1980s sci-fi B-Movie Music Video.
In 2008 I made this video for “Weekend at the Hampton” by Welcome to the Cinema.
It’s the year 3000. An elite dance crew narrowly escapes an evil space wizard destruction of earth. The ship’s crew is captured and forced to battle in an intergalactic dance off. Their moves struggle to keep up with the power of the space wizard’s evil dance crew. If only the greatest dance band in the universe had not disbanded and started new lives. It appears all is lost. That’s when Welcome to the Cinema is teleported from the five corners of the galaxy to PUMP IT!
Effects & Models
CAMERA + LENS
The look was created with an Sony M-7 and a old Fujinon ENG lens fitted with a star filter (and a bunch of soft focus filters taped together). This kit was tops in 1982.
All effects were practical and composited in After Effects. Spaceships were handmade from cardboard junk. Rocket engine was hammered from tin sheets with clay seals. A shoebox bellow attachment on a fog machine pushed smoke through the engine nozzles. A large blowtorch thing provided fire. Dolphin specimen was a clay model with leftover chicken bones and liver guts. Cardboard boxes, lights, and computer monitors made the space ship cockpit.
Hologram effect was an old TV monitor. Glitter pops were balloons and gunpowder (this took forever to figure out). Earth explosions were practical. I build a protective camera box (The Death Proof 9000) and blasted 4x papier-mâché covered beach balls.
Characters & Costumes
I drew from the Buck Rogers costumes in both the 80s tv show and 1930s film. Had a lot of help taking rough concepts to fabric patterns. The evil crew was dark and covered in Lamé to pop in the lights. Tried to keep the symbolism for both simple.
EVIL SPACE WIZARD
This guy is a jerk out to destroy the galaxy.
A Dinosaur Rancher (Ezekiel Richter) is all hard work & simple living. Wake up before the second sunrise, scoop dino poo, and keep the electric fence powered up.
The Jungle Man lurks through the trees hunting for snakes and mates (Darin Dahlmeier).
Cross the Animal muppet with John Waters to find The Criminal (Cody Brown). Once a member of the galaxy’s elite drum core now in a cycle of imprisonment and prison breaks.
Travel to a remote desert planet andfind the Space Mercenary (Andrew Eide). This dude is usually speeding down a deserted highway looking for gas and listening to Tina Turner.
Best known for discovering inverted DNA and synthesizing keyboards the Mad Scientist (Tom Weismantel) is feared and revered.
More Behind the Scenes
I had an insane amount of help making this. There is no way to quantify the generosity of everyone on the production team and everyone who came out for the (all night) dance shoots. Almost everyone in the video helped on the production side. So grateful!
Cody Brown, Paul Hess, Emily Anderson, Ezekiel Richter, Jon Callies, Emily Conway, Myron Blocksome, Gary Delaney, Nate Lampson, Danny Andrews, Jay Vanduch.
Jon Callies and Emily Conway, Emily Anderson, Maddie Kroger, Tony Temple, Alex Lohr, Jerren Jorgenson, Pierce Humke, Nolan Hayes, Cori Bortnem, Hayley Speirs.
Welcome to the Cinema was Cody Brown, Darin Dahlmeier, Andrew Eide, Tom Weismantel, Ezekiel Richter.
I really had no idea what I was doing. I was driven to create a music video nobody could fast forward through. I have pages and pages of mistakes but these are the big ones:
- Narrowing the story & scope. This could of allowed me to focus on the important points.
- Let go. After getting so much help there was pressure to deliver something amazing. I made key mistakes early in the game and tried to over compensate with little details dragging out the process.
- Scale back. Trying to choreography 16 dancers and 5 musicians is challenging.