What You Need – Music Video (Director’s Cut 2014)

Karen is keeping a secret from her son. One she has shared with Jayne, entrusting her and begging her to aid her in her request. This is something that Jayne will carry with her forever.

Song by: What’s Fair
Directed by: Rob Bowen
Written by: Rob Bowen
Starring: Erica Erickson & Leah Chandler-Mills
With: Kacie Vance & Micheal Lee

Director’s Notes

Years ago through my podcast, I managed to connect with the lead singer of an amazing band who was moved to pen a song inspired by the show. I loved their music and this was a big honor for me. So when I began making films, I reached out to the band and asked if I could feature one of their songs in what would then be my second short film. They not only gave me permission for that song alone, but they told me that I was free to use any song they had on their album for any project I wanted in the future too. I was floored by their generosity, and what I can only interpret as a huge act of faith and vote of confidence. I mean, they had no idea what I would end up making, but they trusted me to not misuse their work.

I was moved by their entrusting me with their art, and so I took the charge very seriously. Not only that, but I knew at some point, I would want to find a way to thank the band for this trust and show them how much their generosity meant to me. It was as summer approached in 2014 that I landed on just how I wanted to do that. So without telling the band what I had planned to do, I set out to find one of their tracks that I had yet to use, for which I could pen a moving short film to pair with it. It didn’t take me long to find that track. As I listened to the song, I began to see the pain my characters were experiencing.

By the end of the song, I had found the reason for their pain. There was an emotional weight to the track that I did not want to shy away from in any way, but instead, to fully embrace and, in a sense, double down on. Playing off a theme I had touched on earlier in the year with our short film Soulmates, I wanted to revisit the idea and see it through this time as it was slightly subverted previously. This would give me an opportunity I won’t soon forget. One of my Theatre professors whom I had enjoyed two classes with, had left quite an impression on me, and I wanted desperately to be able to work with her on a project. After one script I sent her did not resonate with her, I sent her the script I had penned for What You Need, the part which I had admittedly written with her in mind. She absolutely loved it, so I was set.

Once I had the team all assembled, we got together on two separate occasions to completely shoot the short film. Days later, I would have the edit ready to reveal to the band in hopes that they would like it. Otherwise, all of our work and effort would have been for nothing as I would not have felt right releasing the project without the band’s complete blessing. After staying up all night to complete the edit and upload, I sent Jo (the band’s lead singer) a message including the private link to view the video. It was 3:34 am. By 5:30, I would have an amazingly complimentary message back from her explaining her love of the video, and how perfectly the film and song played and paired together. The video would be live online two days later!

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