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  1. Kiings are a Milwaukee-based production/DJ duo composed of musical chemists, Sean Foran and Chris Siegel. The group came onto the electronic scene with their debut single “Explain Myself” and the accompanying, viral music video. When not touring, Kiings has been preparing their debut record and unleashing tracks to the world, including a remix of James Vincent McMorrow’s “Cavalier.”
Kiing’s featured track “The Storm” has been on repeat all summer at Cameo HQ. Dreams come true and we caught up with Sean and Chris to chat about musical inspirations and favorite fast food joints.
What’s your favorite link on the internet right now?
Chris: The internet is a constant source of inspiration for me, particularly in discovering new music. One local Milwaukee DJ’s mix show has been on repeat all week — Tarik Moody’s Rhythm Lab Radio.
Sean: Hillydilly.com & old Howard Stern episodes on YouTube.
If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?
Sean: Malcolm X
Chris: Banksy
Favorite things?
Chris: Diversity, innovation, open-mindedness, peace, love, art, and Checker’s (the fast food chain that is).
Best film score ever?
Sean: “The Godfather” Chris: A toss up between “Superfly”, “Taxi Driver”, “Garden State”, and the newest of the bunch — “Drive”. I must say a lot of people slept on that “Osmosis Jones” soundtrack, though (The St. Lunatics and Solange, man.)
Who are three people that have inspired your music?
Chris: The Clash, James Brown, Pharrell Williams
Sean: The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Timbaland
If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?
Sean: Jimmy the dog, carrying my laptop on his back.
Chris: There’s a good chance I’d crash through the window with my laptop, external hard drives, and Blue microphone in hand (while hoping my sneaker collection would take note).
What will your first Cameo be about?
Chris: Kiings in the studio making assorted looney tunes.
Sean: Sonics and the nature of the universe.
Best concert venue on earth?
Chris: My favorite concert venue to date is the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, WI (where the monstrosity of a music festival known as Summerfest occurs). We opened for A-Trak/Dessa last year for and Girl Talk/Robert Delonge this June. On side note, this marble quarry near Verbania, Italy where Clark played would be quite ill.
Tell us about the last video you shot on your phone?
Chris: Graffiti sightings in Brooklyn.
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    by  n-gould
     on  September 16th, 2014

    Kiings are a Milwaukee-based production/DJ duo composed of musical chemists, Sean Foran and Chris Siegel. The group came onto the electronic scene with their debut single “Explain Myself” and the accompanying, viral music video. When not touring, Kiings has been preparing their debut record and unleashing tracks to the world, including a remix of James Vincent McMorrow’s “Cavalier.”

    Kiing’s featured track “The Storm” has been on repeat all summer at Cameo HQ. Dreams come true and we caught up with Sean and Chris to chat about musical inspirations and favorite fast food joints.

    What’s your favorite link on the internet right now?

    Chris: The internet is a constant source of inspiration for me, particularly in discovering new music. One local Milwaukee DJ’s mix show has been on repeat all week — Tarik Moody’s Rhythm Lab Radio.

    Sean: Hillydilly.com & old Howard Stern episodes on YouTube.

    If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?

    Sean: Malcolm X

    Chris: Banksy

    Favorite things?

    Chris: Diversity, innovation, open-mindedness, peace, love, art, and Checker’s (the fast food chain that is).

    Best film score ever?

    Sean: “The Godfather” Chris: A toss up between “Superfly”, “Taxi Driver”, “Garden State”, and the newest of the bunch — “Drive”. I must say a lot of people slept on that “Osmosis Jones” soundtrack, though (The St. Lunatics and Solange, man.)

    Who are three people that have inspired your music?

    Chris: The Clash, James Brown, Pharrell Williams

    Sean: The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Timbaland

    If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?

    Sean: Jimmy the dog, carrying my laptop on his back.

    Chris: There’s a good chance I’d crash through the window with my laptop, external hard drives, and Blue microphone in hand (while hoping my sneaker collection would take note).

    What will your first Cameo be about?

    Chris: Kiings in the studio making assorted looney tunes.

    Sean: Sonics and the nature of the universe.

    Best concert venue on earth?

    Chris: My favorite concert venue to date is the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, WI (where the monstrosity of a music festival known as Summerfest occurs). We opened for A-Trak/Dessa last year for and Girl Talk/Robert Delonge this June. On side note, this marble quarry near Verbania, Italy where Clark played would be quite ill.

    Tell us about the last video you shot on your phone?

    Chris: Graffiti sightings in Brooklyn.

