CASE STUDY: TO KILL A KING MUSIC VIDEO

BEHIND THE SCENES | TO KILL A KING – LOVE IS NOT CONTROL

Soon after we wrapped the video for Love is Coal, the guys asked us to produce the video for their next single: To Kill A King – Love is Not Control. We were sold immediately, especially after the girls at De La Muerte sent the brief through describing a hectic wrestling match which suddenly transforms in to a mad dance off – we needed to shoot this.

We worked closely with Debbie from De La Muerte to find the perfect location for the shoot and we quickly realised there aren’t many wrestling rings in London. Originally we had plans to shoot at Lucha Britannia ring in Bethnal Green. This venue was great, it had the vibe we were looking for while also giving us so many options for different camera angles and lighting set ups. However, the ring was being taken down a few days later and wouldn’t be back up until early January, cutting it too close to the deadline so we had to look elsewhere.

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Our next port of call was a wrestling ring in Camberwell called Progress Wrestling School. It didn’t allow us to shoot from as many angles as the previous venue but it was perfect for our set up shots of the wrestlers walking in to the ring.

For this shoot, Debbie from De La Muerte took on the role as Director, she has an awesome portfolio of work and was great to work with on this. Our team then provided the necessary crew!

 Here’s a photo of our cam-op getting into the spirit of the video and choke slamming Mike our DOP

Here’s a photo of our cam-op getting into the spirit of the video and choke slamming Mike our DOP

TECHNIQUES AND HARDWARE

The video was shot with a RED Epic-X and we used a DJI Ronin for Stabilisation. Both of these beastly bits of kit were made available to our cause by the gains-dictator Claudiu Voicu. He also came along to the shoot as 2nd Cam Op.

We spent about 7 hours shooting the wrestling and 2 hours setting up and shooting the band performing in the ring. The guys from TKAK had a pretty busy schedule that day so arrived later in the evening.

 And here he is behaving himself

And here he is behaving himself

CONCLUSION

The original plan was to give the video a moody, aggressive grade, using gels on the lights to reflect this – red for the wrestling, blue for the band. Unfortunately, Amazon messed up our order and the bigger gels we needed didn’t arrive until 2 days after the shoot, 10 days after the order was placed, first class and all. No biggie though, we could sort this in post. After I finished the base edit, De La Muerte jumped on the grade and they smashed it.

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