‘Idol’ Alum Tim Halperin Impresses With Budget “The Last Song” Video

PopCrush‘s post about the music video from American Idol‘s Tim Halperin (who made it into the Top 24 this year) caught our eye, mostly because we were just as bummed as anyone to see the Forth Worth, Texas crooner get cut so early in the competition. The site notes that Halperin rounded up a local crew — including directors Jonathan Combs and Joe Childress — and got fans to donate enough cash to make the music video for his tune “The Last Song.” Watch below. “Special thank you to fans and supporters, who made this video possible with their donations, time and energy,” Tim noted on YouTube. “This video was made on a budget of $8,000.”

The clip boasts impressive effects (given the limited budget) as Halperin crawls through his piano, then wanders through a field, drives an old convertible down a suburban road, wanders across a movie set, finds himself at a birthday party and plunges underwater. He eventually winds up in a forest at night, wearing a white suit and coattails as people dance underneath bright lights hanging from trees.

We’re not sure Tim will be be winning an Oscar anytime in the near future. Rather, he should be commended for his business savvy — i.e. getting the video made all — and for his generosity: “The Last Song” is available to download for free.

The singer notes that his mid-tempo ballad will be on upcoming full-length album, which is due out in Fall 2011.

How do you think Tim’s song compares to the recent singles from Idol‘s Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina?