This is one of those annoyingly happy/positive/gushing about the amazingness of the universe stories so if you aren’t in the mood for full on rainbows and unicorns I would advise you don’t read any further…
Late Dec – We (me and my superdad/manager/producer) had just 4 short weeks, a modest budget, a basic film concept and little experience of what on EARTH would be involved in making a top notch video so it seemed pretty unlikely we would have anything done in time for the single release…. but then one by one opportunities starting to fall out of the sky, like little bird poos made of pure gold. (Nice imagery for you right there… you’re welcome)
I had just got back from mastering ‘Stop Me’ at Abbey Road Studios and I last minute decided I would pop into a little christmas shindig which is where I just happened to bump into Diego Barraza – a STONKING director, who it turned out lived on the same road as me. We got chatting about the project and about the single and he said he would love to get involved and direct a video if I ever needed – ‘ WELL Diego… it just so happens I need one right now!!!” so a few meetings later we had a fully fleshed out concept for the video, an actress to find and a location to hunt for!
On the first day of actress searching we got in contact with a rather SPRAUNCY actress – Rose Akroyd, who just so happened to live about five minutes away from both Diego and myself so we invited her over to audition the next day but were all thinking ” it CAN’T be this easy can it?!”
After her audition we were completely blown away with how utterly perfect she was, so we gave her the part on the spot.
It was a GOOD START!
We then starting the location hunting… and again first day of searching, Diego managed to find a STUNNING and pretty darn MAJESTIC house belonging to an ANGEL of a woman, who agreed to let us use her house for the entire weekend of filming and on top of all that, it was NEXT DOOR to Diego’s house.
It was all feeling a little too good to be true…. I was literally expecting someone to spontaneously combust or SOMETHING!
Costumes, hair, make-up and props and ridiculous camera equipment were effortlessly sorted a few days before filming but the most time consuming job of all was the SUPER DUPER detailed body art that I was having done by my uber talented artist mum.
Friday eve – night before filming we did a 5 hour painting session and then an early 6am start to fit another 2 hours in before hair and make-up had to be sorted.
Saturday went by in a blur of feathers, cakes, clapperboards, kitties and cups of tea (none of which had ANYTHING to do with the video… but they were all very present on set).
We finished an hour early due to fading light and I got home and crashed into the deepest sleep I’d had in a long time.
Sunday morning meant ANOTHER 6am start for a 2 hour body art touch up, then more hair and make-up, a quick smoothie then BACK TO THE ACTION.
The rest of the shooting was SO MUCH FUN – intense, moody, dramatic and possibly slightly dangerous with open fires, knives and general destruction… heheh! *creepy evil face*
Working with such a god damn enthusiastic and talented team made the whole experience go more smoothly than a freshly waxed pair of legs.
SEE ^^^!!! UNICORNS AND FREAKING RAINBOWS!!! Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!