Ostermann provided art direction for Natural Velvet's "It's All Mine" single off their most recent record Mirror To Make You. It premiered in May 2017 on Impose Magazine.
Drawing inspiration from Jane Russell’s classic camp performance of “Ain’t There Anyone Here For Love” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Faye Dunaway’s performance of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Mae West, Natural Velvet spins up a humorous, visually-lush music video about femme power. Replete with imagery of a variety of men exercising together by a pool, sequins and other camp diva aesthetics, a vanity, and a bathtub full of glitter, the video sparkles with camp humor, pop culture references, and cheeky sexuality.
Lyrically, the song aims to “take back” the negative associations with bad girls—and instead recognizes the dominance of this antagonistic characterization; tongue-in-cheek, the video celebrates the bad girls who wore the best outfits, and who proved to be undefeated chaotic evil in the pretty protagonists plotlines.
Directed: David Manigault, The Manigault Film Company
Editing: Elena Debold & Jeff Rettberg
Art Direction: Corynne Ostermann
Choreography: Alex Shade
Set design: Wonderment Studios
Natural Velvet "It's All Mine"
Ostermann co-art directed "Kristina" with director Elena Debold & producer Jeffrey Rettberg, as well as fabricated and designed the set. She further provided portrait paintings of the band, as well of Kristina.
"Kristina” is a song about Ostermann's dear friend, Kristina, who lives on the west coast, and whom she loves and misses dearly. The song is lyrically a Bechtel test, because in Corynne's opinion, love songs should be written for your friends, because they stay with you the longest, overall. Visually, the imagery was created in homage to surreal & avant-garde films like The Color of Pomegranates (Parajanov), Holy Mountain (Jodorowsky), among others.
Director: Elena DeBold
Producer: Jeffrey Rettberg
Construction and Set Dec. : Kevin Holstein & Wonderment Studios
Art Direction by Elena Debold and Corynne Ostermann
Shot on location at Big Friendly Gallery
Paintings by Corynne Ostermann
Natural Velvet - Kristina
“Told You What To Say” (TYWTS), the new single and music video from D.C. band Paperhaus, was directed by Flash Frequency, Corynne Ostermann, and Chris Prosser.
The viewer is posed the multiple lyrical questions by singer Alex Tebeleff, as Paperhaus performs the song, in a digitized non-reality. This, juxtaposed by the fleeting images of architecture, (maintained Brutalism and crumbling buildings) and nature, (gardens, the outdoors) and the struggle of two unequally matched fencers in a bout. Conceptually, the music video recalls Reggio/Phillip Glass’ Koyaanisqatsi & Dan Graham’s Rock My Religion, among other references. TYWTSutilizes video and song to speak truth to politics, history, nostalgia, digital non-reality, and power dynamics in the political realm.
Directed by Flash Frequency, Corynne Ostermann, and Chris Prosser
Art Direction by Corynne Ostermann
Performance by Paperhaus, "Told You What To Say"
Paperhaus - Told You What To Say (Official Video)
The cinematography for “Crash!” was shot by director Nick Baldwin, known for his work on Call Girl of Cthulu, as well as music videos for Night Birds and S.N.A.F.U., and edited by Chris LaMartina, known for Call Girl of Cthulu, WNUF Halloween Special, and Grave Mistakes, as well as a previous Natural Velvet music video, “Fruits”. Lyrically, “Crash!” takes inspiration from David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive and Kenneth Anger’s Inauguration of the Pleasuredome and as such, the video imagery mimics the same—surrealism, a bizarre non-linear plot, dark, strange, and erotic, featuring cult drag performer Klitorika Browne as femme antagonist, and conceptually dealing with feelings of replacement, identity, reality, authenticity, and performance of gender.
Directed by Nick Baldwin
Edited by Chris LaMartina
Art Direction by Corynne Ostermann
Featuring Klitorika Browne
Shot on location and with additional resources by Christopher Schafer Clothier, Baltimore, MD
NATURAL VELVET -- CRASH
The cinematography for “Fruits” was shot by director Chris LaMartina, known for Call Girl of Cthulhu, WNUF Halloween Special, and Grave Mistakes, among other projects, and artistic direction was provided by Kim Te and Corynne Ostermann, guitarist, bassist and vocalist for Natural Velvet, respectively. Lyrically, “Fruits” takes inspiration from Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman, and as such, the video imagery mimics the same—decadent images of fruits, cake, still-lives, hands, lips, eyes, etc., tremor in vibrant renaissance-drenched color as the objects are deconstructed and reconstructed and as the band plays.
Directed and shot by Chris LaMartina
Art Direction and set design by Corynne Ostermann
Featuring performances by Ostermann, Greg Hatem, and Nicolet Schenck