We were excited to finally film our band adventure with Caley Conway and the Lucy Cukes at the Urban Ecology Center at their Riverside Park location which was vast and filled with activities to teach us about our environment. As soon as the band got there, they were given a thorough introduction of the center by Rob, the manager. You could tell he was very sincere about helping us learn as much about the center that we could in the time that we had. Afterwards, he took the band up to the outdoor tower where you could see most of the surrounding property.
Next, the band got to see the small animal exhibit the center had and even got to hold one of the box turtles after letting it walk around for a bit. After that, the band volunteered to clean the outdoor fire pit by throwing out the old wood and continued on with a walk through the woods. At one point, they stopped and we filmed them singing some of their songs a capella next to the river. We finished our filming at the park with an amusing game of follow the leader under the great stone archway that serves as an entrance to the pathway.
Later, we met up at their practice space to interview them. They were very patient with us setting up and in the interview, we learned about how much they loved Milwaukee and the music scene here. We also surprised to learn that they were well traveled and their taste in music was very diverse. We left feeling confident of the footage we’d collected.
Throughout the day, it was difficult for us to stay out of each other’s shots. It was the longest of any of our previous shoots and so we were pretty fatigued by the end of the day.
Caley Conway is very kind and clearly passionate about her music. Alex, the bassist was very helpful and considerate to our needs while filming. Rob, the guitarist preferred not to be in the spotlight, but after opening up, he proved to be very insightful. D’Amato, the vocalist was surely the most lively person we’d ever encountered in all of our film shoots and Tim the drummer was very understanding and participatory in the outdoor activities despite being on crutches. Overall, the band was very grateful for us and we were happy to have worked with Milwaukee’s own Caley Conway and the Lucy Cukes.
- Brei Harvey
Cream City Soundcheck filmed our first band adventure of the semester with Vic and Gab at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park.
It was our third shoot of the semester, so we felt very capable filming due to our previous experiences. The space was vast so we had many opportunities to get different angles; we were grateful to have the space and freedom. We filmed early in the morning, when no other riders were in the park, which meant we were allowed to go wherever we wanted with minimal hassle.
The most difficult things we encountered were trying to keep each other out of the shot and walking backwards through the space. We were unfamiliar with the area and required someone to assist the cameraperson walking backwards through the park. We also had to pace ourselves when following the band and their tour guide to match the speed that they were walking.
The employee that showed the space to us and the band was very hospitable to the needs of everyone and knowledgeable about the space which will be a great addition to our documentary.
Vic and Gab were very open minded in attempting the courses and trying things that may have initially intimidated them as recreational bikers. Once they got into the swing of things they became less hesitant on the bikes as the day went on and they really started to enjoy themselves. When they fell down, they literally got back up again without being discouraged. But at the end of the day, they seemed to have the most fun jumping into the foam pit.
This was a nice glimpse of their dynamic, and we can’t wait to interview them to find out more.
- Brei Harvey
Our second shoot for the semester was with Caley Conway and the Lucy Cukes at their EP release party at Linnemans. Since it was our second shoot, our first time jitters were gone and replaced with a bit more confidence. We were better at communicating with each other which was very useful considering that this venue was bigger than the last. We were also more experienced, allowing us to set up quicker and more efficiently.
The band and their friends set up a lot of light-up balloons which looked amazing when all the lights were dimmed. As the night went on, the place became more packed, but not uncomfortably so. People were swaying to the melodic tunes the band provided, creating a very mellow atmosphere.
Jim, the owner, was very cooperative with the band’s needs, as well as our own. He altered the lights to our liking, made his own audio recording of the show and assisted in ours. He was also delighted to find out that we wouldn’t be using any tripods since they limit the audience’s movement.
Linneman’s was more spacious than the previous venue we filmed at which made for an easier filming experience. This was our first time using a monopod for the center camera and it was intimidating since we’d never used it before. But once we got used to it, it was relatively simple and only took up a small amount of space. While one person was filming, the other had to block people from bumping into the camera and even blocking the balloons from being thrown in our general direction.
Caley Conway and the Lucy Cukes are a great band, on stage and off. They were very kind and courteous people and did whatever they could to help out our crew. Their sound is folk, soul and eclectic indie rock. The crowd was very invested in their performance, clapping along and chanting for an encore to which the band obliged. They are very driven in regards to their music and we are looking forward to interviewing them in the near future.
- Brei Harvey
On March 1st, our class filmed the first band of the semester, Vic and Gab, at Club Brady for Cream City Soundcheck.
Vic & Gab were playing as a part of the annual Eastside Music Festival and the place was packed. The club was very small and that became quite the challenge when it was time to film, but that’s a part of documentary filmmaking; you don’t always have control over your environment no matter how much you try.
For example, there were issues with tall audience members and people who paid money to enjoy good music and were not too concerned with our filming. Despite our warnings and the fact that we were holding cameras, people still bumped into us which affected our footage, but we were delighted to find that despite those moments, our footage still turned out fine for the most part. We also had to find out which angles would be the best to shoot in a limited amount of space. It was quite the learning experience, but as hectic as it was at times, we were grateful to have done it. It has definitely prepared us for our next shoot.
Most of the patrons and all the employees at the bar were very charitable, helped us when they could and were understanding about what we were trying to accomplish. Also, having a badge amongst wrist bracelets gave us a sense of importance which helped with any pre-show jitters we might have had.
Vic and Gab had an amazing set and even debuted a new song they have yet to name. They have fantastic energy and are great musicians. Their sound is a sort of mellow, melancholy pop rock. They seem to vibe off of the crowd while maintaining this alluring aloofness about them in their stage presence.
They seemed to be a very charming band and we look forward to getting to know them better when we film them for their upcoming band adventure!