The Aesop Rock music video, ZZZ Top, is debuting on MTV and in cyberspace this Friday, June 29th. I had the privilege of directing a bunch of my favorite stunt guys, filmmakers, and one lovely middle-aged lady who age means nothing to her fists. I’ve been wanting to make something regarding flying daggers for quite some time and have had the idea of a Chinatown Mom-looking assassin ever since I read about the arrest of that criminal lady in New York in 2006. Finally everything came together and I hope the grueling process translates to you finding this thing as badass as I aimed.
Here’s a trailer I had to cut together:
Notice the familiar faces - Patti of Wushu West. Dennis Ruel and Vlad Rimburg of Unlucky Stars. Other Stunt People members Ed Kahana, Lucas Okuma, Bryan Cartago and Alvin Hsing who were all in Death Grip (which premieres this Saturday!). Drew Daniels who’s shot quite a few things with me over the years. And Zumbi of Zion I’s got a fun villain role in there too.
Ok while we’re giving props - here is an incredible knife scene from Death Grip, a movie in which I was credited for as a producer. I had nothing to do with the creation of the scene though. Sometimes you introduce your favorite DP to your favorite stunt men and just get out of the way and take your credit:
And one last thing that I’m really excited to share with you which I have absolutely no part in creating is the latest fight by my trusty action choreographer Vlad Rimburg - it’s simply astonishing. Kid’s got more fresh ideas per frame than entire big budget movies:
Anyways, enjoy, and be on the lookout for the Pete Lee-produced feature and my 7-and-a-half minute long music video that’ll make you cry if you’re not careful. THANKS!