Shot in four days over a three week period, the Chickenhawk music video/zombie epic pulled together hundreds of people and created a community based blood fest that Leeds had never seen before. The project was designed to not only be a vast scale, but living(dead) proof that a high level of film production can be achieved with a small budget, as long as you keep your hanging eyeballs on the cash and the ambition.
The wait is over. The Chickenhawk mega zombie epic video is here!
Written and directed by NME Photographer Danny North and developed by Roach Productions, the video spent three months in pre-production creating a story that could be loyal to influences such as Day Of The Dead (2002), 30 Days of Night and 28 Days Later, but still be maintained in the confines of a music video. Modern zombie horror cinema saw a change in the pace or horror and this had a massive influence on the styling of the film.
The whole film was shot in Leeds, West Yorkshire with local locations including the huge open space in Hyde Park and the Brudenell Social Club. The locations that were selected all suited the grittiness and bleak apocalypse of the lo-fi style whilst maintaining the accessibility needed between sets. Though no actual sets were built, the idea behind the use of the open sets was to add to the increasing fear element of it being just like everyday life.
To coincide with the series of videos the band has been involved with the A.Or Not? EP is officially out this Wednesday!
The A.Or Not? EP is the first Chickenhawk release on Brew and a follow up to their S/T debut album. These tracks lead the way towards a new album and plenty of touring. All tracks were recorded, mixed & mastered by Jason Sanderson (The Plight, Rolo Tomassi, Mirimar Disaster, Azriel, The Freezing Fog). Chickenhawk will be touring the UK in September, October and November.