Prince "BlkMagic" Damons

The Taste of Travel

The Santa Clara Convention Center was hustling and bustling at the Travel and Adventure Show 2014, showing off cultural performances, informative seminars, and even a cooking stage featuring foods from around the world. This last segment is known as The Taste of Travel Stage where different chefs play around with foods from around the world. This year, Grammy-nominated producer Prince "BlkMagic" Damons was invited to cook up one of his favorite dishes from the South. With help from singer Lenny Williams of Tower of Power, he made garlic chicken parmesan alfredo ("kind of like a chicken park blended with a chicken alfredo"). As they prepared the pasta and breaded the chicken, the duo put on a show, singing an old Tower of Power classic and even a song from the Beatles.

Our Ivory Sky Media representative on sight was Allen, who'd been asked to film some behind-the-scenes footage of Prince and his show. What was so great about this particular Taste of Travel segment was how it perfectly blended cooking and entertainment. Everyone was having fun but still learning at the same time. With Lenny singing and Prince playing his guitar, and the crowd even clapping along, a show like this had never been seen before. Prince successfully left a mark on the Travel & Adventure Show and created fun memories for all the attendees. See it for yourself in the video below.

Written by Danika Lam

"The Truth" by Janelle LaSalle (Official Music Video)

We handled "The Truth!"

Allen and myself were so happy to be a part of Bay Area artist, Janelle LaSalle's video shoot for her upcoming single, "The Truth," produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Prince "BlkMagic" Damons.

I had a lot of fun on this video shoot, especially since it was the first one for myself. There were many different aspects of it that were new to me when it came to lighting, focusing, and shooting subjects that weren't stationary. One of my biggest challenges was how were we going to make the club scene appear dark when it was actually eleven o'clock in the morning. Allen was brilliant in this aspect because he positioned the lighting to where it was primarily shown on the subjects and turned down the exposure of the shot to make it appear darker in post.

We shot in several different locations, a nightclub, a bedroom, a car, and a recording studio. And unbelievably we captured all the footage in one day! 

The previous day Allen and I wanted to test out a technique we came up with for the video. The technique shown below is where we used two LED lights behind Janelle and blacked out everything else, creating somewhat of a silhouette. It was an absolute success and became one of our favorite scenes to shoot.

Janelle was so easy to work with and very good at taking direction. We can't wait to work with her again.

Written by Tori Green

Credits:
Directed by Prince "BlkMagic" Damons
Produced by IvorySky Media Co.
D.O.P, Camera, Video, Editing, and Color Grading by Allen Ross and Tori Green for IvorySky Media Co.
Executive Producer : Valerie Saunders
Assistant: Clay Bandy
Make-up: Kerri Payton
Location Manager: Erica James
Artist and Lead Actor: Janelle LaSalle
Lead Male Actor: Aneet Singh