A lot of LA bands make music videos, but very few of the videos are worth watching unless you happen to really love watching musicians mope around Echo Park. We don’t, which is why we’re delighted to premiere Children’s whimsical and lovely video for new single “Give Me the Gun”, conceived and directed by filmmaker Kate Tsang. Compulsively watchable from start to finish, “Give Me the Gun” follows the story of a girl and a ghost as they contemplate life together from the moment of their meeting to…well, I don’t want to spoil it. Let’s just say the more sensitive readers among us might want to have a tissue handy. Love the song? Order the single via Bandcamp.
We spoke with director Kate Tsang about the making of this unique video and the inspiration behind its moving storyline.
What’s your background as a film director? Have you done music videos before?
I’ve been writing and directing short films and animations for several years now, but this is my first music video.
Did Children reach out to you for the video or vice versa?
I happen to be great friends with Graham’s (the guitarist) lovely and amazing sister who invited me to a Children show about a year ago. Their sound and performance blew me away, and made it known that I wanted to collaborate with them somehow. A couple of months later, the band offered me a chance to make a music video for “Give Me the Gun” and I said heck yes.
We really love how your video has a storyline and isn’t just “pretty people walking around Echo Park being sad” like so many other local bands’ videos. How did you come up with the concept for the “Give Me the Gun”?
Thanks. There are a lot of beautiful and slick looking videos I admire, but the ones that have stuck with me the most usually have an interesting visual idea and take the audience on some sort of emotional narrative journey — a lot of Michel Gondry’s work comes to mind. I had this funny and sad idea of a lonely sheet ghost bouncing around in my head for some time and wasn’t sure what to do with it until I heard “Give Me the Gun”. The song is so upbeat yet melancholic. The lyrics, to me, are about hesitating to take a chance on something good. I thought it would be fitting to make the video about the ghost and a girl falling for each other at a party, but both hesitating to take the next step.
Is there any particular Gondry video that has stuck with you, and why?
One of my favorites is Bjork’s Bachelorette. The video is about a woman (Bjork) who finds a magical book in the forest and takes it to the city. The premise itself is ok, but then Gondry retells the story multiple times throughout the video, each version more crazy and weird than the last. By the end of the 5:30 minute running time, you really feel like the woman has actually been through quite an intense and long journey. I think it’s so cool how Gondry can tell a complete (and at times very moving) story in such a short amount of time.
How long did it take to shoot the video?
We had a limited budget and shot everything in a day at Trevor’s (the drummer) house.
What was it like working with all the sheets?
It was a breeze for me, but probably less fun for the actors who actually had to be under them. The sheets were hard to see out of and got pretty balmy after 10 minutes of wearing. But, big props to Kyle (The Ghost) and Patricia (The Girl) who were such great sports and down to make this weird video with me.
What’s your personal favorite part of the video?
Probably the photo montage, cracks me up every time.
Where can we see more of your work?
What’s your favorite kind of pie?
Key Lime Pie all the way.