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Behind the Scenes of Izza Kizza's and Colin Munroe's New Video: Connect the Dots
For Connect the Dots by Izza Kizza featuring Colin Munroe, music video director Jason Goldwatch did things backwards. Different parts of the video were shot, and will be edited, in reverse; in the final version, everything will move backwards (except for the artists' mouths) and the video will end right where it began. This meant Izza and Colin had to learn their lyrics in reverse.
Goldwatch, who has directed for artists like Busta Rhymes, Ludacris and Young Jeezy and shot the video for 88-Keys and Kanye‚Äôs, Stay Up! (Viagra), also framed Izza's mouth so when the video plays on an iPhone and you hold it up against your mouth, the size matches perfectly. (Sorry BlackBerry users!)
And just in case you're wondering, those red Dorothy shoes featured on the cover of the Wizard of Iz mixtape (mixed by Nick Catchdubs and brought to you by In4mation), didn‚Äôt end up in the video. ‚ÄòI don‚Äôt really have them. I want them so bad,‚Äô Izza says, 'we had to create them visually.‚Äô Colin adds in,‚ÄòYeah post production.‚Äô Both laugh.
We hung out at the shoot to get some behind the scenes shots, talk to Colin and Izza about the song and to find out how the guys prepped for their tough task. Download the mixtape here. And the song here.
Why the video for this song over other songs?
Izza Kizza: 'Cause Colin is a superstar
Colin Munroe: And it has dots in it. [Laughs.]
Izza Kizza: And they‚Äôre connected. [Laughs.]
Where did the concept for the video come from?
Izza Kizza: All by courtesy and way of Decon. These guys they‚Äôre super dope with everything. We‚Äôre going to do this, we‚Äôre going to do that--I‚Äôm like, Lets do it! Check, check, check, check.
Colin Munroe: Throwing dots around? Ok.
Izza Kizza: Yeah stuff falling from the floor to the ceiling. Ok!
Colin Munore: When you have dots in it, it writes itself.
How did you study for mouthing the words backwards?
Izza Kizza: Well I was sitting at home and this had me boggled for like two or three days. I‚Äôm listening to it backwards like, No way. But then I start saying you know what I like a challenge and I start listening to the record and I say, I‚Äôm going to sit down and I‚Äôm going to write out the syllables.
Colin Munroe: Yeah, like how it sounds.
Izza Kizza: You know ish nee po no. Some crazy shit and I was like, Wow ok I‚Äôll write it and then you rehearse it and it‚Äôs another song in another language.
Colin Munroe: Exactly that‚Äôs the way I think about it. I write it out like it‚Äôs another language and just learn those words.
How much time did it take you?
Izza Kizza: It‚Äôs still running right now.
Colin Munroe: It continues. I don‚Äôt think its anything you actually become totally comfortable with 'cause its just a different language and its not really rhythmic either.
Izza Kizza: It ain‚Äôt at all and then they send us to acapella.
Colin Munroe: Yeah so there‚Äôs no context of the rhythm, so its always a challenge.
Colin Munroe and Izza Kizza.
Director Jason Goldwatch.
Izza Kizza practicing his lyrics backwards.
Dan the man.
Colin's lyrics written down backwards.
Dee and Ricky who styled the shoot.
Izza Kizza would later literally eat his words.