Silhouette Cities, Francisco Campos-Lopez team for music video

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

The entirety of local rock band Silhouette Cities is Phil Saraceno.

There were other members at one time, but it didn't work out, and Silhouette Cities is Saraceno's project through and through. The New Jersey transplant, who now calls Reston home, played all the instruments on last year's five-track EP, "Objects in Motion."

However, being a one-man band makes playing shows difficult. Sure, Saraceno can perform the occasional solo acoustic gig, but until he fills out the lineup, a full-band set is out of the question.

So Saraceno decided to make a music video.

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For more information on Silhouette Cities and to see the video for "See It From Your Side," visit silhouettecities.com.
To see the work of Francisco Campos-Lopez, visit campos-lopez.com.

"I felt like it was something I wanted to do to help get the song out there, help get the band out there," Saraceno said by phone last week.

The video for "See It From Your Side," which can be found on last year's EP, debuted last month. Professional filmmaker Francisco Campos-Lopez wrote the story line for and directed the three-and-a-half minute video.

"This is really the first official representation of the band," Saraceno said. "I just wanted to make sure it was as high quality has possible."

The era of YouTube and the accessibility of low-cost cameras makes filming and distributing a music video very easy, but Saraceno chose to work with a professional filmmaker.

Campos-Lopez knew Saraceno from doing some work with local act Practically Einstein, for whom Saraceno is the bassist. The director was impressed by the Silhouette Cities project and offered to do a video for "See It From Your Side." Filming took place last summer in Baltimore and locally at Dupont Underground.

"I got inspired by Phil's energy, to be honest with you," Campos-Lopez said. "I know a lot of guys with bands. I happen to have good friends in that field. Phil has something different. He's very creative. He's very open to any sort of idea."

Campos-Lopez is from Chile, has spent time in the D.C. area, calls Los Angeles home on his Facebook page and was recently back in Chile working on a project.

In doing the Silhouette Cities shoot, he wanted to stay away from the typical first music video approach. The director created a simple story that would feature Saraceno, who acts in the video.

Campos-Lopez echoed the sentiment that making a basic video is rather accessible, but a quality film might not be the easiest path.

"A real artist, that's the way you distinguish yourself," Campos-Lopez said. "I really appreciate when some independent musician wants to take that route rather than the easy one."

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