1. © Copyright 2011 AppMantis

    Produced and Directed by Baz Mantis

    Concert Sequence, Cinema 4D
    And After Effects by Mark Shingleton
    http://www.markos.co.nz

    Lyrics: Simon McGrath
    Music: McGrath/Mantis
    Vocals: Simon McGrath
    Instruments: Baz Mantis

    Studio sequences filmed at Emerge Film Studios
    and Montana Drive Studios, Tauranga, New Zealand

    Audio Production Recorded, Mixed and
    Mastered at Electric Gypsy Studio, Tauranga

    Here For You Lyrics

    I've got this feeling growing deep in my heart
    It's getting stronger and it ain't gonna stop
    Whenever you're hurt and you feel like letting go
    Just give me one chance to let you know

    That I'll be your tower of hope
    And I'll be your pillar of strength
    And I'll be here til the end
    I'll be here for you

    You are my life, you're my every breath
    Wherever I walk you're my every step
    There's nothing I wouldn't do for you
    Yeah I'd give my life if you wanted me to

    'Cos I'll be your tower of hope
    And I'll be your pillar of strength
    And I'll be here till the end
    I'll be here for you

    You're my soul, you're my strength
    I want to hold you in my arms
    And pull you near when you're cold
    Live the days as we grow old

    That's why I'll be tower of hope
    And I'll be your pillar of strength
    And I'll be here till the end
    I'll be here for you

    Yes I'll be your tower of hope
    And I'll be your pillar of strength
    And I'll be here till the end

    Yes I'll be your tower of hope
    And I'll be your pillar of strength
    And I'll be here till the end
    I'll be here

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  2. Doing for sitting down what Psycho did for showers.

    This is the story of unloved furniture which bites back. Hard.

    When two couples end up on a working holiday in a remote Tauranga house, things start to get ugly quickly when an old wooden stool is evicted from the house by one of the group.

    When a menacing black chair is similarly discarded, all hell breaks loose for the unfortunate individuals in the house as the rejected furniture take gory vengeance for being disturbed by the new arrivals to their abode.

    Chair Evil is a parachillomedy (a hybrid between a parody, a chiller and a comedy), and is unique in its style and delivery.

    The makers of this movie take no responsibility for any reluctance to sit down the following day after watching this.

    Recommended for a mature audience due to the nature of bodily carnage which occurs.

    Chair Evil is also at http://www.facebook.com/ChairEvil - give us a like if you enjoyed the movie and to stay informed about the Chair Evil Count The Cats Competition and the Global Chairing phenomena which about to sweep the planet.

    Chair Evil. Share this with someone you know.

    You'll never sit down again without looking twice at what you're sitting on ...

    "The duration of production for Chair Evil, from initial concept to finished product, took eight weeks, with the original intention of having a house surrounded by dozens of CG cloned furniture items which then stormed the house, which would have been a rendering nightmare, and at that particular stage, I didn't have my two trusty wooden sidekicks in my possession.

    "Fortunately, after several weeks of browsing chair auction ads on TradeMe, a seller just down the road listed the rogue chair and stool you see in the movie, and from that point onwards the film was a certainty. After developing the shooting script, I began filming despite not having an entire cast of actors onboard. I knew the people who were meant to be doing it would turn up eventually, and they did, so shooting carried on as normal with no breaks.

    "Initially, the film was to be made for the YouTube short film competition, which stipulated a 15 minute maximum duration, but as the video assets grew, and with numerous hold ups with weather, lighting and availability of people, I decided to forego cramming the story into quarter of an hour and instead let it develop naturally at its own pace.

    "Ham and cheese method acting was the only requirement for the movie cast, of which Chair Evil was their debut acting performance, and there was much good humour while filming the scenes and re-recording the dialogue, all of which was lip synced in post production, since the interior set was essentially a giant reverb tank and outside sounded like a howling wind storm mostly, so none of the original audio could be used. This did allow the actors to generate their characters verbal expressions and mannerisms more than when we were shooting, as for many scenes I shot only one or two takes once the angles and lighting had been established. Time was our biggest enemy after lighting - I've worked as a sound engineer recording music for a while and thought that process took long enough to accomplish, but filming really does my head in. And that's not mentioning rendering times with colour grading, CG effects, software crashes and audio mixes afterwards - patience is an absolute necessity in this game!

    "The longest scenes to shoot were Brad's fight scene (about 4 hours from the arrival at the house after the car chase to the electrocution) and Chloe's beheading scene, which was a nightmare avoiding shadows from myself as cameraman as well as the feet and hands of the two chair wranglers, and a plastic head filled with marinated lamb can't be told exactly where to roll on cue! It was a very entertaining evening however with a lot of laughs along the way, and the cats loved their meaty treat afterwards - payment well earned for all their spontaneous cameo appearances (and leading up to the beheading scene, Jessie the cat's insistence that SHE should be the star of the show on the kitchen bench, and her initial curiosity then avoidance of Brad's smoking body after his electrocution on the deck) - I could not have scripted that any better if you had paid me.

    "The movie was made using a Panasonic FZ47, and the audio was also captured using the microphone on the camera. Not an ideal set up really, as the audio suffered as a result, especially with the dialogue. I intended to try crowd source funding on kickstarter.com to ensure a more professional production, but they don't support New Zealanders so what you see and hear is what you get with a cheapo budget camera. DSLR next time for sure!"

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AppMantis

Baz Mantis

Drawing deeply from a series of influences who have proven themselves to be heavyweights in the stadium rock genre, New Zealand rockers AppMantis have forged themselves a style which sits somewhere between epic anthem ballads and attitude driven energetic…


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Drawing deeply from a series of influences who have proven themselves to be heavyweights in the stadium rock genre, New Zealand rockers AppMantis have forged themselves a style which sits somewhere between epic anthem ballads and attitude driven energetic hard rock.

Singer and lyricist Simon "The App" McGrath weaves a strong mid ranged rock vocal presence through the layers of instrumentation wrangled by sidekick musician and producer Baz Mantis, whose previous incarnation as the driving force behind the avant garde alternative act The Saturn Door shows his effect laden video production techniques are still applicable for the more mainstream AppMantis.

AppMantis have an official YouTube channel with more music videos at http://www.youtube.com/AppMantis

The end concert VFX scenes for this music video were created by Mark Shingleton at http://www.markos.co.nz

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