The artistic styles of local heavy metal band Nuse and 624 Productions, LLC collaborated last spring to create a music video for Nuse’s new single “Swept Away.”
The music video for the song which revolves around depression, anxiety, anger and suicide was released on July 21 and recently received an award for its performance of the song and its meaning.
Last week, Nuse and 624 Productions were informed that their project won the award for Best Music Video at the Independent Shorts Awards, an international film festival associated with the international film base IMDB website.
Lead singer / guitarist Mike LaMastro and his bandmates Nuse Mike Wilday Jr. and Bob and Eric Mangual were “over the moon” when they found out the music video had won the award.
“We’re all very excited about this,” LaMastro said. “Certainly very rewarding to be recognized for this.”
Raising awareness among families and those struggling with suicidal thoughts and depression is the most important message of the song and the clip, LaMastro said.
The song hits home everyone in the band, especially LaMastro, who based the song’s lyrics on someone he knew personally who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and was trying to show his family that he remained strong but inside, was dealing with anger, depression and suicidal thoughts.
LaMastro mentions that there is an incredibly high rate of suicide in terminally ill patients, with most occurring within the first year of diagnosis.
“If the video can educate a person or a family who is dealing with suicide, depression or any other issue, that would be fantastic,” LaMastro said. “We hope this video can help anyone with depression and thoughts of suicide.”
LaMastro described the background of the song to Tom Baldinger of 624 Productions when the two Hillsborough residents met earlier this year.
Baldinger got to work creating a script for the clip based on the information he received from LaMastro and set up his production team and cast to shoot the project in May.
The clip was shot at LaMastro’s house in Hillsborough and all of the scenes of Nuse performing the song were filmed in the basement.
Woodbridge native Ronnie Marmo of “Criminal Minds” and “General Hospital” stars in the clip alongside Janella Gaeta.
The two girls who appear in the clip are Hillsborough residents Kaitlyn Curcy and LaMastro’s daughter, Isabella.
At the end of the clip, Marmo stands with Nuse making a public service announcement about suicide and encourages people with suicidal thoughts to call the suicide hotline number that appears on the screen.
LaMastro said the group had a “great experience” being able to collaborate with Baldinger and 624 Productions on the clip and added that being connected locally to the project made winning the award “even more enjoyable.”
“It was awesome,” LaMastro said. “It was a big production. Everyone was very professional. It was a great experience. “
This is the second time that Baldinger and 624 Productions have won an IMDB Short Film Award. The film production won an award for its short film titled “HOOK’D” last year.
“Receiving an award and raising awareness about this suicide is a great feeling,” Baldinger said. “It’s very exciting. We are all very happy with the display of this one.
This is just the start of other projects to come between 624 Productions and Nuse.
The two are preparing to shoot a music video for the song “Scoundrel” from Nuse Evilution-Volume 1’s new album later this month.
624 Productions has just wrapped up filming on its potential new TV comedy series titled “UN $ UITED,” which they hope will soon be picked up by a streaming platform.
Baldinger said 624 Productions will also begin shooting a new short called “American Boy” in November, written by Hillsborough resident Salman Jaffri.
“This award in conjunction with the driver’s package is a good thing and an excellent one for our team,” said Baldinger. “It’s a big thumbs up to everyone involved. We want to continue this momentum. “