Without Me by Eminem
The rapper Eminem released the hit “Without You” on December 9, 2011. The song was the first single picked up from her first album “Dayglo.” The song was written by song writer Dan Flores with additional song writing credit to his writing partner Jay Nickel. The song was produced by Sam Sellers. Sellers, producer and rhythm guitarist for the New Hope collective, produced for both Eminem albums “Dayglo” and “Francine,” both which achieved gold level sales nationally. The recognition Eminem received from the song propelled Eminem into the spotlight and landed on the desks of many Hollywood producers.
The music video for “Without You” was filmed over a two week period starting November 3, 2011. According the crew, filming was frequently halted by inclement weather and disagreeable wildlife. Directed by Hubert Semla, the video was shot on film stock on a soundstage in the studio back lot of Paramount pictures in Los Angeles. Semla had previously wrapped videos for the song “Numero Uno” by the New Hope collective and “Show Me Light” by rapper songwriter Sharon Favies.
The music video was filmed on an old fashioned film camera, unlike most digitally produced videos of today. The camera was also fitted with a tilt shift lens, in a technique that enables everyday scenes to take on new life as they are “miniaturized” before the audience’s’ very eyes. The old fashioned film stock gives a grain to the resulting music video that in turn causes the video to look somewhat vintage or retro. While this technique created interesting visual effects, it also came at something of a higher than average shoot cost because of film length and labor involved.
The video was received with a modest response. It was nominated for “Best Rap Single” category in the VH1 Music Video awards in 2012, and for “Hip Hop or Pop Performance” at the Crimson Awards the same year. The video won both home awards. Rumor has it that Eminem is working on a new video that is sure to top the charts next year.