I was approached by the classical piano and violin duo, Tomas and Tao, to create 4 music videos on Mozart’s sonatas, and a Kickstarter video to raise funds.
Tomas Cotik on the violin and Tao Lin on the piano are some of the best musicians in their field. Their commitment to perfection with each piece is wonderful and very moving to experience in person.
Our goal with a music video like this is to recreate the experience in real life. But for Tomas and Tao this was a unique challenge because we only had were 3 static shots to choose from. So how can we make every edited minute seem fresh and unpredictable?
Filming at All Saints Episcopal Church offered amazing acoustics for the final mix and made for some pretty dramatic lighting options.
While watching Tomas and Tao play the classical piano and violin, sometimes blending and sometimes contrasting their sounds, I began to think of each piece as a story.
I imagined the stories based on the tone of the piece. And imagined that each instrument was a character. The personality of each character and how they dealt with each other was how I made the decision to edit. As a result, I used these “beats” to help me decide what is the best shot to edit to.
What story can you imagine watching this video?