Thanks! They were called imadethismistake. I made four music videos total for them.
The first, “Gravediggers on Their Deathbeds" was the most popular, with over 820,000 views… I made it in AfterEffects over SEVEN YEARS AGO. I had to let individual scenes render out for hours on this very under-powered Dell I had left over from college.
The second, “Sunkist" was live-action. I wrote and directed but didn’t appear in the video. It starred my friend Erica and her friend Alexa. That was one of the first times I posted a video featuring someone else on my channel, so I remember having them sign model releases and waivers and all kinds of official paperwork I found on google. Which makes me laugh now.
The third, “Chamber Pop" combined live-action and AfterEffects animation. Not only is this my favorite song by imadethismistake, but it might also be the best video I’ve ever made. Definitely top five. It might not look like much now, but remember this was seven years ago. All we had were SD handycams. I really feel like this video didn’t get the love it deserved when it was first posted in 2007 (the link above is a re-upload from 2008 once YouTube went widescreen, all previous uploads were in 4:3).
"Chamber Pop" is another one I wrote and directed and did all the effects for, but it stars my roommate from that time, Jenny. I moved in with Jenny for what was supposed to be six months to help out with bills while she was going through some stuff. We ended up living together for over seven years. She saw the beginning of all my YouTube stuff, my book deal, and she was DFTBA’s first landlord technically, as I rented a second bedroom in her house to store all the DFTBA stuff when we started growing.
And then finally I co-starred in the last video I made for them, a song called “Billboards”. Kylewilliam and I wrote this one together and I directed and edited. I just rewatched it now and the story telling and editing still holds up pretty well. A bit proud of that. But I was 50 pounds heavier when we made this video, so it was hard to watch myself.
Anyway, thanks for the ask, this was a fun trip down Memory Lane. Hard to believe how old this stuff is. Feels like a whole ‘nother life.