Central Elements Productions
Production . Distribution . Exposition
Central Elements Productions is a conscious, creative independent film company specializing in Music Videos, Commercials, Video Art and Independent Films based in Los Angeles, CA.
We also have in-house motion graphics and animation capabilities that allow us to provide concept-to-finish production services.
director / editor / Writer/ d.p.
Alexx Thompson founder of Central Elements Productions is a Producer, Cinematographer, Writer/Director / public speaker and Photographer with a 15 year... View Reel >>>
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Manifesting inner, creative visions into its tangible, physical equivalent. Then capturing it all on film. This encapsulates the mentality behind Jonathan... View Reel >>>
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Self-taught with a foundation in the world of fashion and marketing, Christophe has developed a style unique to his own. Hard lines, fast cuts, raw emotion...View Reel >>>
The Shift Rising
Ascend Creatives . Central Elements Productions . Meraki Media
The Shift Rising
A Jonathan Machado Film
Please enjoy the trailer while we work on the official.
No matter what set of expectations you have set out for yourself, or for others...sometimes life has a way of paving its own path for us. A remarkable young art curator, Azra Yazmil, moves from Istanbul Turkey to Los Angeles to expand her influence in the gallery scene. She meets Trevor Dunmore, a talented but, as yet, unknown American painter. Their effect on each other is immediate, although widely differing cultural and social backgrounds keep them in a perpetual dance to communicate. We see their relationship develop and deepen with an intensity surprises them both; but we also discover what's been holding back Trevor's success is his secret struggle with heroin addiction… Azra, usually a model of caution, is unaware of his darker side, but is increasingly puzzled by what appears to be "two different Trevors". As their relationship progresses he desperately tries to keep his two worlds from colliding and destroying "the best thing that's ever happened to me", but she has begun to put the pieces together, his absences, evasiveness, broken promises, and wants answers… It's at this point, as if the world has decided to totally unload on her, that she finds she is pregnant. Unlike her contemporaries back home, Azra's life until now has been about art and business, she's had no time for thoughts of settling, starting a family; but she is also 30 and the pregnancy changes everything. Unfortunately the man she loves, the only man with whom she's allowed herself to be this vulnerable, is an addict… In one moment Azra's world is turned completely inside out… and decisions must be made.
Inside Out is a feature length Indy film, produced by Central Elements Productions and Digital Communications.
Directed by: Alexx Thompson
While we work on our official trailer please enjoy a few clips from our first couple days of filming.
Haiti Harvest Moon
Haiti Harvest Moon - Music
Produced by Central Elements Productions
Shot and edited -Alexx Thompson
A music video was once defined as a commercial videotape featuring a performance of a popular song, often through a stylized dramatization by the performers with lip synching and special effects. Today it is so much more and the commercial success or failure of many pops songs depend heavily on the video produced to represent the song visually.
That is where experienced and creative videographers like Alexx Thompson come into the picture (so to speak!). Alexx who handles both Photography and Cinematography, is the founder of the 12 year running LA based artist collective Central Elements that he recently turned into CentralElementsProductions.com a Los Angeles Production Company, specializing in Music Videos, Video Art and Independent Films.
Alexx has just finished shooting an unofficial music video for the band Poolside, performing a cover of Neil Young’s hit song Harvest Moon. To shoot the video, Alexx went down to Haiti with an organization called letsgotohaiti.com run by Tara Phillips. All footage was shot in Jacmel, Haiti with the dance group Dance Explosion, while some of the kids seen playing in the video, were from the ACFFC : Art Creation Foundation For Children.
Music has always been a form of expression. The artist is able to convey their feelings through song, getting their listener engaged and sensing the same emotion. In today’s world, there are less and less songs that people can connect with. Songs try to be catchier and promote good times that people should be feeling, instead of the sensations that they actually feel.
One such man that has yet to succumb to this is Alexx Thompson. He has given Neil Young’s Harvest Moon (interpreted here by Poolside),a languid, peaceful, yet rhythmic ebb and flow; the colors, the delicate fade-ins and fade-outs of the dancers as well as the endless journey of the motor scooters along the streets of Haiti is almost intoxicating.
