How I Got on the ground floor of Omi’s #1 billboard hit

Hello everyone! My name is Tim Cash. I am a music video director specializing in ultra-low-budget music videos.

On the set of FIREWORKS music video shoot
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In the summer of 2012 I was contacted by Omi’s management to produce 2 music videos for Omi (Cheerleader & Standing On All Threes) which would be his debut into the world of music and would bring him into the spotlight for the VERY first time….on a small scale at first that is..

I can still remember getting off the the phone with the Jamaican label and thinking “why would this crew of Jamaicans ever want to come to the middle of nowhere (Bend Oregon) to shoot a music video”. I guess I’ll take a little credit for that as my business was booming making reggae music videos up and down the west coast at the time. Less that a week later they were here with very little time to prep.

The evening before the big CHEERLEADER shoot I lost my location which was a closed down bank that was to set the stage for the entire video. We had a possible second bank which I told everyone to meet at early in the AM. I stood in a parking lot with 20 extras,several actors,crew,makeup and of course a Jamaican record label. All I could think was…this is a shit show and I was SO embarrassed. Everything had fall apart. the big concept I was trying to create seemed not even an option. In order to start getting some shots in the can we headed out in the middle of the day(worst lighting) to shoot our driving scenes while one of my grips CHRIS KAS desperately tried to find another location for our bank robbery.

I hired several crew and before this shoot I was pretty used to working on my own. A large crew and heavy equipment slowed down the production and left me stuck mostly getting the car shots from an expensive gimbal the RED was attached to. it made for great smooth shots but created the same look from all its shots….LAME! I’m a big fan of getting everything from every angle and this gave us 1. and was slow to move on and off of. but hey…atleast we were getting some shots in the can.

Quickly we ran to a pet store parking lot to meet the owner of the white classic car and decided to post up and do a quick 1 take singing shot which ended up being the singing shot thats throughout the original video in front of the beamer with the girl on the hood. (normally I get tons of singing shots in several locations. this one take was the only take I had through the entire song. All the other singing shots were just quick one-offs.

Right around this time I got a text from Chris Kas that the Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend said yes to us shooting in the lobby and trying to create a bank scene. not sure they had any idea of the amount of people we would bring in. and pretty sure they were not stoked…in fact we had less than an hour to get the shots in the lobby before they pretty much threw us out.. I’m sure they are stoked at this point!

Here is the original Cheerleader music video from 2012
Omi Cheerleader (original 2012) official music video

In early 2014 I was hired to re-edit the original to match this remix by Ricky Blaze

Omi Cheerleader “Ricky Blaze remix video edit”

The Felix Jaehn remix ended up getting put ontop of the Ricky Blaze music video resulting in an Aweful version that matches the tempo of the song in no way whats so EVER! and now has over 170 million views….YIKES!!!

Omi Cheerleader Felix Jaehn version

The day before we shot cheerleader we shot this music video which was my favorite of the two..
Omi STANDING ON ALL THREES music video

Six months would go by before I heard from Omi’s team again. This time in January of 2013 they flew to Bend for 2 more music videos. Fireworks was shot exclusively at the FFE STUDIO just outside of Bend Oregon indoors when the temps outside dropped in the negatives…

Omi FIREWORKS music video

About those cold temps…for “Take it Easy” we brought Omi out into the wilderness in -20 degrees to shoot this epic tale of fantasy and vision to find fallen rock climber in the snowy mountains..

Omi TAKE IT EASY

Now that he’s famous its pretty cool that I have him serenading my wife YUVIA STORM “Oh I think that Tim’s found himself a Cheerleader” at 00:46

In the end it was a blessing to get the chance to concept and produce 4 music videos for the then “not a star” Omi. He was humble and nice and a pleasure to be around! lets hope the fame doesn’t change any of that….

