My husband and I fancy ourselves as a multimedia power team. He is the moving pictures, production and graphics engine of our company, and I am on the still image side of things. I excel in portraiture, production stills, and lifestyle photography, and he in motion graphics, video production, conceptualization, and execution. We both love what we do and feed off each others' knowledge and skills. It is so great when we get to come together to work on a project, like we did this past weekend.
Here is a little backstory on the project: My husband and business partner, Dave Matthies, the president of Matthies Media Inc., and owner of Cowboy Mustache, is a Skagit Valley, Washington native who currently resides in Vista, Ca with myself and our family. He remains in contact with most of his Mt Vernon and Anacortes friends and family, many of them being musicians and artists with colorful lives. Dave's longtime friend, Royal Malloy, a former Anacortsian himself, is a top producer and co-owner of American Chainsaws, a top ranked L.A. based production company.
Royal Malloy came to Dave with a proposal to shoot two music videos with a very talented close mutual friend, musician, and Anacortes Music Channel owner, Karl Blau. Malloy offered to fly Blau down from his home base of Anacortes, WA, to shoot the videos for Karl's upcoming release entitled "Introducing Karl Blau" (produced by Tucker Martine for Raven Marching Band Records in the U.S. and Bella Union Records in the U.K.) on location in one weekend.
Day one we shot the video for "That's How I got to Memphis," a ballad by Tom T. Hall in the neighborhood of our home in Vista, CA.
Day two was a combination of pick up shots for "That's How I got to Memphis," and the video for "Falling Rain" (cover of a song by Link Wray). "Falling Rain" was shot mostly on the nearly city-block-long, sprawling estate of NBA Hall of Famer and announcer, Bill Walton, in Old Town, San Diego, as well as back at the ol' Matthies ranch in Vista.
Of course we agreed to go forward with the project, and it was a successful couple of days, as well as a great time with very close friends. Enjoy a few highlights :)
Dave Matthies of Cowboy Mustache
Karl Blau walks through Old Town, San Diego
Kyle Field of Little Wings guest stars in both videos
filming the video for "Falling Rain"
Karl Blau, Jan 2016, San Diego
The Crew wraps shooting at Bill Walton's estate.
Left to right: Dave Matthies, Kyle Field, Andrea Matthies, Karl Blau, Jacob Navarron, Bill Walton, Royal Malloy
Both the album and the videos will be out in 2016, we are so excited!