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.
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.
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.
Next came an abandoned factory in Port Washington, where Bassist Kurt Robinson joined the shoot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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)
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.
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 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 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 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 (off screen) atop Throggs Neck Jetty.
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 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.