Making of the Red Song music video, part 4

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On the second and last day of shooting the tribesmen, we met up at a car tunnel where we also recruited Gabriella Dal Rooth to act as the supreme captain of The Red Tribe.

Fixing Gabriella's dread-hawk

Fixing Gabriella’s dread-hawk

Peter in the car tunnel

Peter in the car tunnel

Gabriella Dal Rooth

Gabriella Dal Rooth

The first shot would be the introduction shot of The Red Tribe as they walk in front of the car, lit by flashlights and headlights. Gabriella then sends them away to destroy the lair of The Green Tribe. This took relatively little time to shoot and we moved on to a final, mysterious location. Strange activities went on there while we were shooting. Shady meetings between vans at construction sites some time past midnight.

Elsa Kvensler & Mattias Alvarsson

Elsa Kvensler & Mattias Alvarsson

Hard-earned battle-wounds!
Hard-earned battle-wounds!

Here we shot the running scenes, which basically meant the actors would run up a hill several times one by one while Peter and Sebastian followed them with the car and filmed. The remaining members did their best to stay warm, thanks to Sebastian’s huge vampire cape.

Coincidentally, it was also Sebastian’s birthday, so we celebrated a little by eating what was left of the cakes I baked the day before. At around 2 in the morning, our paths parted.

Post-apocalyptic birthday cake

Post-apocalyptic birthday cake

Count Sebastian

Count Sebastian

In typical WILDEBEEST fashion everyone split to different areas of the world after the filming was done. I found myself in Denmark, and Peter moved to Canada where he found D’Arcy Hamilton, who would help him edit the video. Once they were done, it was sent back to me for tweaks, grading and effects in Sweden. Mattias, being a brilliant video compositor guru, helped me navigate the programs to create the right effects. The digital distortions were made by filming the entire video on an old TV and messing with the cables.

Tommy Jansson

Tommy Jansson

Once the video was almost finished, I sought advice from a local doomsday prophet in Stockholm, named Damón Zurawski, who fronts the sinister The Catastrophe Orchestra. We set up a premiere for the video at one of his crazy parties at KGB Bar & Restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden. The place couldn’t be more fitting for Red Song, since the restaurant is showered in red and the amazing atmosphere of USSR madness. And what would be more fitting for the premiere night of a crazy, post-apocalyptic video than the rumored End of the World on December 21st 2012?

Mariam on set

Mariam on set

The party started with Tony Naima‘s haunting tunes and after a screening of Red Song on the wall, The Troubled Three tore up the place. The night went on forever and the guests seemed to be enjoying themselves. Hopefully, the future will bring many more adventures like this with beautiful people.

From the bottom of my animal-heart to everyone involved with the creation of the songs, the video and the events: thank you.

-W-

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