Spacejunk Interprets Romance & Destruction of “Bonnie & Clyde” In A New Music Video For Classic Gainsbourg/Bardot Duet


Last Updated: June 27, 2012 7:58 pm GMT
(June 27, 2012) For the recent PromaxBDA Conference, Spacejunk was tasked with a unique challenge: choose a song that pre-dates MTV’s 1981 launch and create its music video using any medium. Spacejunk’s bold selection was the 1968 song “Bonnie & Clyde” by Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot.

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“While researching the ambush of Bonnie & Clyde, the looting that occurred immediately afterward left a big impression on us,” says Spacejunk Creative Director Jeff Boddy. “The population of the nearby town swarmed the death car, taking Bonnie & Clyde's personal belongings, cutting Bonnie's dress off and attempting to cut off Clyde's trigger finger. The song provided an opportunity to interpret the horror of this historic event in our own way.”

The events that transpired lead to Spacejunk’s concept of pairs of things being destroyed. Even if you don't know who Bonnie & Clyde were, notes Spacejunk Creative Director Mike Beaumont, you know they go together and that a cataclysmic end is nigh. To capture the drama of the paired objects’ obliteration, Spacejunk worked with a pyrotechnics company in nearby Cleveland fresh off its work on The Avengers. The explosion footage was shot by Spacejunk with a Phantom Flex Cam at over 5300 frames per second, which revealed every beautifully tragic detail in slow motion drama.

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Production/Post: SPACEJUNK
Producers: David Ball, Mike Beaumont, Jeff Boddy, Andrew Schneider
Production Coordinators: Kayla McIntyre, Maya Sayre, Nikki Smolic
Creative Directors: Mike Beaumont, Jeff Boddy
Editor: Mike Beaumont
Senior Motion Designer/VFX: Chris Schoenman
Designer/VFX: Jeff Boddy
Sound Design: Mike Beaumont, Kurt Keaner
Colorists: Mike Beaumont, Kurt Keaner

Live Action Crew:
Director of Photography: Wayne Sells
Gaffer: Jared Greene
Grips: Shane Bonnette, Brad Keplinger, Parker Sells, Kyle Beecher
Phantom Flex Tech: Eric Girgash, The Camera Department
Pyrotechnics: Richard Fike, Thom Allport, Stunt Predators
Stylist: Susan Gulcher
Props: Jeff Boddy, Mike Beaumont, Kayla McIntyre, Nikki Smolic, Courtney Stone
Stylist: Jaymie Stroud
Hats: Kareem Jackson, Milk Bar Boutique
Weapons: Vincent DeNiro
Exotic Arms: Nick Couts, Dan Wineland, Wayne Sells

Bonnie Parker: Holly Beal
Clyde Barrow: Andy Malone
Posse Members: Lou Capparelli, Greg Couts, Keith Keplinger, John Peterson

1934 Ford V8 courtesy of Rick Lindner
RED Epic & Lenses courtesy of Ohio HD: Scott Handel, Casey Hunter
Filmed entirely on location at The Backlot


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