Behind the scenes of Rasaan's, "Engine Engine" with director, Eric Crawford

 

Aquinas Visions, the brainchild of visual artist and rapper, Eric Crawford, recently filmed and directed Rasaan Khalil's "Engine, Engine" video. The majority of the taping took place on the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line and on the campus of UIC.

As the videographer and director, Eric explains his strategy during the process...

My focus was to solely capture the most cinematic performance shots on a limited production budget, in addition to having to shoot with a Nikkon D3100 with a 50 millimeter fixed lenses. I remember being really concerned with the lighting. There was this one shot in the video when you see Rasaan dancing in the circular mirror on the platform. I made that decision on the fly and it turned out to be my one of my favoriteS along with Rasaan and Snowy Joey dancing on the escalator. I took the liberty of speeding up the footage and slowing it down on the escalator dancing scene to keep the visual as lively as possible.

Rapper, Rasaan Khalil recalls the video's his most memorable moment during filming...

First of all, it was freezing. But there is a part when my homie, Snowy Joey, and I dance to the song on Bluetooth speakers blasting extra loud at the Jackson stop on the Red Line. There were a bunch of people looking at us like we were crazy but we didn't care. We decided at that moment if we could perform in the train terminal with all of those people looking at us, then we could perform in front of any crowd. I think it was a moment of self actualization for both of us.  

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