Published on October 22nd, 2012 | by greg0
A Place To Bury Strangers: And I’m Up:: Official Video
A Place to Bury Strangers is happy to present the video for “And I’m Up,” directed by Karl Ackermann. Karl Ackermann is the brother to the band’s vocalist Oliver Ackermann and he chose to wage war with some random toys. Needless to say, Skeletor is always frightening whether his face is melting or not.
Director Ackerman says of the video:
“For me ‘And I’m Up’ is about coming of age. Burning toys seemed like it’d be an apt metaphor, fun and easy to shoot, and cool to look at. My idea was to create what I called an Action Figure Destruction Derby, an ultraviolent toy commercial, a non-CGI ‘Toy Story 4: Battle Royale.’
I’m an animator so figuring out how to film this required a couple paradigm shifts. Usually stuff doesn’t move unless I tell it to but fire and robot toys don’t listen to me. Filming became an exercise in setting up a situation where we had the greatest chance of catching something cool on camera.
Finding a good location was tricky. As a kid in Virginia, you could buy cigarettes from vending machines and burn and explode toys pretty much anywhere. As an adult in NYC, it’s more complicated. I eventually found a location after a spending a few days with Google Satellite View and a Zip Car.
The shoot was tough but fun. I got a tremendous amount of help and support from friends. Hopefully they had as good a time working on this as I did.”
A Place To Bury Strangers will return to the US with Bleeding Rainbow for a run of dates starting October 27 in Richmond, VA. The band will also play Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in November and headline appearances in Los Angeles at the Troubadour on November 6 as well as a hometown show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on November 18.