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Continuity Errors Multi-film Campaign


prepared by

Josh Emerick



Life in Idle Team,

Our main objective is to craft a multi-video campaign to support your upcoming Album release campaigns while establishing a working relationship between Life in Idle and JECP. As much as we want this music video to be beautiful, we want to earn trust and form a long-term partnership.

Below we have listed a few options to review and tune back into us for scheduling, questions, or concerns. We're eager for you to dig in and review!



At the highest level, we want this treatment to reflect creating a world for this next chapter of Life in Idle. We want to establish a collection of videos and content that feels cohesive, immersive, and consistent. In doing do we want to find color theory, characters, locations, props, and elements that marry each video to one another while still allowing each to stand on its own?


We are focused on videos for

  • Rabbit Hole

  • Get Low

  • Ghosty

  • Here I Go

As a starter, we like breaking the format and flow down. We see 2 videos being heavily band-focused (We could see this being Rabbit Hole & Get Low) and the other two songs taking a more story-driven focus. Ghosty and Here I go feel very emotional and cinematic.


With live performance being a strength, we want to make sure we find interesting ways to capture the band from one video to the next and bring out the best energy and look. However, we want to introduce art pieces that fit into the more story-driven videos, so everything connects and isn't just meaningless band shots.

A deeper Dive with some ideas we can work through together.

Rabbit Hole: Distorted Reality

This song is straight to the point, faster, and has lots of good cut points and switching energy. With the feeling of confusion, frustration, and alienation feeling, we want to create a sense of being alone, small and overwhelmed through creative cinematography and good lighting. This will keep the viewer engaged, set the stage for a cool video, and be a new step forward for Life in Idle. 

  • Rotating Camera motion

  • wide-angle lensing

  • single member shots

  • color pops in lighting

  • warm and cool tones (mirrored emotions)

  • reflective effects or practical elements

  • Studio Setting

Get Low: Midnight Thoughts

This song has a sense of feeling weighed down, wanting more, but feeling totally unrelatable. With less high energy, I want a more isolated and vocal-heavy coverage for the video to really tap into the emotional nature. I also think that with this song being so dark, we can embrace a moody, in my thoughts at midnight and can't sleep feeling. A touch of makeup and sloppy attire could help support the feeling, and lots of haze and interesting lighting can help shape the feeling of this song.

  • Haze

  • Sloppy attire

  • Natural atmosphere (Bed) 

  • House location - attached to feelings OR

  • Studio with creative lighting (shadows for bars)

  • Bringing string to connect into Here I go creative/surrealism

Here I Go: Lost Love

This is my favorite song, and it's chalked full of emotion and cinema potential. I want to create a few worlds for a female or male character. This will feel less like a continuous story and more like snapshots of one character's life. I want to show good and bad emotions, memories, and coping mechanisms. I can see this as a female character creating a stronger visual look. 

Some creative ideas are her running from herself in slow motion, journaling/reflecting on the past, bringing in a lover and doing fun things together, pushing him away (self-sabotage), him not taking things seriously, maybe robbing a small store or doing sketchy stuff together, making out/romance, dancing in public. In addition, I would like to find surreal moments with lighting or in the studio with yarn or rope tied around her and/or being blindfolded. This can symbolize how complex life is, being pulled in various directions and being blind to our own situations.

  • Smooth cinematography (gimble)

  • Variety of points in time and outfits

  • Create nostalgia from several memories

  • Sense of self-reflection

  • band shots more intimate in-house location (same as girls)

Ghosty: A Ghost Story

This video can be simplified, BUT I have an idea. This song feels like a story of being stuck in normal everyday life, killing yourself slowly. I would love to open this song with an audio capture and introduce a blanket ghost character stabbing someone off the frame and getting covered in comic book blood. From here, we progress through his days leading up to this kill. He's in an office job or whatever, doing laundry and anything else "boring." The ghost hates its life and eventually is at home dealing with it through (insert pills, alcohol, video games, maybe a noose, etc.), and he reaches a breaking point and looks himself in the face. We return to the end scene, where he's killing another version of himself and symbolizing a better life. Close the film with a close-up of the ghost happy and walking towards a new life.

  • Ghost costumes with various faces

  • Fake blood

  • Normal life locations

  • Mundane activities

  • Strong framing and cinematography

  • Fun outfits and lighting for band shots

  • Locations relevant to story

These four videos will be brought together through a variety of visual elements. We can see doing this with reflections and distortions practically and in post-production. This distortion/reflection showcases how hard life is to navigate, why things get depressing, and how we often distort our own perspectives. Lighting-wise, I want to create a sense of subtle surrealism, stretching what's true as we do in our minds. Warm tones around characters would be nice, but keeping them more in the dark and cold feelings play into the psychology of if only we went a little further, we could be in the good lighting, happiness, etc. This will be a fun way to stylistically make the videos look cool but mean something, too. Using haze will be a big thing to create a thick and challenging atmosphere. Life is hazy and hard to see forward. Again this will gain style points and mean something. Editing-wise, I would like to find a way to create literal continuity errors in the story or glitches at points to match the album's name but not throw viewers off. 

Verbal Inspirations: Sadness | World & money Problems | Reflective | Resentful

PROPOSAL ONE | This reflects doing these videos at the highest level over a weekend and working together to nail down details. We cover locations, gear rentals, crew, editing, props (to a limit), and talent/wardrobe, covering all four songs with music videos, teasers, stills, matching promo photos, behind-the-scenes photos, and video and talking head track by tracks to support in between releases.

