Those that know me would know that I am not that much inclined to shooting music videos for personal reasons. Little did I know that this was about to change as I got a visitor in the office. He came with an artiste and explained that there was this very deep song that needed a fresh video (different from the usual). I reluctantly invited them into the audio studio and popped in the CD.
The song seemed rather progressive and as the lead vocals kicked in, I was sold. Amazing lyrics and even though I was listening to an unmixed song, it struck the right feelings in me. Feel free to listen below:
The next step was to create a good concept for the video and after racking my brain for a few days, I had to play safe – do a lot of abstract shots and of course, we didn’t have all the money in the world in the budget.
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The entire shoot was one hectic day. We shot non-stop for 18 hours. All scenes except the outdoor scene were shot in a short let apartment in Lagos state, Nigeria.
The outdoor scene was shot in a public park and we had to wait till the entire neighbourhood was asleep before we could make bonfires and shoot.
The entire music video was shot on the Canon EOS 7D, using vintage Nikkor lenses (24mm 2.8, 35mm 2.0, 50mm 1.4, 100mm 2.8).
My high point of the shoot was when we had to make a “bomb” using locally available parts. We used fireworks wrapped in brown paper strapped to an iPhone 4, which was running the countdown app. This was the prop used in the scene with the “underwear bomber”.
In all it was one very fun project. Check out the finished video below and leave comments: