Behind the Scenes of Linkin Park’s ‘Iridescent’ Video From ‘Transformers 3′
Noisecreep is pleased to bring you the exclusive premiere of a behind-the-scenes look at Linkin Park's artfully constructed video for 'Iridescent,' the song that plays during the end credits of the forthcoming film 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon.'
"The video explores how human existence might be affected by the elements of Transformers robots and the threat of the Decepticons," Linkin Park turntablist Joe Hahn, who directed the video, told Noisecreep. "What would it be like to be citizens in a decaying universe? I tried a lot of new things here, and we had a lot of fun shooting it."
Both of Hahn's points are made abundantly clear in the behind-the-scenes clip as well as in the finished video. Hahn says that the goal of the video is to combine the soulfulness of what the band does with the soulfulness of the film.
Go behind the scenes of Linkin Park's 'Iridescent' video shoot
The video is somewhat abstract, shot in black, white and grey tones. That aesthetic carries over in this behind-the-scenes footage, giving it an authentic, homemade quality. Singer Mike Shinoda and Hahn are featured prominently in the clip, plopping on crash pads that were supplied for shots where the band members fall forward in slow motion.
Fair warning: if your happen to be squeamish about serpents, several moments in this footage will make you incredibly uncomfortable and creeped out! Shinoda is also seen handling diamond carpet pythons as they slither all over his arm. Shinoda handles the creatures with love and care, as if he has no fear of them. Be sure and keep your eyes peeled for the shot where he sings with the snakes wrapped around his hands; it is a haunting, beautiful and artistic image.
Shinoda also lets us know that one of the snakes makes "a big doody." A snake actually pooped on him and he says it smells pretty bad. Well, it is poop!
After watching this exclusive Linkin Park footage, we know you'll want and need more insider access, so make sure you head over here to watch the band's 'LPTV' series, where they document life on the road, time in the studio and much more.
The final video is tri-chromatic, visually stunning piece of work that matches the contemplative nature of the song, with singer Chester Bennington flashing white lights rather than eyeballs while Shinoda looks at the camera with one white eyeball. The song is one of the quieter and prettier moments of Linkin Park's eclectic catalog, and the video reflects that.
Transformer robots also appear in the video, providing the only brief flashes of color in the clip.
Watch the video for 'Iridescent'