While Video Jed is away getting some much-needed R&R, Simon Cardoza of Cardoza is this week’s guest for Video Free Silver Lake. Cardoza is known to many as a longtime photographer of the eastside music scene, but about a year ago he launched his own band Cardoza. Cardoza (the band) have played at the Central SAPC, Casey’s and Lot 1. You can check out their demo EP on Soundcloud.
By Simon Cardoza
Friend Needs Help
Part 1: Today is Your Lucky Day
Friend Needs Help is a four part web series I wrote and directed a few years back. I wanted to see if I could write comedy so I created this series. Many of the actors are friends from local Silver Lake bands and most of the music used was local bands. Manhattan Murder Mystery’s “Smoky Mountain” is the theme song for the series. This is the first episode.
I’ve directed videos for a lot of local Silver Lake bands including Happy Hollows, The Movies, One Trick Pony, Death To Anders, and George Glass over the years. I love shooting them, it’s always fun and I feel a visual medium really helps putting your music out there. This video for “Parking Lot” we spent the day driving around Lincoln Heights and Chinatown shooting in several locations. Without film permits I plotted out a bunch of parking lots we’d crash and set up the band gear and start playing and shooting. MMM was great and know how to put on a show, anywhere.
With Or Without You
My favorite song. An awesome, haunting, and captivating video to go with it. This is the video that introduced me to U2 and I’ve been a huge fan ever since. There’s netting between Bono and the rest of the group allowing projections of videos that create the effect of overlaying video on top of them but it’s really just the netting. Cool visual trick.
Enjoy The Silence
I love the idea of traveling all over Europe to these scenic places just to shoot a music video. Anton Corbjin, my favorite music video director/photographer, had shot several videos with Depeche Mode already by this time but this one is visually breathtaking.
Getting someone to lip-sync backwards is tough. Coldplay loves the walking video concept, with “Yellow” & “Fix You.” For this one they switched it up and show a chilling, sad love tale. They are the masters of the slow song, this is a great one.