November 10, 2008
I got a call from my good friend director Ben Mor from Smuggler last Sunday wondering what my schedule was like. He was seeking some help with a video he was shooting in Chicago with Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas celebrating Barack Obamas potential victory in the presidential race. On Monday I asked my EP Marie Schroder her thoughts. She put me on a plane on Tuesday night and we were off.
I landed in Chicago on Tuesday and met with Ben and his crew. Will met up with us later at The Hyatt for Dinner. HE was a super cool cat and we watched the initial election results and played with his new camera. Ben just taught him how to use the Macro function. Will kept saying “Macro Macro”..It was hilarious!! After dinner they took off to Grant Park and I went over to the studio. I started locking sync all of the performance stuff they had shot in Los Angeles previously to making there way to Chicago.
Barack wins!!. I watched to the victory speech with Matt my assigned assitant from the Library at the Whitehouse Post (the Studio I was 4 walling in) . I had never felt so proud to be an American as I was that very moment..
Ben showed up with Will at about 1 am and we came up with a game plan for the video.
We loaded everything they shot that night and David the DP started searching for images of the victory from all over the world.. After 12 hours of edit and craziness we ended up with a great piece that was featured on Oprah, Larry King Live and MTV.
Its A New Day! – Will.I.Am
Director: Ben Mor SMUGGLER
Editor: Chris Chynoweth MAD RIVER POST
Assistant Editor: Matt Jameson
D.P.: David Rodgriguez
Will.I.Am Premiers Its A New Day! on Oprah
I am very proud to have been a part of this.
Thanks to Ben, David, and Will.I.Am..!
Thanks to the Whitehouse Chicago proving a great assistant Matt and room to 4 wall in..!
And finally thanks to Marie Schroeder my Executive Producer for her continuing support!!
As always Thanks to you for watching.