“This Is Still My Life” by Hello Monster

Official video for the Bay Area band Hello Monster, for their song “This Is Still My Life”.

I shot this back in May, with a Canon 5D Mark II, a 35mm & a 50mm lens. We shot this on a Sunday, over a few hours (no budget). It’s my first video where I incorporate some dialog.

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Anna wrote on August 14th, 2010 at 6:42 AM PST:

I don’t like your color grading. You seem trying to achieve “movie look” but instead you get zombie-alike one – pale skin and dull colors. Unimpressive :/


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Eugenia wrote on August 14th, 2010 at 9:35 AM PST:

The lighting was as such in the studio, there was no way to get more natural-looking skin. However, I don’t mind it at all, I actually like the look. As for the badminton scenes, the look was as I wanted it exactly.


mark warner wrote on August 15th, 2010 at 1:57 AM PST:

Honestly……. it looks too flat and unfinished.


Bill wrote on August 15th, 2010 at 3:00 AM PST:

Watched it silent first – lots of energy and humor. I’ll bet the band loves it. Well done – especially considering your “budget” πŸ™‚


himanshu wrote on August 16th, 2010 at 2:20 AM PST:

nice eugenia πŸ™‚ It’s nice to see that you are making more music videos. I thought that you have dedicated all your time to gardening. Nice comeback. And probably you are the only director in the world who wears a debian t-shirt while directing πŸ˜‰

but honestly i was expecting this to be some kind of dark, sci-fi kind of music video πŸ™‚

Sci-fi is your thing eugenia πŸ˜‰

Make a new version of lost, with the island as some kind of spaceship πŸ™‚ LOL, you have got some imagination …

Btw, the music video is really good, but color correction could have been different. Try some different look for your next video.


MovieMKR2020 wrote on August 18th, 2010 at 1:26 PM PST:

Have to agree with what was said…the colouring looks lifeless and doesn’t engage the viewer much…the edit is fine otherwise.


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Eugenia wrote on August 18th, 2010 at 3:53 PM PST:

People are infatuated with contrast and saturation. Not everything has to be like that.


Michael C. wrote on August 19th, 2010 at 8:04 AM PST:

What about DOF? Are people infatuated with it too? Progressive scan is overrated? HD is a gimmick. Well, everything is crap and we all will die anyway.


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Eugenia wrote on August 19th, 2010 at 10:23 AM PST:

Michael, don’t be silly. Color grading is highly subjective. Progressive and HD are not in the same category, they are mostly technical characteristics, not purely visual characteristics that personal preference can play a role. DoF, which is also a visual characteristic in addition to be technical, IS also highly subjective. I don’t personally like too shallow focus either. So there.


mark warner wrote on August 20th, 2010 at 3:03 AM PST:

The main thing with the video is the band blends into the background due to the flatness of the color grading!

You can’t tell where the skin tones end and the walls begin.

Bands rely on videos not only for the story of the song but to create something visually appealing …….it’s EYE CANDY to help get them noticed and generate new fans.

FLAT and BLAND videos don’t really help accompish that.

But if thats what they agreed to and really want as part of their image then you nailed it!


Glenn Thomas wrote on August 20th, 2010 at 6:16 AM PST:

The colours in the opening shot look alright actually. It’s just into the song the the guys start blending in with the walls. I’m guessing they were shot at different times and the lighting changed? Certain lighting like fluorescent tubes can make grading difficult. I’ve had that problem in the past.

But as long as the band are happy with it! Which I’m sure they are πŸ™‚ I finished a video for a guy recently that my wife thinks is the most professional looking clip I’ve done, but the guy doesn’t like it because it wasn’t the directional path he wanted for the clip.


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Eugenia wrote on August 20th, 2010 at 11:17 AM PST:

>You canÒ€ℒt tell where the skin tones end and the walls begin.

I don’t have this problem. Maybe your eyes are different.


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