World War 1 Trench Raid Music Video
'Wake Down' was a music video commission for alternative artist Nick J. Townsend, AKA Weak13.
It was decided that a World War 1 theme would work well for the song. Hand to hand trench combat and explosions would be used for the first half, which was filled with fury and anger. The second half of the song was calmer, which would show the loss and destruction after a battle.
A full size trench system was constructed in a field in Kidderminster over several months and it was decorated with both replica and real items from World War 1. Professional historical re-enactors were brought in to act as British and German troops and a 'trench raid' scenario was constructed to create movement and action. When the entire cast and crew was in the trench, the working space was very small indeed.
"This was particularly tough shoot as we were fighting the weather and working space. We had members of the crew throwing soil in the air to make it look as if explosions were going off. By the end of the day's shoot, everyone was soaked and filthy. On the final day of production, there was a snow storm, which made shooting ten times more difficult because of the cold. However, the crew and I soldiered on and the snow really added beauty to the second half of the video."
--Chris Stone, Director
90% of all of the explosions and gun shots were done for a real on location by industry experts and professional company Trinity Pyrotechnics. One of the explosions created a massive fireball that was so loud, it set off all of the cast and crew's car alarms.