Though the pictures depict scenery of constant movement, Alexx keeps the atmosphere almost hypnotically calm alongside the restrained flowing rhythms of the song – as everything, from dancers to playful children and a parade of motor scooters converging across a street-filled city, move in synchronized, uplifting harmony. Every bustling scene is beautifully contrasted with visuals of the purifying Haitian waters.
Jacmel which was rebuilt, using prefabricated cast-iron pillars and balconies shipped over from France after a fire destroyed it in 1896, has influenced the home structure of much of New Orleans. It is a city that structurally, has not changed much in 100 years, and Alexx Thompson seems to have perfectly captured that timeless magic within his moving frames.
In fact nearly at the beginning of the video there is a dance scene where Alexx uses a sort of back and forth repeat sequence, where all the dancers are in sweet synchronized movement, without really moving in any new direction at all. I felt a strong analogy with the city of Jacmel come through on those frames, as did the almost sepia color tones or scratched film effects used in the video.
The Alexx Thompson Video together with the Poolside version of Harvest Moon has beautifully captured a fraction of the soul of Jacmel which has been accepted as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
A part of the Harvest Moon lyric goes:
“When we were strangers
I watched you from afar
When we were lovers
I loved you with all my heart.”
Alexx Thompson brings that same warm, uplifting and passionate intimacy to this music video!
Reprinted from article at Reviewindie
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Poolside are Los Angeles based duo Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise—their sound is described as "Daytime Disco." Poolside's debut single "Do You Believe" was positively received by peers, Todd Terje, Dimitri From Paris, and The Magician, and Dazed & Confused praised the song for its "pop-tinged disco, brimming with optimistic vocals and retro acid synths," while NME lauded its "supremely casual decadence."
"Take Me Home," Poolside's second single was released in November 2011 and was used as the first song on Aeroplane's In Flight Entertainment compilation. Their debut album, Pacific Standard Time, was released on July 9, 2012 on Day & Night Records
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Neil Young whose original song Harvest Moon this is remixed from
Neil Percival Young, OC OM (born November 12, 1945) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. He began performing in a group covering Shadows instrumentals in Canada in 1960, before moving to California in 1966, where he co-founded the band Buffalo Springfield along with Stephen Stills and Richie Furay, later joining Crosby, Stills & Nash as a fourth member in 1969. He forged a successful and acclaimed solo career, releasing his first album in 1968; his career has since spanned over 45 years and 35 studio albums, with a continual and uncompromising exploration of musical styles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website describes Young as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers”. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice: first as a solo artist in 1995, and second as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997.
Young’s work is characterized by his distinctive guitar work, deeply personal lyrics and signature alto or high tenor singing voice. Although he accompanies himself on several different instruments, including piano and harmonica, his idiosyncratic electric and clawhammer acoustic guitar playing are the defining characteristics of a varyingly ragged and melodic sound.
While Young has experimented with differing music styles, including swing and electronic music throughout a varied career, his best known work usually falls into two primary styles: acoustic (folk and country rock) and electric (amplified hard rock, very often in collaboration with the band Crazy Horse). Young has also adopted elements from newer styles such as alternative rock and grunge. His influence on the latter caused some to dub him the “Godfather of Grunge“.
Young has directed (or co-directed) a number of films using the pseudonym Bernard Shakey, including Journey Through the Past (1973), Rust Never Sleeps (1979), Human Highway (1982), Greendale (2003), and CSNY/Déjà Vu (2008). He has also contributed to the soundtracks of films including Philadelphia (1993) and Dead Man (1995).
