As promised, here's a rundown of behind the scenes shots from production. Captions below.
Those really cool tendrils in the video? Rustoleum semi-gloss black paint poured on a white backdrop from a styrofoam cup.
We must have put this girl through four different types of makeup on four separate occasions. The kind she was applying in this shot was drying up her skin and irritating her eyes. She hardly complained, but she really deserved to and we would have let her.
Guns almost made it into the music video when Taylor and I started getting sidetracked with all the props that Matt just happened to have in storage. This shot reminds me of the behind-the-scenes shots from Star Wars, where you see Chewie, R2D2 and C3PO are actually real, casual people for the first time.
The gang's almost all here. Aside from Carla and myself, this is the core group of people that produce all the content for Wiping out Thousands.
We kept trying to get vanity shots of goosebumps on Alaine's arm. Taylor (per Alaine's request) would randomly, and without warning, push a cold can of beer (or Pepsi or something) on her back in hopes that Matt would be able to capture them when they showed up. Kent helped Matt by watching from the laptop.
Yes, Taylor is in this photo.
We had so many lights within three feet of her face it was ridiculous, but none the less effective.
I think Charlie Chaplin would love this photo. This entire night was scrapped due to the makeup we used. It just caked on like nobody's business. We couldn't capture any kind of expression because it would either crack off when she moved or it would need to be applied in layers which washed out under the lights.
She did a lot of waiting while Matt, Kent, and I would talk about what we were going to do next and figure out how to line up the next shot, reset the (demo) track on an iPhone, and get ready to shoot again. She really deserved to complain. Really, really deserved to. This is the last shot I took from production, but we wound up reshooting due to makeup concerns. We found a type of makeup that worked out perfectly for what we needed and didn't cause grief for Alaine, which was used in the final video.