The Weird Tour of China's third episode 'Castle of the Apocalypse' was filmed in an abandoned fake Disneyland theme park an hour outside of Beijing. The Tour of China was sponsored by Converse China. The video uses music from Icelandic band Sykur and the costumes are taken from a collection by Icelandic designer Mundi.
"I wanted to try and take up and coming Icelandic artists and give them exposure in such a massive country as China. The success of my project has relied heavily on generosity of others, both in the form of support with work and help on set to favours pulled and genuine kindness from the people who have interacted with me here in Iceland.
This location is somewhat of a photographers urban legend and I was so hungry to film there before anything else of note was produced in the castle so it was one of the first places I decided on as soon as this project with Converse commenced.
The abandoned theme park has huge relevance to me with regards to the Economic meltdown in Iceland. It represents Iceland by this overly ambitious construction which falters half way through due to over reaching ambition.The theme park look is very childlike and fantasy with a projection of excess – entertainment for hedonistic sake. The women in the piece are portrayed as post apocalyptic – the begrudged youth left to live in the ruins of greed - challenging all who look into them."
Concept and Direction: Kitty Von-Sometime
Official Photographer: Madi Ju
Editor: Gunnar B. Gudbjornsson sir.is
Video Grading and Post Production: Michael Todd scratchpostfx.com
Production Manager: Sally Shi
Costumes: Tom Yong / Mundi
Official Music: Feit by Sykur
Friday 13 April 2012