Students make music video about drunk driving

SACO – Many teenage students spend their high school years trying to figure out the path their life will take. Zac Greaton, a 17-year-old from Saco, has spent that time working as a writer and filmmaker and recently, along with his friend Brandon Aull, he released his latest music video, “Let Me Go.”

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Brandon Aull, left, and Zac Greaton made a video last year in memory of a classmate who was shot to death. Now they’ve written a song and compiled a video that speaks to the dangers of drunk driving. (David Arenstam photo)

The music video was filmed in the Biddeford, Saco area during the summer and released as both a music single and a video. Aull and Greaton have known each other for a number of years and worked together last year to release the music video “Live and Let Live,” a tribute to Alivia Welch.

Welch and her boyfriend Derrick Thompson were shot and killed inside their Sokokis Road home in Biddeford last December and as a tribute, Greaton and Aull created and produced the song and video. To date, the video has been viewed more than 48,000 times on YouTube and the song has charted on iTunes.

“I feel as though most of our videos are given the credit they deserve,” Greaton said. “Right now, we’re only at about 2,000 views for the latest video, and we hoped it would have put us ahead of the game.”

In the video, Greaton and Aull make a statement about the dangers of drunk driving and the effect it has on teenagers and the community.

“No matter how often you hear about it, it just doesn’t stop,” Aull said. “It’s just foolish.”

The idea for the message and the video came to them after the song was written and they heard the piece.

“We both were a big fan of the song and I really loved the sound of the beat,” Aull said.

“We were sitting around thinking of ideas for the video and the story sort of pulled itself together,” Greaton said. “We thought we wanted something a little more gritty and a little more realistic.”

The two young artists rented camera equipment, created a storyboard of ideas for the video and then spent three non-stop days filming.

“We shot all over Saco – on the jetty, at the Wagon Wheel Motel and on some of the back roads,” Greaton said. “The idea of telling a whole story, from start to finish, was new to me. It was stressful but rewarding.”

Once the filming was complete, Greaton spent more than a month editing the piece until the five-minute film represented the story he carried in his head.

“There wasn’t a lot of sleep while we were filming and editing,” he said. “But I’m happy with the end result.”

Aull graduated from Thornton Academy in 2012 and is now a student at the New England School of Communication in Bangor studying music production, audio engineering and communications. Next fall, Greaton hopes to join him.

“My school work has definitely helped me as an artist,” Aull said. “There are so many details you have to pay attention to as a producer.”

During the school year, Aull performs at some clubs in the Bangor area and has had some shows inBoston.

Both Greaton and Aull know they want to stay in the music and video business. Whether it’s producing or performing, it’s the world they want to live in.

“After school, I would love to get the chance to go to Los Angeles or New York. It has always been a dream of mine,” Greaton said. “But as I learn and get my name out there, I plan to stay in Maine. Hopefully, Brandon and I can grow together.”

Aull seemed to agree with those sentiments, but he knows his friend is talented.

“For his age, for what he’s done, he’s way better than anybody his age. People who see our videos don’t believe he’s still in high school.”

To view Aull and Greaton’s latest video go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmx_Gkzx554.

 

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David Arenstam has spent all of his adult life by the shores of the Saco river. After starting and running his own data-processing and software firm, Arenstam has found his passion and voice teaching and writing. He is a faculty member at Thornton Academy, has a regular newspaper column, and is working on a graduate degree in journalism.
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