The Litewave Media team has had some great opportunities to work with musicians over the years– from filming with Grammy-Award-Winning jazz musician Chick Corea in our studio, to classic rock legends Foreigner, and the country chart-topping Band Perry, we’ve worked with a great variety of talent. We recently finished a pre-concert publicity video with No Limits, a dance video with hip-hop artist Isis Sonatra, and even our very own 60’s zombie-themed Tampa music video production.
But one band our Florida production company has partnered with on numerous occasions is Tampa Bay’s own Come Back Alice… and this week we got to do a photoshoot with them!
Tony Tyler and Dani Jaye of Come Back Alice in our Florida production studio.
Come Back Alice formed in 2011 and have been performing live ever since. They love to be on stage and bring their funky rock style to every city they tour in. They’ve also been called “Tampa Bay’s Hottest Rock N Roll Band” by Advisor Magazine.
Tony Tyler, lead singer of Come Back Alice, rocks out in our Florida photography studio.
With the popularity of the band growing, they plan to expand into new markets this year. They enlisted Litewave Media for our photography and creative services. We photographed the rock band for their upcoming publicity and music releases and captured their unique, eclectic style right here in our Tampa photography studio.
Our Tampa photography crew captured this enigmatic photo of Dani Jaye of Come Back Alice.
Photographer and photo shoot director Christian Cashmir and our Tampa video production crew captured the photos using a variety of different lighting set-ups. Our team photographed the band with gear from our Tampa photography equipment rental package, including our Canon 5D MkIII, Canon L-Series Lenses (24mm L f/1.4 II, 50mm L f/1.2), and Profoto D2 photo strobes.
Our photography team used practical lighting in this shot for a more evocative effect.
After the shoot, our team processed and re-touched the photos back in our Florida post production suite to match the band’s stylistic vision.
Our Florida production company captured this photo of the alluring Dani Jaye.
This photo had a little inspiration from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours‘ album cover.
To see more of Come Back Alice, check out the video for their song “Coraline” that we produced, or this live music video we filmed with them in 2014.
A behind the scenes picture of our photo shoot with Come Back Alice in our studio. Photo courtesy of: Jimmy Rector
Mysterious gypsies. Deceitful pirates. Treasures and magic! Litewave Media’s latest film production, directed by Bahamian native Iris Saunders, was quite an adventure. We filmed over the course of 3 days in St. Petersburg, Florida’s historic Fort De Soto Beach. Our Florida video company is no stranger to movies; our latest short film, The Skyship Chronicles [Part 1], is currently playing the festival circuit around the country and already has won 2 Audience Choice Awards. Our team at Litewave Media previously filmed Iris’ debut music videoat our video production studio last year. Our Tampa video production company was excited to partner again with Iris for her short film, The Pirate Gypsies.
Our cast, director and director of photography rehearsing a scene for The Pirate Gypsies in the woods of Fort De Soto
In addition to filming the project, Iris hired our Tampa production crewto coordinate the shoot and secure permits for the film. Iris and Litewave Media founder, Christian Cashmir, met before the shoot to write, plan and storyboard the film. Iris decided that she wanted to film at night to create a dark mysterious atmosphere for the film.
Christian and Iris work on the script and storyboards for the film
Once the script was finalized, our production team held a casting and audition at our Tampa video production studio to find actors that could fit the unique roles. Once Iris cast the actors, we were ready to schedule our production. The day before filming, we had a rehearsal and costume fitting for the actors at our video studio. We used a Canon C100 and two Sony A7S video cameras to film the movie. The Sony A7s performed great in the low light night scenes. We also used a Canon 5D to take some behind the scenes pictures.
Actors George Vricos and Linda Roser film an intense scene
The production consisted of 9 main actors and 19 crew members. Iris was the director while Robbie Bartlett was the assistant director. Christian Cashmir was the director of photography and producer. John Jones was gaffer and second camera. Brandon Hyde was the camera assistant. Harold “Pinky” Hood was the grip for the shoot while Ana Christina Sanchez was the production coordinator and script supervisor. Samantha Bryans, Kira Howe and Maxime Puister were production assistants for the shoot. Bridget Bartley and Andrea Gonzalez were in charge of the wardrobe department while Samantha Greene was the make-up artist.
