Admiral Radley “Ghosts Of Syllables” Music Video & BTS.


Admiral Radley “Ghosts of Syllables” The Video.

Admiral Radley On Set BTS Video.

Here is the music video I shot with Director Javier Grillo-Marxuach for Admiral Radley’s song “Ghosts of Syllables”. We shot it using a Canon 5D Mark II, A Canon 7D and a Canon 1D Mark IV with Zeiss ZE primes and Tokina zooms. We shot a little BTS on the day and then followed up with a short interview at the screening. Javi explains in the interview how B-Roll saved his and my ass. It always pays off to shoot as much B-Roll as possible. I am glad my main man Chris Collins was there to handle B Camera. Thanks for checking it out. We had a blast as usual. Here is a rip from Javi’s website about the video.

Interview With Javi After The Screening.


It was only a few months ago that writer/producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach – one of the Emmy Award-winning producers of “Lost,” and creator of “The Middleman” graphic novels and TV series – sat at a film festival music video program and thought “hey, I want to make one of those!”

Mere hours later, he brought this idea to Peymon Maskan – member of team Middleman and music supervisor extraordinaire. Within hours, Grillo-Marxuach was flooded with MP3’s…but of the hundreds of songs from bands far and wide, only one provided the spark to inspire a short film…”Ghosts of Syllables,” by Admiral Radley.

While Admiral Radley was initially bemused when a complete stranger came to them from out of the blue with the idea of making a short narrative film set to their song, they were ultimately won over by a concept that included a building being taken apart until it resembled “a smile with a tooth missing,” and the project gained steam.

As the video’s cast and crew came together, it soon became clear that the song, the director, the band and the actors who would play the parts in the short film were all connected even before joining the team…

…in a stroke of serendipity, actor Blayne Weaver – cast in the short’s central role – had not only guest-starred on “The Middleman” but also just wrapped “Six Month Rule” which he not only wrote and directed, but also co-stars Natalie Morales, the eponymous lead of “The Middleman” and features music from both Ad-Rad as well as solo work from band member Jason Lytle (which is unsurprising, as the music supervisor for “Six Month Rule” is none other than Peymon Maskan!

Maybe it was all coincidence, maybe it was meant to be, or maybe the world is just a very small place, but either way, the result is a short film that not only showcases the music of Admiral Radley, but also reunites actors, writers, directors and many other collaborators to tell its tale…

Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.