Royal Blood 'Lights Out' by The Sacred Egg

Royal Blood 'Lights Out' by The Sacred Egg

The Sacred Egg's stonking performance video for Royal Blood reimagines M.C. Escher's Relativity as a dip in a pool.

Beginning simply enough with the band performing in a stark, white room, things quickly turn into a head-spinning VFX showcase as barely-clothed revellers swim from the walls and the ceiling. It's brilliantly cut by Sam Bould to keep the idea evolving throughout the video, but most of all, the thrilling visuals offer compelling evidence of the directors' qualities as master craftsmen in music videos.

Long overdue in fact. Ed Kaye and Alex Mavor (aka The Sacred Egg) have been struck by 'canned video syndrome' in the past year, as well as being occupied in commercials. But this is a triumphant return. And as they explain below, their 'liquid walls' idea required an inordinate amount of coffee creamer...

From the director

THE SACRED EGG:

“We'd been thinking about the idea of creating a room with liquid walls for a while. We simply needed a band and label willing to get their heads around the concept and trust that we could pull it off.

"Thankfully Royal Blood and Warner went for it. And before we knew it we were standing in an industrial estate in Kosovo staring at a mountain of coffee creamer being mixed into a large vat of water.

"We won’t bore you too much with the technical aspects of the shoot but it's fair to say it came with it complications. All of the elements were shot in camera so it was a big set build. Luckily the team assembled in Pristina were up for the challenge and the time and effort that went into the prep meant the shoot ran faultlessly.

"We're proud of the final film and would like to thank all those who worked on it. Special mention to the extras in Pristina who spent two days getting in and out of milk and to MPC who had to do a huge amount of work in not a lot of time.”

Credits

Director
The Sacred Egg
Producer
Tom Birmingham
Producer
Natalie Arnett
Production Company
Riff Raff FilmsRiff Raff Films website
Executive Producer
Matthew Fone
Director of Photography
Ben Todd
1st AD
Shea Bradley
Production designer
Ollie Tiong
Service Company
Horizon-T (Kosovo)
Service Producer
Harvey Ascott
Service Producer
Besnik Krapi
Editor
Sam Bould
Post production company
MPC
Post Supervisor
Jonathan Box
Post Producer
Ryan Hancocks
Colourist
Richard Fearon
Label
Warner Bros

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