“Who I Want to Be” (3/3)

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This past weekend, 323 finished production on Nick Marzock’s first music video. Yep, that’s right… the last time we’ll ever hear director Alan Jaskiewicz call out “martini shot!” for this project. It’s both exciting and bittersweet. For those not familiar with film terminology, “martini shot” refers to the last shot of the day — likely because any shots after that will be out of a glass! This scene was perhaps the most challenging of the entire video because it required a substantial amount of lighting equipment and a sizable crew to pull off.

It was cold. There were rats. But we couldn’t have asked for a better result to wrap Nick’s video. Fortunately nobody felt the urge to lick any C-stands.

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The scene was shot on Coffey Way, located next to the prestigious Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh. We spiced it up by adding a few DMX Little Blizzard snow machines, which were provided by Vincent Lighting. Two units were suspended by our gaffer Josh Kubizne (seen below, on the right), whose expert lighting direction was both invaluable and a source of confidence for everyone else. His meticulous attention to detail was something to marvel at, to be sure. We can’t wait to bring Josh on board for another production and highly encourage others to enlist his services as well.

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Not even the frigid temperatures could dampen the excitement of our main extra for this scene, Aleah Meek. She’s 9 years old and a huge fan of Nick’s music, so we wrote this scene into the script specifically for her. Needless to say, she nailed her part!

The success of this shoot can be largely credited to our experienced crew who likewise braved the cold to help us out. We’d like to give a shout out to Justin Jones, Tom Klabnik, Eric Schwartzmiller, and Lee Gugino for their assistance. Yinz guys rule! (Pittsburghese accent)

Now for perhaps the most exciting bit of news related to this video… we have officially set a release date of March 6, 2014! Not only that, but we’ll be having a live release party at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale. The premiere will be immediately followed by a performance by the Nick Marzock trio band, so it’s sure to be a fun night! Nick frequently performs shows at Jergel’s, so we felt this was the obvious venue choice. More details will be posted in the near future. Everyone is of course invited, so please come out and support this fantastic artist!

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