“The Phoenix” – Michael Knight Music Video

May 14, 1994 Terry R. Wickham directed his first professional music video for Long Island Guitarist Michael Knight.  The song was called “The Phoenix” off Michael’s 1994 album Dreamscapes.

Michael Knight rises with the morning sun @ Captree State Park, Babylon, NY
Michael Knight rises with the morning sun @ Captree State Park, Babylon, NY

The video (this is a short clip of it) was shot entirely in one day all around Long Island. Getting up at 3:30 am, Terry, Paula Wickham, cameraman Michael Schwartz and Michael Knight went to Captree State Park in Babylon, NY to get Knight silhouetted against the morning sun. Then it was onto Gardiner’s County Park in Bay Shore, NY where Michael played amongst trees in front of a small pond.  The team then hit Argyle Park in Babylon.

Michael Knight does his thing @ Argyle Park in Bay Shore, NY
Michael Knight does his thing @ Argyle Park in Bay Shore, NY

Wanting to incorporate New York City within the video, the team drove west to get a shot of Knight playing in front of the famous skyline of NYC on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (B.Q,E.).  Then they headed back east to Throggs Neck Jetty to have the axe-slinger positioned before the Throggs Neck Bridge.

Terry directs Michael Knight @ Throggs Neck Jetty.  The Throggs Neck Bridge looms in the distance
Terry directs Michael Knight @ Throggs Neck Jetty. The Throggs Neck Bridge looms in the distance

Next came an abandoned factory in Port Washington, where Bassist Kurt Robinson joined the shoot.

Bassist Kurt Robinson jams with Michael Knight on a dirt hill before the abandoned factory in Port Washington, NY
Bassist Kurt Robinson jams with Michael Knight on a dirt hill in front of the abandoned factory in Port Washington, NY. Kurt’s wife Jessica Robinson & Terry watch, while Michael Schwartz shoots.

Then it was onto to Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn where all sorts of extras joined the shoot.   Drummer Kato Peragine merged with the band, with Michael Knight leading everyone like Pied Piper.

Drummer Kato Peragine joins the band @ Christopher Morley Park in Rosyln, NY.  Kato has played drums for Teazer,  Soulshake, Britney Fox, The Good Rats and has his own drum instructional video out called Visual and Special Effects Drumming.
Drummer Kato Peragine joins the band @ Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn, NY. Kato has played drums for Teazer, Soulshake, Britney Fox, The Good Rats and has his own drum instructional video out called Visual and Special Effects Drumming.  Plus he’s also an accomplished martial artist and even instructor of the skill.

Williston Park Train Station was a hop, skip and a jump away.  This is where things were really kicked into to gear with the band & their fans taking off into a run.

Cameraman Michael Schwartz films Michael Knight leading his band @ Williston Park Train Station.
Cameraman Michael Schwartz films Michael Knight leading the way for his band & tag along fans @ Williston Park Train Station.

Then the team continued east to Bald Hill in Farmingville, NY to shoot at the Vietnam Memorial.  This is where as the sun was setting, Michael Knight’s shadow was photographed against the Memorial.

Michael Knight rocks his shadow against the Vietnam Memorial @ Bald Hill
Michael Knight rocks his shadow against the Vietnam Memorial @ Bald Hill

Then the team traveled southwest to Knock Out Studios in Deer Park, NY to capture the band performing the song live in front of a bunch of screaming fans.  This group of 27 excited people included Michael Knight’s wife Theresa, Kurt’s wife Jessica, actress Heather Grosso from Terry’s feature film Out of Touch.

Michael Knight just before the sun rises from the East.  Captree State Park is home to the largest public fishing fleet on Long Island.
Michael Knight just before the sun rises from the East. Captree State Park is home to the largest public fishing fleet on Long Island.

To truly appreciate what was accomplished that 24-hour day, read over the shooting details and think about how quickly the team moved, how much travel (295 miles) & total number of locations (10) where pulled off:

Location:                                   Time:                          Shooting length:
Captree State Park             5:25am-6:10am  (45 min)
Gardiner’s Park                    6:15am-6:45am  (30 min)
Argyle Park                             6:55am-7:30am   (35 min)
BQE                                             9:00am-9:15am   (15 min)
Throggs Neck Jetty            9:45am-10:35am (50 min)
Abandoned Factory          12:30pm-1:30pm (1 hour)
Christopher Morley  Pk.  4:00 pm-5:15pm (1 hr/15 min)
Williston Park Train Stat. 5:30pm-6:00pm (30 min)
Vietnam Memorial              6:45pm-7:45pm (1 hour)
Knock Out Studios              8:10pm-1:00am (4 hours 55 min)

Michael Knight plays @ Gardiner's County Park.  Further back in the woods in the distance, Terry had filmed part of his short film Double Fantasy five years prior.
Michael Knight plays @ Gardiner’s County Park. Further back in the woods in the distance, Terry had filmed part of his short film Double Fantasy five years prior.
Terry watches Michael Schwartz shoot @ Gardiner's County Park, Bay Shore, NY.  Michael was receiving private filmmaking lessons from Terry.
Terry watches Michael Schwartz shoot @ Gardiner’s County Park, Bay Shore, NY.   Schwartz was receiving private filmmaking lessons from Terry, so Terry put him to work.

Argyle Park is used quite often for weddings but Michael Knight made it his own rock-n-roll venue.

Argyle Park in Babylon, NY  is used quite often for weddings but Michael Knight made it his own rock-n-roll venue.