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  2. 2014 has been a good year for Nashville rock and roll group The Wans. Their new album "He Said, She Said" was released today. Produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Jason Isbell) and mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, Arctic Monkeys), the albums channels both the classic rock of Led Zeppelin and the grunge of ’90s bands like Soundgarden, but with a modern twist. Constantly in motion, The Wans have a fall tour in the works, with a special stop at Austin City Limits. Learn and listen more at thewansmusic.com.
To get more familiar, we chatted with Simon from The Wans about awkward situations and musical inspirations. Check out the Q&A!
What’s your favorite link on the internet right now?
I’d have to say the ALS fail videos on YouTube are pretty amazing.
We spend a lot of time in the van, so we’re constantly finding the most ridiculous meme’s. It keeps us pretty entertained. Also we were watching Jurassic Park in our van and started looking up Jeff Goldblum on YouTube and stumbled upon this video of his laugh. We now laugh like Jeff Goldblum whenever we get in awkward situations. This is a 10 minute video of Jeff Goldblum laughing. Enjoy.
If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?
I’d like to see a Cameo video by Nick Cave. That guy is one of the most interesting people in the world. Next to the Dos Equis’ World’s Most Interesting Man, of course.
Favorite things?
Gin and tonics (it’s what we drink to be productive in the studio. Sometimes it works… sometimes it doesn’t), Vintage guitars, Vinyl records
Best film score ever?
Probably “Rushmore.” We were watching that in the van and I forgot how amazing that soundtrack is.
Who are three people that have inspired your music?
Joe Strummer, Leonard Cohen, John Lennon
If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?
My dog Lola, but if she was outside, it would be my 1963 Fender Jaguar.
What will your first Cameo be about?
It’ll probably be at our next show at Austin City Limits Music Festival. We usually take shots of the crowd before we play and get them to interact with us.
Best concert venue on earth?
Hands down the Ryman in Nashville. The acoustics there are the best I’ve ever heard. It’s also our dream to play there at some point.
Tell us about the last video you shot on your phone?
The last video I shot on my phone was side stage at Forecastle Festival watching Beck perform. It was a mind-blowing show and we were literally within arm’s reach.
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    by  n-gould
     on  September 9th, 2014

    2014 has been a good year for Nashville rock and roll group The Wans. Their new album "He Said, She Said" was released today. Produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Jason Isbell) and mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, Arctic Monkeys), the albums channels both the classic rock of Led Zeppelin and the grunge of ’90s bands like Soundgarden, but with a modern twist. Constantly in motion, The Wans have a fall tour in the works, with a special stop at Austin City Limits. Learn and listen more at thewansmusic.com.

    To get more familiar, we chatted with Simon from The Wans about awkward situations and musical inspirations. Check out the Q&A!

    What’s your favorite link on the internet right now?

    I’d have to say the ALS fail videos on YouTube are pretty amazing.

    We spend a lot of time in the van, so we’re constantly finding the most ridiculous meme’s. It keeps us pretty entertained. Also we were watching Jurassic Park in our van and started looking up Jeff Goldblum on YouTube and stumbled upon this video of his laugh. We now laugh like Jeff Goldblum whenever we get in awkward situations. This is a 10 minute video of Jeff Goldblum laughing. Enjoy.

    If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?

    I’d like to see a Cameo video by Nick Cave. That guy is one of the most interesting people in the world. Next to the Dos Equis’ World’s Most Interesting Man, of course.

    Favorite things?

    Gin and tonics (it’s what we drink to be productive in the studio. Sometimes it works… sometimes it doesn’t), Vintage guitars, Vinyl records

    Best film score ever?

    Probably “Rushmore.” We were watching that in the van and I forgot how amazing that soundtrack is.

    Who are three people that have inspired your music?

    Joe Strummer, Leonard Cohen, John Lennon

    If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?

    My dog Lola, but if she was outside, it would be my 1963 Fender Jaguar.

    What will your first Cameo be about?

    It’ll probably be at our next show at Austin City Limits Music Festival. We usually take shots of the crowd before we play and get them to interact with us.

    Best concert venue on earth?

    Hands down the Ryman in Nashville. The acoustics there are the best I’ve ever heard. It’s also our dream to play there at some point.

    Tell us about the last video you shot on your phone?

    The last video I shot on my phone was side stage at Forecastle Festival watching Beck perform. It was a mind-blowing show and we were literally within arm’s reach.

