at what creative work he can do while still being extremely kind to everyone. Super fun to work on something where the character design makes the characters funny and lovable. It makes the movements less important, and connection way easier.

This was one of the times where I got to work with 100% people that I look up to, and that’s when I enjoy the pressure, process and product the most. Triple p, baby.

The Characters were designed and rigged by Dan Jones

The Animation was done by Brad Davis, Dan Jones.

Story - Sean O’Donnell, Joe Chandler, Brad Davis.

Song By Sean O’Donnell


Brad Davis
MAKE IT EXCITING!

While doing some work for Flood Church, the Creative Director Tim Eagerton asked me to make a really exciting promo for a guest speaker, Reggie McNeal. I scoured the web for good clips, or pictures or media of him, and at the time what I found was VERY limited. So I went the monster truck route to spice things up. I think it got played at Flood Church for more weeks in a row than any other video. I hope it helped the turnout.

Brad Davis