Set Photographer, Erik Simkins, gave us back a story from the set of the “Letdown” music video for This Providence.
The sun was stabbing me in the eyes on the drive down to the infamous “Hanger 30”. It must have been 7:45am or so when we finally arrived to the location. I hopped out of the car and started packing on the gear. Wedging the hanger door open with my knee, I enthusiastically looked for a place to put my cameras. After a sweep of the place, with Kevin nowhere to be seen, I started talking to the other crew members. Nobody quite knew what was going to happen today. Many of us had heard stories about some of the crazy ideas that were pitched, but this early in the morning it was too early to tell if those ideas were actually going to happen.
I pulled out my cell phone to check the time. 10AM. Floating around the hanger, I stop by the RED station. They’re cleaning the lenses and getting the camera set up on the steadicam. Behind me there’s some clanking. If I had to guess, I would’ve thought it was a grip’s cart, full of scrap metal, getting shaken around. When I turned around, five fully armored people were walking toward me. Five knights followed by a handful of pirates; and more were coming. A steady stream of extras were coming in now. Some were dressed in suits, some in spandex… Awesome.
Another Production Assistant and I were instructed to pick up a solid metal futon frame from downtown. Thinking it would only take a minute, we arrived to find the frame at the top of a couple flights of concrete stairs with several 90-degree angles. Needless to say, the scene resembled a Laurel and Hardy skit, and the frame got to the set in less-than-perfect shape. Hey, we tried.
“I started the day at 5.00am so I could make it to “This Providence” video shoot by 9:00. I live in Shelton so I had quite the drive ahead. The roads were a solid sheet of Ice between Shelton and Olympia. There was a car upside down in the meridian and a truck in the ditch not far from that. You could see slide marks everywhere from all the close calls, lots of cops and flares. 25-30 Mph on the freeway. My instinct told me to keep going although this was insane. I had to get to seattle so I could be part of “This Providence Video Shoot” When I finally arrived in Seattle it was like entering the twilight zone. The sun was shining like I had not seen it in months. Of course I had to take a wrong turn and get lost first, but I finally made it to hanger #30. I was not sure where the production desk was so I asked someone on the crew. They told me to go to the last door on the right. To my surprise I walked right in the the band. At first I felt ridiculous standing there in my little pink costume with all my baggage, but I was kindly given the correct direction. Although the day started out rough, I have to say I had the time of my life. I made so many new friends. It’s not everyday you get to hang out with awesome people like the Seattle knights, a variety of dancers, a clown and other interesting walks of life. The video is going to be so cool!!!”— Angela Bonds, an extra in the “Letdown" music video for This Providence on Fueled By Ramen Records.