A crew of only five people over the course of five days, traveled hundreds of miles from Sequoia National Park, to Yosemite, to Death Valley and everywhere in between, filming this hybrid music video-action/adventure film with only a few, limited resources. Shooting mostly guerrilla style and capturing elements at the spur of the moment along the whole route, Garneau was outfitted with home-made rigging and equipment to create the specific look and feel of the “Fireflies” video…which is a play on the famous Nintendo game “Legend Of Zelda”. In addition, using the brand new, unvetted technology of the Canon 5D MARK II produced some of the clearest and most vibrant footage possible. On the forefront of the new media landscape this project is a rare example of true artistic collaboration and creative outpouring on every level.
“I love that son-of-a-b*tch!” laughs director Daniel Stessen of his old friend Chris Garneau. This long time friendship between Stessen and Garneau was instrumental in facilitating the unusual and rigorous shooting style that included sleepless nights, outback camping, and hiking for miles with hundreds of pounds of equipment into the forests and deserts. “We saw everything from snow in the Sequoia mountains to 120 degree temperatures in Death Valley,” Stessen explained.
This is the second Chris Garneau video by director/writer Daniel Stessen (People-Food), this time with a new team of creative independents for “Fireflies” such as photographer Sam Gezari, production designer Tristam Steinberg, animator Mike Garza, and post production team Bonch.
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01/02/09 – Shanghai, China – Mao
01/03/09 – Nanjing, China – Castle
01/05/09 – Wuhan, China – Vox
01/06/09 – Chengdu, China – Little Bar
01/08/09 – Changsha, China – 4698
01/09/10 – Guangzhou, China – Iron Age Space
01/10/09 – Shenzhen, China – Idutang Loft