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  3. Fleurs’ music fits perfectly between dreamy shoegaze and synth-laden pop. The Echo Park group formed only a year ago, but they have already carved out a name for themselves in the LA music scene. Their single and Cameo featured track "In My Head" very well could be the jam of 2014. Keeping the momentum rolling, the band is busy putting together a second EP for their label Gold Format Recordings. You can find more of their music here.
We checked in with Jack and Simon from Fleurs and asked some hot-button questions.
What’s your favorite thing on the internet right now?
Jack: I wanted to show Simon The Rutles - a group of British actors who created a Beatles mockumentary. They re-wrote all the well known songs and only slightly changed the chords and melody. It’s brilliant.
If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?
Simon: Andrew Warhol
Jack: Jesus, duh
Favorite things?
Jack: Floral and orchestral arrangements. Cloud formations.
Simon: Coffee, beer, having a laugh, making musique. In that order.
Best film score ever?
Jack: Anything by John Williams. But Max Steiner’s “Gone with the Wind” score is very good as well.
Simon: “The Little Mermaid”
Who are three people that have inspired your music?
Jack: I feel very inspired by Igor Stravinsky and Chris Martin. But Sarah Harmer taught me to write.
Simon: Always changing, but recently: Melody Prochet, Trish Keenan, and Bradford Cox.
If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?
Jack: This has actually happened to me - I grabbed my cat.
Simon: A pair of shoes so my feet wouldn’t get dirty outside, yuck…
What will your first Cameo be about?
Jack: Clouds
Simon: Accidental footage of me trying to use Cameo.
Best concert venue on earth?
Jack: I imagine it to be beneath the Aurora lights.
Simon: Red Rocks or the George Lopez show?
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    by  n-gould
     on  September 2nd, 2014

    Fleurs’ music fits perfectly between dreamy shoegaze and synth-laden pop. The Echo Park group formed only a year ago, but they have already carved out a name for themselves in the LA music scene. Their single and Cameo featured track "In My Head" very well could be the jam of 2014. Keeping the momentum rolling, the band is busy putting together a second EP for their label Gold Format Recordings. You can find more of their music here.

    We checked in with Jack and Simon from Fleurs and asked some hot-button questions.

    What’s your favorite thing on the internet right now?

    Jack: I wanted to show Simon The Rutles - a group of British actors who created a Beatles mockumentary. They re-wrote all the well known songs and only slightly changed the chords and melody. It’s brilliant.

    If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?

    Simon: Andrew Warhol

    Jack: Jesus, duh

    Favorite things?

    Jack: Floral and orchestral arrangements. Cloud formations.

    Simon: Coffee, beer, having a laugh, making musique. In that order.

    Best film score ever?

    Jack: Anything by John Williams. But Max Steiner’s “Gone with the Wind” score is very good as well.

    Simon: “The Little Mermaid”

    Who are three people that have inspired your music?

    Jack: I feel very inspired by Igor Stravinsky and Chris Martin. But Sarah Harmer taught me to write.

    Simon: Always changing, but recently: Melody Prochet, Trish Keenan, and Bradford Cox.

    If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?

    Jack: This has actually happened to me - I grabbed my cat.

    Simon: A pair of shoes so my feet wouldn’t get dirty outside, yuck…

    What will your first Cameo be about?

    Jack: Clouds

    Simon: Accidental footage of me trying to use Cameo.

    Best concert venue on earth?

    Jack: I imagine it to be beneath the Aurora lights.

    Simon: Red Rocks or the George Lopez show?

    Website | Twitter | Facebook | SoundCloud

  4. We cannot get enough of Swear and Shake’s big hook americana. Lead singers Adam McHeffey (guitar, banjo) and Kari Spieler (guitar) met on the campus of SUNY Purchase College. Shaun Savage (bass) and Ben Goldstein (drums) later joined the group, and Swear and Shake started gaining momentum, recording their first EP. In the summer of 2011, Swear and Shake began creating Maple Ridge, named after the barn in which it was recorded. Produced by Ben, the album was released the following summer. The “Folksy, foot-stomping rock” album (The New York Times) has garnered positive reviews from Teen Vogue to Time Out New York.
Swear and Shake has been keeping busy - recently sharing the stage with acts including The Lumineers, G. Love & Special Sauce, and performing at Governors Ball. The band is currently touring in support of a new EP, Ain’t That Lovin’.
Cameo features three, incredible Swear and Shake songs. We had the chance to catch up with the band while they are touring across the East Coast. All four members jumped in and discussed musical inspiration and what can be found in their camera roll. Find more of Swear and Shake’s music here.
What’s your favorite thing (website, link, etc.) on the internet right now?
Kari: This video of Joaquin Phoenix’s forehead.
If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?
Ben: Roberto Bolaño
Favorite things?
Shaun: THESE are a few of my favorite things.
Best film score ever?
Adam: Man, I love the score for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, written by Jon Brion.
Who are three people that have inspired your music?
Kari: Three people that inspired my music are Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Fiona Apple, and also this woman who fronted a country band at a dude ranch I stayed at when I was a kid. She was so incredible.
If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?
Ben: My cats, Mikey and Louie. Do Mikey and Louie count as “one thing?” They better.
What will your first Cameo be about?
Adam: The best videos I take are never planned! But so many fun things happen on tour. I love the new slow motion function on the iPhone so I will definitely utilize that.
Best concert venue on earth?
Shaun: Red Rocks Amphitheater seems like a dream. It’s always been on my to-do list to play there and I just caught my first concert there not long ago. It’s such a beautiful place tucked into the mountains of Colorado, the atmosphere is so inspiring.
Tell us about the last video shot on your phone:
Adam: I’m making a lyric video for our new song “Good As Gone.” I shot a bunch of footage from the drivers perspective with my phone on the dashboard. I’m going to overlay some text and put it online soon.
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    by  n-gould
     on  August 26th, 2014

