Wednesday, September 7, 2011
OUTTOWN EXCLUSIVE!!OUT 1043--STILL WINNING LOVE SUITE MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT with DANA CHRISTIAN VIDEOGRAPHER/DIRECTOR @MAYFAIR HOTEL IN DWNTWN STL--SEPT 6
PHOTOS by Ma'atology
The Roberts Brothers Mayfair Hotel in downtown St Louis was the location for the second day of shooting for singer Johnny Gill's video shoot for three of his songs off his upcoming CD, "Still Winning"(the first day was Monday at an abandoned building on Olive in downtown STL). The Ballroom was one of thee areas at the hotel where this portion of the video was to be shot.
A regal chandelier inside the ballroom.
Dinner plates for the dinner scene.
Furniture in the first floor lobby.
Videographer/director Dana Christian (middle) talks with his assistants Markus (left) and Darnell(right) of different lighting techniques for the set up shot in front of the Shula's 347 Grill inside the hotel.
Around 5:30 p.m. Johnny Gill appeared for the set up shot in front of Shula's. He was astounded that his outfit matched the color scheme of the wall! LOL
PICS BELOW OF GILL IN VIDEO ACTION:
OUTSIDE SHOTS in front of the Mayfair. Here Christian was directing Ryan Givins in this scene. Givins portrayed a valet in the video.
One of the carks parked on the curb was a Hummer. The car behind was was Sineta's in the video.
Singer Sineta was also in the video. Here she was getting direction of her shot where she awaits to give the valet her ticket to run for her car.
Another view of the scene
Sineta, who played Stephanie in the video, was directed to pretend as though she saw Gill coming toward her and to be amazed to see him after calling out his first name.
Another make up touch up
Gill in the scene
Sineta reacts to Gill
A couple of bystanders across the street from the hotel pulled out their phone to take pics of the action! LOL
Another take of the Sineta and Gill's greeting
Make up touch up
Gill doin' his motions with Sineta during song playback.
A long shot of the scene
Inside the ballroom, another shot of the meal which was the next scene that was going to be shot.
Assistants setting up for the shot.
Sineta was getting prepped in hair and makeup for the dinner scene at a suite.
The make up explosion!
A long shot of the hair and makeup prep area
Peak a boo, we see you! LOL
Sineta in close prep frame.
A few inches away was where Gill was prepping for the dinner scene. While he was prepping, he had taken a pic with video assistant April Spencer.
Gill receiving touch ups .
THE DINNER SCENE
Gill and Sineta getting into character
A long shot of the dinner scene
Gill and Sineta sharing wine in a scene after dinner.
Gill and Sineta were all smiles in front of the OUTCAM after the ballroom scenes were shot.
Gill and Sineta were prepping for the hall way scene leading to the bedroom.
Sineta lead Gill into the suite as Christian filmed and directed.
Leading into the suite.
Christian filmed a shot of Sineta doing a "come here" gesture with her finger towards Gill.
Christian filmed a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the handle.
NEXT UP: THE BEDROOM SCENE
Around the 9 p.m. hour, was set up for the bedroom scene. here Christian directed Gill as to this part of the storyline where he leads his love interest to bed.
Sineta was getting touch ups to her makeup for the scene
Gill lip synchs to a song for the dolly camera.
In the zone.
Sineta was now prepped for her scene.
Gill kissed Sineta on the forehead.
Gill stared at Sineta
Gill walked toward the camera for an early shot for the bedroom scene.
Sineta reacted to the letter Gill wrote saying that he could not continue seeing her, breaking her heart once again.
Christian filmed a scene where Gill thinks as Sineta sleeps after finishing making love
Gill looking back at a sleeping Sineta
Gill looks out to the camera thinking offward on his prep to leave.
NOTE: This was a great video shoot which lasted for about seven hours after starting at 5:30 p.m.....Johnny Gill was soooo cool with everyone and in between scenes, had the cast and crew in stitches cracking jokes and being silly, even laughing harder than anyone else --and when the wine in the dinner scene was continued to be sipped for his remaining scenes, the more he had everyone and himself laughing (the "n's" and flies joke was priceles and his manager giving Gill a Magnum condom before heading to the bedroom scene was classic!). It was hilarious!
But all in all, he kept it professional when the cameras were rolling. And who knew Sineta (who gave OUTTOWN the hook up on the video shoot) was such a great actress! Not only is she beautiful and is a talented singer,but she had us all in tears when she acted out the bedroom scene after Gill left her in bed after making love to her and reading the note he left her.
There were no report yet as of when the video will be completed nor when it will air.
Also on the set were Gill's record label exec Ira Dewitt of Notitfi Records, event/concert promoter Daryel Oliver, Gill's assistant/manager Big Hud, and later on during the shooting videographer/photograoher Remrod and photographer Maurice Young.