Go take a look at this really stylish video, Whatever Lola Wants, produced and directed by Dan Blank. It features the retro song and dance group called The Satin Dollz that remembers the glory days of the 40′s and 50′s glitz and glamour. Along for the ride is a Jump-Jive music ensemble from the United Kingdom called The Jive Aces, and the sultry voice of the late Sarah Vaughan. Forget Madonna, Lola embodies the original Material Girl.
Can you put all this old school talent together with a little modern cutting edge technology and make some magic? Dan Blank and his team figured out how to do it. What’s even more incredible, they did it on a 40′s and 50′s sized budget of around $2000! Shot entirely with a Canon 7D DSLR (and almost entirely using a Canon 35mm 1.4L lens), and post production with liberal use of After Effects, this video has an incredible polished finish to it. It also seems to perfectly capture the spirit and feel of the days-gone-by portrayed by the Satin Dollz and Jive Aces.
How did they do it? Well, they made up for their small budget with excellent planning, creative execution, and sometimes surprisingly simple special effects. Check out the “The Making Of ‘Whatever Lola Wants’” to see some of the details. This “Making Of” is also equally well done, as it provides split-screen showing the live-action vs. finished product.
Even seeing how everything was done, it still doesn’t detract from the magic. I think what Lola wants right now, is for me to watch the video again.