My friend Ernie Fritz did a great job with the offline edit of this piece. But when this music video came to me for the online conform and finishing, there were still a lot of creative decisions to be made and technical challenges to manage.
Using the blue background as a blue screen to key in background images was an afterthought and those background images still had not been mapped out. The director was making adjustments all the way through the online edit.
This was back in the days of huge linear on-line edit suites costing hundreds of dollars an hour, big switchers, Edit Decision List (EDLs) rather than graphic timelines and video tape rather than files. Very challenging under the best of circumstances. Getting creative in the online was fun, but I also had to be decisive and quick in order to avoid busting the budget.
This piece had a nice run on MTV and became one of my favorite music videos of the dozens that I’ve worked on.