 Terry checks the shot @ Argyle Park.

Terry checks the shot @ Argyle Park.

 Paula Wickham watches Michael Schwartz photograph Michael Knight @ Argyle Park.

Paula Wickham watches Michael Schwartz photograph Michael Knight @ Argyle Park.  Paula played a pivotal role as not only Terry’s assistant but took most of these pictures.

 Look in the middle of this photo, past the guardrail, you can see Terry direct Michael Schwartz how to shoot Michael Knight against the skyline of New York City.  The World Trade Center Towers stand tall in the distance.

Look in the middle of this photo, past the guardrail, you can see Terry instruct Michael Schwartz how to shoot Michael Knight against the skyline of New York City. The World Trade Center Towers stand tall in the distance.

 Paula @ Throggs Neck Jetty.  Paula was crucial in keeping the shoot organized.  In fact at one point when things seemed waining, she let Terry know the what the talent was rumbling, which made Terry turn over thing around for the better.

Paula @ Throggs Neck Jetty. Paula was crucial in keeping the shoot organized. In fact at one point, when some of the people seemed waning, she let Terry know the what the talent was rumbling, which made Terry switch gears and turn around the shoot for the better.

 Michael Knight looks right at home @ Throggs Neck Jetty.  Terry and Michael would become close friends working together on Michael's Guitar 2001 Magazine, making the film Evil Streets (1998) together and later the short film Sarah (1990).

Michael Knight looks right at home @ Throggs Neck Jetty. Terry and Michael would become close friends working together on Knight’s Guitar 2001 Magazine, teaming up for the film Evil Streets (1998)  and later the short film Sarah (1990).

 Michael Schwartz films Michael Knight (offscreen) atop Throggs Neck Jetty.

Michael Schwartz films Michael Knight (off screen) atop Throggs Neck Jetty.

 Michael Knight walks towards partially demolished factory location in Port Washington Harbor, NY.  Terry had filmmed part of his feature film Out of Touch 4 years prior.

Michael Knight walks towards partially demolished factory location in Port Washington Harbor, NY. This is same place Terry had filmed part of his feature film Out of Touch four years prior.

 

Cameraman Michael Schwarts was a teenager when he shot this music video.  6 Months later he would  film the band Postponing The Inevitable Live in New York City for Terry.
Cameraman Michael Schwartz was a teenager when he shot this music video. 6 Months later he would film the band Postponing The Inevitable Live in New York City for Terry.

 

Michael Knight seen out the window from inside the run-down factory.  This location is located off West Shore Road west of Hempstead Harbor.
Michael Knight seen out the window from inside the run-down factory. This location is located off West Shore Road west of Hempstead Harbor.

 

Bassist Kurt Robinson through the window.
Bassist Kurt Robinson through the window.

 

Terry watches as Schwartz photographs Robinson & Knight within the muddy dilapidated building.
Terry watches as Schwartz photograph Robinson & Knight within the muddy dilapidated building.

 

Wickham rolls Schwartz back on a wheelchair, which the production used as a make-shift dolly.  This @ beautiful Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn, NY.
Wickham rolls Schwartz back on a wheelchair, which the production used as a make-shift dolly. This is @  Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn, NY.

 

Kurt, Michael Knight and Kato stroll through Christopher Morley Park.
Kurt, Michael Knight and Kato stroll through Christopher Morley Park.

 

Terry directs his long-time friend Rob Rothenberg @ Christopher Morley Park.
Terry directs his long-time friend Rob Rothenberg @ Christopher Morley Park.

 

Terry & Paula with Arlene Rothenberg (Rob's mom).
Terry & Paula with Arlene Rothenberg (Rob’s mom).

 

Rob Rothenberg gets ready to serve a shot at the camera.  Terry & Rob played some unforgettable tennis matches against each other at this court.  Including one time Terry came all the way back from down set-point (zero games to five) to beat Rob.
Rob Rothenberg gets ready to serve a shot at the camera. Terry & Rob played some unforgettable tennis matches against each other on this court, including one time Terry came all the way back from being down set-point (with the score zero games to five) to beat Rob.

 

Terry asks, "Tennis anyone?"  @ Christopher Morley Park.
Terry asks, “Tennis anyone?” @ Christopher Morley Park.

 

Extras get ready @ Christopher Morley Park.
Extras get ready @ Christopher Morley Park.

 

The band plays their music in Christopher Morley Park.
The band takes their music through Christopher Morley Park.

 

Posters of Michael Knight hang from the rafter & walls of Williston Park Train Station.
Posters of Michael Knight hang from the rafter & walls of Williston Park Train Station.

 

Here comes the band @ Williston Park Train Station.
Here comes the band @ Williston Park Train Station.

 

Terry directs @ Williston Park Train Station.
Terry amped up  his direction @ Williston Park Train Station.

 

Vietnam Memorial @ Bald Hill was the second to last location of the day.
Vietnam Memorial on Bald Hill in Farmingville, NY was the second to last location of the day.  With it’s height of 331 feet, it is the third highest point on Long Island and was dedicated November 11, 1991.

 

Terry directs Michael Schwartz & Michael Knight @ Vietnam Memorial.
Terry directs Michael Schwartz & Michael Knight @ Vietnam Memorial.

 

Michael Knight looks back at his shadow against the Vietnam Memorial.
Michael Knight looks back at his shadow against the Vietnam Memorial.