Protection / Massive Attack / Michel Gondry / 1995

Protection / Massive Attack / Michel Gondry / 1995


Footnotes

The Protection video shoot was the most agonising by far. We were lucky to work with Michel Gondry but I can safely say it was the start of all my back problems in life. I had to hold myself for around 15 takes against a slanting wall, in freezing Paris weather. We couldn't get our heads around it until he bought this scaled-down Lego model to the pub … or was it the record company? Either way I had a drink in my hand. But you couldn't storyboard it; without the model you couldn't understand how it would work. He was a very subtle guy, not a big booming director, and had such a strong imagination you had to trust him completely. I'd love to say that idea came all from us, but as a band I guess we take comfort in the fact that he was inspired by the song we gave him. ➡︎

To accomplish the video, the set was constructed on the floor of an expansive soundstage. Tracey Thorn isn’t standing, she’s lying on her back. Upon first glance, the building appears quite tall and quite real. But a few of Gondry’s tricks betray the fact that the structure, instead of being six stories tall, is actually six stories flat. A few mirrors and a few screen projections were used to produce long hallways and bustling outdoor traffic. Much less noticeable are the removable parts of the building, which allowed the camera to travel between rooms inside the building. With close inspection, you can see the steps move at the very end of the video. ➡︎


Extras

▶︎ Massive Attack Protection 3D Model / Louis Persent / 2011


Sources

◼︎ Massive Attack's art of darkness / Nosheen Iqbal / The Guardian / 2010

◼︎ Protection (Song) / MASSIVEATTACK.IE


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