Q: What happens when you put Jon Glazer, Jack White and Alison Mosshart of The Kills together on a grassy knoll with automatic weapons?
A: You get a surreal rockin' bullet-ridden duel where nobody dies.
Smoke & Mirrors in conjunction with London-based One of Us and Stranger, just completed the Flame and color-grading work on a unique Jon Glazer-directed music video for alt-rock supergroup The Dead Weather.
Treat Me Like Your Mother features Jack White and Alison Mosshart of The Kills (Mosshart is a member of Dead Weather) colliding in a ferocious and surreal duel with automatic weapons. The face-off is set in a dusty field bordering a gaudy suburban housing tract, where the duo unloads their clips in a relentless onslaught that complements the music's powerful cadence. Despite skewering one another with countless bullets, both walk away as the video fades.
Smoke & Mirrors chipped in with many of the effects for the firing and impact of the weapons, including bullet hits, ground hits, and muzzle flashes. Color grading was by Mark Horrobin (Smoke & Mirrors London) while New York had Sean Broughton, Nic Seresin and Philip Akka lead the S&M effects with Tony Lawrence nodding it via S&M London.
"It is not often one finds a band willing to take such a risk as this, nor is it common to have Jon Glazer directing it. To find ourselves being asked to join the party was both an honor and a privilege that everyone at Smoke & Mirrors was proud to be part of," said Broughton, Smoke & Mirrors co-founder and creative director.
Artist: The Dead Weather
Song: Treat Me Like Your Mother
Production Company: Academy@HELLO!
Director: Jon Glazer
DP: Max Malkin
EP(s): Lizie Gower, Liz Kessler, Sheira Reese-Davies
Managing Director: Line Postmyr
Producer US: Rachel Curl
Producer UK: Mark Whittow-Williams
Telecine: Smoke & Mirrors/London
Colorist: Mark Horrobin
Post/Effects: Smoke & Mirrors/NY
CD: Sean Brougton
Flame Artist(s): Sean Broughton, Nic Seresin, Philip Akka, Sam Caine, Stephanie Isaacson, Tony Lawrence (UK)
Producer(s): Paul O'Beirne, Lauren Shawe
VFX Producer(s): Belinda Grew, Leigh Warner, Paul O.Beirne, Lauren Shawe
Post/Effects: One of Us/London
VFX Producer: Rachael Penfold
VFX Line Producer: Chaya Feiner
Visual Effects: Stranger
Editorial: The Quarry
Editor: Paul Watts
Audio Post: Wave Studios
Mixer: Johnnie Burns