Green Day: “Know Your Enemy”


MOTION THEORY
ROLE: Senior Flame Artist / VFX Compositor
VENDOR: Motion Theory
CLIENT: Warner / Reprise
DIRECTOR: Mathew Cullen

At the time, Green Day’s “Know Your Enemy” was the band’s first new material in more than five years. Thus, the music video needed to make an immediate and lasting impression – i.e. it had to kick-ass.

Known for their powerhouse performances, the live element of the video was a given. Director Mathew Cullen brought the concept of a “city under lockdown” to the table, where the band’s performance would be surrounded by ever-encroaching and oppressive prison imagery – guard towers, helicopters, walls, barb wire, etc.

My role focused on a number of tasks. I composited a couple of hero city-as-prison shots, as well as all the full-color fire shots, blending multiple plates to create maximum impact.

I also handled all the beauty work, making the band look younger and more vibrant than the night shoot would allow. And I tackled a number of location clean-ups, removing unwanted elements, signage, etc. that detracted from the over-arching dystopian concept.