Di­rec­tor P.R. Brown ex­plains what it was like mak­ing the videos for All Hope Is Gone

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What is it like work­ing with Clown? “in­cred­i­bly in­tense. long be­fore All Hope Is

Gone, i was do­ing promo work while they were on tour. i was shoot­ing each guy be­fore they went on to per­form, then clown comes in hold­ing a bat. i went to in­tro­duce my­self and he thought i was a fan com­ing to bug him. he put the bat in swing mode and was about to take off my head, but ev­ery­one ran up to him like, ‘no, that’s the pho­tog­ra­pher!’ that was my in­tro­duc­tion to clown. We be­came good friends af­ter that.”

How was it film­ing Psy­choso­cial? “We were shoot­ing in des moines and we’d come in from la, where the con­cept of fire is about as taboo as you could pos­si­bly think. in des moines, it was dif­fer­ent! clown wanted as much fire as he could get, and asked farm­ers to bring over hay bales that we could set alight in this field. our pro­ducer called the fire depart­ment to give them a heads-up and see if we needed a per­mit, and they laughed at us and said it was fine. that was our learn­ing curve for des moines.”

What was the at­mos­phere like on set? “there was a lot of great en­ergy. But no­body could find Sid. We fi­nally got hold of him; he was at his house and de­cided that he needed ‘a re­boot,’ so he bashed his head into the door and had to get stitches at the hospi­tal. it was one of those days.”

Psy­choso­cial has al­most 250 mil­lion plays on YouTube. Did you re­alise how much im­pact the video would have? “it was one of the most fun to shoot ever, and one of the most ter­ri­fy­ing, be­cause i did re­ally think we were go­ing to burn down des moines or burn one of the band. it’s such an ag­gres­sive song, we were all caught up in the emo­tion, not think­ing it’s go­ing to be as big of a mon­ster as it is. the day i saw a mash-up of Justin Bieber and Psy­choso­cial was when i re­alised it was big­ger than i ever thought it was go­ing to be! ha ha ha!”

How was Corey when you were record­ing the Snuff video? “he was deal­ing with all the emo­tions that the song meant, and in par­tic­u­lar the scene where he shat­ters that glass. that’s sugar glass, but he did re­ally cut the shit out of his hand when he smashed it and just went with it. he truly was re­ally bleed­ing in that scene – it doesn’t get any more au­then­tic than that. there was a col­lec­tive gasp from all of us when we were film­ing it and just let it roll be­cause he wouldn’t stop, and i think that was the mo­ment dur­ing the day where all of us just re­alised how in­tense that song re­ally was for him.”

the Psy­choso­cial video: you want fire? you got fire…

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