Feel free to press ‘play’ to watch this delightfully creepy music video for Hail the Villain’s latest song, My Reward. The video went live today on noisecreep.com and what do ya know…I’m in it.
Me. In front of the camera. Ay Dios mio!
So the story goes like this. I get a message on my Blackberry from set designer, Rachelle Scarfo, saying something along the lines of “want to model in a music video?” Most people would say hell yes. I spent an hour explaining to her why I shouldn’t be in the video. I can’t act, I can’t dance or gyrate, I’m not a model, I’m not thin and I like wearing clothes (most of the time), but I’ll do the make-up! Of course, they didn’t need my make-up services, damn!
Eventually I got on the horn with the director, Alon Isocianu, and explained all this again. Then he explained the concept. He asked if I knew who Floria Sigismondi was. Flashback to 15 years ago, a 13 year old Kat Von Pire watching Marilyn Manson’s music video for The Beautiful People and thus began my teenage love affair with photographer & director Floria Sigismondi. At 14, I saved up all my pennies to buy her first book of photography, Redemption. So yeah, I know who Floria Sigismondi is.
Really, he had me there. The video concept was dark, taking inspiration from Floria. The final product doesn’t touch a Sigismondi nightmare, but I can see the inspiration, especially on a last minute low budget.
The other bonus to my being on set, was meeting SPFX veteran, Randy Daudlin and his assistant Indiana. Randy’s been in the make-up biz for 20+ years and has published two SPFX how-to books (Hurt Em’ Reel Good & Reel Characters). Being the vampire nerd I am, I introduced myself to Randy and followed it up with a smooth “Soooo, you did the make-up for Blood & Donuts” and the flood gates opened. He told me all about doing director David Cronenberg’s make-up for that film, and about plenty of other productions he worked on. Super friendly awesome guy!
Did I mention I’m mouthless in the video? I’m the mouthless freakishly corseted gal. Fortunately I brought my other half along, as communication became difficult after Randy de-mouthed me. Steve was able to translate what my flailing arms, pointing & grunting meant. Bless him. And who would have thought all my teenage goth-wear would have come in handy! I packed a huge suitcase full of lace, leather & vinyl, and all three of us ‘model’ gals ended up wearing my digs. Future career as a stylist? Nah, I’ll stick to make-up.
Keep an eye on Alon Isocianu and Reactiv Pictures, they’ve just been nominated for an MMVA for Post Production of the year on Candy Coated Killahz video Neon Black.