    We cannot get enough of Swear and Shake’s big hook americana. Lead singers Adam McHeffey (guitar, banjo) and Kari Spieler (guitar) met on the campus of SUNY Purchase College. Shaun Savage (bass) and Ben Goldstein (drums) later joined the group, and Swear and Shake started gaining momentum, recording their first EP. In the summer of 2011, Swear and Shake began creating Maple Ridge, named after the barn in which it was recorded. Produced by Ben, the album was released the following summer. The “Folksy, foot-stomping rock” album (The New York Times) has garnered positive reviews from Teen Vogue to Time Out New York.

    Swear and Shake has been keeping busy - recently sharing the stage with acts including The Lumineers, G. Love & Special Sauce, and performing at Governors Ball. The band is currently touring in support of a new EP, Ain’t That Lovin’.

    Cameo features three, incredible Swear and Shake songs. We had the chance to catch up with the band while they are touring across the East Coast. All four members jumped in and discussed musical inspiration and what can be found in their camera roll. Find more of Swear and Shake’s music here.

    What’s your favorite thing (website, link, etc.) on the internet right now?

    Kari: This video of Joaquin Phoenix’s forehead.

    If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?

    Ben: Roberto Bolaño

    Favorite things?

    Shaun: THESE are a few of my favorite things.

    Best film score ever?

    Adam: Man, I love the score for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, written by Jon Brion.

    Who are three people that have inspired your music?

    Kari: Three people that inspired my music are Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Fiona Apple, and also this woman who fronted a country band at a dude ranch I stayed at when I was a kid. She was so incredible.

    If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?

    Ben: My cats, Mikey and Louie. Do Mikey and Louie count as “one thing?” They better.

    What will your first Cameo be about?

    Adam: The best videos I take are never planned! But so many fun things happen on tour. I love the new slow motion function on the iPhone so I will definitely utilize that.

    Best concert venue on earth?

    Shaun: Red Rocks Amphitheater seems like a dream. It’s always been on my to-do list to play there and I just caught my first concert there not long ago. It’s such a beautiful place tucked into the mountains of Colorado, the atmosphere is so inspiring.

    Tell us about the last video shot on your phone:

    Adam: I’m making a lyric video for our new song “Good As Gone.” I shot a bunch of footage from the drivers perspective with my phone on the dashboard. I’m going to overlay some text and put it online soon.

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  5. This weekend, Cameo dares you to create a 6x6 format video. Inspired by Vimeo’s classic 5x5 Weekend Challenge, the 6x6 concept is simple: six clips, each six seconds long. Nothing more, nothing less. The constraints will help facilitate selective creative decisions and the theme of your video can be literally anything. Be creative!  
To enter the challenge: share your 6x6 video with the hashtag #CameoDare by Tuesday, August 19. And that’s it! One lucky/skilled video creator will win a free Vimeo Plus account for one year! If you’re already a Plus member, you’ll get another year.
Get creating! 

    by  n-gould
     on  August 8th, 2014

    This weekend, Cameo dares you to create a 6x6 format video. Inspired by Vimeo’s classic 5x5 Weekend Challenge, the 6x6 concept is simple: six clips, each six seconds long. Nothing more, nothing less. The constraints will help facilitate selective creative decisions and the theme of your video can be literally anything. Be creative!  

    To enter the challenge: share your 6x6 video with the hashtag #CameoDare by Tuesday, August 19. And that’s it! One lucky/skilled video creator will win a free Vimeo Plus account for one year! If you’re already a Plus member, you’ll get another year.

    Get creating! 

