Snip from a Kelefa Sanneh story in today's NYTimes about the Strokes vid:
To begin the publicity campaign for their third album, "First Impressions of Earth" (RCA), the Strokes commissioned a video from Michael Palmieri, who has made videos for Beck and others. David Cross plays a clueless radio jock (he calls the band Stroke), and we hear the song going out over the airwaves, becoming the soundtrack to much semi-anonymous groping. But by the time the label was sending out copies of the video, the credit read "Alan Smithee" (the name used when a director refuses to take credit); Mr. Palmieri posted a "censored director's cut" on his Web site, michaelpalmieri.com. Elsewhere online, a video remix started circulating; this new version turned the video black and white, and it replaced the groping with scenes swiped from "Night of the Living Dead," to match the song's tense-to-frantic arc. Mr. Palmieri responded, enthusiastically, with a 1,300-word open letter to the remixer (known only as triple_six), explaining his side of the story. If all this was planned, the plan was crafty. --
We went to Sacramento this weekend for a small commercial shoot featuring 8-year-old twins who have yet to be introduced to gravity.
This is their 4-year-old sister who makes movies about them. Not really, but she's a pretty good camera operator.
Her brothers skate in the bowls with DV cameras. Despite jumping rails, taking big spills and doing ridiculous tricks, I didn't see anyone in the family drop a camera. There's some great kiddie POV footage of the twins chasing each other on their boards all over the skate park.