Blog posts and portfolio entries on music video productions
When a band is confronted with the challenge of demonstrating their stage performance to a potential festival organizer or host of a bigger party, it is much easier to do, by sending a simple video. For matters like this, we produced a music video, with the feeling and looks of a performance on stage, abstracted from the usual audience and colored spotlights, of a real stage-performance. This way we got a gig-like impression for this sort of music video of redkin’s inspiring song “Reach For The Stars” while showing how their members present themselves on stage.
Every member was carefully filmed multiple times, throughout the whole song – in Post-Production, synchronzised with the specific timecode and intercut with the others. This video is part of the band’s well thought-through concept of released content besides more narrative and impressionistic music-video productions.
is a music-video, filmed in Austria’s countryside and set in the late 19th century. A lonely roamer tries to make peace with his past and begins his way to an unknown destination. After he gives himself a rest in a tavern on his way, meeting a wedding party and others, living in this godforsaken area, he witnesses a murder. The killers pick up his scent to bring an end upon him. The showdown takes place in a nearby farmhouse, leaving nobody alive, but letting the roamer find his final destination.
When collaborating with Wolf Jacobi, Chris Wiener, Axel Mayr & Franz Gelhart of the band The Morricones we really went for something new. Not in terms of the effort we put into organizing logistics, rugged and shabby looking costumes, horses and weapons, that we were already well accustomed to from past NORICUM shoots, the time and genre in which we all planned to set this cinematic looking short film music video was more the big unknown: Western, set in Austrian winter.
Naturally we therefore underwent excessive research and built in a lot of references to the big classics of Spaghetti Western „The Good, The Bad And The Ugly“ „A Fistfull of Dollars“ and „Once Upon a Time in the West“, more thematically similarly themed „The Great Silence“ and „Jeremiah Johnson“, as well as more recent entries as „The Hatefull Eight“ and „The Revenant“, not to mention our most immediate inspiration the Austrian „The Dark Valley“.
A Portrait inside a portrait was the idea for this music-video. We tried to capture a side of our home city of Linz, which undoubtedly has some kind of dark, lonely tone, with the band members of redkin, being the guides and protagonists on this impressionistic tour. It was our first attempt of making a modern, urban landscape video with the latest technique of video production, allowing us to transform a series of pictures into a small video clip, capturing a wider time frame and condensing it into a few seconds scene.
A timelapse-slider, produced in Austria, helped us to achieve a look between fast movement inside the image borders and the slow movement of the camera’s frame itself. This dialectic was used to give the impression of a lonely existence, isolated in a world, where all surroundings appear accelerated and estranged. We used portrait shots of the band members, slowed down to a minimum, to higher this contrast. Another interesting detail about the production is our salute to the “Linzer Eisenbahnbrücke” (The old industrial bridge) across the Danube river, which we portrayed, the day, right before the city started it’s demolition.
Behind the scenes what’s noteworthy is probably further our first use of smoke bombs otherwise in use at football matches, protests and interestingly chimney sweepers for testing smoke venting, which was also from whom we obtained them, and the result was oddly enough very fittingly mysterious, foggy and atmospheric. Also there was a pair of young girls constantly running up and down between the celtic extras (actors) ensuring they were provided with ample wine and cervesia, which combined with our constant harassment to get up and dance in the circle aided to the overall frolic and energic mosh pit of ancient audience members. Truly a night to remember.