Claudeo: Empty Cages (music video)

Shot on the 4th of July. Chris was just strumming away on his guitar around the fire and I was playing with my camera gear trying to record the fire. 1 take; no practice, no lighting equipment, no audio equipment. One of those times the simplicity of the video reflected the simplicity of the moment.


I just got a second Canon T2i (550D) so I was itching to give it a run through. I also needed to figure out if there were any aberrations or major color differences between the two cameras so this would be a good test run. I just set one of my cameras down on a tripod, framed the shot and pressed record. I made sure the other camera was close enough to pick up the audio but it would be a challenge. It was almost midnight so we had to keep it relatively quiet in case the neighbors started pelting vegetables and shoes.


FCPX has a great “synchronization” feature that aligns 2 or more video clips using the audio waveforms peaks and valleys. I wanted to give the feature a try which was the real reason behind wanting to shoot something simple. 2 birds with one stone. Claudeo gets a quick video and I get to polish my editing chops. Color was removed due to high noise in such a low light situation where the only useful light came from the flicker of the fire.

That’s it.

Claudeo: Demo EP Release

Photoshoot date: Dec, 2011

Equipment: Canon T2i. Tamron AF 17-50mm f/2.8

second shooter: J.Yee

A few things excite me…this is definitely one of them. When I see people go after their dreams I want to be there to see it happen. I collaborated with Chris on one of my very first music videos when I picked up the T2i and I’ve had a ton of joy seeing his evolution over the last year.

It takes a lot of guts to put down securities in life to go after your heart’s wishes and that’s exactly how Claudeo was born. Here are two guys, Ivan and Chris, who really love music and want to contribute to the music scene and I wish them the best as they embark on this musical journey.