The filming for the "Darklands" music video was really interesting and a series of firsts. 1. It was theDramedy’s first collaboration with Fernando Balzan, an award winning filmmaker from South America. I met him the previous year and became quite enamored with his short film "Angel,” and asked if he would be interested in collaborating. He said yes! And with each music video I always want to try different things, so for "Darklands" it was decided to film in a public space, which led to guerrilla type filming. We didn't have a permit (nor did we even try to get one), which gave us limited time frame to film: like "two to three hours to get all the footage" type of limited! And we couldn’t be too obvious while filming, so it we had to do it on the sly.
I'm not sure the exact date, but filming took place in Hermosa Beach at about 10:30pm, in hopes that there would be less people out. Fortunately for us, the streets were practically empty. And this was pre-COVID! I do remember there were a lot of police patrolling and for a moment I was a little nervous due to our lack of permits, but no one bothered us. And then I was nervous about “getting into character” and "acting" in a public area (sans live show). Although there weren’t a lot of people out, there were enough there to make me think, “but what if I look stupid?!” After filming began, I became more comfortable with it, and that the people that saw us pretty much didn't give a shit. (They still probably thought we looked stupid, LOL.)
The making of "Darklands" was a fun experience. I got to try something new and Fernando got to play with a new video camera (hence why the footage was so crisp). He also tackled editing the video together which I think he did a fantastic job of getting the feeling / mood that I wanted to portray. I mean... all Fernando had to go on was: “Dave walking around looking tortured and sad!" So yeah, he did a really great job! The time constraints also enabled us to get really creative and more focused with what we wanted to shoot. (Unlike the making of the "I Still See You (body mix)" music video where we basically had unlimited time.) No goofing around was too be had for "Darklands," and this “behind the scenes" footage is evident of that.