  6. New York-based Danielle Eva Schwob’s intense blend of confessional lyrics and intricate, yet unpredictable, melodies and arrangements has not gone unnoticed by critics. The New Yorker described her as a “notable cross-genre composer” while Time Out New York dubbed her a “worldly musical chameleon [and] genre-bending composer.”
Cameo is incredibly lucky to feature tracks off Danielle’s “Overloaded” EP within the app. Eager to become BFFs, we caught up with her while she was in Toronto recording her debut, full-length album.
What’s your favorite link on the internet right now?
I’ve been laughing about the Jeff Goldblum “Hahahrawrrahaha” song for months and then I also quite enjoyed Billy Corgan’s PAWS magazine cover. Other than that I spend a lot of time going down the YouTube black hole and watching videos of other musicians’ live shows. Having a virtually unlimited archive of this stuff is incredible.
If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?
Probably Gloria Steinem. Feminism seems to be making a comeback these days and it would have been amazing to get an insider’s perspective on those earlier conversations.
Favorite thing?
Quite excited about the new synth I just bought - a Prophet 8. I like my cat a lot too, although I don’t think it would be fair to count him as a thing.
Best film score ever?
No way I can pick one so here’s a laundry list: “Waltz With Bashir”, “Koyaanisqatsi”, “Zodiac”, “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, ‘The Dark Knight”, “Jurassic Park” and “Sunset Boulevard.”
Who are three people that have inspired your music?
Same problem as above. At the moment it’s The Smiths, St. Vincent, David Bowie, James Blake, Jonsi, Trent Reznor and Tool.
If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?
A guitar that my brother built for me.
Best concert venue on earth?
No shame in admitting that I love a big arena spectacle with lights and projections, however those venues can be anonymous and aren’t what makes those shows. I’d have to say Le Poisson Rouge in NYC and The Electric Ballroom in London. LPR has a great sound system and it’s not too big, not too small, plus they book a lot of progressive music from all sorts of genres. Then I also have a soft spot for the Electric Ballroom in London because I practically grew up in that place.
What’s the last video you shot on your phone?
I went to see St. Vincent at NXNE in Toronto and took a short clip. She was fantastic.

    by  n-gould
     on  July 16th, 2014

    New York-based Danielle Eva Schwob’s intense blend of confessional lyrics and intricate, yet unpredictable, melodies and arrangements has not gone unnoticed by critics. The New Yorker described her as a “notable cross-genre composer” while Time Out New York dubbed her a “worldly musical chameleon [and] genre-bending composer.”

    Cameo is incredibly lucky to feature tracks off Danielle’s “Overloaded” EP within the app. Eager to become BFFs, we caught up with her while she was in Toronto recording her debut, full-length album.

    What’s your favorite link on the internet right now?

    I’ve been laughing about the Jeff Goldblum “Hahahrawrrahaha” song for months and then I also quite enjoyed Billy Corgan’s PAWS magazine cover. Other than that I spend a lot of time going down the YouTube black hole and watching videos of other musicians’ live shows. Having a virtually unlimited archive of this stuff is incredible.

    If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?

    Probably Gloria Steinem. Feminism seems to be making a comeback these days and it would have been amazing to get an insider’s perspective on those earlier conversations.

    Favorite thing?

    Quite excited about the new synth I just bought - a Prophet 8. I like my cat a lot too, although I don’t think it would be fair to count him as a thing.

    Best film score ever?

    No way I can pick one so here’s a laundry list: “Waltz With Bashir”, “Koyaanisqatsi”, “Zodiac”, “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, ‘The Dark Knight”, “Jurassic Park” and “Sunset Boulevard.”

    Who are three people that have inspired your music?

    Same problem as above. At the moment it’s The Smiths, St. Vincent, David Bowie, James Blake, Jonsi, Trent Reznor and Tool.

    If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?

    A guitar that my brother built for me.

    Best concert venue on earth?

    No shame in admitting that I love a big arena spectacle with lights and projections, however those venues can be anonymous and aren’t what makes those shows. I’d have to say Le Poisson Rouge in NYC and The Electric Ballroom in London. LPR has a great sound system and it’s not too big, not too small, plus they book a lot of progressive music from all sorts of genres. Then I also have a soft spot for the Electric Ballroom in London because I practically grew up in that place.

    What’s the last video you shot on your phone?

    I went to see St. Vincent at NXNE in Toronto and took a short clip. She was fantastic.

