Its not often I get to spend 4 months working on a high concept music video with some kick as people, so when the State of Mind boys told me I had an extended time frame, I jumped at the chance to try somthing I had been working on, and will be working on for quite some time. The Following is our production process for Back Raven. Play the tune below from State of Mind and enjoy the photos.
These scale models were also done around 2009. A further exploration to how all the shapes were to fit together in 3d space.
In the grand scheme of things, these designs and characters are part of a much larger story. The Black Raven although primarily an action sequence, relates to my larger concept as part of the back history. I treated it as a proof of concept for the armour design. These characters have been a work in progress just like many of the characters and I have designed as part of my universe. With a concept as large as this one, I only get moments here and there to work on it and I took that opportunity to use Black Raven as another step in the project.
After a tip of from a good friend, we were directed to an old burnt down freezing works. Lets just say we didn't look at any other locations after we visited. It was the perfect post industrial apocalyptic wasteland.
Below was a concept planned for one of the assault rifles, however due to time and budget constraints it we would not have time to fabricate 2 of them from scratch.
Originally I storyboarded that 3 mini drones search for the raven, we experimented with cheap mini toy drones however they proved to be too unreliable and modifications to the shape would prove difficult. I ended up investing in a parrot drone and got Hendrikus DeVann to modify the shape of the hull.
The shoot was 2 days long. The first day was the longest getting the more complex shots out of the way with Oliver Hibert supervising our VFX shots, I also brought on Sam Britten as a 2nd Camera man and he brought his A game to the shoot adding some nice drone footage touches to some sequences. It was an intense 2 days but the crew worked hard and had lots of laughs. My gratitude to all of them for their great work.... and early mornings.
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Writer and Director
State of Mind ft Sacha Vee
New Zealand on Air
Director of Photography
Camera B/Gaffer/Drone Operator
Raven Costume Standby
Make Up and Hair
Raven Make Up
Production and location manager
Richard Elworthy, Lara Tarroni
Black Raven Costume Fabrication
Aleksander Sakowski and Henry Aitken
Hendrikus DeVann, Lara Tarroni, Fraser Mildon, Richard Elworthy, Craig Smith.
VFX Supervisor / Raven Sequence
Molly Sullivan, James Thomas
Joe McHale and Mike Gong