Young is an environmentalist and outspoken advocate for the welfare of small farmers, having co-founded in 1985 the benefit concert Farm Aid. He is currently working on a documentary about electric car technology, tentatively titled LincVolt. The project involves his 1959 Lincoln Continental converted to hybrid technology as an environmentalist statement. In 1986, Young helped found The Bridge School, an educational organization for children with severe verbal and physical disabilities, and its annual supporting Bridge School Benefit concerts, together with his ex-wife Pegi Young (née Morton). Young has three children: sons Zeke (born during his relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress) and Ben, who were diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and daughter Amber Jean who, like Young, has epilepsy. Young lives on his ranch in La Honda, California. Although he has lived in northern California since the 1970s and sings as frequently about U.S. themes and subjects as he does about his native country, he has retained his Canadian citizenship. On July 14, 2006, Young was awarded the Order of Manitoba, and on December 30, 2009, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
The town was founded by "Compagnie de Saint-Domingue" in 1698 as the capital of the south eastern part of the French colony Saint-Domingue. The area now called Jacmel was Taíno territory of the Xaragua chiefdom ruled by cacique Bohechio. With the arrival of the French, and the later establishment of the town, the French renamed Yaquimel as Jacmel.
City was developed to boost the sugar production and trade but soon it evolved as coffee trading centre. In 1896 it suffered in a major fire, which destroyed most buildings in the city. Soon after Jacmel was rebuilt, often using prefabricated cast-iron pillars and balconies shipped over from France. Many ornate mansions of wealthy coffee merchants from this time have been preserved up to this day without much change and the whole central part of the city has little changed over the last 100 years.
The mansions of Jacmel with their cast-iron furnishings would later come to influence the home structure of much of New Orleans. Today, many of these homes are now artisan shops that sell vibrant handicrafts, papier-mâché masks and carved-wood animal figures. In recent years, efforts have been made to revitalize the once flourishing cigar and coffee industries. The town is a popular tourist destination in Haiti due to its relative tranquility and distance from the political turmoil that plagues Port-au-Prince.
Over the years, this rather small town experienced a number of noted historical events. Some of these occurrences are:
War of Knives
Toussaint Louverture fought over Jacmel in the so-called War of Knives between him and his fellow countryman André Rigaud, who wished to maintain authority over the city. This war began in June 1799. By November the rebels were pushed back to this strategic southern port, the defence of which was commanded by Alexandre Pétion. Jacmel fell to Toussaint's troops in February 1800, during which the American warship USS General Greene bombarded the city. After which the rebellion was effectively over. Pétion and other mulatto leaders subsequently went into exile in France.
Creation of the Venezuelan flag
A Venezuelan predecessor of Simón Bolívar in the liberation struggle against colonialism in Venezuelan and much of Spanish-ruled South America, Francisco de Miranda, created the first Venezuelan flag near Jacmel. Anchored in the Bay of Jacmel (Baie de Jacmel), he first raised the flag on March 12, 1806, on the corvette Leander. This day is still celebrated as Venezuelan Flag Day. The flag created by De Miranda is often referred to as the "bandera madre" (mother flag) due to its role as inspiration and resemblance to the flags of Colombia and Ecuador.
Ramón Emeterio Betances
Puerto Rican pro-independence leader Ramón Emeterio Betances spent a short interval in Jacmel in 1870, from where he channelled support for an uprising in the Dominican Republic, seeking to install a liberal government there. Then-president of Haiti Nissage Saget supported Betances's ideals of a pan-Antillean union, and gave the uprising his support.
Modern Jacmel prior to the 12 January 2010 earthquake
The port town is internationally known for its very vibrant art scene and elegant townhouses dating from the 19th century. Among the wealth of art and crafts available in Jacmel are the papier-mâché, done by nearly 200 artisans and the reknow Atelier created by Moro Baruk. In recent years Jacmel has been host to a large film festival, the 'Festival Film Jakmèl', started in 2004, and in 2007 the international music festival 'Festival Mizik Jakmèl' was successfully launched. Its carnival, the nearby Bassins Bleus (Haiti's most famous natural deep water pools), and the scenic white sand (Timouillage, Cabic, Raymond-les-bains located in Cayes-Jacmel mostly) beaches attract many visitors. The town is regarded as one of the safest in the country and foreign visitors that enter the country in hope of a tranquil time often head for Jacmel. Its urbanization has been increasing in large part due to the income generated by tourism. Royal Caribbean, the leading tourism company whose cruise ships regularly dock at Labadee, plans to add stopovers at Jacmel. In February 2007, Edwin Zenny became the town's newly elected mayor. In addition, the Jacmel Film Festival is held there annually. On January 11, 2010, Choice Hotels announced they would open a 120-room Comfort Inn in Jacmel, the first chain hotel to be opened there in a decade.
