Produced and directed by Digital Thunderdome at The Film Space, I had a blast getting to build 5 different sets for this music video. Also the band was a delight and I’m looking forward to hearing and seeing what’s next from them!
Once again, I was hired by Digital Thunderdome Studios to work on another awesome video for Nuclear Blast Records. This new one has some pretty serious and mature subject matters, so I would warn those of you with weak constitutions to avoid this one.
That being said, it was a great time. The location was great, the team was awesome, and it was nice working with such a high profile and award winning band once again. Crank up the volume and hit play, and as always, if you have any questions, drop them down below!
Normally I’d have an image here, but my “behind the scenes” photography was destroyed by some rogue app or an angry cell phone or something. So instead, enjoy this 15 seconds of ASMR. Which you might need to cleanse the palate after all the blood and violence.
I’m pretty psyched because I just got to work with them, and right off the bat I want to apologize to not sharing this video when it came out. It flew under my radar and also I’m sure I was out in the middle of woods shooting something scary.
Thank you Satan and Digital Thunderdome Studios for letting me in on the action. One of the best parts of this was making it look like we set my good friend Gloria on fire.
Last year I was hired by Digital Thunderdome Studios as the production designer for a series of three videos for the band Suicide Silence. Combined they told a terrible story of horror and revenge. The director Scott Hansen has released a new version of all three videos, edited together as one narrative, so now its kind of a short horror film, which is awesome. Almost as awesome as using human teeth as set decorations.
I’ve never been a part of a production that had so much post-production work and such heavy visual effects. Which means I didn’t do much in terms of production design, but that also meant I was on set doing other things, like moving lights around, or moving heavy objects, or waving leaf blowers at actresses while they hang upside down from wires. You know, Hollywood stuff.
Remember how the other day I mentioned going to that men’s prison over and over again for videos? Once you find an amazing location, you kinda want to keep coming back to it? That’s why I keep leaving my car keys at my wife’s house*.
“Enjoy the Silence” features an abandoned factory complex that we’ve filmed at previously for two completely different Kataclysm videos. Surprise! Bet you didn’t know both “Killshot” and “Defiant” were both filmed in the same location! That’s the magic of production design.
This was completely different from what I normally do and it was an awesome experience. Instead of being scary and edgy, this was fun and whimsical. First time as a production designer doing a period piece. And yes, the 80’s are a period. Sorry Boomers. And Gen Xers. And probably Millennials. You all feeling old yet?
Third time is the charm with that men’s prison as we returned there one more time for another video (the first being for Magg Dylan and the second being for EX DEO) and since there wasn’t much for me to do in the way of production design, I ended up getting wrangled to do a bunch of acting. Unlike my usual “blink and you’ll miss it” cameos, this time I chewed up the scenery while everyone go to see what I’d look like as a corrections officer. Or as a prison guard, if you wanna be a dick about it*.
It was an honor and a privilege to work on (and star in) this amazing indie horror film. Now I get to share the news: The film will be released in theatres on September 10th of this year, and then four days later it will be available on VOD. Sign up for the mailing list at www.badcandyfilm.com to find out if it’s coming to a theatre near you. Thanks to everyone who supported us from the beginning.
WARNING: This trailer isn’t safe for work or children. Sorry if you didn’t see this before you watched that.
In the meantime, enjoy this digital poster, I feel like it would look great as a background on your phone yeah?
A few weeks ago I learned that the band Kataclysm had a side project called EX DEO, and I only found that out because when I started decorating and dressing the set for the last music video I worked on, the lead singer showed up and I was all like “oh hey I know you!” and then it was off to the races.
Oh if you clicked the thumbnail and watched the video already I probably should have told you it’s kind of a gore fest, so oopsies.
That being said, it wasn’t just bloody, it was a bloody good time. We not only returned to the men’s prison we had filmed a previous video for, but I got to work with some people I haven’t been able to see on set in years, and some people I get to see on the regular. It was a great shoot. An amazing amount of work got done in a very short period of time, and it all came out looking wonderful. Once again thanks to the cast, the crew of Digital Thunderdome, and EX DEO for letting me come do my thing.
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