Shot this music video for Waka Flocka a couple years ago and now it’s reached almost 16million hits. I stumbled on these behind the scenes photos and I realized I’d never posted about the full shoot. It Was directed by the legendary Benny Boom and Lucky. Not sure why but they only have the SD version online.
We filmed in an area called “The Jungles” (of Training Day Fame) and it was great to have the neighborhood enthusiastically come out for the video. However after the 2nd or 3rd shot, twenty(ish) police cars and a couple helicopters swooped in and shut us down. Later found out that there’s an ordinance against too many gang members congregating in one place. Apparently the “red” clothing gives it away. It seemed crazy to me that people couldn’t congregate in their own neighborhood. But it became fortuitous, because the police became a big part of the video.
With the police were mostly just standing around, we were able to shoot portraits and shots with the squad cars at the background. Because I was shooting with my 5D it looked like I was only taking stills. Eventually we had to shut it down but not before getting some great shots~!
And for the tech side, here’s the blog post on the ATM Gyro Stabilizer we used in the shoot