Jan 252008
 

   We received this letter because we are all friends and/or family to The New Orleans Bingo! Show and Preservation Hall and they’d like to have as many of us as they can for this, in full regalia, with some instruments, though we won’t be performing.  I have reprinted it in full, omitting only the whens and wheres, since this is the public site and the secret base is not fully operational. NC members call MattVaughan, Lloyd, or Starnes for those details. Ron has them too, but as you’ll understand after reading this, he’s kind of busy. Annotations are marked with double brackets. [[Like so.]]

   “You may have already heard that we are presently up to our eyeballs in prep-work for our latest video shoot.  The video will be for The Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s recording of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” another great song from the Made In New Orleans boxed collection featuring Clint Maedgen on vocals. This video, in many ways, is a follow-up to the “Complicated Life” video we shot in the summer of 2005.  It will be shot by the same great Director of Photography, Ralph Madison, who helped us with that project.  The theme of the video will be “Valentine’s Day in the French Quarter,” and the end product will be made available as a special Valentine’s Day e-card from Preservation Hall. 

            If you haven’t seen the “Complicated Life” video, you can check it out at PreservationHall.com or at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVCHv6FSbg where, in the four months since it was posted, it has been viewed over 35,000 times.  The bottom line is that this is going to be an incredibly cool and very special project promoting New Orleans music and culture, and we’d really like you to be a part of it. 

            Call time for extras is going to be [[at an amazingly early hour on an upcoming weekday]] in [[some part of the French Quarter]].  We know it’s early, but we think it’s going to be worth it.  We’re going to be making use of the great sunrise light in [[some part of the French Quarter]], as well as the fact that we’re talking about [[several days]] before Mardi Gras, here.  The earlier we shoot, the fewer deliveries and tourists we have to interfere with.  When you get to the Square, look for the check-in table.  There will be release forms for you to sign, and a fully stocked Craft Service table for you to graze from.  (Coffee! Donuts! Bagels! Fruit! Water! O.J.! Yay!)  There will be no monetary compensation for extras in this shoot, but it’s a labor of love and we hope that you’ll be as excited about it as we are.

            We’re asking that everyone come dressed in either appropriate costuming [[which for the marching band means whatever you consider your “band uniform”]] or “Sunday finest, Valentine’s Day date” attire [[other NC members we’d still like to rock “the colors”]].  If all goes according to plan, this video will be seen by people all over the world.  We want to keep it clean, but promote the character of this city we all love.  Basically, find your own version of “classy,” and roll with it.  If you have further questions about that, feel free to ask. 

            So that pretty well covers it.  Because of the large nature of this production and the huge number of extras we are hoping to enlist, we are asking that you R.S.V.P. by calling or emailing Lloyd [[NC members who don’t have Lloyd’s info can call MattVaughan, Ron, or Starnes]] when you know for sure that you will definitely be able to make it.  This will insure that we have a place for you and allow us to plan for an expedient shoot.  We must be done by [[still pretty early]], so organization is key.  In the event of cataclysmic weather patterns, a rainday will be scheduled for [[a different day]]. If there are a few scattered showers, we will proceed with the shoot as planned. “

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