150+ Deliverables

PROPOSAL TWO | This is a mid-tier 2 video focus campaign. We cover locations, gear rentals, crew, editing, props (to a limit), and talent/wardrobe, covering all Ghosty & Here I Go with 2 music videos, teasers, stills, behind-the-scenes photos, and video.

60+ Deliverables

PROPOSAL THREE | This will be about relationship building, and we are offering a simple package until the end of January to test the waters with JECP. I have this linked separately in the email as an option for covering only Rabbit Hole and Get Low with a more stripped creative crew. Band videos only.

20+ Deliverables





By being consistent, persistent, and dependable, while treating people as people we will deliver great experiences for both our clients and team,

showcasing JECP as an example of great leadership in creativity, business practices, and community building,

ultimately leading to return customers, great word of mouth,

and earning a positive reputation for

care for our craft, service, and industry.

We work with artists and freelancers who embody these values,

as it ensures forward progress, creative outcomes,

and a culture of learners.

While providing a service has created a business,

in each aspect, we strive to create a personal and human feeling

to make all of this fun and approachable.


Our main goal is for these projects to establish a relationship over a transaction, and if we truly succeed,

we create a transformation in our artists.



Our leadership embodies "asking why" and embracing the exciting and challenging conversations that drive relationships forward.

Understanding our partner's needs is our foundation. We remain open-minded to ensure people's viewpoints are heard, cultivating the best projects consistently.


There's a lack of accountability, ethics, and gatekeeping within the music industry.

We do honest work with clear intentions; ethics are king in our decision-making.

We believe this leads to personal trust and the healthiest work setting, community, and vulnerability. 


We partner with those who value a focus on growth, sustainability, and proactive momentum.

These efforts make for win-win-win scenarios, celebrating success together. The success of each artist and creative supports the success of the next. We make each play one at a time, realizing the long game takes a group effort by our team and our clients. 


Every project takes a similar approach to create success. The biggest factor is staying clear and transparent in communication. Both parties want a project to work smoothly. We aim to reduce stress and answer questions, so we are in the most creative production mindset. Pre-production requires syncing everyone’s schedules, securing gear, locations, and freelancers, as well as preparing wardrobe, MU, and props. We run a tight ship with to-do’s for all parties and that’s how we deliver such consistent projects and experiences for our clients. Our ask is that clients respect the process and help us gather information and confirm along the way.  Let’s make it a win-win scenario.


See each package for a specific breakdown of contents and differentiation. We have more than one way to engage and each proposal comes with varying deliverables that can impact your release campaign.


  • 4 Music Videos

  • 2-3 Teaser per video

  • 10+ Stills 

  • 10+ GIF’s

  • BTS Photos

  • BTS Video

  • Matching Promos/per video

  • 10+ Talking Heads micro-films

160+ Deliverables


  • 2 Music Videos

  • 2 Teasers per video

  • 10 Stills per video

  • BTS Photos

60+ Deliverables


  • 2 Music Videos

  • 1 Teasers per video

  • BTS Photos

20+ Deliverables




Ross Theisen | Director + Art

Josh Emerick | DP/Producer/Editor

TBD | Cam Op/AC

TBD | Swing Lighting/BTS

TBD | Art PA

TBD | Camera Assist

TBD | JR Editor

TBD | BTS Content







Joji is a fantastic creative case study and in this video it's dark, interesting and has lots of grit that I want to borrow in cinematography, motion, character, lighting and emotion.

Neck Deep

To the point, this one showcases the band well, but the detail put into the location, lighting and art is what I would like to bring to band shots. Maybe less energy and more emotion, but the framework is here for many band shots with a touch more drama.

Pale Waves

This video hits the nail on the head with story and creativity we can see for Ghosty and Here I go in specific. Enjoy. 













9-month installment

$3500 Deposit DUE on contract

$1160 9-month payments

May Production date If we start plan in January












$2400 Deposit DUE on contract

$4800 Due to Production

$2400 Due to NET 30 OF PRODUCTION



We see this as a bridge to finally building a healthy relationship with Life in Idle + Co. The artists we work with are driven and care for their futures and see JECP as a partner in creative decisions. We want to evolve our artists and give pro-level treatment in return for trust in the creative process.

We are gifting pre-production and partial post-production costs, leaving only production-related costs untouched as we can't shift industry rates and labor hours. The discounts in each quote are reflected in these areas.

what's next?

review. decide. Sign.

Take some time to look the full proposal over together, ask questions, and on our next call, we can dig into the nitty-gritty. We can decide which option suits you best and draw up the invoice, contract, and other paperwork needed to make it official during this call.

Once we have an agreement, we officially enter pre-production, setting dates, securing locations, props, gear, team, and all the small things in between.

Please let us know if you have any additional questions or concerns. We're are eager to build something special for the Life in Idle and hope for one of these sticks!





"They excel at so many things; it's almost scary.

The amount of planning they put into every project is unmatched.

It's comforting to see how much they care about the project

and how every single detail is thought out well before the shoot date."


—  Sean Divine, Guitar





JECP is honored to work with talented artists, serve great experiences,

and make ideas possible.

In working with us, you grow our small business,

continue our operations, provide freelancers jobs, help serve our vendors,

and allow our footprint on your musical journey.

We love the work we do, appreciate the artists who trust us, and want to keep moving this business onward.


- Josh & Ross


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