Peter had a vision for Red Song. This would be a story of rival urban tribes in a primitive, violent world. The Red Tribe would break into The Green Tribe’s lair and trash it, and ultimately the whole thing would end in a big fight. The plotline was simple and perfect for Red Song since it’s a song about anger. Peter’s story required at least a few actors and more than two pair of hands on set, so we had the tiny problem of not having a crew.
So, I took another chance and used various social media channels to search for people who would want to be involved, posting wherever I could and asking everyone to spread the word.
What happened was unbelievable. The response was crazy. Strangers kept showing up and offering to help. Actors, actresses, producers and stuntmen of all ages enthusiastically offering to participate in this tiny production.
That’s the stuff that drives WILDEBEEST. The desire to share and connect, even with total strangers. Doing something out of the love for the vision. The magic sparks that fly from person to person when you are in a creative environment, looking to explore and interact. Staying up late on warm summer nights and playing with projects that make us happy. The EP wouldn’t have been made without this openness to taking chances, creating and sharing an experience, and neither would the video. When things like this happen and people come together so unexpectedly, it really humbles you and fills you with positivity.
Soon enough we had a crew of 15 ready to roll. One thing led to another, and we found ourselves in a large, abandoned train tunnel full of graffiti, spray-cans and traces of outrageous parties. Overgrown with weeds and rust, the place seemed like a lost, hidden treasure in the middle of Stockholm. The tunnel is so large that it’s pitch black inside even in the middle of a sunny day. It was a pretty surreal environment to step into from the heat of July – cold, dark, huge and full of sharp rocks.
The concept behind WILDEBEEST is very much inspired by our primal desires, trusting and developing our instincts, as well as going back to the basics, so creating a post-apocalyptic kind of violent world seemed very fitting.
People gathered whatever they had, and helped each other complete their costumes. My idea for the styling was to fuse an industrial, city environment with primitive, tribal elements. Large, crude tattoos, ripped fabric and dirty hair, clubs and chains and sticks as weapons.
Sebastian Melker, who played the leader of The Red Tribe, generously provided clothes and accessories for nearly every one of the actors out of his impressive wardrobe. The creativity this guy has when it comes to costumes is ridiculous. We were very lucky to have him on board.
Once everyone was ready for the first scene, they grabbed a flashlight and ventured deeper into the tunnel.
We basically shot the tribe shots in reverse order, the first scene being the fight scene, since both tribes needed to be present for it. Purely by accident, we had met Mauro Silva, an awesome professional stuntman who wanted to help out with the video. He was cast as the fighter for the Green Tribe and came up with a cool fight choreography pretty much on the spot.
Mattias Alvarsson was cast as the fighter from the Red Tribe, and the two of them spent only some minutes on rehearsing the fight scene.
After a successful first scene, the actors from The Green Tribe went home, leaving The Red Tribe to their destructive devices…