  7. We love travel videos here at Cameo HQ. From Mt. Whitney to Bangkok, it’s incredible to see where people throughout the world capturing incredible video. Alexis Shields’ video from traveling in Nepal is one of those videos that caught our eye. The Cameo (which can be viewed below) perfectly captures the sights, people, and stunning views of Nepal.
Inspired by the video, we reached out to Alexis to learn more about her trip and get a few tips for creating awesome travel videos.
Tell us the story behind your Cameo — what brought you to Nepal?
My fiancé Shannon and I are naturopathic doctors and work with patients virtually. This allowed us to travel in SE Asia from September 2013 to May 2014. Shannon lived in Nepal from 12-15 years old and it has been his dream to return. We spent one week in Kathmandu and another week trekking in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. We stayed in tea houses, saw epic forests, and some of the highest peaks in the world from the Ghorepani Poon Hill lookout point. It was a life changing trip. All the new colors, smells, tastes, and sights were incredible.
Do you have tips for creating travel video?
My brother is an amazing videographer and is the one who introduced me to Cameo. So I just try to copy him! He never just shoots the obvious touristy stuff. He looks for shots that tell a story and recreate the feeling of where you are. I’d like to say I have mad skills with the shot of the mountains appearing in the window. But, it was purely by accident!
What did you experience in Nepal that you HAD to capture on video?
We got to meet the Kumari, a young girl chosen to be the reincarnation of the goddess Durga, which is very rare for foreigners to be able to do. We were with friends who have lived in Nepal their entire lives and had never experienced that before!
Where’s next on your list of places to travel?
Currently we are traveling through Europe for the summer. We are living in Germany throughout July and just got back from Paris and Barcelona. For the month of August we will be in Croatia and hopefully Italy in September.

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    by  n-gould
     on  July 15th, 2014

    We love travel videos here at Cameo HQ. From Mt. Whitney to Bangkok, it’s incredible to see where people throughout the world capturing incredible video. Alexis Shields’ video from traveling in Nepal is one of those videos that caught our eye. The Cameo (which can be viewed below) perfectly captures the sights, people, and stunning views of Nepal.

    Inspired by the video, we reached out to Alexis to learn more about her trip and get a few tips for creating awesome travel videos.

    Tell us the story behind your Cameo — what brought you to Nepal?

    My fiancé Shannon and I are naturopathic doctors and work with patients virtually. This allowed us to travel in SE Asia from September 2013 to May 2014. Shannon lived in Nepal from 12-15 years old and it has been his dream to return. We spent one week in Kathmandu and another week trekking in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. We stayed in tea houses, saw epic forests, and some of the highest peaks in the world from the Ghorepani Poon Hill lookout point. It was a life changing trip. All the new colors, smells, tastes, and sights were incredible.

    Do you have tips for creating travel video?

    My brother is an amazing videographer and is the one who introduced me to Cameo. So I just try to copy him! He never just shoots the obvious touristy stuff. He looks for shots that tell a story and recreate the feeling of where you are. I’d like to say I have mad skills with the shot of the mountains appearing in the window. But, it was purely by accident!

    What did you experience in Nepal that you HAD to capture on video?

    We got to meet the Kumari, a young girl chosen to be the reincarnation of the goddess Durga, which is very rare for foreigners to be able to do. We were with friends who have lived in Nepal their entire lives and had never experienced that before!

    Where’s next on your list of places to travel?

    Currently we are traveling through Europe for the summer. We are living in Germany throughout July and just got back from Paris and Barcelona. For the month of August we will be in Croatia and hopefully Italy in September.

  8. DFONTE is one of our new favorite jams. The Cameo-featured group is comprised of three talented musicians, Adam Bell, Martin Capella, and Jonathan Knight. Coming from different countries, the three met and formed the band in New York. The unique band name comes from a collection of their respective homes: DF=Federal District of Mexico City, ON=Ontario, and TE=Tennessee. DFONTE released their debut album, “LCH”, earlier this year. The phenomenal album showcases their unique combination of electronic with classical elements.
We took ten minutes with the band to chat about their musical inspirations and the importance of pants. Take a look…
What’s your favorite link on the internet right now?
Still can’t get enough of Future Islands appearance on Letterman, and their newest album is fantastic. It is one of those albums that you can put on and listen to all the way through.
If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?
The Lumière brothers
Favorite thing?
Crime Fighting
Best film score ever?
"The Skin I Live In" by Alberto Iglesias
Who are three people that have inspired your music?
Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Gary Larson
If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?
Pants
What will your first Cameo be about?
A guy grabbing his pants as his house burns down.
Best concert venue on earth?
Sala Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico City

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    by  n-gould
     on  June 25th, 2014

    DFONTE is one of our new favorite jams. The Cameo-featured group is comprised of three talented musicians, Adam Bell, Martin Capella, and Jonathan Knight. Coming from different countries, the three met and formed the band in New York. The unique band name comes from a collection of their respective homes: DF=Federal District of Mexico City, ON=Ontario, and TE=Tennessee. DFONTE released their debut album, “LCH”, earlier this year. The phenomenal album showcases their unique combination of electronic with classical elements.

