Rock band OK Go is known for their highly innovative music videos – they’ve worked with visual artists on videos for “Last Leaf” (a stop-motion video made completely with toast art) and “White Knuckles” (which featured 12 dogs, a goat, and was filmed entirely in one shot). So when they teamed up with global creative platform Talenthouse and music video curator BUG for the third annual Saatchi & Saatchi Music Video Challenge, aspiring filmmakers jumped at the chance to showcase their talents for the band. Directors from across the globe submitted videos for the band’s new single, “I’m Not Through,” and a team of judges recently selected 12 finalists, which included Full Sail Film graduate Lavado Stubbs.
“Being a music video director, this competition intrigued me immediately, especially since it was for a GRAMMY-award winning band,” said Lavado, who graduated from the Film Bachelor’s Degree program in 2011. “Having the opportunity to create a music video for their latest single was an exciting feeling.”
Lavado hails from the Bahamas, and he knew right away that he wanted to make a video that prominently featured the Bahamian culture. The video stars Nassau’s infamous Royal Bahamas Police Force Band performing to the song. The marching band, made up of Bahamian police officers, has been a major cultural icon in the Bahamas for more than 100 years.
Besides being selected by the judges as a finalist, Lavado’s video also received one of the highest amounts of votes during the audience voting portion of the challenge. Lavado’s friend and fellow Full Sail Film graduate Anthony Bernard edited the video.
After graduating from Full Sail, Lavado moved to Los Angeles and worked in the story department at production company Bunim/Murray and as a crew members on music video shoots for artists like Mariah Carey, John Legend, and more. He returned home to the Bahamas earlier this year and started his own film production company, Conchboy Films. He’s directed and produced commercials and music videos for major Bahamian companies and recording artists.
“I really hope that this video can show the world what Bahamian filmmakers are capable of,” says Lavado. “I also hope to encourage young aspiring Bahamian filmmakers to continue following their dreams.”