In late Spring of 2009 we shot a new music video titled “Hold You Close” for Los Hot Boxers debut album “Uno”.
Going over a scene
The video was directed by Rafael Rivera, and produced in 8 days at practical locations in San Francisco and San Jose. It stars Christian Vela, lead singer for the band, and Sara Malaya Dominguez as Gio, the song’s love interest.
“Hold You Close” is a love song that was interpreted for the video as a view into the day of two people who meet at the band’s gig and hit it off.
For the video, the band wanted a retro-modern look, an idea that came up from the fact that Christian is a collector of vintage items; he owns an early 70’s red Vespa, several antique Schwinn bikes, and a plethora of other items from the 40’s & 50’s. This was an idea that Rafael liked too, especially since he owns a collection of Beaulieu Super8 cameras. So it was a natural decision to mix HD and Super8 film to achieve the desired look.
For the HD segments we used a Panasonic HVX200 fitted with a Chrosziel mattbox. We used P2 cards for recording into DVCPro-HD, and a Panasonic BT-LH1700 17” display for monitoring. The slow motion sequences were shot at 60fps and later conformed using CinemaTools, while the rest of the video was shot at 24fps.
The vintage segments were filmed with a series of Beaulieu Super8 cameras, including two 4008 ZMII with Schneider 6-66 mm lenses, and one Beaulieu 6008 with an Angenieux 6-80 mm. We used Kodak Vision2 200T 7217 and Ektachrome 64T 7280 film stocks. Processing was done by Cinelab and Dwayne’s Lab, and transferred as10-bit, uncompressed QuickTime files on a Rank Cintel Turbo by Cinelab.
Shooting a scene with model Lolly
San Francisco, with its beautiful locations, provided the perfect background for many of the scenes, and indeed we filmed at many famous landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard St, the Cable Car, Barbary Coast, North Beach, and at The Embarcadero with the Bay Bridge in the background.
Production generated over 325 GB of material: 200 GB of HD video and 125 GB from the film transfer. The video was cut using Final Cut Pro, with color grading being done in Color and special effects in Shake.