Some of our Tampa post production crew editing the film on set
We had our Tampa post production company set up in the trailer on set. One of our assistant editors, Brandon, and visual effects guru, Josh Noftz, were able to start editing the footage immediately and ensure an easy transition to post once the shoot wrapped. Our post production team finished editing the movie at our Tampa video editing suites. Stephen Maxwell composed the music for the film, and Christian and Iris wrote and recorded the final song of the film together at our Tampa recording studio.
Filming at the Historic Fort in St. Petersburg’s Fort De Soto State Park
The first day our Tampa video team filmed at the Historic Fort in Fort De Soto. We took our Tampa grip truck to the location, which included 6 Litepanel LED lights, a few 1K and 2K lights, our HMIs and Joker 800, as well as 2 generators to light up the night scene. We also were excited to use our new Tampa MōVI M5 rental from our Tampa video production equipment and capture some unique angles at the Fort. Our second unit team also filmed some of the opening shots for the movie on the beach with the sunset in the background.
Our cast and crew filming in the woods at Fort De Soto
The second day, we filmed in the middle of the woods in Fort De Soto. Our production designers decorated the location with props and set pieces to set the scene of a cursed island. Gaffer, John, with grip, Pinky, lit up a large section of the forest using our lighting equipment and generators.
The Mother Gypsy, Denise Durette, films in the woods at Fort De Soto Park
Litewave Media had a blast filming the pirate-themed short film with Iris Saunders, and our video production team looks forward to the next adventure! The Pirate Gypsies will be submitted into various film festivals thought out the year.
The cast and crew wraps the first day of filming
Do you have a Tampa short film or feature you would like to film? Please contact us for a free consultation. You can like Litewave Media on Facebook to check out our latest video projects. Be sure to keep up with the blog for more Tampa video production news!
I’ve been waiting for a girl… or “opportunity” like this… to come into my life. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! The new year just started, but Litewave Media has been busy with some incredible new Tampa video productions this year. Our latest video shoot was no exception, when we got the opportunity to film with the classic rock band Foreigner.
We were honored when the L.A. based Incite Media hired our Tampa video production company to film a live performance by the band Foreigner for ProFlower’s new Valentine’s Day promotion. Foreigner is one of the world’s best selling bands of all time, having sold more than 80 million records around the globe! They are the king of love songs which made them a perfect partner for ProFlower’s new bouquet. The promotion is called the Hot Blooded Bouquet inspired by the band’s hit song, “Hot Blooded”.
Litewave Media’s Tampa camera crew captures the live performance from Foreigner
The performance took place at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. Tickets for the show were sold out. People from all over the country traveled to Sarasota to see the famous band perform their greatest hits, such as Hot Blooded, Juke Box Hero, Waiting for a Girl like You, Feels Like the First Time and I Want to Know What Love Is. As part of the ProFlower’s promotion, everyone in the entire audience received a rose when they came into the venue. When Foreigner sang their last song, Hot Blooded, two cannons on either side of the stage launched rose pedals into the audience for an ultimate climax to the show.
Lead singer Kelly Hansen passionately performs the band’s classic songs
Before the incredible performance by the band, our video production team had the unique opportunity to meet the lead singer Kelly Hansen and original songwriter/lead guitarist Mick Jones for a private interview. Our film crew brought our Tampa grip truck to set up the lighting which included Kino Flos Diva lights, LED lights and a variety of Tampa video equipment to get the perfect interview look.
Lead singer Kelly Hansen and lead guitarist Mick Jones prepare for the pre-show interview
Christian Cashmir was director of photography and operated a Canon C100 camera, Bryan Coward filmed with a second Canon C100 while Harold “Pinky” Hood served as grip and also did a bit of camera work on a Canon 5D mark III during the concert. Eric Wolfson from Incite Media produced the video production.
Foreigner’s founder and lead song writer Mick Jones (left) jams with the band.
ProFlowers released the promotional video on their official website this week, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Do you want to know what love is? Check out the video below!
Our Tampa video crew was honored to meet the legendary band and extremely grateful for the opportunity to hang out with its members backstage. Our Litewave Media founder, Christian, has always been a huge Foreigner fan and owns their entire music collection on vinyl. He was lucky to get one of his Foreigner records, Headgames, signed by Mick Jones, lead guitar/songwriter.
Christian’s signed Foreigner record with his VIP pass from the show
Do you have a Tampa live concert performance or Tampa music video production you would like to film? Please contact us for a free consultation. You can like Litewave Media on Facebook to check out our latest video projects. Be sure to keep up with the blog for more Tampa video production news!
