AU grad returns to shoot music video

Fri, 2006-09-29 09:03 -- univcomm
September 29, 2006

You may not have heard of his band, but you’ve probably heard of him. Todd Edwards, son of Anderson University President James Edwards, graduate of AU and creator of the animated film “Hoodwinked,” is returning to town to shoot a music video. And he wants the community to be a part of the excitement. Edwards’ band Blick Van Glory will be filming a video this weekend to accompany the song “The Sophomores” off the debut album titled “The Search for Quest,” due out by the end of the year. The shoot will take place at Pendleton Heights High School beginning Saturday morning [September 30] and continue through Monday evening.

“The whole video is like a short film,” said Katie Hooten, producer and sister to Edwards who also graduated from AU. “The whole music video culminates into a pep rally scene, and we need hundreds of extras.”

Hooten said they have already recruited students from Pendleton Heights and surrounding local schools, but anyone wanting to take part is welcome to come out Monday from 3 to 5 p.m., said Hooten.

Students under the age of 18 need to have a parent permission slip or be accompanied by an adult. “The permission slips will be available as a download on the myspace site at www.myspace.com/blickvanglory,” said Hooten.

When asked about the concept of the video, Edwards said he is definitely going for comedy. “The song came out of the feeling of being a sophomore,” said Edwards. “I’ve spent the last six years being a sophomore (in the industry). I had a Sundance movie under my belt but still felt like a sophomore in my life.”

The video will be shot with 35 mm film, which is unusual, said Edwards. “Usually, people shoot digitally.”

The video is set in a high school where “businessmen show up and push around the freshmen,” said Edwards. “We’re taking over the school. It all ends up in a big pep rally.”

Edwards chose to come back for the shoot for several reasons. “It’s cost-effective,” he said, “and there aren’t big film shoots going on in Indiana on a daily basis. It creates more excitement and it will be fun pulling extras from the community.”

Above all, though, Edwards said he wanted to film in town, because he’s always received so much support from the community. “We want it to be fun,” he said. “This is where we’re from. We’ll make it as fun as possible for everyone.”

This is Edwards’ first album, and said that although he is a filmmaker through and through, music is something he’s always wanted to do. “I wrote 10 original songs for ‘Hoodwinked’,” he said. “I’ve spent the last 10 years creating my film career, and it’s now or never (for the music). This is more to have fun than make another career out of it.”

Edwards describes Blick Van Glory’s sound as rock with pop sensibility. “It’s definitely modeled after U2, Pixies and The Smiths,” he said.

And about the name? Edwards actually came up with the name for an art show he held while attending Anderson University. Now, the name has taken on a whole creative background.

“There’s a whole mythology we’ve been writing,” said Edwards. “People can read the chapters online. It’s a pirate-style adventure that follows a boy kidnapped by a sea captain and each song of the album relates to the story.” The tale, like the album is titled “The Search for Quest.”

Both Edwards and Hooten said they are excited about coming back to town, not just to shoot the video, but to see family, friends and eat at Cracker Barrel and Pizza King. “We just don’t have those places in L.A.,” said Hooten.

Not only are they excited about being back, but a hype has already been created at Pendleton Heights High School and Anderson University as well.

“The students are really excited,” said Glenn Nelson, principal at Pendleton Heights. “This seemed like an interesting opportunity for our students to be involved with. It’s good experience for the kids. There will be theater kids, drama kids and singers and dancers who will be a part of this, and then other students can come for the pep rally scene.”

AU students were eager to get involved as well and approximately 10 to 12 of them will be on set working as production assistants all weekend.

“I’m a broadcasting production (student),” said Monique Morosko, 20, from AU,” and it’s good hands-on experience. This is a little different than what we do on campus and on a much bigger scale. I think it will help us to see how things work in the field.”

Jon Mobley, 21, senior communications major at AU, agreed. “It will be the first opportunity to work with 35 mm film, which will be a unique experience. On campus, we only work with video. I hope to get a better idea of how productions of this scale work and a better knowledge on projects like this. I’m hoping to move to L.A. eventually.”

Edwards said he wanted to make sure the community had a chance to be involved in the process and hopes to see many faces at the high school for the last scene. “We’ve received so much support from Anderson, especially Pendleton,” he said. “I’m excited to come back for the fall weather, and it will be good to see familiar faces. It’s a comforting environment. It will be really good to see my parents.”

According to Edwards, the video will be made available on the Internet as soon as it is finished. “We’re planning to post it on YouTube (www.youtube.com, an Internet video sharing site).” No date has specifically been set.

Check out Blick Van Glory at http://blickvanglory.com/ .

— Lynelle Miller is a reporter for the Herald Bulletin in Anderson. Story reprinted with permission.