Lindsey Best The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicked off yesterday…
- Posted on Jan 16th 2013 12:00PM by Aaron Brophy
"Backlines" features the band -- Amy Millan, Torquil Campbell, Evan Cranley, Pat McGee and Chris Seligman -- performing inside an elaborate diorama with a mechanical tyrannosaurus rex and a sparks-shooting tank.
The band performed in front of a greenscreen then had their visuals inserted into the miniature set. Which took a lot of making.
"The directors lived in a loft space for two weeks while they constructed the box for this. So the commitment was very, very high," says Cranley. "These are all moving parts. These are all handmade."
Still, there was one area Cranley was sore about -- much of his performance disappeared in the editing process.
"You had so many good jumps," says Millan, encouragingly.
"They cut out all of the good stuff," he replies. "I don't know why."
What Millan had the hardest time coming to terms with was the ruthless nature of set design. The directors spent all that time building the set, then immediately dismantled it to film the band.
"Afterwards, right after they put up the greenscreen they ripped, they tore the whole thing apart," says Millan, incredulously. "They destroyed it completely."
Watch the video below, with the band talking about it in real-time.