Rank #1: Video Killed The Radio Star
The "Moz and Jo" show is finally here - two out of three eager and willing business partners and friends who set up a music video production company in the 1990's at a time when Australia was in the "recession we had to have" - welcome to Perpetual Motion Pictures. Between the two, they were responsible for a bunch of music videos made in the 90's, and have many a story to tell of behind the scenes with some very famous names. Take the road down memory lane with a brief music history lesson on the times of MTV, (history was made when MTV, the first 24-hour video music channel, launched onto our television sets and literally changed our lives with the birth of the music video), music videos exploding into the world and influencing record sales instead of radio, radio stars becoming behind the times (Radio stars were dying by the dozen because no longer did the audience rely on them for entertainment and music. Radio DJ’s were being replaced by MTV VJ’s and they needed to be TV presentable and savvy, unlike many of radio stars of that era. You may have heard the saying "they have a good head for radio!"), the most popular radio being AM existed (still does!), mobile phones were bricks......welcome to the 90's and the world of Australian music and music videos. These mini feature films became the springboard for a number of Aussie directors to Hollywood and beyond, and Jo and Moz were in the thick of it. Moz, a well known music video editor of the time, edited over 100 music videos with the likes of some of Australia’s most successful directors today. Jo, an up and coming Producer, as a Production Assistant got a taste into the world of music videos and Hollywood with an international pop star and a Hollywood Blockbuster director.
There's name dropping by the bucket load, international pop stars, Hollywood directors and a radio star of the 90's turned tv producer. And Jo officially lays claim to the title of the pioneering Queen of the start of the selfie.
Here's the 30th anniversary story of the birth and humble beginnings of Perpetual Motion Pictures.
Sep 29 2020
Rank #2: Paint A Picture (Girl Overboard)
After the raw and internationally acclaimed funny first episode (yes, we named dropped bigtime), Jo promises never to sing again (which is why she's behind the camera, not in front of it!) before she launches into painting the picture of her life in the 90's. Music videos became her life and her life was a music video - literally. Enter the iconic Aussie band "Dragon" - Moz's directional debut with the video for "Celebration" and the videos that followed that the team created, including "Summer", "Here Am I" and the fantastic story of USA Aussie footballer Colin Scotts own rendition of "April Sun in Cuba" being "Aussie Sun Down Under" (yes folks, it did happen!). The Dragon story is a movie in itself with ties of Mark Hunter and his brothers, wife, brother & sister-in-law - it was quite the family affair! And the global connections were astonishing, but they were also the band and music Jo grew up too. The "Summer" video highlighted a bunch of Jo's friends and her dog and in today's world, would put the #MeToo movement into meltdown! Moz and Jo tell of the creative and not so creative decisions behind the videos and how it all panned out to end up as iconic as the band itself. Jo's life really became defined through the music videos, being a girl overboard at the time. It all came about with the "dress rehearsal" company Paper Plane Pictures, one that was created by Jo as a solo freelancer but evolved into fully fledged production company with multiple directors making a bunch of music videos. Before Perpetual Motion Pictures, this company's life was as whirled winded as its life span. But it did make for a great showreel for PMP to get started on.
This episode takes us overseas filming in the US and the amazing experiences Jo and Moz had with the cast and crew. Jo talks of one particular moment that brought a tear to her eye. There were international rock bands, international football stars, and an Australian airline that made us proud, Paint A Picture (Girl Overboard) tells of the life and times of the late 80's when Jo and Moz were just getting started in the world of music videos. Rules were broken (or bent!), OHS was out the window, heart strings were pulled every which way, and emotions were tipped over the edge, on occasion. And then there's was Jo's birthday celebrations in Houston Texas - two bogans from the burbs jet setting across the globe, hanging out with a bunch of famous dudes - what a life!
Aug 31 2020