By now, I hope you have seen the "Mottainai" music video produced by Great Leap, written and performed by Nobuko Miyamoto, and directed by Dan Kwong. If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Click above. Our 2nd environmental video is up to 25,000+ YouTube views in the last 4 months. I had the privilege of being one of the production assistants, helping with fundraising, marketing, production, craft services, collecting of props (clean recycle trash), stage mom/auntie, donor, and board member.
Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of the first day of the 2-day video shoot, which was shot in April of this year. We shot all of the storyline vignettes on the first day. The basic idea of the video is showing the younger generation not taking care of Mother Earth's precious resources, and the wise elders, teaching them about not wasting water, eating all their food, reusing, thinking before throwing things away, and about consuming less.
Lots of waiting around for crew. Here's what we do to stay out of the way.
This was the first shot of the day.
This is Estela, one of 3 wise Grandmas (Anthony Quinn's sister)
This is Little Mamie. Isn't she cute?
Mrs. Matsuda, sharing how to make a crocheted
water bottle holder out of grocery store plastic bags.
Hanging out in the "green room."
Craft services outside on a very hot day.
Phenomenal director Dan Kwong working with sqiurmy girls, Maiya and my niece Kaylee.
This is a funny moment in the video.
Maiya, shy while the camera is rolling, mugs when the camera goes off.
Upcycled utensil art by Howard Swerdloff.
Why yes, those are plastic spoon earrings.
End of a 10 hour day, but that was the shorter than the Sunday shoot.
Stay tuned for photos of Day 2 coming soon.
NaBloPoMo#12. Peace. No waste. Out.