thing I really loved about being in the band was doing the videos.
Not just being in them, but coming up with the concepts and story
boards. I only did that for 4 or 5 of the videos, but it was so much
fun and made me feel like I was contributing something meaningful,
other than my famous hair flipping and being a foil to the
bass-baritone of our lead singer. I think the guys in the band found
video shoots tedious - which they sometimes were, what with the
“hurry up and wait” thing that is all work in film and
I loved the whole process. I was never shy about having my photo
taken or being on camera (although I’ve always been iffy about tv,
as it really does distort the way you look - or do I really look like
that? Like a puffy and garish pantomime dame?). When the director
said “Action”, I was ready to roll and have people look at ME ME
ME ME ME!
imagine my delight when I got to be FRONT and CENTRE in a video.
narcissism grew 10 times that day.
was 12 years ago, but I still remember a lot about shooting the Peter
Pumpkinhead video. The song was featured (in a teeny tiny way) in the movie Dumb and Dumber, starring Jeff Daniels and Jim Carey. So, it was a major, major coup to score Jeff
Daniels for the video. And he was totally into it. He was a fan of
the band and went out of his way to make it all work. This was fresh
after he’d been in the big movie “Speed” with Keanu Reeves and
fresh faced newcomer, Sandra Bullock. So Jeff Daniels was, well,
kind of a big deal.
would like to take this opportunity, right now, to apologize,
publicly, to Jeff Daniels.
thing about that video was that I thought because it was my BIG SHINY
MOMENT, that I should get my face, like, you know, waxed, so that all
the blonde and shimmery gorilla fuzz on my upper lip and chin
wouldn’t be so masculinely obvious on camera.
I went and got a wax.
proceeded to break out with about 100 huge white heads and half that
number of red welts.
did this two days before and they had not gone away by the first day
poor makeup artist had to slather on the makeup with a trowel to
cover my offensive pustule ridden face. it was really, really
is why I appear to keep my hair in front of my face during the band
shots, and why during the “angel” sequences my face is so washed
out by lights. The director was trying to blind the viewer from
seeing my ravaged complexion. Wise man.
most fun moment of shooting the video was when the whole band
switched instruments. It’s about a 2 second blip in the whole
video. I was playing bass.
least fun was the outdoor night time shoot with Jeff Daniels and me.
It was the coldest night of the year - in January. Literally -25
Celcius, with a windchill that took it below that. And the video’s
stylist, bless her heart, thought it would be super fun to dress me
in little more than cheese cloth.
The outfit I am wearing, up on a platform, in the wind, in the
freezing January snow, - is made only of cheese cloth. There’s no
name for that kind of cold. Everyone was very nice and said “Aww,
poor Ellen” and I got to run into a warmish trailer between shots
while the extras had to freeze off their extremely poorly paid asses.
the shoot finished and I survived, rubble-faced, frozen and still
Koo-Koo for Keanu. And the song and video did very well for us, so I
consider my sacrifices to have been much worth it.
I still get my face waxed, but with fewer resulting pustules. I think.