©2005 A Coffee Films production
Directed and produced by Steve Piper
Featuring Niall Quinn, Nikki Posener and the song Under Same Sky
©2005 Niall Quinn
With thanks to the 100 Club in London
I first came across Niall's music on Myspace and we often talked about doing a music video together one day. After bouncing around a few completely unattainable concepts on a very tight budget, Niall eventually had an idea for a kind of photo-slideshow using stills to illustrate the song Under Same Sky. The song mentioned a whole bunch of real-world places Niall had grown up near, so we adapted it a little to very slightly moving video images variously edited together utilising some imagery repeated over in the lyrics and an actress to take the role of the subject of the last verse.
Working with total peanuts just the two of us set out spending a couple of days near Niall's home just outside London shooting all his childhood haunts and piling up the contents of his parent's kitchen in one corner on top of the dog to get the plain white wall for the master shot. We got pretty lucky with it being a sunny day so the late afternoon light coming in through trees in the garden looked great on the plain wall. A fun part was a drop in at the local school (Niall's mum teaches there) where some kids joined us as part of their drama lesson and were ordered to charge about pushing each other around which they seemed to get into pretty well.
About a week later we met up again and headed into central London to meet up with actress Nikki Posener who had agreed to come out and play the object of affection in the song. The lovely people at the 100 Club on Oxford Street let us shoot some stuff in there against their deep red walls hung with a who's who of black and white jazz photos, and we spent a couple of hours chilling out in the sunshine on another beautiful day over St James' Park filming Nikki wandering around picking flowers and looking pretty.
The edit was smooth and simple, with the imagery somewhat dreamy and the song a very mellow and minimal one it needed a simple approach, referring back to the original photo slideshow concept but looking for a little more soul and atmosphere we went with a lot of simple crossfades, layering up multiple images to fit specific locations to relevant, repeating lyrics in the song. A little bit of colouring, grain and a simple de-interlace moved it a little away from DV towards something marginally more filmic and softer feeling.
It was a pleasure working with Niall; a creative artist, talented musician and altogether pleasant guy who still hasn't got the recognition he deserves, Nikki also did a great job with the vaguest of direction and a no doubt slightly creepy moment when we first met and I lead her down the somewhat Hostel-looking grungy 100 Club staircase, you can see her regularly on TV and in feature films, and no, she isn't Autumn Reeser using a pseudonym!
The video is all over the web and Niall has made it available on his award winning CD release A Vodka for the Girl that Changed my World (we shot the cover artwork with Nikki the same day we were filming).