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One Night Stand FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the "One Night Stand" live music video collaboration series.


How often are you doing this?

The One Night Stand series is a monthly event we plan to run through 2016.  It will feature a pairing of one filmmaker and one band/songwriter each month.  The single and video generated from each month’s session will be posted within two weeks of the shoot/session.

What kind of music are you looking for?

We are open to all types of music – ultimately, we’ll help arrange the pairing with the filmmakers based on the way they answer their questions about musical taste.   We want to find compatibilities so that the creativity can take the front seat, so no style is too unique or too basic.

Who owns the music/video at the end of the project?

When each session is completed, there will be a mixed and mastered music single and a music video for everyone involved to share.  The band will retain the right to their music, the filmmaker will retain the rights to the video, and proper credits will be posted to ensure everyone’s involvement is credited.  Gadgetbox reserves the right to help promote and publicize any assets collected from the session, but creative ownership of the music & video remains in the possession of the creators.

Will we be able to share it the music/video?

Absolutely!  Aside from playing matchmaker with musicians and filmmakers, our hope for this series is to get as much visibility as possible.  We’ll be making our choices for which artists get to work together each month based on both creative compatibility andsocial media presence.  If you have an active presence online, you’re more likely to be picked to be part of the “One Night Stand” shoots.  Because it’s a free series, we’ll likely have enough applicants to film for a decade, but we’re interested in supporting quality artists who are visible, have a web presence and will do their part in helping us promote this opportunity.

Do you guys help out with the creative concept for the video?

There will be a (mandatory) introductory ‘meet and greet’ with the musical artist and the filmmaker/crew at the Gadgetbox so we can go over the logistics of the space and help flush out ideas.  We may suggest ideas as part of the preproduction, but we are genuinely interested in the collaboration process and hope the band/songwriter and filmmaker can come up with a concept on their own.  NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts", “Audiotree”, “Daytrotter” “Takeaway Shows”, and the “From the Basement” series are all good examples of the range and variety you can expect.

I’m a director, but I don’t think I can shoot my vision for a video by myself.  Can you guys help?

Yes. If you need a camera op, key grip, lighting designer, or just a PA as a 3rd hand, we can likely hook you up with folks that can help.  You’ll want to make us aware of this well in advance of the shoot at the preproduction meeting.

What do you mean by ‘in a 24 hour period.’

We want there to be a feeling of urgency – studio sessions and video editing sessions can get fatiguing and tiresome if they drag on too long.   So the typical timing for a “One Night Stand” session might look something like this:

9AM-11AM – video crew arrives, décor and lighting setup
11AM-2PM – band arrives, instrument miking and soundcheck
2PM-4PM – video shoot, including B-roll
4PM-7PM – DINNER break - strike session, load and import footage
7PM-???? – edit and mix song; edit and mix video, clean-up of studio

In some cases exceptions can be made to do final color correction and effects to videos beyond the course of the full day session, but the intension is for the band, the film team, and the Gadgetbox team to leave the studio with a final product.

Is it really free?

You got it – free.  We’ve been lucky enough to be part of hundreds of artists growth in the studio since 2001.  With the addition of video in 2013, we started to hear – and see – that growth in a completely different way.  Now that video is clearly established as one of the most popular ways to search for new music, we want to help local artists and filmmakers with a resource for collaboration….  And with the eye of the many talented filmmakers we know are out there, we can get a look at music through a different ‘lens’ every time.   You may want to budget for props – i.e. anything you want to bring in to make the studio look like you want it to look…. (Xmas lights, snowflakes, confetti, art deco furniture, wardrobe, etc…), but there is absolutely no charge for the use of the space.   It’s our way of giving back to the musical community that has been our focus for 15 years, and a way to network with talented bands and filmmakers in our community so we can help spread the word about our amazing local music scene.

How do I sign up already ?

There are  application forms available online:

Application for musicians
Application for filmmakers

Please fill them out completely- as the more we know about everyone, the more we can help make creative pairings that can really spark some excitement.

A Word of Thanks

On behalf of the whole Gadgetbox Crew, thanks in advance to all of you willing to share and participate.  We are excited to see this series off and to welcome new and excited audio and visual artists into our space.  We won't have time to respond to everyone directly, but once you register in our online form, you're application is submitted and is in regular rotation each month to get picked up by an aspiring filmmaker.  Please help us spread the word and develop and audience by sharing the "One Night Stand" link with your friends and fans.