Check out our interview with Dance!You’re on Fire. We chat to member, Paul van der Walt about the brand-spanking new music video for the band’s latest single, “Michelle“, wearing make-up and catering on set. Watch behind the scenes footage, see pics and watch the finished vid! It’s awesome!
Music Video: DYOF – “Michelle”
Location: Shabelo Estate, Kameeldrift, Pretoria
Date: 14 August 2011
Director: Paul van der Walt & Lee-Anne Holmes (AD)
Director of Photography: Toby Harris
Producer: Paul van der Walt / The Now Museum
Camera Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II rig with various camera and lighting extras.
Number of Crew Members: 8
Post Production: The Now Museum
Wardrobe & Styling: Claire Hayward
Actors/extras: Ana Trujic
Tell us a little about “Michelle” the song and the music video concept?
It’s a love song but we didn’t want to do a cliched “love story” as narrative so we settled for somewhat more of an anti-love story of sorts. Seeing that it’s a laid-back kind of song, we initially wanted to go country-western as the song has that kind of vibe to it, but we ended up going for a Boardwalk Empire inspired 1930s/1940s mobster theme.
Who was responsible for coming up with the video concept?
We brainstorm our ideas ourselves, as a band. This was our first video with a kind of narrative/story.
How long did it take you guys to shoot the video?
This video took about 12 hours to shoot. We did it all in one day.
How do you guys feel about wearing make-up?
For videos it’s fine I guess, whatever we need to pull off and if the concept requires it, we’ll make it happen, but I am pretty sure none of us would wear make-up for anything other than a music video!
What’s the best thing about shooting a vid?
The actual shoot is usually the least fun of everything but seeing the final product edited and getting people’s feedback when it’s done is always pretty awesome
What’s the worst thing about shooting a vid?
Miming your song a million times over isn’t all that fun.
Do you guys play any pranks on each other on set?
This concept resulted in some very funny inside jokes and quotes, with Tom being bound and gagged, but other than that, not really.
What’s the most rockstar thing about a making a music video?
At this point, for us, not much. Maybe having professional catering on set, we’ve never had that before this video. We even had dessert!
When can we expect Michelle to air on TV?
Hopefully within the next 2 weeks (early September).
And here’s the finished product! We give it a two thumbs up, most definitley!
Photos by Hanro Havenga