Category Archives: Music Videos

“My Place” by The Weekend Forecast

The Weekend Forecast has just barely released their debut album, “Sun, Doubt & Scenic Routes” and this video is one of the several that the band is releasing along with the album debut. “My Place” got some great press in Yahoo! News and I have to say that we had a lot of fun making this music video, which proved to be both relatively simple and technically challenging.

Benji Schwimmer and I kind of shot from the hip and filmed this video at his dance studio in about 4 hours last summer. The band members came and went and we filmed two takes for each of them: once in black, once in white. Benji’s dance performances were done in one take and we did about 5 takes of the green screen performances (including the alternate black and white versions that you see in the shots with three versions of Benji).

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Kirby Krackle Double Feature!!

I directed, filmed and edited two versions of this music video for nerdcore punk band Kirby Krackle. This first version is a band-only performance video and the second is the story version of the same song. Enjoy!

Kirby Krackle nerdcore punk music video directed by Garrett Wesley Gibbons in Seattle

Demo Reel 2012 – Garrett Wesley Gibbons

Looking for a filmmaker, music video director, dance photographer or visual storyteller? I’m based in Seattle, Washington but I travel the world. Hit me up!

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Justin Bieber (Official Music Video)

I edited this music video (in 3D) in southern California in October during 3 sleepless days to get it delivered to Sony Pictures in time. You can view it in true 3D right now if you go see it play in theaters before Arthur Christmas. Even if you’re not a Bieber fan, check out the excellent urban dancing from many members of The LXD!

The music video was filmed on two RED Epic 5k cameras and we used Cineform’s 3D codec to edit the muxed files in 3D using Final Cut Pro 7 and a Blackmagic output box, viewing the stereoscopic picture on a passive 3D 1080p monitor (we wore 3D glasses).

The video is directed by Charles Oliver, who directed many episodes of The LXD. The director of photography was Alice Brooks (also the DP of The LXD) and it was produced by Kyle Sonia (also of the LXD family).

Alabaster – Overcome (Official Music Video)

Jill and I filmed this video for Alabaster right in the middle of production for Jekyll & Hyde. Besides risking creative burnout, I found that there were amazing advantages to drastically changing gears right in the middle of a two-week production:

  • Working on “Overcome” helped clear my creative mental blocks that had been building up for “Jekyll & Hyde,” ultimately making the latter a stronger piece.
  • Shaina (Alabaster’s lead singer) was in both productions (somehow) so we had plenty of time to get comfortable and communicative by the time filming started for “Overcome.” Had we jumped straight into her music video without having filmed “Jekyll & Hyde” a few days before, we wouldn’t have had anywhere near the artistic rapport that we had on this set.
  • Hair & Make-up artists were shared between the two projects, facilitating communication on that front.
  • Rented lights, lenses and other gear was shared between the two projects, adding production value to both.
  • A certain type of creative momentum carried me through this production. I found that the harder I pushed myself the more I had inside of me. Something about going beyond the comfortable, more stagnant realm of careful planning and extensive production paperwork helped visuals flow to me.

"Overcome" by Alabaster

Alabaster was a fantastic group of people to work with, and a refreshing example of hard work and humility in the music industry. Their work is excellent (also thanks to their talented producer, Joel Casey Jones) and I’m sure I’ll be hearing their music all over the city once their forthcoming album is released.

Some gorgeous production photos by my wife (Jill) are here.

If you prefer to watch on Vimeo, here’s the music video there:

Alabaster – Overcome (Official Music Video) from Garrett Wesley Gibbons on Vimeo.

Justin Bieber steampunk extravaganza

Here’s a 30-second TV ad for the Justin Bieber music video I edited in 3D a few weeks ago:

The music video features a ton of dancing by members of The LXD, directed by LXD-veteran writer/director Charles Oliver. It was a great experience and I’ll post the whole music video when it’s officially released!

Jekyll & Hyde: The Music Video (by Theoretics)


Theoretics is an awesome group of hard-working and very musically-talented artists. If you haven’t yet listened to their whole debut album, do it while you read this!

Project Conception

I first heard this song while Mark Hoy and I were driving around downtown Seattle in February, listening to an unmastered copy of the album while trying to decide which song to make into their first music video. I was blown away by this song, and told Mark that it wasn’t the time to make this yet (there was less of a budget, time was tight, etc…) but that I needed to make a video to Jekyll & Hyde. The music video for “Higher” was thankfully well-received and this summer Theoretics launched a Kickstarted campaign to raise money for a “Jekyll & Hyde” video.

I had begun writing a screenplay back in July, and after a few long brainstorming sessions with all seven band members pitching in their varied ideas we decided to go with a surprisingly traditional representation of the original novella by Robert Louis Stevenson.
I read the novella deeply and repeatedly for a few months as I worked on other projects. I was blown away by how different the story was from the general concept of Jekyll & Hyde that seems to make its way into popular culture.

Our version has most of the core elements of the original story, but I won’t tell you much more about it because I want you to just read the novella. It’s amazing, it’s short and it’s free on the Kindle store and Project Gutenburg.

Thankfully, the band raised the money and we began filming the week after the Kickstarter campaign ended.
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Adrian Pisarello sings to Gibraltar’s resilience

This song was written about the joint-sovereignty talks of leading up to the 2002 referendum, when Spain and the UK were discussing joint-ownership of Gibraltar. The people of Gibraltar vehemently opposed the altered sovereignty status. In a crucial act of political self-determination, the 7 November 2002 referendum rejected the notion that other countries could decide the sovereignty of Gibraltar without the consent of its people.

Filmed as part of the feature-length documentary “People of The Rock: The Llanitos of Gibraltar”. Adrian Pisarello is a bard of Gibraltar, singing the stories and struggles of his people and entertaining along the way. His music will be featured heavily throughout this film, along with two other Gibraltarian musicians.

Theoretics take over Seattle

Theoretics is an Emerald City gem like only Seattle seems to produce. Seven musicians trained in classical, jazz, funk, rock and hip-hop have combined to make an amazing sound.


“Higher” by Theoretics (directed by Garrett Gibbons)

Thematically, my main goal was to convey a feeling of ascension: visually, energetically and emotionally. During  the band sequences I move the camera upward, slowly from the start of the song (where the camera was on the ground) through the end where the camera was often soaring above the band members’ heads. The color palette starts cool and gradually gets warmer throughout the song. The dancers’ stories follow a similar theme, and their solos combine into an ideological improv session as the song reaches its climax climaxing with Brian Ung’s airborne power moves during the song’s final hits.

Production

We filmed this music video quickly and the dancers (Jessica Hu, Mikeskee Huang and Brian Ung) were all wonderful to work with. One of their main challenges was dancing without music. I knew that they would be dancing mostly during the chorus and final outtro but the exact pacing wasn’t set enough to give them musical cues to use for choreography.

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Hushd Puppies “Nothing At All” (Official Music Video)

From the exceedingly talented Andrew Savoie, Zac Millan and Eva Linh comes the hip hop/jazz/soul trio Hushd Puppies. Their EP is wide and deep, and you can listen to the whole thing on their bandcamp page.

Jessica Hu was a Production Assistant and Jack Leonard held a light for a few minutes. Special thanks to The Atlantic Crossing pub for letting us film for a few minutes.

Filmed near Greenlake (Seattle, WA) on a Canon 7D. I used a portable Glidetrack SD Shooter for the dolly shots and the rest was shot on my trusty monopod. Lenses: Canon 10-22, Canon 17-40, Canon 70-200. Dialogue was recorded using the built-in mic on the Zoom H4n.