Sections of downtown Yadkinville were used this week as the set for a new music video. Erez Bader, owner of Silent Flight Productions, spent the weekend and early part of the week filming on Jackson Street for a video titled “Catalyst” by the Greensboro-based band Wings Denied.
“[The song] portrays a theme of social media becoming too distracting and the real natural world being strangled,” Bader said. “Though the song has its own concept, I generally prefer to think about the song’s theme and message and incorporate that into my own original ideas.
“For this video I took the theme of feeling overwhelmed by the growing social media movement and technological age and incorporated that into a post-apocalyptic story about people with televisions for heads taking over the world and attempting to take out the last of the humans. Ultimately, Volt, a young TV person, decides that humans are not inherently evil and gives them a remote control that will temporarily shut down all the TV People and restore balance to the world.”
During the weekend filming project, Bader and his crew had trash strewn about the streets, a vehicle that appeared to be wrecked along the side of the street and actors covered in make-up to resemble dirt and lying, as if dead, in the street.
Bader admitted that his concepts are “always a little out there,” but nevertheless the theme of how technology is increasingly taking over is certainly one that rings true.
“It speaks in volumes,” said Forest Van Hoose, a member of the crew working on the video.
Van Hoose is a recent graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, and most of the actors and crew of the project are current students.
Wig and make-up students Courtney Howard, Lindsey Brown and Loren Skora were busy Saturday morning taking turns applying make-up that would appear as though the actors in the video had been through a great battle.
Drama students Matt Foley, Sam Dowling and Patrick Nolan were busy practicing stunts that would be part of the video.
Bader said the downtown area of Yadkinville was a great setting for the filming and the town welcomed him and his crew.
“Yadkinville has always been so helpful with local filmmakers. A bunch of my filmmaker friends have been aided by Yadkinville in the past on productions like ‘One and Two’ and ‘The Roma Project.’ When it came time to decide where we would film this elaborate music video Yadkinville was the clear front runner. The modern, urban feel of the city is a perfect battleground for our TV People to attack.”
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.