Making of the Red Song music video, part 2

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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.

The abandoned train tunnel

The abandoned train tunnel

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.

The abandoned train tunnel

The abandoned train tunnel

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.

The tunnel gate

The tunnel gate

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.

Annika helping Angeline with hair

Angeline & Linda helping Gökmen with makeup

Hair & makeup

Getting ready for the first shot

Linda helping Elsa with the hair

Collective hair and makeup

Getting ready for the first shot

Annika doing Elsa's hair

Annika Qvarfordt

Annika Qvarfordt

Ailin Silva

Ailin Silva

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.

Gökmen Tuna Becerik

Gökmen Tuna Becerik

Jan-Erik Ryblom

Jan-Erik Ryblom

Ailin Silva

Ailin Silva

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.

Sebastian Melker

Sebastian Melker

Sebastian helping Mauro with the styling

Sebastian helping Mauro with the costume

Sebastian helping Mauro with the styling

Once everyone was ready for the first scene, they grabbed a flashlight and ventured deeper into the tunnel.

Jan-Erik Ryblom

Jan-Erik Ryblom

Mauro Silva

Mauro Silva

Gökmen Tuna Becerik

Gökmen Tuna Becerik

Annika Qvarfordt

Annika Qvarfordt

Muzaffer Alta

Muzaffer Alta

Ailin Silva

Ailin Silva

Angeline Doss

Angeline Doss

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.

Mauro & Ailin

Mauro & Ailin

Mauro Silva

Mauro Silva

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.

Mattias & Mauro rehearsing

Mattias & Mauro rehearsing

Mauro and Mattias rehearsing

The Green Tribe

The Green Tribe inside the tunnel.

Mattias being knocked out

Mattias being knocked out

Shooting the fight scene

Shooting the fight scene.

After a successful first scene, the actors from The Green Tribe went home, leaving The Red Tribe to their destructive devices…

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