Helms Alee’s Ben Verellen discusses video for “8/16”

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Who came up with this? Was it a band effort or was there one lone genius amongst you?
I don’t remember how it came up, all I know is that it’s been an idea for as long as we’ve been a band.

How did you pick the videos? Were there any that you had to scrap for logistical or aesthetic reasons?
We were just trying to think of the videos that were the most memorable from the early 90s, and the most ridiculous, and then we had to weed out the stuff we didn’t think we could pull off. I almost chickened out of a couple things, but it turns out I’m totally susceptible to peer pressure.

How long did this take and what was the difficulty level, especially to recreate certain scenes?
Andrew and Akina Cox, who put the whole thing together, came up to Seattle from southern California and shot all the video spoofs in 3 or 4 days. That was mostly easy, we just got to be ridiculous as per usual. I’d guess that 95% of the work was Andrew animating and treating the footage to make it look legit. That guy is so talented, bands with money should hire him to make their videos.

What is your opinion of Kickstarter now?
I can see how it could be complicated in some situations, but our experience was all positive. It was really a bunch of buddies chipping in cause they wanted to see it. And Andrew taking it so seriously, all that was radical.

Have you considered a sequel?
For now we’re back to finishing writing the next record. Booooo!!!

This isn’t a question, but you running like Kiedis in slo-mo is the most impressive visual I’ve ever come across.
I think 2012 is going to be a Bud light year.