Friday, November 20, 2009

Weekend Discussion: If You Directed The Beautiful Thieves Music Video, What Would The Concept Be?

With rumors swirling that the next single will be 'Beautiful Thieves' and the great possibility that there will be a music video to accompany the single, we want to know, if you were in the director's chair, what would your video concept be?

Share your directorial visions with one another.

25 comments:

  1. I think there is gonna be ALOT of gold stuff. Not Blood but stuff like jewelry and close YEAH

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  2. :OGif time!!! Will be back soon.. hopefully.. :)

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  3. The band will be portrayed as thieves and wear some kind of masks. They will be driving in a car (Adam won't be driving though, hopefully :P) to rob some bank. Throughout the video you would see shots of the band putting on a performance under the Hollywood sign or something, looking all glammed up like celebrities. After they rob the bank, the rest of the band escapes besides Davey. He gets shot and dies like he does in every video. Then they take off his mask and look shocked because he's a "celebrity".Idk that's kinda what I imagine haha.

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  4. Im with Drew, thats kind of wat i thought of when i first heard the song...

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  5. Wow, Drew's vision is kind of awesome.

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  6. Personally, I would use a ton of lighting effects. Such as right before the chorus have a sort of wave/fire effect but with lights and then during the chorus have an arial view of the band performing with circles of light radiating to the outside of the performing area. Other than that, the song doesn't really speak to me with any imagery.NOW, as for Medicate, if I had directed that it would have been another story. I would have had them performing on a rotating circular platform that has ample room between band members, in a circular enclosed room with blue and white lights on the ceiling. The video starts out with the band standing still possibly looking at the camera as the platform starts to rotate, lights flashing. We see closeups of everyone performing but as the platform rotates, so they're still moving. When the "THIS IS!" part comes we see hands extending to the air, attached to unidentified bodies. When the chorus hits the platform excellerates, and then slows down again when the next verse hits. Lots of shots and effects to make it interesting and such. Then the bridge where the platform stops and the lights go off, then davey starts singing and blue lights in the ceiling turn on in tandem with the piano. We see some figures approaching the platform as the band is swarmed and each of them is surrounded and crowded by them, extending their arms out ceilingward trying to get out. Short shot of the white ceiling lights being turned on again and cutting back to the band performing as if nothing had happened and the platform beginning to rotate again. Sparks rain for the guitar solo. I suppose the sparks could be substituted for pills though, but that might be painful. End of the video with the platform coming to a stop. Fade out or cut out, either one works.

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  7. ~To Jason and or PabloI created a "crash love" facebook page back in august to spread the word about the new album and create a social group that was just as excited as i was for the upcoming album. So far it has well over 2,000 members and growing and i was hoping if you could post on your site the link to the group or to remind all facebook users to add the group if they haven't already. I posted your webpage as a link on the group that im sure has directed several people to you, so it would be for the benefit of crash love if you would post this. Thanks a lot and keep up the great work on all of the updates, i am constantly on here. Here is the link to the group, and if you cant post it then just tell facebook users to type "crash love" in the search text and they can find it that way.http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=106182067158#/group.php?gid=106182067158-Dominic

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  8. Dominic, are you asking to have your site be put in our affiliates section?

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  9. The band would be the beautiful theives burning a big city with gold fire and performing in the chaos with the victims being fans who are not running from them or running for cover.

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  10. yes that would be great, but a post about it would be even greater as all the members would be notified by it instead of never noticing it on the affiliates =)

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  11. Dominic, a Facebook message has been sent to you

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  12. I'm not sure why, but I always pictured the guys in the Silver and Cold video as criminals, what with their lack of hesitance to steal a car and the fact that they looked kind of shady in the coffee shop.. ha ha. But I think it would be cool to film another video in the same location as a prequel to the S&C video that depicts the four of them as a criminal group where something happens that causes Davey to become estranged from the group at the end... Maybe a heist gone wrong.

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  13. i forsee (similarly to Shy Boy Revenge) them performing in a burning city with fans just dancing and singing along despite the flames that are being drawn ever closer. The video ends with a birds eye shot of the city, it explodes, we here the amps go crazy, done.

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  14. i kinda imagined it like how drew described it.

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  15. I'm still hoping for IATVHTBH video with many car crashes.

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  16. The Amythest PainterNovember 21, 2009 at 7:32 AM

