The Darkest Road

I’m beyond proud to present the video I created for Australian Metalcore/Powercore legends A Breach of Silence. Logistically this was one of the biggest clips I’ve created in my time working within the Music Video medium. Here’s a few notes on the filming locations, process and equipment used:

Story Elements:
The story footage was shot on a private production farm in the outer Brisbane area. With the help of Jacob Schneider (Actor/Photographer) and William France (Photographer/Musician) we headed off into the dark of night toward a private farm near Caboolture. I’d always wanted to film at a location with greenhouses so it was nice to finally make that happen. All moon light in the story footage is provided by a 1000 Watt Lupolux light at 2 O’clock, obviously the light would move with framing etc. I won’t lie it was amazing to finally get to film a big bonfire as well, another shot I’ve wanted to get for years! The only set specific gear was the Lupo and 2 x Fresnals for the greenhouses.

Dan’s Treatment:
Huge thanks to Frankie Nasso for booking someone to get the shots for us. Cheers!

Band Performance:
This part of the shot was logistically more intense than anything I’ve had to create thus far (bigger and better I hope). I recruited a close friend and very competent cameraman Adrian Pagano to assist on the night with lighting. Travelling further north, this time to Elimbah, we made our way to a HUGE private property and setup. The following lighting fixtures were used:
– 1200 watt HMI primary (lightstar)
– 1000 watt Lupolux
– 650 watt Lupolux
– 2 x 350 watt Fresnals (under Green GEL)
– 3 x Honda 20i Generators

Here’s a list of gear used of the shoot for anyone keen:
– Canon 5Dmk3
– Zeiss 35mm Flektagon f2.4
– Zeiss 50.m T*Planar f1.4
– Tokina 11-16mm f.28
– Genus Fader ND’s
– SmallHD DP4 EVF
– Jag35.com rigs
– Magic Lantern raw
– a shit ton of high speed cards
– home made snorii cam, the death rig

– Col B.

Give Us A Sign – Misery Signals Tour Diary Part 4 (Final)

May 17th & 18th (Brisbane)

Today we would make our trek home, back to Brisbane, Australia for the final leg of the Misery Signals Australian Tour 2014. The thought of showers, loved ones, beds and bros was more than enough to nix any thoughts or inclinations of exhaustion. One last airport rush (thankfully the flight was delayed so we could eat and drink), Kavinsky blasting in my ear, and we were on our way. We picked up the van, as we had so many times on this tour, and began our drive to West End to load in and sound check. Tonight was to be an interesting one with a rather hectic schedule due to a second ‘secret’ show that would be held after the headlining set at The Hi-Fi. There isn’t a whole lot to say about the Hi-Fi show other than everyone killed it. I was behind merch most of the night pimping out MS wares left, right and centre while sinking cups of coffee and red bull to quell any thought of rest.

Misery Signals - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Misery Signals – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Lights out, roll out.

20 minutes after lights out at the Hi-fi we were making the short trip across the Brisbane CBD to Fortitude Valley to be greeted by Australia’s ‘Home of the Heavy’, Crowbar. This place is basically our answer Japan’s Hatsudai Wall or Rock Rock, it’s a no pomp, balls to the wall heavy music venue, so what better place to hold a secret show! After the second load in for the day I was dead to the world and the thought holding a camera for another set was not very high on my list of must do’s. So it’s at this point I said ‘fuck it’ and stopped taking pics for the evening. I instead mic grabbed, stage invaded, crowd surfed and in general let loose a weeks worth of frustration and stress.The below video of me was captured by Vanguard Touring competition winner Todd, who might I add was a really rad dude.

The chaos of the evening was instead captured by photographer and good friend HarlraH Photography (https://www.facebook.com/harlrahphotography) whom I have asked to supply the following shots. All credits for the Crowbar shots, HarlraH Photography 2014.

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Copyright – HarlraH Photography

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Copyright – HarlraH Photography

Copyright - HarlraH Photography

Copyright – HarlraH Photography

Copyright - HarlraH Photography

Copyright – HarlraH Photography

Copyright - HarlraH Photography

Copyright – HarlraH Photography

Copyright - HarlraH Photography

Copyright – HarlraH Photography

Copyright - HarlraH Photography

Copyright – HarlraH Photography

Also a huge thanks to Trad and the Crowbar team for letting us party and blast out a set. 3am started to roll around, I was now dead or dying and needed to get my car and get home to have some sleep. So I disappeared into the night.

Crowbar - Brisbane, Australia

Crowbar – Brisbane, Australia

Today would be the last show of the tour, the last day the lads would be in town and my last chance to hang out. The events were being held at Brisbane All Ages venue, The Lab (one of the only AA venues and a rad place to boot); with a relaxed vibe filling the air of the last day. Today had a sombre feel to it, the toll of the previous nights events had started to show on some of the crew and band, but also the fact that we knew it was all coming to an end had started to chime home (well at least for me). Brandan Schieppati dropped in to see the show which was a welcome surprise and having a chance to have a brief talk about strength and conditioning with him was awesome.

