I’ve just finished producing a music video for the song ‘The King is Dead’, which is written and performed by my brother Stewart Nestel.
He wanted some archive footage of kings and/or fallen leaders woven into the narrative of the music video to give a sense of oldness and ‘how the mighty have fallen’; the fickleness of time and vanity of power. We wanted it to stay quirky though, not too serious.
I sourced the wonderful old animations and archive footage from various public domain sites.
To introduce the dreamlike tone we were aiming for, I shot a few hyperlapse sequences around Sydney. Two of them open the video. The first was shot at the old Customs Tower at the top of the hill at La Perouse, Botany Bay. I’ve always loved this spot.
The second sequence was shot at another favourite photographic location of mine, the wreck of the SS Ayrfield in Homebush Bay. A mangrove forest has taken residence in the old wreck giving it a strange fairytale ambience.
Stewart’s performance of the song was shot at The Gasoline Pony bar in Marrickville and the cutaway shots of Stewart wandering around the cliffs and walls are from another Sydney location loved by myself and many other shooters – Potter Point on the Kurnell Peninsula.
I hope you enjoy the video. We certainly had fun filming it.
You can download an mp3 of ‘The King is Dead’ from Stewart’s soundcloud site here.