2010 Haiti Earthquake
Main article: 2010_Earthquake_in_Jacmel
On 12 January 2010, Haiti experienced a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that caused heavy damage and casualties in Jacmel. The first tremblor rocked the city at 4:40pm, but the later tremblor at 5:37pm stopped the cathedral's clock. A Jacmel radio station estimated that at least 5000 were dead from the quake itself, although mayor Zennie Edwin later reported that the figure was closer to 300-500 deaths and 4,000 injured. In the earthquake, around 70 per cent of the homes were damaged, with most of the heavier damage being suffered in the poorer neighbourhoods. Town Hall was so severely damaged that, though it survived, it had to be demolished. A small tsunami hit Jacmel Bay, with the ocean receding, leaving fish high and dry on the seabed, and rushing back in, four times.
In December 2010, the Capponi Construction Group, a Miami based construction company, decided to help with the revitalization of Jacmel. This initiative was created to help stimulate a self-sustaining tourism economy for Haiti. Michael Capponi, founder of the Capponi Group, formed the Jacmel Advisory Council, to help revitalize Jacmel, while preserving its arts, culture and traditions. The board promotes best practices to provide a socio-economic system for thousands of Haitians living in the southeast region. Capponi Group Haiti is also restoring a 200-year-old coffee sorting house at the port of Jacmel. The project hopes to re-establish the historical relevance of Jacmel as a commercial and tourist center.
Produced by Central Elements Productions
Producer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader. Chuckii Booker shares one of his methods for writing songs, and Producing..
Shot, Edited and Produced by Alexx Thompson
Chuckii has recorded & produced with several prominent recording artist throughout the years, including TROOP which yielded two #1 singles (All I Do Is Think of You & Spread My Wings) his godfather Barry White, Janet Jackson, CJ Anthony, Vanessa Williams, Kool & the Gang and many more. He was the musical director, producer and keyboardist for Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation Tour as well as the opening act, He was music director and keyboardist for TLC & their CrazySexyCool tour as well as New Edition (Coming Home tour). In 1999, Chuckii served as musical director and keyboardist for R&B platinum artist Faith Evans on her "Keep The Faith" U.S. tour. Chuckii was also involved with one of the biggest R&B tours of 2008 as musical director with Mary J Blige on her "Heart Of The City" tour alongside Jay Z as co-headliner. Chuckii also served as musical director for acts such as Tevin Campbell, Brownstone and recently, Keyshia Cole.
In recent production, Booker is one of the producers for Lionel Richie's album "Coming Home" released in 2007 as well as producer and arranger for Lionel Richie's Collection of Holiday Classics album for NBC's "Sounds of the Season" (2007) series of CDs for Christmas. He was also the pianist for Tina Turner for her "Wildest Dreams" tour in 1997 replacing Kenny Moore who succumbed to a heart attack during the tour.
Chuckii has carved a sizeable niche for himself as a record producer for artists such as Lalah Hathaway, Troop, En Vogue, Angela Winbush, Diana Ross, Anastacia, Commissioned, Lionel Richie, and Bette Midler.
Booker also attended the Pasadena Art Center College of Design on a scholarship program specializing in Graphic Arts. He is also known to have one of the most extensive comic book collections ranging from popular Marvel and D.C. comics to obscure paperback novels.
He was also co-owner of Aire L.A. Studios in Glendale CA. which is one of L.A.'s premiere private recording and mixing studios.
Chuckii comes from a vast musical background family which includes his uncle Darnell White, a jazz flautist, his grandmother, who is a gospel pianist, as well as his mother, who has played and recorded with such Gospel artists as James Cleveland and Norman Hutchins.
Among multiple projects Chuckii Booker is currently Lionel Richie's Musical Director and Keyboardist and is producing the song "Spread Your wings" written by his cousin Alexx Thompson And singer/actress Sophie Brabanec.
