Death Hawks’ new song Atitlán from their fourth full length album is my third video for the band. All the videos we’ve done have been very different in technique. Black Acid was shot on super 8 and on Beyond Thyme we used UV lights and paints.
Teemu Markkula and myself cooked up the idea on what the video should include in terms of looks and story. The choreography, lights and the visuals were mostly done at the studio. Teemu had some reference images so we kinda of had an idea of the colors we wanted. The clothes were all Jukka’s stage clothes as he’s a professional drag artist.
The whole shoot only took about 6-7 hours including lunch and that speed is due to the fact we had a good studio (Visual Works in Helsinki) and loads of people doing their thing. Lighting and VJ setup was simple. We had a 650W tungsten with a soft box and a grid high up on the ceiling. We also had an amazing portable and wirelessly triggered fog machine that was super easy and fast to use. Jonne Pitkänen did the front projections and Ilona Lehtonen did all the back projections.
All the effects except for the double exposure shots are in-camera effects. We had a few crystals that we shaked in front of the camera.
Director, camera, editor: Sami Sänpäkkilä
Music: Death Hawks
Choreography: Jukka Kuronen, Teemu Markkula
Projections: Ilona Lehtonen, Jonne Pitkänen
Gaffer: Anna-Mari Nousiainen