Clown Zapping with Filmmaker Ari Fararooy
The surreal disrupts, disturbs, and rearranges. And sometimes it zaps clowns with lasers from the ether, searing them into puffs of multicolored smoke—at least that’s how filmmaker Ari Fararooy shatters reality in his music video for Good Old War’s “Tell Me What You Want from Me.”
Fararooy and his partner in crime, Jason Blackman, were commissioned by the Nettwerk label to create the video for the Good Old War song. The pitch was, according to the duo, a completely random idea. “I’ve always liked to work an element of science fiction or surrealism into my work,” says Fararooy. “I like the idea of warping reality and creating something new that makes people think.” The idea resonated with the band, and within a few weeks the team was shooting the video in and around LA.
“Tell Me What You Want From Me” was shot over the course of three days in the Angeles National Forest, Venice Beach, and a house in the LA suburbs. Editing and special effects, however, took more than six weeks. Fararooy blended digital and practical effects to create the terrifying and unreal clown-consuming zaps.