One of the most emotional break ups caused by a band hit me yesterday. I have a different relation to this band than a lot of other people. This is my story about a band I had the pleasure to work with, see live a couple of times and listen to.
In 2005 I called my old class mate from 9th grade, Andreas, up to ask him about a school project I was planning on doing. He picked up the phone from his hotel room in New York, I could barely hear what he said but I managed to get his e-mail address.
I was planning on shooting my first ever music video and when we got the task to do this in school I immediately thought of “A fairytale of goodbye”, the band Andreas was a singer in. They had just changed their name to Promise Divine and with some help from the band we managed to film at small venue outside Stockholm.
When I hear the intro I fly 7 years back in time and can see my self sitting by the editing station at school making the video for “This time”.
Three years later it was time again. But this time Andreas called me up during my lunch break at work, where I started working 5 days after graduating film school. I had better connections in the film industry and we shot the new video “Come September” in our brand new film studio on the island Lidingö out side Stockholm. The band had in my opinion started to find their own sound and I loved the tunes. They gave me a copy of the album and I have listened to ever since. By this time I had seen the band live a few times, with the release party on Tanto being the best one so far.
Another two years past by and it was once again time to make a video. I know had quite a lot of experience in making moving pictures look good. Their new record label, Snapping Fingers Snapping Necks was very supportive and helped out organizing the shoot. I had by this time moved to London, my girlfriend lived in San Francisco and while on holiday in the US, I tried to organize the shoot in Stockholm.
In November 2011 I flew home to Sweden and had just as fun a always. We did the shoot with my old colleagues from Sweden, Simon and Anton, who are two amazing guys to work with. This band is a bunch of great guys. Almost all of us grew up in the same neighbour hood and have a lot of friends in common. The song “Me in the study with the revolver” was in my opinion the best song they had ever done. Catchy and cool. Commercial but not something you get tired of listening to.
We created, in my opinon, one of the best videos I have ever done. The entire budget was about 1 million dollars less than the tv-commercial I just worked on for the upcoming Super Bowl. “Me in the study with the revolver” is genuine and made with passion, just like Promise Divine and all their songs. You can create what ever you want as long as you believe in it. This video means so much more to me than anything else I have worked on.
And here I am, in New York, where it kind of for me started with a phone call and my first music video 7 years ago. For me the existence of Promise Divine has been a part of my carrear from when it started to where it is right now. I do hope I will have the opportunity to work with the members of the band in the future. Thanks for three amazing projects Andreas, Patrik, Jimmy, Johan and Mikael and good luck in the future.
The Mill has put the last commercial promo on their website.
Together with the director Mick and editor Daniel we picked out a few shots and stills of Jonathan Ross to be used for a head replacement.
Normally you’d like to shoot the stunt man first, take the last frame and lay down Jonathan Ross in the exact same position. Unfortunately we had to shoot Jonathan Ross first and the next day the stunt guy had to perform his stunt and try to land in the same position as Jonathan had. It didn’t really work so we had to – fix it in post.
Jeff, Gary, Kurti and Zoe did the clean up och the background and I comped the head replacement. Last day Zoe did some fine tuning in Flame.
The final piece in the post production got in place today as I got an answer from my friend Andreas, who I met during our military service. He join in to do the sound design for the commercial and my last worry is out of this world.
Andreas is actually the person who introduced me to my first compositing program, AlamDv, who later led me to wanting to become a compositor.
Andreas has just finished off his latest sound design for Battlefield 3, as he works for Dice/EA Games.
My friend Robert at Cinesite, who also happens to be my flat mate has joined the tiny post team as post picture creative and compositor. Robert has years of experience in commercials and feature films such as Pirates of the Caribbean and John Carter of Mars.