Thursday, January 10, 2013

Billy Kelly - "That Old American Flag" video (6/14/11)

Back in 2011, Billy sent me an advance copy of his CD, The Family Garden, to see if any songs jumped out at me for a possible video. "That Old American Flag" was the one. In the song, Billy sings about the day he helped his dad plant a flag pole in front of his house, when he was a boy. I figured for the video we'll just recreate the memory and mimic the lyrics.

Since a third of the song takes place in 1976, Billy had two roles to play: his dad in the flashback scenes and modern day Billy in the present day scenes. Billy's real-life dad would then play himself in the present day scenes and Billy's sister, Colleen, would also have two roles: playing Billy's mom and herself. For the role of young Billy I enlisted my son, Casey, because a.) I've worked with him before so I knew I could direct him, and b.) he was cheap (he got paid in wrestling action figures.)

Luckily for me, and the production, Billy's parents never got around to remodeling the basement – perfect for a flashback scenario. And when I needed an authentic '70s car for a scene, my cousin Joe came through with his 1970 Chevy Nova. (Too bad I didn't need a shot of the's sweet.) I think you can see in the video we had a lot of fun shooting "That Old American Flag". We even got the rest of Billy's family to join in and Kevin Purcell's whole family, too.

To see the other two videos I shot for Billy click (here) and (here).

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