Pique came to us with a rough idea of how he wanted the footage to reflect his lyrics. The wordplay throughout the track is consistent with Samurai and Ninja references. Dark grey skies, forests and a generally gloomy visual aesthetic were all thrown into the brainstorming session so with all that in mind we began the pre-production process.
Pre-production – We started by finding a location to film at. The location needed to be something that resembled a Ninja village. Water, streams, rivers, waterfalls and lots of wooden or stone structure were all a must. We decided to film at Healey Dell Nature Reserve in Rochdale as it had the all the required attributes.
After visiting the location and taking some test footage we formed a storyboard and shot lost. On this occasion, this process was fairly easy to complete due to the layout of Healey Dell. It was possible for us to walk the perimeter of the location in a circuit fashion stopping at various points of interest to film full takes of the track.
Shoot – On the day of the shoot we arrived at Healey Dell early to capture the early morning light coming through the trees within the reserve. Sticking to the storyboard and shot list we began filming at the various points of interest. All the footage was filmed on a single rig consisting of a Sony A7r3 camera with a 35mm lens. The camera was mounted on a DJI Ronin Gimbal for smooth fluid footage. We rapped up filming in the mid afternoon and checked the footage to make sure we had all the shots listed on our shot list and storyboard.
Post Production – We edited the footage we had obtained in Final Cut Pro. Because the footage was all shot in 4k 60fps we were able to slow certain clips down and use speed ramps to create fluid edits and stylish transitions. . The video was then graded using industry standard safe levels for a professional look. Several edits were then created for the client to look at and then choose the one he liked the best.