Video Voyageur: 3Qs with Moose in a Scarf

Anthony Sabatino is a composer based in Los Angeles who studied at Berklee College of Music, dual majoring in Film Scoring and Electronic Production and Design, with a minor in Conducting. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the Michael Reddish Award in Film Scoring and the Richard Devine Award in Sound Design for Electronic Music. Anthony is also a graduate of USC’s Screen Scoring Program, and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

Anthony has worked on over 80 different film, game, and television projects, both student and professional, ranging in many different styles and mediums. He was a Society of Composers and Lyricists Mentorship Fellow, as well a Fellow in the Recording Academy’s Grammy’s NEXT Mentoring Program. He also ran and hosted the Film Score Bros Podcast, and now currently runs the Moose Scarf Podcast as his EDM persona “Moose with a Scarf.”

We caught up with Moose in a Scarf for a very special Video Voyageur you’ll find below.

1. Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically in this way? 

I chose to make the music video for Moosebot because I thought it would be a fun way to announce this quirky new concept of a robot DJ character with a moose head. I thought announcing Moosebot by way of just a random encounter/dance battle would be fun, but also just showcase Moosebot as a concept and do all kinds of funky and quirky things would be on par with the intrinsic goofiness of Moosebot himself. 

2. What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)? 

My main inspiration from Moosebot was that since holograms, AI, and virtual/animated artists seem to be a big thing, I thought it could be fun to do something similar, and also attach it to the Moose with a Scarf brand. For the storyline of the video, I thought it would be fun to have something similar in concept to the opening of the cartoon Hey Arnold, where both Arnold and Helga are both kinda just wandering about, and then have a little showdown. My thought was to set something up like that between the Moose and Moosebot, where there is this quirky clash, and then they “team up” in the end.

3. What was the process of making this video? 

We shot the whole video in one day. My family and I met up with the director Brannen Haderle at his house, and then from there we went to Melrose Place, which for those who don’t know, is a swanky shopping area in LA. We started by just shooting my in the Moose mask wandering around the area, just interacting with the shops, the people, and the area. Then we did a few takes of me dancing to the song in a few locations around Melrose place. After that we rigged up Moosebot and recorded him doing his routine in a few spots around the area as well. Eventually we found a nice little alley way to shoot the dance off sequence, and that was a combination of about 2 or 3 full takes of both Moosebot and me going back and forth dancing. The alleyway is also the same spot where the Brannen (the director) and I make a brief cameo as casual bystanders noticing the dance off and reacting like “what’s going on now?”. After we were done at Melrose place, Brannen had set up a makeshift green screen rig in his houses living room, and we shot a number of takes for the chorus in front of the green screen. After that we were all set and Brannen got to editing. He did a fantastic job and definitely deserves all the accolades for all his hard work helping make this video rock!

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