Greetings friends! This past April I traveled to the beautiful caribbean island of St. Lucia to film a music video for a remix of one of my latest tracks, We Go On. Today, I'd like to share that experience with you and provide some helpful tips for anyone out there interested in doing the same thing.
First, all of this came together really by virtue of a happy accident. I was already planning to travel to St. Lucia for my birthday with a group friends, when it occurred to me that St. Lucia would be an ideal location for a music video.
A few weeks prior to my trip I began to Google search for media, film, and or production companies. Most of what I came across were professional photographers and videographers that specialized in capturing weddings. After refining my searches in Google, I did come across one company that filmed promotional videos for the island and surrounding islands. This entity also mentioned on their website they filmed music videos. I thought, perfect!
On their website I navigated to their contact page and left a message. Within 24 hours I received a reply and from that point on I began to develop what ultimately turned into a lasting friendship with the owner of the company, Shamar Marcus.
Shamar and I initially exchanged several emails leading up to the trip. I provided him with a rough outline of the concept for the video, we covered off on the logistics, and established the total cost.
As the travel date approached, he and I began speaking on the phone to ensure we tied up any loose ends. For example, there was going to be a crew of 6 people in total and we therefore needed to figure out transportation. Next, we needed to decide on the locations we were going to film at. Lastly, the island did not require any special permits to film, which saved a great deal in terms of red tape of potential additional expense.
This was going to be a two day shoot in total, so we decided to film on the southern portion of the island all day Friday and the northern portion of the island for half a day on Saturday. Here is a listing of the locations we filmed at:
Friday, April 20th, 2018
1. Gros Piton
3. Toraille Waterfall
4. Fond Doux
Saturday April 21st, 2018
1. Rodney Bay
2. Pigeon Island
3. The Moon
4. Gros Islet
Overall, the experience was unforgettable. To get us around I rented a small Suzuki van in which I drove on the lefthand side of the road and despite scaring my friends a few times, I had an absolute blast cruising around the island! It was unbelievably simple in terms of parking and filming at each location without any hassle whatsoever. Plus, since Shamar was local to the island, it was like having a built-in tour guide in which we were able to visit locations not covered by a traditional tourist excursion. In addition to the cost of filming (which included editing), my all-in costs also included: 1) Van rental 2) Lunch for Shamar and his PA, Cornelius 3) Admission to Gros Piton hike and 4) Water taxi to Pigeon Island.
Please check out the final product here! If you have any questions or comments please leave them below.
I look forward to hearing from you!