Jeffrey Turboff earns his bread and butter working nights, editing for ABC News’ Nightline—but he’s also got a passion for creative indie projects such as the dazzling music video “Fools Parade,” which he directed for the band Trumpeter Swan. Although our policy is to keep articles to just a few hundred words, Jeffrey’s description of the making of the video is so interesting, we decided to bend the rules.
MMM: For people who never read past the first question, we need to start with “How did you do it?”
Jeffrey: My secret weapon here was the Phototropedelic app. And the Steadicam Smoothee.
MMM: Any special lenses?
MMM: And the editing?
MMM: How long was the shoot?
Jeffrey: We shot two days; one day for the main scenario, and a separate day for the life-sized Fool tarot card.
MMM: What about post-production?
Jeffrey: The editing took three short late-night sessions after my editing shift at Nightline. I cut the music video working from midnight till 4 or 5 AM, but I’m an editor, so for me editing’s the easy part. However, the animating with Phototropedelic took months, exporting the final picture-locked video as 5,016 stills, which had to be individually processed in Phototropedelic, then re-imported into Avid and superimposed over the original untreated video.
MMM: What kind of arrangement did you have with the band?
MMM: How did you arrive at this look for the video?
MMM: So did you decide right then to use it for a music video?
MMM: And this was still photography, not video?
MMM: You’d think someone else would have come up with this.
MMM: Why did you do this ambitious project on a phone?
MMM: What’s the biggest problem you encountered?
MMM: Who helped you get the project done?
Jeffrey: I had one production assistant, Dan Levinsohn, who was really a trooper. Also the one guy who made the introduction between me and Drew Patrizi of Trumpeter Swan, our mutual friend Jeremy Phillips, was there to help out, and of course our wonderful actress, Aryn Cole, who is just so beautiful and free-spirited and threw herself into the project wholeheartedly for a pretty measly fee and some food, but I’m grateful to her for the wonderful energy she brought to the project.
MMM: What advice would you give other filmmakers?
MMM: What reception did the video get?
MMM: How did you learn to be a filmmaker?
MMM: Can you tell us what you’re working now?