A few months ago I talked with Rogue Wave’s, Zach Rogue, about a bunch of album teasers they shot with director Tyler Manson. We also talked about Zach’s recovery from partial paralysis, how a song of theirs was stolen and used in the trailer for “Rachel Getting Married,” and how his bandmate Pat wants to live inside the film “Tron.” You can check that out with the teasers here.
Now they’ve finished a full video for the song “Solitary Gun” from the album Permalight with the same director. They shot everything fast and loose with a Canon 5D Mark II and an old Bolex 16mm. Check it out:
Here’s director Tyler Manson’s thoughts on the project and the macabre idea behind the concept of the video:
I come from a very run-and-gun, low budget, documentary film background, so I love any chance to work outside of studios and away from large productions. When it’s just the band, my DP (Joe Aguirre) and myself running around for a day, we begin to flow at a fast pace and I am able to change direction on the fly without disrupting too many moving parts. That’s exactly the way the “Solitary Gun” video shoot with Rogue Wave turned out. We ran (literally) with a very simple idea of documenting Zach Rogue’s search for Oscar Grant – the 22-year-old shot and killed early New Year’s Day (2009) on the Oakland BART by a police officer. To do this, we took BART trains for the whole day and let the video develop from there.
Zach & Pat Spurgeon (drums) are always great to work with and bring a lot of creative ideas to the table. We all work through the initial concept, along with Emmett Malloy, and then they put a lot of trust in me to deliver something visually intriguing, different and new. “Solitary Gun” is a really powerful song and I wanted to make sure to stay true to the underlying story of the song.
We shot the video on small cameras to be unobtrusive and fast paced. I collaborated with my good friend and visual artist, Alex Kopps for the graphic elements. He’s really talented when it comes to using hand drawn, low-fi, analog techniques. We wanted the the text on the video to hint at Zach’s thoughts and used coloring to bring an element of chaos and beauty to it.
More at roguewave.com.