Monday, August 9, 2010

Perspective by Carman Stalker

Perspective from Roman Numerals’ “This Motion” Video Production
by Carman Stalker

Working on a video is something I have always wanted to and with this issue of Faction Magazine, being released on August 29th, I had my chance. Faction Magazine and Outpost Worldwide worked some long, hard hours putting together a music video for the Roman Numerals’ song “This Motion”. I, along with Kristen Chumley my intern, was responsible for all the styling of the video which included creation of costumes, the clothing for the band, hair and make-up. I thought it would be interesting to talk to some of the people that made it all possible and see why they wanted to participate in the creation of the video.

Interview with Director, Brian Hicks with Outpost Worldwide

CS/FM: What inspired the idea for this project?
BH/OW: This most definitely was inspired from many, many a night enjoying the sounds of the Roman Numerals as well as being a big supporter of the local music and arts community. When I heard there was a call out from the Roman Numerals to visual artist, I for sure came lurking around with interest. These guys have put so much into an aspect of the culture/counter-culture here in Kansas City that I gladly find myself participating in often. It is killer to be able to offer something back to the cause.

CS/FM: What are the pluses of working with Faction Magazine?

BH/OW: Faction brought a very high level of energy & resources into this project.

Their support and participation truly enhanced the life, spirit and style of this film.

The day I teamed up with Faction, they instantly proved to have an uncontrolled fire for what they do.

What are your thoughts on how everyone pulled together for the production?

BH/OW: Upon speaking with Faction about this philanthropic effort, there was instantly a synergy between myself & Faction. They brought the highest sense of attention to the idea and script while bringing their own creative ideas that benefited the entire creative process.

This project was done in a timeframe that was wicked fast, compared to the typical production schedule, without compromise. They were integral in splattering a thought from my mind onto the screen.

What do you think about creative outlets in Kansas City? Do you think people are approachable when it comes to working, promoting and helping one another in the art community?

BH/OW: I have always felt like the reason I’ve enjoyed and appreciated Kansas City so much is due to its energy and spirit. I have never lived in a city that holds such a unique support system within its arts community. This project is all about being a part of the community, working with like-minded people and promoting something bigger than just ourselves.

Interview with Artist, Tyson Schroeder
CS/FM: Why did you want to work on this project?
TS: I wanted to work on this project for the opportunity to work with my friends in the Roman Numerals and the chance to work with Brian Hicks.

CS/FM: Have you ever worked on a project like this before?
TS: Not really, a very small bit part in Alacartoona's Night is the Mirror (where I first very briefly worked with Brian) and a very quick and dirty, no budget, make it up as you go video with my partner in (the) Medicine Theory for our song “I Killed Amanda”, which features both Erin McGrane and Christian Hankel of Alacartoona.

CS/FM: What intrigued you about this project?
TS: There were two aspects that really jumped out; one was the very vivid, lurid, and fluid imagery Brian was describing in our first meeting. I was able to latch on pretty quick and begin to conceptualize the world he was creating. The second was the very “non-band video” approach. No lip-synching, posturing or faux performance footage. And I don't know if it "intrigued" me into want to work on the project, but the song is just fucking awesome.

Interview with Student Intern, Kristen Chumley
CS/FM: What school do you go to? When do you graduate? What is your major?

KC: I go to Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. I graduate May 2011 with a major in Fashion Communications.

CS/FM: What is your dream job?

KC: I would love to do trend forecasting or styling. Traveling and analyzing street fashion and figuring out what trends will pick up and what won't sounds amazing to me. I would also love to style photo shoots for a magazine or some other media outlet. Working at Nylon magazine would be a dream come true. Styling a TV show or movie would be awesome. I also love getting people ready, so if there was some way I could do someone's hair and makeup and help them pick out an outfit to wear, that would be great. I want to be exposed to the fashion industry as much as possible so I can figure out what I'm good at and what I should focus on career wise. I want a job where I can work with creative people and beautiful fashion.

CS/FM: Do you have any plans when you graduate?

KC: Life after graduation is an open book for me. I want to move to New York with some Stephen’s girls but that's up in the air. After staying in Kansas City this summer, there is a part of me that would like to stay and try to help out the fashion scene here as much as I can. I've met so many amazing people trying to do so much for this city and I want to be a part of that. I'm going to see how my last year goes before I make any solid plans.

CS/FM: Describe how it has been working on Faction projects.

KC: Working on Faction projects has been so awesome. I've gotten to be a part of real photo shoots, not just stuff that my friends and I do together. I got to help style a music video which is huge. I've gotten to experience first-hand what the fashion scene is like in Kansas City. I've met an entirely new group of people and made some great connections. Working on Faction projects also made me realize that I really have been taught a lot in school. A lot of the skills I learned at Stephens have really come in handy. From patternmaking and sewing to fashion illustration and communication, I've realized I wouldn't have been prepared for this internship if I hadn't been at Stephens. I'm happy that I'm getting my Fashion Communications degree and motivated to learn as much as I can before I graduate.

CS/FM: Describe your final project for your summer internship.

KC: My final project for my summer internship was focused on styling a music video for Roman Numerals. I did research and compiled concept sheets. I sketched out designs for the outfits used in the video, sourced materials for the garments and constructed them. I sourced shoes to use in the video. I helped out during the two days of shooting. This project let me see first-hand what all goes into both a photo shoot and a music video. It was so neat to be on set and see stuff that I worked on being filmed.

CS/FM: What was your favorite part of the Faction V4 Music Issue?

KC: I loved the photo shoot on the set of the Roman Numerals music video. It was awesome to get stylish photo documentation of so many creative things happening at once. The hair, makeup and garments used for the shoot and video were awesome. It was so great to see how everything came together.

CS/FM: After spending the summer in Kansas City, what are your thoughts regarding the fashion community here?

KC: I think that there are a lot of people in the Kansas City fashion scene that have a lot to offer. Fashion here isn't nearly as big as on the coasts, but it is still evident. The scene is growing and becoming bigger and better. There is a unique creative community here and it has a voice that needs to be heard.

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