    if it is in fact beautiful thieves then they could almost do a two part video, with end transmission as a follow up. for the beautiful thieves vid, i like the ideas that have been tossed about - especially the prequel to silver and cold, however, maybe a sequel to that one would work even better (considering davey and the band have both changed appearance wise). picture like some sort of ambient music to while flash backs to the silver and cold video to bring the viewer up to speed and the police discovering that A, H and J survived the crash. it then becomes a hunt for davey as he goes after some crazy expensive things (an ode to the italian job perhaps?). the video would have shots of the band playing but davey singing else where (as he is running from them). the video ends with A H and J confronting davey at whatever it is he is trying to steal - the heart of hollywood/celebrity? with alarms wailing. the boys have no time to argue or fight over the events in the SC city so they run out together and hop into a car (pink cadillac ala elvis?) and drive into the sunset.then with end transmission as the intro starts its the guys driving into the sunset under pursuit by the police, and also cuts to various people (a couple in a convertible for the "pull the top down use your knees to drive"). the boys make it to the safety of an old transmission shack in the desert and start broadcasting with the band playing in the background. they are telling the world they have the heart of holylwood etc. stirring a panic and violence and riots. they head back to their car and davey continues singing as he stands on the trunk of the car as it speeds to the city before the first chorus. the rest of the video is them driving to the city as night comes intersected with the riots and such - the hollywood sign gets torn down?- they reach the city at the bridge and theyre all looking around at the destruction of LA landmarks with satisfaction, with fires burning and people running and cowering in fear ("everything was burning bright, everyone was frightened")...and davey on the back of the car will tell people to stay strong. the video winds down with the car driving into the sunrise now for the last chorus (we'll burn it past the morning sun"). and the video ends with a sight of LA destroyed with naught but screams and the sound of crackling flames.

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  17. I'm already pissed at the possibility that Beautiful thieves is going to be AFI's next single. No offence though. So I'm going to pretend Begin Transmission is going to be AFI's next single. As the into begins, Davey and the girl from the Medicate video are driving down a long highway towards the sunset, speeding away from chaos. They are in an old fasioned 60's car. But above them, you can see cuts of Adam, Jade and Hunter playing their instruments in the sky(Which is a beautiful starry night with the combination of a sunset). Davey and the girl are holding hands and laughing, in celebration. The girl starts to get on top of Davey, causing him to divert his attention to her instead of the wheel and road. He's almost in a trance, like he can't control himself. The car starts to get off the road, and eventually it crashes. In the end of the video, it cuts to what was behind them on the highway- the burning city of hollywood. And in the night sky, you can see the heart logo in the triange and the band in the form of constellations. (gay, leave the constellations or take it)

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  18. ^ that is awesome for end transmission!! I was thinking the same, but I don't like the heart logo

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  19. Dark Morning DetectiveNovember 21, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    My concept for the album would be showing what could be the conspirators behind the great devistations of the world, namely 9/11 and other staged attacks and terrorism.Beautiful Thieves basically is a theme song for the illuminated ones that go unseen because all of us turn a blind eye, when the signs are right in our face. There has never been a more ignorant society in all the ages than TODAYS society. Just delve into the lyrics and it you'll see how it clearly is about the 'Enlightened', who advocate a one world, and rule/controll it through war, terror and other evil. Beautiful because their master was beautiful (Lucifer) and Thieves because their God (Lucifer) is also none as the thief. Oh i love this new album lol, theres double meaning to a lot of the songs, and the true meaning i think is what i layed out above. Crazy? just wait till you see the video for it lol

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  20. I don't think the video treatment should be quite as literal as the song title.I think, though, that I really liked the idea someone above me had about the whole city in flames. In my head, I'd see LA in flames, and, especially thinking about the "We'll surely make the covers" line, in some way, I see news stands and the like with magazines where all the people on the covers are faceless, as a commentary on media and celebrity. There'd be clips of a performance amongst flames mingled with clips of someone (you guys keep saying Davey) driving the car down an empty LA highway.It all sounds like something someone already has said. I think in some interview, they asked the band who are the beautiful thieves, and Adam said he always imagined Davey driving a fast car in that song lol.

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  21. I like Andrea's the most. I don't mean to offend anyone but if the video was as literal as the song title as some are describing I think it would be kinda a cheesy.

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  22. DarkMorningConspiratorNovember 26, 2009 at 12:57 AM

    I really liked drew idea but if we get a little bit of everyone's idea this videoclipe would be perfect.When i listened beautiful thieves is exacly what drew described appears in my mind.

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  23. they should use shadows of the band, like daveys shadow projected on a wall and the hands of a crowd or maybe pretend crowd on like an Army of Shadows feeling.

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  24. When I first heard Beautiful Thieves, a sort of movie instantly played in my mine.The band are walking down a street, the sky almost completely dark, stars just beginning to appear. Dave is limping, close to death, the band behind him guiding him. People with flashing cameras following them. As Dave stumbles along a woman runs up to him concerned. She puts her hand on his shoulder in concern, then she falls to the ground dead. Dave gains a bit of strength back and continues to hobble through the town. The band watch some kids playing on the side walk. The ball the kids are playing with rolls into the street, and one kid runs out after it. The kid looks back and sees the band watching him. The band watches as a car driving fastly approaches the kid. The camera quickly turns back to the band before we can see the kid getting hit by the car. Dave closes his eyes, sighs, and continues waking. His limp is gone, but he is still pale and struggling to breathe. A bank is being robbed as the band watches the robbers shoot and kill a few people, Dave fully healed, walks into the bank, walking through people invisible and takes the money the robbers dropped before they were taken away. Dave turns and looks at his band and they fall to the ground dead, Dave becoming visible to everyone again, but no one caring he took the money, because he is "famous" and everyone loves him dearly.Ok sorry it was long but I also have another one... Should I post it?

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  25. I don't know I feel we should see how AFI creates it after all they are AFI and they are amazing and creative so we shall see how they do it.

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