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New CVU Video Shoot Report And Podcast: Dani Deahl!

Posted in ChicagoVerseUniteD,CVU Shoot Report,Dani Deahl,Dynasty Podcasts by Jaime Black on August 29th, 2012

(Deahl, onsite at the “Pocket Porn” video shoot. Photo via CVU)

This week on the ChicagoVerseUniteD audio podcast: Dani Deahl! In an interview recorded onsite at the DJ’s “Pocket Porn” video shoot earlier this summer, Deahl shares details of the treatment. The DJ also teases plans for her upcoming projects and collaborations. Find that podcast below, followed by a CVU write up of the video shoot, and the Pocket Porn EP stream.

It’s a late night in June in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. In the red-lit basement of Sound Bar, DJ Dani Deahl is in the center of the action on the “Pocket Porn” video shoot. As cameras roll, a group of attractive twenty somethings are moving in slow motion to the music, all while decked in headphones and glued, heads down, to their smart phones.

It’s been a long day on the set, and the room is hot. The shoot started in earnest around 10am, and now it’s already after 11PM. All said and done, the shoot won’t finish until almost 1am. In spite of this, Deahl is in high spirits, seeming tireless and upbeat.

It’s clear this is no DIY shoot. Instead, there’s a full production team onsite, and each scene calls for multiple takes. Among those present are Porn And Chicken‘s Orville Kline, Cornelius Clark from Fly Kite Media, and of course, Deahl fiancée Fei Tang from EvilOlive. Without giving away too much of the plot from “Pocket Porn,” it’s a cinematic treatment. There’s action and mystery, and of course, Deahl is front and center in that. Find the Fly Kite Media behind the scenes video of the shoot below, and look for the full “Pocket Porn” video to post soon.

Pocket Porn

CVU Shoot Report: Victorian Halls “A Crush Is A Crush”

Posted in CVU Shoot Report,Victorian Halls by Jaime Black on July 20th, 2011

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(Victorian Halls’ Sean Lenart on the set of “A Crush Is A Crush”) (Photo credit: Juliana Ejsmont for CVU)

While the majority of the Chicago music community was at Union Park for this past weekend’s Pitchfork Festival, the members of dance pop act Victorian Halls were keeping cool inside an air conditioned office building in the southern suburb of Palos Heights. The group spent the majority of Sunday there filming a video for its song “A Crush Is A Crush,” off the band’s forthcoming full length debut Charlatan, set to drop August 16th on Victory.

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(Photo credit: Juliana Ejsmont for CVU)

CVU was on hand for a portion of the day’s filming, which involved a “box monster” (above) as just one of the clip’s elements. A “stuffed animal monster” is also said to make an appearance in the video, which frontman Sean Lenart described on set as “Eternal Sunshine meets Inception.” Get more on Lenart’s take on the video in the exclusive CVU clip below, and watch for more from Victorian Halls and Charlatan in the coming weeks at this site.

Smashing Pumpkins Post Short, Long Form Videos For ‘Teargarden’ Track “Owata”

Posted in CVU Shoot Report,Smashing Pumpkins by Jaime Black on July 20th, 2011

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(Billy Corgan in center ring during Smashing Pumpkins’ “Owata” video shoot.) (Photo via Jaime Black for CVU)

The Smashing Pumpkins have posted short and long form videos for its latest single “Owata,” off the group’s web release Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project. Both clips center on wrestling talents Alissa Flash (a.k.a Cheerleader Melissa), Shelly Martinez, and Raven, as can be viewed below. Download “Owata” and all other Teargarden tracks from the band’s official site, and find the CVU report from the set of “Owata” following both movies.

“Owata” Short Film

“Owata” Music Video

CVU “Owata” video shoot report. (Originally published earlier this summer.)

This past Friday night in the western suburbs, wrestling company AAW took over the Berwyn Eagles Club for a series of pro indie wrestling matches. While that in and of itself was fairly routine, the evening’s special guests were a bit more out of the ordinary. The night saw the hall serve as the filming site for The Smashing Pumpkins’ latest video, “Owata,” off the band’s current web-release effort, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.

As tickets were limited for the Friday evening’s event, the shoot accommodated less than 100 attendees, with the crowd a mix of wrestling enthusiasts and Pumpkins fans. Though Pumpkins ringleader Billy Corgan was in attendance along with the band’s Mike Byrne and Nicole Fiorentino, Friday night’s shoot was devoid of any performance elements from the group. Instead, the shoot revolved around a fight between wrestlers Alissa Flash and Shelly Martinez, who received a bit of help in the ring from longtime wrestler Raven. As the evening went on, the main match between the two female wrestlers was repeated a handful of times in order to ensure the best footage was captured. During downtime between shoots, Corgan took to a small piano alongside the wall of the wrestling venue and quietly performed selections, The Beatles‘ “Nowhere Man” among them. The frontman also took to the ring at one point to voice his support for independent wrestling, in addition to praising the shoot as a whole the next day via his Twitter.


yesterday was one of the best experiences i’ve ever had making a video. @ + SP crowd has awesome! thank you everyone that was there
@Billy
Billy Corgan

CVU Shoot Report: Smashing Pumpkins “Owata”

Posted in Billy Corgan,CVU Shoot Report,Smashing Pumpkins by Jaime Black on May 31st, 2011

Billy Corgan
(Billy Corgan in center ring during Smashing Pumpkins’ “Owata” video shoot.) (Photo via Jaime Black for CVU)

This past Friday night in the western suburbs, wrestling company AAW took over the Berwyn Eagles Club for a series of pro indie wrestling matches. While that in and of itself was fairly routine, the evening’s special guests were a bit more out of the ordinary. The night saw the hall serve as the filming site for The Smashing Pumpkins‘ latest video, “Owata,” off the band’s current web-release effort, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.

As tickets were limited for the Friday evening’s event, the shoot accommodated less than 100 attendees, with the crowd a mix of wrestling enthusiasts and Pumpkins fans. Though Pumpkins ringleader Billy Corgan was in attendance along with the band’s Mike Byrne and Nicole Fiorentino, Friday night’s shoot was devoid of any performance elements from the group. Instead, the shoot revolved around a fight between wrestlers Alissa Flash (a.k.a Cheerleader Melissa) and Shelly Martinez, who received a bit of help in the ring from longtime wrestler Raven. As the evening went on, the main match between the two female wrestlers was repeated a handful of times in order to ensure the best footage was captured. During downtime between shoots, Corgan took to a small piano alongside the wall of the wrestling venue and quietly performed selections, The Beatles‘ “Nowhere Man” among them. The frontman also took to the ring at one point to voice his support for independent wrestling, in addition to praising the shoot as a whole the next day via his Twitter.


yesterday was one of the best experiences i’ve ever had making a video. @ + SP crowd has awesome! thank you everyone that was there
@Billy
Billy Corgan

Hear “Owata” in the player below, or download that and the other Teargarden tracks at the official Pumpkins site. And watch for CVU to post the official “Owata” video once it hits the web!