It’s hard enough directing a cast, crew and musicians to make an eye-catching music video. But how about trying to do all that at the bottom of Echo Park’s Deep Pool? That’s what director Ted Newsome did for the new video by Warpaint. Newsome, whose production company is located in Echo Park about a mile north of the public indoor pool, tells Echo Park Patch some of the difficulties of filming an underwater video on a budget:
It was incredibly difficult because we didn’t have monitors above the water. I was in the pool, under water, in scuba gear for the first time in my life. I was struggling to breathe and it was impossible to communicate with anyone above once we went down. I had to yell direction to the girls then go under and use hand signals. It was very educational, and I will never try to operate a camera underwater and direct at the same time again.
In addition, the pool’s filters threatened to suck in some of the expensive backdrops created for the underwater scenes. More details in Patch.