For today’s show I had decided to forgo the usual live setup (5DmkIII cranking to High Iso) to instead use my AlienBee (Paul C Buff lighting) Flash setup to allow much better image quality, not to mention a faster shutter speed. The following is what happened:

Stories - The Lab

Stories – The Lab

Stories - The Lab

Stories – The Lab

Stories - The Lab

Stories – The Lab

Stories - The Lab

Stories – The Lab

Stories - The Lab

Stories – The Lab

Stories - The Lab

Stories – The Lab

Stories - The Lab

Stories – The Lab

Stories - The Lab

Stories – The Lab

Stories - The Lab

Stories – The Lab

Stories - The Lab

Stories – The Lab

Stories - The Lab

Stories – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

Misery Signals - The Lab

Misery Signals – The Lab

After the show was done and dusted we (Stories, Misery Signals and Crew) met up at a Thai restaurant off the main drag in West End and shared one last meal together before we would part. I’ve always found end of tour meals/meet ups to have this odd feeling where everyone is super positive but somewhere inside we all just don’t want to acknowledge that it will end. For me this means no more touring, no more crazy cities. It means being chained back to a desk for weeks at a time taking part in the monotony of life. I work a normal government based job and the thought of returning to the desk at the end of a tour is pure agony; post tour depression in full effect. Despite any of these feelings we part, a journey now ended.

The Crew (minus Dan Harper)

The Crew (minus Dan Harper)

A HUGE thanks to Vanguard touring for taking me along on this trip. It’s been a pleasure and an experience to work with some of the best dudes in country, not to mention touring with one of my all time favourite acts.

Also here’s some video of Branden (Misery Signals) doing his thing. Sorry for the shaky cam at times, this is unedited footage of them live.

– Col B.

 

You Spin Me Right Round Baby – The Lords of Salem review

Witches scream and cackle as they strip themselves bare to the flesh and conspire in acts of ungodly debauchery. Yes The Lords of Salem is a film with witches, not broomstick flying ones, but none the less. Think more along the lines of The Wicker Man or even in some cases The Town that Dreaded Sundown. So if the whole cauldrons and Satanism isn’t your thing, then you may wish to avoid this one. Thankfully old school horror had something that the modern medium is often missing, atmosphere; thankfully this is not one of those films. Nostalgia literally oozes from every interior and into each frame of film. We’re taken for a ride that is also decidedly old school as we get to experience not jumps scares or shock tactics but a legitimate building of tension; as to whether that pays off is up to you and your opinion.

Sherri Moon Zombie – The Lords of Salem

We follow Heidi (Sherri Moon Zombie), a now reformed drug addict working on a late night Howard Stern style radio station. Rob’s other half Sherri is not the best actress in the world and struggles at times to make her character work. That said it’s a horror film of the late night type so I don’t expect little golden midget winning performances here. A vinyl (yes vinyl, not MP3 thank f**k) is sent to her workplace with no information other than it’s for her to check out. After some taunts and jokes from her workmates she takes the record home to give it a spin. After some drinks and late night listening we begin a dark and twisted journey. It’s a crazy ride with abstract visions, uncomfortable locations and even weirder people. That’s about as far as I’m willing to go with story though, as part of the fun is seeing how out of the norm this film really can be, particularly compared to say Rob’s Halloween remakes.

It’s amazing how simple the skewed angle of a shot or the uncomfortable droning of the soundtrack can affect you when you’re not being force fed queues like ‘Jump scare here’ or ‘must kill this person’. It’s refreshing to see a Director move from the completely violent to the abstractly barren. Honestly a lot of the discomfort comes from how long, Rob and cinematographer Brandon Trost (the dude shot Crank, The FP, MacGruber need I say more), choose to hold a shot and when to finally make that decisive cut call. John 5 also provides a score that is more than a little unsettling and gives that extra discomfort that a tale such as Lords requires. That said the sound design in this film is impeccable and really helps add that weight of dread to many scenes.

Rob Zombie has suffered from a mixed bag over the last decade while trying to break from his musical trappings into the world of cinema. Many find his films too odd, or confronting to be seen as a commercial let alone watchable film style. His new one will be no different, as he yet again makes some changes to his formula and just lets the ball roll. Now before you go into the film remember this… it’s not a ten million dollar horror film, this doesn’t have earth shattering scares or effects, but it does have atmosphere in spades and a rather old school appearance. This is a creature of nostalgia as much as it is a tribute. Every frame glows with a sense that Rob’s appreciation for all things John Carpenter (In the Mouth of Madness comes to mind) and Stephen King (specifically The Shining) is the centre piece of this film.

– Col B