The Thing - Country Song II - Official Music Video

The Official Music Video for The Thing - Country Song II. Sponsored and Produced by Sony Entertainment, Cooke Optics and New York Film Academy.

  • Benjamin Rummans
  • Liz Hinlein
  • Piero Basso
  • Richard D'Angelo
  • Jessica Peter
    Production Design
  • Andrew Mendez
  • Connor Dylan
    Key Cast
  • Rachel Wagner
    Key Cast
  • Tarun Kumar
    Key Cast
  • Derya Celikkol
    Key Cast
  • Krystal Russell
    Key Cast
  • August Broos
    Key Cast
  • Tommy Z
    Key Cast
  • Joe Adams
    Key Cast
  • Seth Freedman
    Key Cast
  • Bria Bryant
    Key Cast
  • Samantha Seiff
    Key Cast
  • Nico Lugo
    Key Cast
  • Jingyao Zhao
    Key Cast
  • Felipe Morales
    Key Cast
  • Lissa Caradang-Sweeney
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony Vince 2 & 1, FX6, FX3
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Director Biography - Benjamin Rummans, Liz Hinlein

Ben Rummans Bio - New York based Writer and Director, Ben Rummans is from Cape Coral, Florida where he graduated from North Fort Myers High School of the Arts where he studied T.V. Production, 3D Animation, Game Design and Creative Writing. After graduating, Ben directed commercials for local businesses and co-founded a video restoration business in Florida. In 2018, Ben moved to Brooklyn, New York to attend New York Film Academy's Two-Year Filmmaking Program and has since focused on narrative filmmaking, writing & directing multiple short films and music videos. Ben isn’t afraid of controversial subject matters and creates highly stylized films with snappy dialogue and colorful worlds with the goal of enacting positive social and political change in the world at large.

Liz Hinlein Bio - Liz Hinlein is an accomplished DGA director, creative director and visual artist with a vast portfolio of critically acclaimed work across film, commercials, and immersive media. Her debut narrative feature, Other People's Children, premiered at the Director's Guild of America and garnered high praise from Variety as "an intriguing debut." The film received multiple film festival honors, including the prestigious Panavision New Filmmakers Grant, and is currently available for viewing on Apple Tv+ and Amazon Prime. Liz's short films have been screened globally at renowned festivals such as the Berlin Film Festival, Slamdance, and The Hamptons Film Festival. In the immersive space, her documentary VR experience, OSAGE ’85, is currently supported by the Venice Biennale. Liz's work in the VR/AR space has earned recognition from clients such as the NFL, Walmart, Accenture, and Byton Auto, with her Accenture project winning Best VR Branded Content at CES. As a sought-after director for high-profile commercials, branding videos, and music videos, Liz has worked with a diverse range of brands and artists, including Castrol Oil, Dove, Lifetime, Revlon, Gillette, Maybelline, A&E, Wella, NARS Cosmetics, Bare Minerals, Clairol, and MAC Cosmetics. She has also creatively directed and photographed projects for renowned artists such as Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Quincy Jones, Incubus, and Fishbone. She was selected for the DGA Directors Initiative, The Sony Initiative and the Viacom Initiative.
Liz is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and holds an MFA in Cinematography from The American Film Institute. She is also the Creative Director of Film and Cinematography at the New York Film Academy, where she created and hosts the popular Zoom talk show series The 20/20 Online Series, which amassed over 1.5 million followers. Currently, Liz is in pre-production on OSAGE ’85, which will premiere at the Venice Film

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Director Statement

This video was made as a collaboration between The Thing, Sony Entertainment, Cooke Optics and The New York Film Academy. Sony and Cooke provided their top of the line Equipment and Resources to make this video look and feel as high quality as possible, while NYFA provided its amazingly talented Teachers, Alumni and Students as creative team and crew. Our goal was to uplift a very talented local band who desired a larger platform and exposure, while showcasing the incredible line up of cameras and lenses, made by Sony and Cooke respectively. As well as showcase the amazing Talents of the New York Film Academy.