To date, Chuckii is one of the most sought after musical directors in the R&B and Pop field.
|(Don't U Know) I Love U (12")||Atlantic||1989|
|Turned Away (12", Promo)||Atlantic||1989|
|Turned Away (12")||Atlantic||1989|
|Turned Away (12")||Atlantic||1989|
|Games (12", Promo)||Atlantic||1992|
|Niice N' Wiild (CD)||Atlantic||1992|
|Niice N' Wiild (CD)||Atlantic||1992|
|Games (12", Rei)||Atlantic||2004|
|Turned Away (12", Promo)||WEA|
|He Sweeps Me (12")||He Sweeps Me (Gobbler ...||KMA Records||1988|
|My Heart (12", Promo)||My Heart (Extended Ver...||Atlantic||1988|
|My Heart (12")||My Heart (West Coast R...||Atlantic||1988|
|My Heart Belongs To You (12")||My Heart Belongs To Yo...||Warner Bros. Records||1992|
|Mamacita / My Heart (12")||My Heart (East Coast R...||Atlantic||1988|
|My Heart (12", Promo)||Atlantic||1988|
|My Heart (12")||Atlantic||1988|
|Troop (LP)||My Heart, She's My Fav...||Atlantic||1988|
|All I Do Is Think Of You (12", Promo)||Atlantic||1989|
|All I Do Is Think Of You (CD, Promo)||Atlantic||1989|
|Attitude (LP, Album)||Atlantic||1989|
|Barry White: The Man Is Back! (CD, Album)||A&M Records||1989|
|Blue (3 versions)||The World Is Full Of O...||Atlantic||1989|
|Cold Fresh Groove (CD, Album)||Orpheus Records||1989|
|Lipstick (Maxi) (2 versions) (CD, Mini)||Atlantic||1989|
|Prisoner Of Love (2 versions)||Sugar Fly, The World I...||Atlantic||1989|
|Raindrops (Maxi) (4 versions)(12")(12", Promo)||Mercury||1989|
|Spread My Wings (12")||Atlantic||1989|
|Spread My Wings (Cass, Single)||Atlantic||1989|
|Spread My Wings (12", Promo)||Atlantic||1989|
|Sweat (Album) (4 versions)||Raindrops, In Your Com...||Mercury||1989|
|Dream Come True (CD, Album)||Atlantic||1990|
|Hangin' On (12")||16 (Remix), 16 (House ...||Orpheus Records||1990|
|Hurricane (12")||MCA Records||1990|
|Lalah Hathaway (Album) (2 versions)||Sentimental||Virgin Records America ...||1990|
|Paradise (2 versions)(CD)(LP)||R.U. Available, Come A...||MCA Records||1990|
|R.U. Available (12")||MCA Records||1990|
|Shock Wave (CD, Maxi, Promo)||Virgin||1990|
|Marva Hicks (Album) (3 versions)||What Is Love||Polydor||1991|
|Remix To Sing (Cass)||Silent Nite (Happy Hol...||EastWest Records America||1991|
|Everything -N- More (CD)||Outstanding||A&M Records||1993|
|Angela Winbush (CD)||Treat U Right, Inner C...||Elektra||1994|
|The Wind Down Zone Volume 4 (2xLP)||Games||Elevate||1994|
|New Jack Hits (CD, Album)||Spread My Wings||Rhino Records (2)||1996|
|Ultimate Collection (CD)||Treat U Rite (Album Ve...||Hip-O Records||2001|
|Spread My Wings (12", Rei)||Atlantic||2004|
|Wrap My Words Around You (Single) (2 versions)||Do Ya (Album Version)||Polydor||2004|
|Coming Home (CD, Album)||Island Def Jam Music Group, Mercury||2006|
|Sex And The Single Man (Album) (3 versions)||Arista||1985|
|Better Wild (Than Mild) (7", Single)||Epic||1986|
|The Right Night & Barry White (Album) (6 versions)||Who's The Fool||A&M Records||1987|
|Bermuda Nights (2 versions)||Atlantic||1988|
|Diamond Inside Of You (Album) (2 versions)||Novus||1988|
|Mamacita / My Heart (12")||My Heart (West Coast R...||Atlantic||1988|
|The Reddings (LP, Album)||Let's Stop Pretending||Polydor||1988|
|The Right Stuff (3 versions)||The Right Stuff||Polydor||1988|
|The Right Stuff (Single) (7 versions)||Wing Records||1988|
|All The Way (CD, Album)||Sir Lancelot, I Wanna ...||Solar, Epic||1989|
|Barry White: The Man Is Back! (CD, Album)||Don't Let Go||A&M Records||1989|
