On Sunday we teamed up with New Jersey born film maker David Allen to shoot the first part of our new music video. The weather forecast had predicted a miserable day of rain, but we decided to try our luck and it was very fortunate that we did: The Gods were shining down on The Watanabes, and we literally could not have wished for a more perfect day.
We started off in Ueno and things didn’t look good. The grey clouds looked rather threatening and one of the key locations from the shoot was closed due to the weather. We assessed our options and were preparing to postpone when suddenly the clouds parted, the sun came out, and the gates opened! We got some fantastic shots in Ueno, and then moved to Odaiba via boat from Asakusa. By this time the blue skies were covered in whispy white clouds, which set up the perfect atmosphere for some romantic shots near the Odaiba shoreline. It was just the perfect day, and having already seen some of the footage, I must admit, we are getting very, VERY excited about this video. Sel and I both agree that it’s one of our strongest songs to date, and we feel very fortunate to be collaborating with a man of David’s considerable talents! He’s a real master of light and timing. We’d also like to say a big thank you to David’s girlfriend Bettia for her able assistance, as well as to Jiye and Chunling for providing their help and valuable opinions. It was a day very well spent, and we’re now gearing up for the second day of filming this coming weekend. So far, the forecast looks good, but judging by last weekend’s unfoldings, perhaps we shouldn’t bank on good weather!
In other news, the artwork for the new EP is now almost complete, and Hitomi Tsuchiya has done us proud again! The record sleeve is extremely eye catching. We absolutely love it. Meanwhile, our “senpai” and music master David Naughton is busy in his Shikoku home studio mixing the final tracks. This has to be the most enjoyable part of the process for us. We’ve done all of our work in front of the mic on vocals and guitars, and all we have to do now is study the mixes, and express our opinions to Dave. He’s an absolute master of his trade, and we wouldn’t be The Watanabes without him!