No special effects. No 3-D. No hyper-tedious pairing of Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson clanging through a script that brings into question the validity of human life.
The video above — minus the typical glut — was done on the fly, with Seattle’s CenturyLink Field as its star.
Set to a dubstep version of M83’s “Midnight City,” what you see is the creation of Jimmy Diebold, a San Francisco-based director.
Given one night to operate, Diebold and his crew of Seattle-area photographers — many sourced off Craigslist — snapped a bazillion photos of the stadium back on Sept. 6. Diebold then logged thousands of hours in solitude, piecing it all together.
“It was a big trial and error to get the lights to work,” Diebold told seattlepi.com this week. “No one’s done this before and I was figuring it out while I was doing it. When I saw (my first shot) for the first time, it gave me goosebumps. I thought, wow, it really worked!”
“The success of the video has far exceeded our expectations and the two of us just love football and make films for a living and we just wanted to do something for the love of the game,” said Clint Goldman, an executive producer for Bodega Studios who teamed with Diebold on the project.
The video has caused a slight stir on YouTube (250,000-plus views) and caught the eye of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who tweeted: “#SOTD! an awesome music video involving CenturyLink Field with the song ‘midnight lights’… SO COOL.”
– Marc Sessler