BTS: Your Music & More TV Pilot

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Back in December, I posted about visiting the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, PA.

In that post, I said I was out there to take part in a shoot, but I wasn’t at liberty to discuss.

Well, now I can because today (June 14) is a big day: It’s the debut of the pilot TV show called Your Music & More.

And it was on this TV show that I was hired on to be the still photographer to document the shooting of the pilot and give a “behind the scenes” look. Scott Marshall (seen in the photo above), a musician in the Lehigh Valley, is the host, while Theresa Radtke is the executive producer and my buddy, Kevin Nelson, who I’ve worked with on a number of projects, is the director,

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Kevin Nelson behind the camera.

The way it came about was like this: Kevin and I did a shoot together in Queens back in October. On the drive out of the city, Kevin started to tell me about this other project he was involved with, and would I be interested in being involved as the photographer.

He was straight up with me: No pay, but a fun experience and it could lead to more. That was all fine for me so I signed on.

So on that foggy, rainy, December morning, I drove up to the Lehigh Valley, checked in at PBS 39 and met up with the rest of the cast and crew that was to film the pilot of Your Music & More.

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Your Music & More Host Scott Marshall

The pilot would have Scott Marshall interviewing two bands, Whiskey Hollow and brother/sister Jeff and Sarah Teets of Mind Maze, and then have them do a couple of song. The art direction was pretty simple: Rove around and shoot anything that looked interesting – cast and crew, behind the scenes, in the make up room, the tech stuff, the musicians on stage. Basically, anything that looked cool.

So that’s what I did.

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Sound stage at PBS 39

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A few of the roving film crew.

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Executive Producer Theresa Radtke checks the shot

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Whiskey Hollow’s Rick Callahan in the Roxy’s make-up chair

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Scott interviews Fields J. Winston of Whiskey Hollow

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Kevin, Scott and Bryan Keith, lead singer of Whiskey Hollow

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Sara of Mind Maze

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In front of one lens, behind another

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Whiskey Hollow on stage

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Lunch Break

It was a long day – about 12 hours start to finish on the set. But then the real work for Theresa and Kevin started: Watching all the footage, cutting it, editing it, and getting it into a place where Theresa could present it to PBS to see if they would run the pilot.

We all had to be quiet about this while it was all going on. But, once the pilot got green-lighted, I started to see some of the photos I shot popping up on Facebook and other social media channels as we tried to build awareness.

And Kevin posted a fun videos to the YM&M YouTube channel and to the Facebook page, including this interview with yours truly.

Tonight, it all comes to a head: My wife and I will head up to the PBS 39 studio to a viewing party as the pilot will have its premier tonight! After that, we’ll have to see if it gets picked up, so our fingers are crossed for Theresa and Kevin.

If the pilot ends up on line someplace, I’ll be sure to share the link so you can check it out.

Overall, it was a really cool experience, and I’m happy to have been a part of it. I like set photography and would welcome the chance to do it again.

I can’t wait to see the final result!

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Most, but not all, of the YM&M cast and crew

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2019

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