|Icewalk (CD, Comp)||Raindrops||Polyphon, Polygram||1989|
|Large And In Charge (Album) (2 versions)||Very High Key||MCA Records||1989|
|Prisoner Of Love (2 versions)||Sugar Fly, Sugar Fly, ...||Atlantic||1989|
|Raindrops (3 versions)(12")(12", TP, Mus)||Raindrops (12" Remix),...||Metronome||1989|
|Hangin' On (12")||Orpheus Records||1990|
|Hurricane (12", Promo)||MCA Records||1990|
|R.U. Available (12", Promo)||MCA Records||1990|
|Remix To Sing (CD, Maxi)||Silent Nite (Happy Hol...||EastWest Records America, Warner Music (Canada)||1991|
|Save The Best For Last (CD, Maxi)||The Right Stuff (UK Mix)||Wing Records||1991|
|Silent Nite (3 versions)||Silent Nite (Happy Hol...||EastWest Records America||1991|
|Hot R&B (2xCD, Comp)||Spread My Wings||BCM Records||1992|
|Indian Summer (Album) (2 versions)||Bluebeat, I Want You Back||Chrysalis||1992|
|Tales From The Crypt (Original Music From) (CD)||The Crypt Jam||Big Screen Records, Giant Records||1992|
|Square One (CD, Album)||Square One||Expansion||1993|
|Matters Of The Heart (VHS, MiniAlbum, Liv)||Love Is The Way||Benson Records||1994|
|Smooth (CD, Album)||Atlantic||1994|
|The Icon Is Love (Album) (3 versions)||The Time Is Right, Sex...||A&M Records||1994|
|Still Waters (CD, Album)||I Surrender||Polydor||1997|
|Greatest Hits: The First Ten Years (Album) (2 versions)||The Right Stuff||Mercury||1998|
|Back To The Real (CD, Album)||(Do You) Wanna Ride, I...||G-Funk Music, Restless Records||1999|
|Every Day Is A New Day (CD, Album)||Sugarfree||Motown||1999|
|It's Real (CD, Enh)||Hello Darlin'||MCA Records||1999|
|Cinderella (CD, Maxi)||Still (Live)||Island Def Jam Music Group||2001|
|Don't Stop The Music (CD, Maxi)||All Night Long (Live F...||Island Def Jam Music Group||2001|
|New Jack Swing: Gold (2xCD, Comp, RM)||Spread My Wings (Clark...||Hip-O Records||2008|
Tracks Appear On:
|June 89 - Mixes 2 (12")||Turned Away||DMC||1989|
|October 89 - Previews (LP)||Turned Away||DMC||1989|
|Soulbeat 6 (Comp) (2 versions)||Turned Away||WEA Musik GmbH||1989|
|The Wind Down Zone Volume 4 (2xLP)||Games||Elevate||1994|
|Baseline (2xCD, Comp)||Games (Album Version)||SPV Recordings||1996|
|Slow Jamz & Hot Songs. (2xCD, Comp)||Turned Away||Warner Music France||
|1992||Niice N Wiild||R&B Albums||13|
|1989||Chuckii||The Billboard 200||116|
|1993||I Should Have Loved You||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||38|
|1992||Games||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||1|
|1992||Games||The Billboard Hot 100||68|
|1989||(Don t U Know) I Love U||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||4|
|1989||Touch||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||13|
|1989||Turned Away||Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||17|
|1989||Turned Away||Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks||1|
|1989||Turned Away||The Billboard Hot 100||42|
Videos featuring Chuckii Booker
Brombones - Music Video
Produced by Central Elements Productions
Brombones’ re-imagining of Richard and Linda Thompson’s song ‘The Sun Never Shines on the Poor’ began in the summer of 2011 when Elias Crabtree played it on acoustic guitar for his brother Jeremy Crabtree at Jeremy’s apartment in Hollywood, CA. They immediately formed a relationship with its subtle rhythmic quality’s and underdog lyrics and wanted to energize it for their current Hollywood environment of dichotomy and spectacle.
