Best Special Effects VMA 2010
Muse Video. Bears! Destruction! Fire!
Humble directing collective Hydra, wins its first Moonman for Best Special Effects at the 2010 MTV VMAs with an epic narrative of tiny proportions. For "Uprising," the lead off single from Muse's eagerly anticipated new album, our boys tweaked both time and space to create an dystopic, ultra slo-mo world in 1/25th scale. We shot for 4 days on 2 continents, with two 1938 GMC pickup trucks (of drastically different size) using both the RED and Phantom cameras to get the dreamy,
slo-mo look the story demanded.
A compressed delivery schedule meant an intense 11 day in-house edit/compositing marathon, with our whole post team living, eating, and breathing bears for way longer than what could be considered physically or mentally healthy. Fortunately, we feel our delirium translated quite well into the paranoia and nightmarish anti-logic of the finished piece.
Note: Many teady bears were indeed harmed in the making of this video.
Special thanks to Warner Brothers for supplying us with so much bonfire fodder. And to the lovely woman on Ebay who sold us the antique Hungarian bear, know that he's now resting in a much better place with a steel yarmulke stitched into his head.