By Michela D'Orlando
Thanks to our manager Joey Severance we got in touch with LowLifeMedia Agency in October and we started planning TWOTS video clip exchanging emails with LowLife 1 and LowLife 2 from LowLifeMedia.
We both got excited by the idea to have the guys coming and shoot the video in Italy in a castle, so we started looking for the right location.
We needed a castle where we could shoot indoors and outdoors. After asking permissions here and there and checking out castles close enough to Milan, we finally decided for Castle Baradello (Como - Italy) where we already took our first photo session for "Evillot" back in July 1999.
By middle November everything was set to get LowLife 1 and LowLife 2 from LowLifeMedia to Italy to shoot the video on November 18th and 19th. We planned to shoot the band playing indoor on Saturday 18th and, hoping the rain would stop, me alone outdoor on Sunday 19th and here's the report of what happened...
The tower of Castle Baradello is what remains of a fortified complex built by Federico Barbarossa in 1158, enhanced by the Visconti family during 1300 and destroyed by the Spanish into 1527. It witnessed many historical events, like the tragic end of Napo Della Torre (Napo of the Tower), defeated by Ottone Visconti in 1277 and imprisoned for 19 months until his death, into a wooden cage hanging outside the tower...
After LowLife 1 and LowLife 2 from LowLifeMedia landed at Malpensa airport, we just went out in Monza, my home town, for a beer, talking about the video and taking a look at the storyboard that they took with them, then we all went to bed to be fresh for the following day.
We left Monza at about 8.30 a.m. and arrived at Castle
Baradello at about 10.00 am.
We agreed with LowLife 1 and LowLife 2 to use the tower dungeon
as principal location of the video clip. We had to remove lot of stuff
there, the landlord having set up a sort of self made amatorial museum of
the inquisition times. The inquisitor table became our base, where we
placed all we needed, like my kitchen TV as monitor and all the rest.
At about 18.30 the landlord gave us the keys of the castle
and went home so we could stay until we were finished with what was scheduled
for the first day of shootings. It's really cool to have a Middle Ages
tower just for you!
At about 9 p.m., hungry as we were, we had to check three different restaurants to find a place to eat! I didn't had anything all day apart from some beer and coke now and then, and so LowLife 1 and LowLife 2, while the others had some sandwitches I think. All the fucking places were full or had no room enough for all of us. At the end we found a place, had dinner and went home to get some rest for the tomorrow outdoor shootings of me.
Good luck again, because we had another sunny day!
LowLife 1 and LowLife 2 did some more shootings of me in the freezing dungeon and in the candle circle and then we waited outside for the sun to go down a bit so we could shoot with a more sinister atmosphere.
In the meanwhile I practiced sword fighting with our keyboard player Marco Volpe. I don't know if those shots will make it in the video in the end, but I hope so because I was enjoying true sword fighting so much! It's an incredible feeling, believe me! To know exactly how each movement can harm the opponent is great and Marco Volpe is a good teacher! He kept saying "More violence, kill him!!" I really had fun!
So the sun finally gave up its brightness and we could finish our shootings of me walking around the ruins of the castle, singing, sword fighting...And the shootings were over!
Nobody knew if we had to be happy because it was done and well done, or sad because we had a good time together...In doubt, we finished off a bottle of home made Italian Limoncino (alcohol made with lemon) that had been my only heater that day (no rain, but still November and as usual I wasn't wearing much!).
After that, we hang out in a pub for a last minute beer and sandwitches with LowLife 1 and LowLife 2 and then we got them to the airport, leaving the LowLifeMedia guys with three hours shootings of Power Symphony to edit in their studio and put them into "The Way of the Sword" video clip, that should be ready in January.
I must say we worked very hard but we also had a great time and I hope you'll enjoy the video when it's ready!
All pictures courtesy of LowLifeMedia - November 2000