Our Tampa video production company had the pleasure of working with one of the most exciting live bands in the Southeast, Come Back Alice. The self-proclaimed Southern Gypsy Funk rockers had a distinct vision for their song Coraline: a Tim Burton-inspired dark mystical journey set in the late 1800’s. Our creative team was excited to write the script and turn the project into a reality with the band.
Come Back Alice gets ready to perform a take in the historic Don Vicente Hotel in Ybor
After completing the script, Litewave Media’s Tampa music video production crew scouted locations in the area. The historic Don Vicente Hotel in Ybor and Edward Medard Park in Plant City were selected as the shooting locations. These unique locales would bring the 19th century theme to life.
Some of the Litewave Media Tampa video crew with the band at Edward Medard Park
John Jones (Camera) sets up a shot in the park.
Filming took place over 2 days, in the hot Florida summer. All four band members, including lead guitarist/vocalist Tony Tyler, fiddle player/vocalist Dani Jaye, bassist Big Bad John, and drummer Yral Morris, made cameos in the video as a band of traveling gypsy musicians who the main character Coraline meets on her journey. Christian Cashmir, Florida music video director, led the Litewave Media video production team with a cast and crew of nearly 30 people.
Christian Cashmir (director) with Karleigh Chase (as Coraline) and Linda Roser (as the Shadow)
A mystical swamp sets the mood for the Coraline music video
Our Tampa post production company edited, color graded and produced the visual effects for the music video. We had a blast working on this project, and look forward to the continued success of this talented band!
Please view the video and let us know what you think.
–CREW– Directed, filmed, edited and colored by Christian Cashmir Additional camera & slow motion shots: John Jones Assistant camera: Brandon Hyde Makeup: Anya Yushchenko Location coordinator: Jeff Zampino Gaffer: Andrew Ortoski Grip: Harold “Pinky” Hood Grip: Lyssia Roussel Visual FX: Rios Lopez PA: Tony Cruez Costumes/Props: Josh Todd, Jeff Zampino, Jenique Hendrix, Christian Cashmir, Kasey Ortoski –CAST– Coraline: Karleigh Chase Shadow: Linda Roser Axe Thug: Tom Parnell Vested Thug: Josh Todd ….And of course the band as themselves!
“Coraline” was filmed on a Canon C100 and Sony FS100. Edited and graded in Final Cut Pro 7.
Recording artist and international rap artist Isis Sonatra hailing from the Bahamas brought her dance crew all the way from Hollywood, FL to film with Litewave Media, Tampa’s leading music video production company. Isis recorded her song on the other coast, but came to Litewave Media to mix and master her track.
Isis Sonatra with her dance crew [downtown St. Petersburg, FL]
Litewave Media also recorded the vocal hook with singer Davia who flew up from the Bahamas to record at our Tampa music recording studio. Christian Cashmir assisted with producing the hook vocals for the track and our studio engineer Adam Klingman recorded, mixed and mastered the song. Once the track was complete the film crew began prepping for the video.
Filming Isis under our rain machine at Litewave Studios [Tampa, FL]
Our Tampa film crew shot scenes for the video locally at The Getaway Tiki Bar, as well as on Gandy Beach right near the bridge. The dancing scenes were filmed right in our Tampa video studio as well as on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg. The Litewave Media crew included Christian Cashmir (Director, DP, Editor), John Jones (Ninja Cam, Editor), Jeff Zampino (Coordinator, Set Design), Andrew Ortoski (Gaffer), Brandon Hyde (AC), Sasha Sebesta (Grip), Pinky Caesar (Grip), Tony (PA), Melissa Infante (Hair), and Anya Yuschenko (Makeup).
Purple Rain: filming Isis under the Litewave Media Rain Machine
Isis loved the music video we produced for her and had this to say about Litewave Media: ”I am so thankful that I found a video studio in Florida with the quality of L.A. and the touch of being at home. You guys rock!”
Isis is looking to film another music video next month for an upcoming track which our Tampa video production team is really looking forward to. Christian and Adam are also working on a new song for Isis as well which they plan to record with her this summer at Litewave Media’s Tampa recording studio.
If you are looking for music recording or music video production in the Tampa or St. Petersburg, Florida area, please give us call to discuss your project. We enjoy working with local talent and artists from all around the world in our studio. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with all of the latest news. Until next time!