Brombones explain the story-line of ‘The Sun Never Shines on the Poor’: “The video tells the tale of two opposite personalities who find redemption through a violently harrowing, yet profoundly eye-opening experience of uncontrolled lust and manipulative control. It suggests music as a major healer and unifier by breaking down barriers. In 2013 this song is as vibrant as ever and Mr. Thompson delivers the necessary perspective to shine light on our possibly lost generation.”
The original version of “The Sun Never Shines On The Poor” was written and performed by British folk rockers Richard and Linda Thompson, in 1975 and first appeared on their album “Hokey Pokey”. Folk-rocker and member of Fairport Convention, Trevor Lucas also slipped in a version, which can be heard on his “Live At The Toubador” album. However both these versions affronted the rather serious theme of the song in a rather ‘docile’ manner, musically, relying more on the lyrics to bring home the point at hand, as was often the case back then.
Brombones take a completely different approach on their version of “The Sun Never Shines on the Poor”, as their arrangement reflects, and is definitely more adapted to the present socio-economic conditions engulfing our planet. Brombones primarily speak through the aggressive grinding nature of the music and their snarling vocal tones. Guitars, riff, rant and scream, the Bass, stomps, rumbles and drives, while the drums produce a smart, well driven rhythm which holds it all together at the roots, allowing the vocals to navigate, meander and penetrate your mind irreversibly. The song is complex, layered and atmospheric, yet remains catchy and accessible to the average ear.
Video director, Alexx Thompson presumably had a tough task at hand, attempting to translate this complex little work of art into pictures without slipping into cliched-ridden territory. But at the end of the day he comes out with flying colors, adding yet another dimension to the music. Brilliant photography capture the intense facial close-ups and strikingly penetrating eyes of the performers. Providing added credibility to the lyrics being sung. Thompson also throws in a creative storyboard with exotic undertones; think gypsy, colorful punk and then mix in some circus and a bit of art school imagery…and you’re almost halfway there!
Another creative mind lending his technical skills to the Brombones’ video production, was video editor Christophe Bryant. Bryant has operated as an assistant editor in the fashion and music industry in Paris, France as well as interning at two post-houses in the film making district there. Besides editing multiple music videos, fashion promos and event coverage, Bryant has also worked as editor, camera operator, and director of a music show, dealing with up and coming bands out of Hollywood.
On the Brombone footage, Christophe Bryant shows he has the necessary technical skills and a sharp eye for what is going on with the video’s story-line, as he together with director Alexx Thompson seeded footage, reworked and enhanced scenes, assembling them together to create what was later refined into Thompson’s final cut of “The Sun Never Shines on the Poor” .
All-round “The Sun Never Shines on the Poor” by Brombones reeks of a totally new and explosive creation. From its original and honorable, but meeker ancestor, it has inherited the lyrics and chord structure, but that’s where all similarities end. Brombones are Jeremy Crabtree, Elias Crabtree, Andrew Anderson and Adam Farley.
reprinted from an article here
VIDEO “The Sun Never Shines on the Poor”
Director/Camera: Alexx Thompson
Editor: Christophe Bryant
Set P.A Olga Vanessa Aristodemou
Still Photographer Amy Shen
Hair & Makeup: Johaina Gabriel/ Xotchilt Alcantar
P.A/grip: Andrew Anderson
Band: Jeremy & Eli Crabtree
Rich guy: Elias Crabtree
Poor guy: Jeremy Crabtree
Pimp: Mark Herod
Dancer: Johaina Gabriel
Baby 1: Vianna viola Crabtree
Baby 2: Madeleine Weidener
Reggie Crabtree – Dog