It is about my father and I. Both of us have visited this magical please separately many times but never together. The way it jumped cut between us emphasized this. Only in the end shot do we come together and then go back to our separate lives. It shows how similar we are but how we have grown apart through distance and only by making an effort can we maintain our bond...
I'd been looking at a lot of Robert Brownjohn's work around the time I wrote the treatment, the song evoked the strong saturated colors and projection techniques of the late 60's early 70's.
The song had this great groove, so I thought it was a perfect excuse to sit in a cold studio on a rainy day in December with a naked girl, camera and projector. The performance part was shot using two cameras, one which fed directly in to our actual camera so it was a pure duplication of itself which was back projected behind the band. It's certainly a tried and tested technique, but still it's quite trippy at points, particularly if you were standing behind it.
My greatest challenge was getting the band to stop looking at themselves on the screen behind so they could make strange video feedback patterns of themselves.
Song Title: Lay There and Hate Me
Artist: Ben Harper and Relentless 7
Record Company: Virgin Records
Director: James Frost
Production Company: Zoo Films, Los Angeles
Executive Producer: Gower Frost
Line Producer: Dawn Fanning-Moore
DP: Yon Thomas
Editor: Nicholas Wayman Harris
Editorial Company: Union Editorial, Los Angeles
Assistant Editor: Nathan Cali
Telecine: Jamie Wilkinson, The Mill, New York
Visual Effects: The Mill, Los Angeles
Flame Artist: Andy Bate
VFX Producer: Asher Edwards
VFX Coordinator: Adam Battista