Music Video Title: Delightful
Music Video Synopsis:
Singer/Songwriter Katie Garibaldi’s “Delightful” music video celebrates self-empowerment and independence, and considers that happiness is a choice.
Key People (cast, crew, etc.):
Starring Katie Garibaldi and Ryan Watson
“Delightful” Music and Lyrics by Katie Garibaldi
Directed by Anna Haas
Director of Photography – Austin Boylen
Edited by Austin Boylen and Anna Haas
Camera Assist – Nick Bailey
Hair and Makeup- Nissi Lee
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
My (Katie Garibaldi) immediate impression of FirstGlance was that they are incredibly passionate about independent filmmakers and artists. They’re very active on social media on getting the word out about indie projects and asking for support. As an indie artist, I felt like this was a great opportunity in submitting my music video to an organization that was so enthusiastic about giving credit to “the little guy.”
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
Yes, I’ll be attending along with my director, Anna Haas.
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your video?
This song is very special to me. When I sat down to write “Delightful,” I was coming from a dark place of mind. People I trusted had let me down and I felt very betrayed, lost, and alone. I lost my confidence and I also felt bothered that I was letting what other people did and say take away my happiness when they were probably sleeping just fine. So the song started out questioning why I was allowing myself to get lost in the fear of others’ perceptions of me. If I really know who I am, what does it matter? Why was I letting this get to me? However, as I started the songwriting process, the lyrics to the chorus developed as a call to action to not settle for this dark space, but to shine the light that I have and not let anyone take that away from me. And instead of seeing others’ behaviors as something negative, that’s not who they really are so I should disregard that and choose to see the light inside of them, which I believe is the root of who we all are. That light is our true form. We don’t have to judge each other or be cruel and see the world as scary. We could be delightful. The writing of this song was very healing for me and therefore, it’s one of my closest “babies” to my heart. I knew I wanted the first official music video off its EP, Rooted Clarity, to be “Delightful,” but I also knew it was a somewhat difficult subject to translate into visuals. Anna Haas, the director, came up with the relationship story line in the video, which I think takes the concept of the self-empowerment of owning our responsibility to honor the light that we have inside, and to choose our own happiness, no matter what outside circumstances are happening around us, and delivers those messages in an enjoyable story that everyone can relate to.
What should viewers expect from your video?
Viewers can expect a lighthearted story of a girl who’s been heartbroken and finding her way back to happiness on her own journey. The emotions are hopeful and happy and I think most people will be able to relate to it very easily.
Do you have any production stories our readers might enjoy?
We filmed the video in Nashville, TN in the month of May. I was in town for only a few days for my tour and of course all the days were hot with sunny skies, except for the day we were scheduled to shoot, which was expected to be rainy with thunder storms. We decided to stick with the plan until the night before the shoot, which was scheduled for like 6AM, when my director, Anna Haas, and I discussed how worried we were since the initial plan included a scene at an outdoor concert, which we just learned was canceled due to the forecast. Anna came up with a plan B and I wasn’t really thrilled with it, since I had my heart set on the first idea. However, when we started shooting the next morning in the pouring rain, the visual of the rain seemed to add a level of beauty and emotion to the story. We got a great shot of me dancing in the rain and it was perfect. In the video, my character’s emotion starts off sad and transforms to happy, which actually went right along with the weather since the rain cleared up later in the day as we moved through the scenes and the sun came out. It ended up not only all working out, but I think it added to the video in a huge way. So much so, that I couldn’t imagine it any other way now (without the rain). The rain and weather became a character of its own–a metaphor that mirrored my character’s transformation. People have asked us, “How did you know it was going to rain that day? How did you plan it so perfectly?” It was just meant to be!
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s films and celebrating all their hard work!
Where can our readers find more information about your video?
My website is the hub for all current news: www.katiegaribaldi.com
You can also connect with me on social at www.facebook.com/katiegaribaldimusic, www.twitter.com/katiegaribaldi, www.youtube.com/katiegaribaldi, www.instagram.com/katiegaribaldi.
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