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I just recently put out an another album with my longtime collaborator Maxwell called “The Body is Not Sacred” – and, pardon me while I toot my own horn for a second, but I am really proud of my performance on this album. In particular on the song “No Comfort In The Void”, which I think is my new favourite song which I’ve ever done with him.

Anyway, I want to make a music video for this song, and thought I’d take you along with me as I make it. First and foremost, I gotta get all my ideas together, break them down, and make sure that I have all my ducks in a row so I can shoot it.

What Budget?
Neither of us have a budget for this video, so I had to come up with a storyline which I can film easily and cheaply. The song is about struggling with gender, so I knew that there was a lot that I could do with makeup, as well as drawing. Also, I can take advantage of the title of the song and basically put myself in a “void”, meaning that I could film everything very simply here in my garage studio.

After a bit of brainstorming, I got an outline done, so I’ve started breaking down what things I need to get. Without giving too much of the story away, here’s my big long prop list:

  • Blue Paint
  • Pink Paint
  • Black Paint
  • Masking Tape
  • Makeup remover wipes

…that’s it!

Creative Planning
Because makeup is a big part of this video, it made sense to plan out the direction I wanted to go in. So I took a photo of myself and roughed out some guidelines for how I’d like my makeup to be for each part.

I’m obviously not going for extreme detail and beauty here – I can do that when I actually do the makeup. But this way I have my general concept down and can hit the ground running come shoot day.

Schedule and Logistics
Despite the easy prop list and setup, it’s actually a complicated video. Basically I will need to do four costume and makeup changes. I will also have a major haircut (GASP!), and be continuously covered in paint. So, despite only having 16 shots to actually shoot, it’s going to be messy, which means I’ll have to take a lot of showers and clean up everything in between shots.

Because of the amount of cleanup and resets I’ll have to do, I’m considering splitting the shoot up into two days. The pros of doing that is that I can take my time. The cons are, that I have set up and break down stuff twice, which means that conditions might change to the point where it will be difficult to make sure things match up from day to day.

This also means that it’s potentially harder to get people to come help me out. I can’t do this one all by myself. Thankfully I’m very lucky that I have some really amazing and generous friends.

If you’re into metal and haven’t checked out “The Body Is Not Sacred” yet, then head on over to or your favourite streaming service and give it a listen! I’d love to hear what you think.