Project Synopsis: A Letter to Dave Chappelle music video develops a grave sense of portraiture that aims to dispel the perceived glamor of celebrity and fame. It is a song of resistance, a counter cultural critique on American society, megalomania, and a public that often aims to elevate artists while simultaneously calling for, craving, and encouraging their eventual downfalls. The song offers personal insight and comments on the well-known narrative of comedian Dave Chappelle’s rise to fame and his choice to leave his show on comedy central.
Current Progress of Film:
The majority of the music video was shot earlier this year in El Paso, TX. The final scene (listed below) is set to be shot the 29th of August. Esteemed director of photography, Raul Hernandez will lead the shoot. He has worked with a number of revered musicians and hip hop artists including, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, and Tyrese. Check out his reel.
Casting Call #1 for August 29, 2015
Wanted: Fifty (total) male and female extras (various ages) to play roles as “The Deceased.” Fifty (total) male and female extras (various ages) to play roles as “The Living”.
Scene Narrative: Myrlin performs for a live audience. The crowd is split into two groups. One side of the audience is composed of “The Living.” “The Living” move to the music with a vicious, fanatic, and highly animated sense of enthusiasm. They are representatives of super fans. Imagine “Beatle Mania” or “Bieber Fever.”
The second side of the audience represents “The Deceased.” They operate in stark contrast to “The Living.” The Deceased are dressed in black and sway stoically in the audience. Their faces are painted with Dia De Los Muertos face paint. Some of them have name-tags that read “Janis” or “Jimi” and represent deceased famous musicians.
Contact Producer Maxima Guerrero via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and answer the following questions.
1. Which role would you like to play? “The Living” or “The Deceased?”
2. Do you have appropriate wardrobe ( all black clothing) for your role as “The Deceased”
3. Can you do your own makeup (dia de los muertos) for your role as one of “The Deceased”? Or do you need make up assistance?
4. Are you 18 years of age or older? If not will your parents sign the appropriate documents and return them to Myrlindo, LLC the day of the shoot?
5. Can you be present at 10:30 a.m. call time at The Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ?
Production Title: “Dave Chappelle”
Studio: Myrlindo, LLC/Independent
Project Type: Music Video
Project Format: HD
Production Location: The Crescent Ballroom. 308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Shooting Schedule: August 29th 10:30 a.m. to 4:00pm
Producers: Myrlin Hepworth and Maxima Guerrero
Writers: Myrlin Hepworth
Director: Valentin Sandoval and Raul Hernandez