By Chuck Stewart, Jr.
(Newburgh) - There were lots of lights, camera’s and plenty of action as a film crew was seen shooting around the Hudson Valley this past weekend.
Estabon, known to the Hudson Valley and beyond as Esty, chose the greater Hudson Valley area for the shooting of his debut video entitled "Take Your Love Away."
New Jersey based film director Jon Budine, chose to direct the video after hearing Esty’s Optimistic project on MySpace. He brought with him producers Karl George, Jim Welsh and Kim Cullen, along with Fashion Stylist Clem Carrington and Makeup Artist Nicole Williams.
The 18 man crew spent two days shooting numerous scenes for the music video. "It’s a busy time for me and my musical career," Esty said, in-between filming at It’s All Good Restaurant on Broadway. The up and coming star is currently planning a solo tour in Japan, that’s scheduled to kick off in November.
"I’m so blessed," Esty says. Shooting the music video was all he expected and more. Admitting however that the morning of the shoot he awoke to "nervous anticipation," the consummate performer was all showman when the director yelled action. Esty said he loves to perform, but had no idea how much work goes into the making of a music video. "It looks so easy when you see them on tv, but there are six takes on every scene. It’s very demanding. I didn’t realize that it takes two to three days to shoot a three to four minute video."
Esty admits it was a little weird turning the first song he ever wrote into a video. He penned the song after he found out his girlfriend was cheating on him. In the video however, things play out a little differently. "It was good to turn the tables around," Esty says, leaving the rest up to his fans imagination.
"I want to give my fans the best possible performance I can," Esty said. That’s why his management and label, Prestige Music Group (PMG), choose a professional actress, Tra’Lynn Husbands to play the role of Esty’s girlfriend in the video. The Queens native, who has been acting since she was two-years-old, has a long list of credits that includes Broadway’s The Lion King. "Esty is a lot of fun to work with," Husbands said. "He’s a real down to Earth guy who loves to joke around and have fun."
PMG also brought in Make-up Artist Nicole Williams and Fashion Stylist Clem Carrington for this project. Williams credits include Saturday Night Live, BET, 106 and Park and A-list entertainers such as Mary J. Blige and L.L. Cool J. Carrington, who has been a Fashion Stylist for 13 years, is credited for creating the look for Esty in the video shoot and the main principals. Utilizing her design experience from 1020 Blues, FUBU and Shawn John, Carrington created about four different looks for Esty based upon the imagery and location shoots. "I wanted him to have a comfortable, toned down, unique look," Carrington said. A street urban look she calls urban couture.
Esty fans won’t have to wait much longer to see the highly anticipated music video. With the filming done, PMG hopes the final cut, including extras from the Hudson Valley, will soon be airing on MTV, VH1, BET, FUSE and other major music video networks.