night_drive_easy_to_lie_2Stolen Shots is a column in which our bud, fellow director Caleb Jackson picks apart some music videos that we love. Check out what he’s got to say, because it’s awesome.

This video was just plain easy to get into. It’s got late 70s/early 80s action vibes mixed with modern subjectivity, and the song kicks major ass! That’s only the start of it. From the get-go, the video is packed with well shot action, including a sci-fi narrative involving another planet reminiscent of Von Trier’s Melancholia meets Mad Max, plus a little Tron thrown in. The director, Christian Haberkern, works in New York as a visual effects artist, and has an impressive resume that shines through in this video. Another thing of note before we get into it: the video is actually an offshoot of a darker, more focused short film with the same story called The Rising – it’s worth a watch if you’re into this!

The narrative is somewhat vague, but it gives enough to jump on board with the protagonist. As the sun sets, he rides into the woods, chasing a fallen star set against a visible planet in the distance, and ends up getting chased down by another masked guy in a on old school Toyota. It’s revealed that he’s got some superpowers, probably related to the fallen star. I don’t wanna spoil the end, but there’s a great chase scene that goes down with really cool fog and lighting techniques, with a stunning ending featuring some epic eye candy that you have got to check out!

The coloring in this video is so spot on – it has great tone and highlights. The blue and red lights stand out so well against the dull greys, greens and purples of the woods at night. The cinematography is very shaky, but it works. It fits the campy action vibe, and the tight close-ups balance out the chaotic chase scenes. The visual effects are beyond cool, and seem to harken to corny 80’s sci-fi, like Coccoon. Overall, this video packed in a lot of intertextual reference, low budget but professional quality, and orchestrated chaos. Stoked to see what this team will turn out next!


Caleb Jackson is a director/writer/producer at Felt Film. He’s got some more music video reviews at Lowlyer.