BELFAST, Maine — Heads craned and passers-by smiled as they caught glimpses Thursday afternoon of Portland singer-songwriter Emilia Dahlin filming a music video around town.
Dahlin and her two-man videography crew from No Umbrella Media, also of Portland, shot scenes throughout the afternoon on Main Street, in City Park, at Three Tides on Marshall Wharf and at the unused Opera House on Church Street.
Ultimately, the video for Dahlin’s song “Sweet Annie,” off the album “Rattle Them Bones,” will clock in at less than three minutes and be posted on the singer’s website. It should be edited and ready by the end of the year.
“Belfast is such a picturesque place,” Dahlin said between takes at the Opera House. “It’s charming and beautiful. It felt good doing something out of Portland as well. Maine’s a big state.”
The crew was planning to wrap up the Belfast shoot later that night at Dahlin’s concert at the Colonial Theatre, filming the crowd and the singer in action. First, there was enough time and light left in the waning rainy afternoon to have the singer run through several versions of the song at the Opera House. Dahlin, dressed in a yellow hat and a vintage-looking red dress, sang and played guitar softly on the old stage while Nick Bowie-Haskell stood behind the camera and Nick Callanan operated the boom box.
“It’s a guerrilla film,” Bowie-Haskell said. “But it’s going to look fantastic.”
He had Dahlin do several more takes but moved her to stand by the peeling wall next to a window that showed the gray afternoon and Belfast Bay far below.
“This is a really funky spot,” Callanan said. “We’ve been to a lot of special places, unique places in Belfast.”
“This tops it off,” Dahlin added.
The video shoot has been in the works for about a month, according to Meg Fournier of Roots & Tendrils, which is presenting the concert.
“I think it’s just another story of how Belfast captivates people,” she said.
She and her husband, Bub Fournier, suggested several locations that would evoke the emotions Dahlin wanted for the song, including waterfront and downtown shots.
The couple also told the production company about the Opera House, which is no longer used for public events.
“They were extremely excited about the Opera House,” Fournier said.
During the shoot, Bowie-Haskell said he’d never been to Belfast before.
“It’s a really inspiring town, especially in this room,” he said. “There’s such an ambiance of creativity and history. It gives the right feel to hopefully convey that on film.”
For more information, visit www.emiliadahlin.com.