I knew when I started Before The Concert, I wanted my friend & musician Frank Froese to be the first guest for the series. I knew there would be a lot of outtakes & bloopers and I was right. I wanted to be able to film and just play around with everything, and get the hang of things.
My twin brother Matt came along to help out with this filming as well, and he was shooting with the Nikon D7000, I was using the Canon XF100. On a Saturday afternoon, Frank came down to my neighborhood in Jersey City from Scranton, PA area. We spent the afternoon going from location to location and filming Frank perform some songs.
The first spot I wanted to shoot at was the waterfront but I probably should have known there would be issues with the wind and other things. The wind was an issue, as well as us having an audience of people standing by and watching Frank. The people part wasn’t really the problem per say, but it does attract attention. By the end of the first song (“Where I’m From”), I noticed a Goldman Sachs security lingering around and probably seeing what we were doing. I didn’t feel like having this guy telling us what to do so we just left. Figures the very first session I ever did and I attract a crowd and security.
The next spot ended up being at Paulus Hook park which was nice and quiet, except for us and the cicadas. After doing an interview and having Frank play another song (“Handfuls Of Vicodin”), we walked down to the Morris Canal Liberty Park section to see how it was down there. Again, I probably should have known it would be windy and have other noises. In this case, it was just one dog barking every 2 seconds as its owner threw things in the water. After awhile, I said screw it and let’s just film. Bravo to Frank for keeping a straight face throughout his performance of “Kings Without A Crown,” because I nearly lost it a few times from laughing so much. Not about the song, but because of that damn dog!
It was a fun day to film, watch Frank perform, and have a nice field test for the series. I’m hoping to get back out there and film more musicians and bands very soon!
Frank will be playing at Kuzzin’s in Dunmore PA on September 15th. He will be playing a benefit for The Lupus Foundation! Sean Loughney will also be playing. Support a good cause and see some cool music.