    We took ten minutes with the band to chat about their musical inspirations and the importance of pants. Take a look…

    What’s your favorite link on the internet right now?

    Still can’t get enough of Future Islands appearance on Letterman, and their newest album is fantastic. It is one of those albums that you can put on and listen to all the way through.

    If you could watch anyone from history’s Cameo, who would it be?

    The Lumière brothers

    Favorite thing?

    Crime Fighting

    Best film score ever?

    "The Skin I Live In" by Alberto Iglesias

    Who are three people that have inspired your music?

    Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Gary Larson

    If your house was burning down, what’s the one thing you would grab?

    Pants

    What will your first Cameo be about?

    A guy grabbing his pants as his house burns down.

    Best concert venue on earth?

    Sala Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico City

  9. Gil Vasquez’s videos always elicit a response and get audiences laughing. His antics and crazy characters have ranged from body builders to people only his mind could create. And who could forget his family? Gil is the latest to tell us how he shoots.
Hello, My name is Gil Vasquez. I’m your friendly neighborhood skater from Casa Grande, Arizona. I’ve been filming and making videos since I was 17 years old. Making others laugh has always been my favorite thing to do, and weird has always been my style. Making videos let me express myself and capture moments in my life that I would never want to forget.
Here’s how I shoot…
Show your talents
No matter how crazy or simple it might be, there’s someone out there who hasn’t seen it yet or would simply love to see it.
Explore
Go out and look around you! There are millions of settings that can help spark your next video. For example: being in the desert can make for a great survival video or seeing someone with a crazy getup can spark an idea for a funny rant video or new character.
Make it anyways!
Not every idea is going to be great. What matters is that you try it to see how to improve your videos. You’re not going to know until you try it! There’s been times where I thought a video would be a total bust then finding out that it was actually featured in Cameo.
Write it down
I usually like to compile a mini script or just some bullet points on a blank piece of paper. This helps make my videos a bit easier to film and edit.
Break out of the comfort zone
This is always the scariest for me. I was always a bit timid but I slowly started to just “go for it.” Eventually I’ve become more comfortable, giving me the complete freedom to film any idea that comes to mind.
Be yourself and don’t be afraid to act as silly as you can possibly get, this will help shine a light on all the things that make you unique. That’s when the best of you is shown and the best of videos are made!

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    by  n-gould
     on  June 18th, 2014

    Gil Vasquez’s videos always elicit a response and get audiences laughing. His antics and crazy characters have ranged from body builders to people only his mind could create. And who could forget his family? Gil is the latest to tell us how he shoots.

    Hello, My name is Gil Vasquez. I’m your friendly neighborhood skater from Casa Grande, Arizona. I’ve been filming and making videos since I was 17 years old. Making others laugh has always been my favorite thing to do, and weird has always been my style. Making videos let me express myself and capture moments in my life that I would never want to forget.

    Here’s how I shoot…

    Show your talents

    No matter how crazy or simple it might be, there’s someone out there who hasn’t seen it yet or would simply love to see it.

    Explore

    Go out and look around you! There are millions of settings that can help spark your next video. For example: being in the desert can make for a great survival video or seeing someone with a crazy getup can spark an idea for a funny rant video or new character.

    Make it anyways!

    Not every idea is going to be great. What matters is that you try it to see how to improve your videos. You’re not going to know until you try it! There’s been times where I thought a video would be a total bust then finding out that it was actually featured in Cameo.

    Write it down

    I usually like to compile a mini script or just some bullet points on a blank piece of paper. This helps make my videos a bit easier to film and edit.

    Break out of the comfort zone

    This is always the scariest for me. I was always a bit timid but I slowly started to just “go for it.” Eventually I’ve become more comfortable, giving me the complete freedom to film any idea that comes to mind.

    Be yourself and don’t be afraid to act as silly as you can possibly get, this will help shine a light on all the things that make you unique. That’s when the best of you is shown and the best of videos are made!

