New York, NY â€“ (February 4, 2010) — Director Danny Clinch of Three on the Tree Productions recently tapped award-winning Company X Editor Bruce Ashley to cut the music video for â€œThe Weary Kind,â€? the Oscar-nominated original theme song for the buzz-generating motion picture â€œCrazy Heart.â€? Co-written by venerated songwriter/producer T-Bone Burnett and Nashvilleâ€™s latest break-through artist Ryan Bingham (New West Records), â€œThe Weary Kindâ€? serves as the filmâ€™s closing ballad, powerfully encapsulating the struggles of character â€œBad Blake,â€? played by Oscar nominee (best actor) Jeff Bridges. The video began airing on January 12, 2010.
Artfully composed with beautiful cinematography, â€œThe Weary Kindâ€? features the raspy-voiced Bingham performing solo at an empty country music dive bar before hours, with vignettes from â€œCrazy Heartâ€? interwoven. Reflecting the filmâ€™s gritty tone, the video leaves an impression of the woeful life of a touring cowboy troubadour such as â€œBad Blake.â€?
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â€œBruce is a great collaborator and a true professional,â€? remarks Director Danny Clinch. â€œSome editors are button pushers and do exactly what you want, but Bruce is a guy whoâ€™s not afraid to have an opinion; he expresses great ideas, while always being on top of what heâ€™s asked.â€?
â€œThis is a beautifully shot video with integrityâ€? adds Company X Senior Editor Bruce Ashley, who has collaborated with Clinch on a number of music videos, as well as the Grammy-nominated work for Bruce Springsteenâ€™s “Devils and Dust” Album/DVD. â€œDanny has made a distinct creative imprint as a music video director — lots of contrast, somber and moody â€“ and his aesthetic worked nicely to compliment and accurately reflect the filmâ€™s tone and mood, without revealing the entire story.â€?
â€œI love music and the outlaw country ethos, so this project was seamless to me,â€? says Clinch who has directed music videos for Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Pearl Jam and Spoon, among others. â€œItâ€™s an honest, well-composed image and feeling of a country artist facing tough times and fighting his demons.â€?
The video was developed around the performance elements, opening and ending with Ryan Bingham picking his dirge, as the dayâ€™s waning sunlight peers through the bar windows. Initially, Clinch and Ashley created a â€˜performance-cutâ€™ solely of Ryan Bingham, and then integrated the appropriate images and scenes.
â€œWe wanted to offer a nice impression of the film and compliment the story of Ryan Binghamâ€™s performance,â€? comments Ashley. â€œOur approach kept the videoâ€™s narrative from overwhelming the film itself.â€?
Filmed at the same Santa Fe bar location used in â€œCrazy Heartâ€? where characters â€œBad Blakeâ€? and â€œJeanâ€? (Maggie Gyllenhaal) first meet, Clinch shot the video using Sony XDCAM HD cameras and Steadicam, framing it in anamorphic widescreen format.
â€œDanny framed a tight, flowing performance for me to cut. The video really compliments the filmâ€™s aesthetic, as well as Binghamâ€™s performance,â€? concludes Ashley.
Title: “The Weary Kind”
Label: New West Records/ Fox Searchlight Pictures
Artist: Ryan Bingham
Production Co: Three on the Tree Productions
Director: Danny Clinch
Producer: Carrie Bornstein
Editorial Company: Company X
Editor: Bruce Ashley
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