Charlene Kaye ft. Darren Criss – Skin and Bones

I hold this video very near and dear to my heart because it was my directorial debut.

Charlene wrote this song back in college about the unraveling of a long distance relationship. She had Darren sing the male vocal, which resulted in a really touching and beautiful duet. I was starting out in film school at the time when I suddenly realized, “I have a camera, and you guys need a music video!”

When I was a kid I used to watch this show on the Disney Channel called “Flash Forward,” where the main characters would talk to each other between apartment buildings through tin cans. We didn’t have much money at the time, so we decided to create a narrative around paper props that Charlene built. We had two tin cans connected by a string that stretched across cardboard landscapes, mountains, oceans etc. We also put a lot of effort into recreating the seasons, and the time difference between the two different locations which can make long distance relationships so difficult.