  10. For filmmaker/choreographer William Lü dance is a universal language. In his new short film, “Still”, Lü explores the idea of using dance as dialogue. The film innovatively shows love and loss through a story of two souls struggling to move in a cycle of uncertainty. “Still” was shot in one day and has been screened at festivals throughout the world. You learn more about the film at still-themovie.com.
Always in motion, William Lü is also a prolific Cameo creator. We had the chance to chat filmmaking with William. He shares lessons from creating “Still” and discusses the similarities of movement in dance and film.
Tell us about your day job.
I am currently working full time as a professional dancer with Het Internationaal Danstheater.
In what ways are dance & film similar?
They are quite similar, actually. Both rely heavily on movement and musicality/rhythm. They use audio and visual elements to tell stories. I began dancing while I was studying film production at Chapman University. My film advisor thought my skill had improved when I started dancing, especially my editing skill. Nowadays, some of my filmmaker friends often ask me to help as a cameraman when they need handheld camera movements. A trained dancer can easily maneuver the camera in a more steady way while maintaining a rhythm.
What sparks inspiration & your creativity?
Most of the times I get inspired by the people around me.
How does your busy schedule & frequent traveling impact your creativity?
It does limit the time that I have to create, but all the things I’ve experienced and the people I’ve met through the traveling have inspired me even more to create.
What initial brought you to filmmaking?
My mother was a Hong Kong actress back in the 70s. I think the passion for movies was in my DNA. I grew up watching a lot of movies and was surrounded by my mother’s friends who were also in the film field. I started studying film production but I ended up pursuing dance professionally. Just about 2 years ago, I decided to return to my first passion.
What’s it like to shoot a film in one day?
It was really fun to film in one day, but the planning can be challenging. We had one rehearsal day and another day for filming. I planned out all the shots as much as I can. I storyboarded all the major scenes. We then improvised a bit after filming all the necessary shots. Luckily, I had a talented cast who worked well with each other and a producer who kept us on schedule. We ended up having so much fun and the whole team really enjoyed each other’s company.
Can you share filmmaking tip?
I am still a newbie when it comes to filmmaking. I can only give filmmaking tips based on a very few things I’ve done. Having someone who is really good at scheduling and keeping you on track with time (and someone you trust) is really important. I always start my project knowing well that the project may evolve into something different (and better in most cases). Don’t be married to your original ideas, let your creative team, including the actors, have a bit of room to breathe. The end result will end up being more organic and natural.

    by  n-gould
     on  June 9th, 2014

    For filmmaker/choreographer William Lü dance is a universal language. In his new short film, “Still”, Lü explores the idea of using dance as dialogue. The film innovatively shows love and loss through a story of two souls struggling to move in a cycle of uncertainty. “Still” was shot in one day and has been screened at festivals throughout the world. You learn more about the film at still-themovie.com.

    Always in motion, William Lü is also a prolific Cameo creator. We had the chance to chat filmmaking with William. He shares lessons from creating “Still” and discusses the similarities of movement in dance and film.

    Tell us about your day job.

    I am currently working full time as a professional dancer with Het Internationaal Danstheater.

    In what ways are dance & film similar?

    They are quite similar, actually. Both rely heavily on movement and musicality/rhythm. They use audio and visual elements to tell stories. I began dancing while I was studying film production at Chapman University. My film advisor thought my skill had improved when I started dancing, especially my editing skill. Nowadays, some of my filmmaker friends often ask me to help as a cameraman when they need handheld camera movements. A trained dancer can easily maneuver the camera in a more steady way while maintaining a rhythm.

    What sparks inspiration & your creativity?

    Most of the times I get inspired by the people around me.

    How does your busy schedule & frequent traveling impact your creativity?

    It does limit the time that I have to create, but all the things I’ve experienced and the people I’ve met through the traveling have inspired me even more to create.

    What initial brought you to filmmaking?

    My mother was a Hong Kong actress back in the 70s. I think the passion for movies was in my DNA. I grew up watching a lot of movies and was surrounded by my mother’s friends who were also in the film field. I started studying film production but I ended up pursuing dance professionally. Just about 2 years ago, I decided to return to my first passion.

    What’s it like to shoot a film in one day?

    It was really fun to film in one day, but the planning can be challenging. We had one rehearsal day and another day for filming. I planned out all the shots as much as I can. I storyboarded all the major scenes. We then improvised a bit after filming all the necessary shots. Luckily, I had a talented cast who worked well with each other and a producer who kept us on schedule. We ended up having so much fun and the whole team really enjoyed each other’s company.

    Can you share filmmaking tip?

    I am still a newbie when it comes to filmmaking. I can only give filmmaking tips based on a very few things I’ve done. Having someone who is really good at scheduling and keeping you on track with time (and someone you trust) is really important. I always start my project knowing well that the project may evolve into something different (and better in most cases). Don’t be married to your original ideas, let your creative team, including the actors, have a bit of room to breathe. The end result will end up being more organic and natural.