Mukilteo is ‘perfect’ setting for music video

By Zoe Jovanovich | Jun 19, 2013
Courtesy of: Devon Farina Actors Devon Sheppard and William Pontius film a scene on Mukilteo’s beach for acoustic duo Life’s Not Long Enough’s music video “Scared to See.”

When searching for a location for their newest music video, the band Life’s Not Long Enough thought Mukilteo was the perfect setting.

The acoustic rock duo recently debuted the video for their song “Scared to See” on YouTube, which has scenes filmed in and around Mukilteo. The band filmed it on April 27, when Mukilteo’s gray skies matched the “darker vibe” of the song.

Lead singer Devon Farina, of Marysville, and guitarist Sean Mclaughlin, of Boston, said Puget Sound’s infamous weather wasn’t a problem for the music video – if anything, it added to it, they said.

“The director told me that the location is really what sets it up,” Farina said. “Mukilteo’s really cool because it’s centrally located. You’ve got the ferries in the background and the waves, and it just looks awesome.”

Most of the filming was done in Mukilteo – at Lighthouse Park on the beach or one of the docks, and at Farina’s parent’s house, which overlooks the Puget Sound. Some filming was also done at Rucker’s Tomb in Everett.

“It’s often overcast, but not rainy,” Farina said of the weather here. “The director says he wishes he could live here because the lighting is always perfect.”

Farina writes the lyrics to the duo’s songs, including “Scared to See.”

“Initially when I wrote it I was picturing kind of a stalker situation,” he said. “The song has a creepy vibe; love from afar.”

The music video tells the story of a ghost husband looking on at his wife’s life after his death, as they both remember their times together.

William Pontius plays the recently deceased husband. Pontius has also starred in Macklemore’s “Same Love” music video.

“It was interesting,” Pontius said of playing a ghost. “It wasn’t a lot different than playing someone that was alive, and half of my scenes I was alive in.”

Devon Sheppard plays the wife, and her boyfriend Justin Inahara plays the friend who comforts her in the video. Sheppard is Farina’s cousin. She and Inahara drove up from Oregon to be in the video.

The video was directed by Will Harris, who Farina describes as a “very driven.” Harris flew up from Los Angeles to work on the project.

Filming was done in 10 straight hours. The crew started at 8 a.m. and finished at 6 p.m.

Pontius said one of his favorite parts of making the video was filming on the beach.

While they were filming at Lighthouse Park, the crew found flowers left on a bench by a stranger. All of them agreed that a shot of the lone flowers should be added to the video.

“Somebody left those for someone, and they ended up being used in our video,” Farina. “Call it fate, but whoever those were for, we are very grateful.”

Farina said it was also fun to film at Rucker’s Tomb because the 1995 film “Assassins,” starring Antonio Banderas and Sylvester Stallone, used it as a location as well.

Life’s Not Long Enough’s first EP, also titled “Scared to See,” features six original songs. It can be purchased on iTunes. Watch the video at www.YouTube.com.

For more information on the band, or to listen to their music, go to: https://soundcloud.com/lifesnotlongenough.

Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.

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