2 x 2 video – made with the help of a little bit of magic.
It was summer and having just released All Grown Up it occurred to me that I needed to make a few videos to support the album.
Rob McLaughlin, bless him, stepped in to make Under the Stars and we put this out in early January – after that I hit bit of a brick wall as I didn’t have any more funds to make a video for 2 x 2.
So I did what I always tend to do in these sorts of situations – I sent out a wish – yes simple as that, I wish for something to happen and sit back and wait for the outcome. Of course I was remember the following when throwing out a wish;
"Be careful for what you wish for as it will more than likely happen and this includes the negative. Think about that before you try wishing at home."
In the middle of January I went on road trip from Auckland to the Wairarapa then on to Wellington and then headed back to Auckland. On the way back to the big city lights I stopped off in Otaki to visit a dear friend Libby Hakaraia – who is the same Libby in v8 Car (Libby’s Song) from the All Grown up album.
We called into town, picked up Libby and then popped down the road to visit some of her friends – Hamish and Linda McIntyre. From there proceeded to polish off a few bottles of Pol Roger and then a few more. It was a lot of fun and I think I hurt my ribs from laughing so much. Brilliant times with wonderful people in the middle of summer , I don’t think you can ask for more than that in this life. Libby exclaimed, “Jun I am going to make you a video while you are here”. I thought to myself, that Champagne has gone to your head, girl. She then went on to say to everyone out our little soiree; “Hamish you are going to film it, Linda you are going to Grip it and Mr Brown you can be Art Department and I am pretty sure we can rustle up every thing else we need on the day…”Cool I thought, that sounds like fun but under the circumstances a highly unlikely proposition…and didn’t think any more about it until two days later when the crew turned up. Yikes. We’re making a video today. It was a glorious afternoon on Otaki Beach, the sun had turned on her lighting treats and made everything a golden hue. We enlisted Libby’s daughter and niece, grabbed a large mirror frame which was a Christmas present from Libby to her parents, threw on a frock, chucked on Jane Iredale make-up (thank you Jane) and off we went. And then Libby’s Mum and Dad came over to hang out and next thing you know we looked like a big professional unit. Hang on… we are professionals.
o there we all were on the beach, Hamish, Linda, Libby, Mr Brown, Tainui, Diana, Peter, Oriwa and Eva, the segway, mother nature, a couple of birds and a camera – so we made a video. And it’s beautiful and I love it.
I am constantly surprised at how much support I have been given for the All Grown Up project. A big shout out to everyone who took part in the making of this video, you have no idea how much I appreciate it.
Thank you Libby for the wonderful gift. You have been such an amazing friend over the years and I can’t believe you pulled this one out of the bag….well I can, because you are extremely talented. If you ever need a singer for a special occasion then pick me.
Director: Libby Hakaraia // DOP: Hamish McIntyre // Editor: Nikki Parlane // Grip and lovely-ness on set: Linda McIntyre // Two Kids: Eva and Oriwa Hakaraia // Artistic support network: Marty Brown // On set photographer: Tainui Stephens // On set parents: Diana and Peter Hakaraia // Lighting and Set Design: Mother Nature // Make-up: Jane Iredale // Director: Libby Hakaraia