This is a music video I color graded for the band "The Secret State" called Fight Or Flight. The official music video was shot at Fort Irwin in California on the U.S. Army’s National Training Center (NTC) and stars active duty soldiers. This type of access and clearance has never before been granted by the military and they have given their full support for this project. All footage featured in the “Fight Or Flight” video was shot exclusively for the music video.
“While we do have a society that supports the American military, we wanted to really raise awareness as to what it’s like being deployed and all the obstacles you face,” drummer and violinist Mike Marx-Gibbons, who enlisted in the Army the day after 9/11, told FOX411 Pop Tarts column. “And then what it’s like to come home, dealing with that physically, mentally and emotionally.”
The band was granted unprecedented access from the United States Army to shoot the emotionally-charged music video for their upcoming single “Fight or Flight” at the Army’s National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. They also featured active duty soldiers in the video to better tell the tale of sacrifice and loss, offering viewers a glimpse into what American soldiers face overseas.
Nine of the 10 soldiers featured in the video have served in Iraq, Afghanistan or both, and they are all from the 11th Armored Cavalry, known as the “Blackhorse,” which provides an enemy force to fight the visiting units on a training rotation at Fort Irwin. The song and video also hits incredibly close to home for the burgeoning band, as three of the five Baltimore-based boys have served in the military.
The video was directed and produced by Alison Savitch and Karen Kraft. Alison Savitch is an award-winning visual effects supervisor and feature film producer whose credits include Mortal Kombat, The Abyss, Terminator-2: Judgment Day, Dracula and many more. Karen Kraft is an award-winning documentary producer who worked as a producer at Discovery Channel whose credits include “Marvel Superheroes’ Guide to New York City,” “World Heritage” and promotions for “Shark Week.” She is also a former Army Reserve Officer. Set photography was captured by the Riker Brothers, who are renowned celebrity/editorial fashion photographers.