in august of 2012, LA musician Taurus Scott asked DEM to create a music video for his upcoming album on Hellfyre Club Records.
we headed up to Taurus' toluca lake headquarters with the RED scarlet and some spray-painted ping-pong ball halves. the video was written and directed by DEM's chris morgan.
Taurus had employed the acting services of a few friends, and we shot the piece over the course of about 5 or 6 hours. most of the video is shot using a glidecam HD2000, which was considerably overloaded by the weight of the scarlet, even stripped down with no cage.
in the end, however, we got the shots we needed, and then it was back to DEM HQ where we did about 160 hours of VFX work to complete the video.
we hadn't initially planned to do as much camera matchmoving and 3D work as we ended up doing, but quite a few of the shots translated really well and allowed us to get a little more creative with how we placed the effects. there's a few sketchy shots in there to be sure - we used a combination of SynthEyes and AE's built-in 3D camera tracker to achieve the best results we could depending on the shot.
to give the 'mad hatter' character (the illustrious Josh Fielstra) colour in an otherwise (mostly) monochromatic environment, we resorted to manuallly rotoscoping him out in every shot, and colour correcting his pass in DaVinci before recompositing the shots with effects, etc. we tried to preserve the RAW workflow as much as possible until we had to bake in looks for compositing, etc. then the whole piece went through one final correction pass for final curve and colour tuning.
the video premiered in march 2013.
DIRECTOR/CAMERA: chris morgan
1st AD: damien lay
1st AC: taylor smith
CAMERA: RED Scarlet