Inside the FFE STUDIO. Shooting scenes for FIREWORKS
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SUPER-COLD January day in the Cascades outside of Bend Oregon w/ Omi
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Bend Bulletin newspaper headline.
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I think this is my first HARD ROCK music video

Hey Everyone! This is Tim Cash. Summer is here! And to start it all off we have a brand new Music Video out for Central Oregon based rock/metal band OPEN FATE! I had a wonderful fun time working with the guys who all brought their A Game! We pretty much shot the whole video in a day starting at the FFE homestead Studio just outside of Bend and then running around town for the rest. Hope to work with these guys again! I loved creating a movie-like piece to their music and pay homage to some old 90’s music videos I grew up watching! Hope you all enjoy!

and here are a few behind the scenes pics!

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The One Thousand Dollar Music Video

I know its tough to be able to afford a big music video! Well there are always other options. I’ve never really promoted these prices before but I figured I ought to start. Sometimes simple and cinematic is all it takes to take it to the next level! I offer the one thousand dollar music video. Whats that mean well. That means you get me, the red and a camera crane in an epic loction for a few hours. like 2-4 hours with set up and break down with edit! Wonder what that looks like? here are a # of them from the past few years. Lets make art! come hang out with me, Tim cash and make a music video!

Jah Sun “Rise As One”

Jah Sun “Rise As One ” directed by Tim Cash from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Woven Roots “I Can Feel”

Woven Roots “I Can Feel” (Desert Vibes) directed by Tim Cash from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Hilst & Coffey “Kate”

Hilst & Coffey “Kate” directed by Tim Cash from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Joanna Lee “Sunshine”

Joanna Lee “Sunshine” Tim Cash Music Video from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Hilst & Coffey “It Goes”

Hilst & Coffey | It Goes | Tim Cash Music Video from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Danny Fingers “What To Do Today”

Danny Fingers and Thumbs | What To Do Today | Official Music Video from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Laurel Brauns “Kaleidoscope Eyes”

Laurel Brauns “Kaleidoscope Eyes” Music Video from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Pennan Brae “For You”

Pennan Brae “For You” directed by Tim Cash from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Coaked Characters “Endless Road”

Cloaked Characters “Endless Road” directed by Tim Cash from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Leif James “Here I Go”

Leif James “Here I Go” official music video (HD) from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Josh Sarles “Stay”

Josh Sarles “Stay” music video from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Cloaked Characters “Musical Waves”

Cloaked Characters “Musical Waves” ft. JoAnna Lee music video from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Josh Sarles “Love”

Josh Sarles “LOVE” directed by Tim Cash from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.

Who says you can’t shoot a Music Video on the Red Scarlet at 5k

Hi again everyone! Tim Cash of Far from Earth Films and Far From Earth Creative here in Bend Oregon. Well had the chance to put my new RED Scarlet to the test as it arrived just days before 2 BIG Music video shoots for Jamaican pop sensation Omi. We shot one of the videos at regular speed 24fps at 4k and it looks gorgeous! But the other music video I wanted to try something a little different. In the past I’ve experimented with variable frame rates for singing shots. shooting at 36fps and having the talent sing the song at a sped up 150% and I’ve also done 18fps. and had them sing to the song at 75%. when put into a 24 fps timeline each look is different but adds drama. slowmo singing or sped up singing. but this was the first time I decided to shoot an entire music video at 12fps. and have the singer sync to a 50% slowed down version of the song.then edit at 24fps. the result is a highly animated sped up look and we got away with 5k on the Scarlet! not stills but video. I’m sure someone has shot 5k video on the Scarlet but anyway….we are releasing the video today and I’ll be sure to post it up on this post as soonas we release it!!

Hilst & Coffey and their NEW Music Video

Hey Everyone! This is Tim Cash with Far from Earth Films. in the past month I’ve had the pleasure of working with one of Central Oregon and Breedlove’s official groups: Hilst & Coffey. We’ve now shot 2 performance style music videos together. The first being “It Goes”. We shot this whole piece in about 2 hours in all next to the cliffs of the Crooked River. had a great time shooting this one! hope you like! To see more of Hist & Coffey visit their website!!

Hilst & Coffey | It Goes | Tim Cash Music Video from FAR from EARTH Films on Vimeo.