Behind the Scenes with Red Handed Denial on “Manipulator” MV Shoot

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Red Handed Denial’s new Wanderer EP comes out this week, which you can stream in full here. The band shot a video for “Manipulator” last September, and it was the first time Red Handed Denial collaborated with director Brendan Jessamine, who later did their “Dirty Diana” MV. For this shoot, Red Handed Denial had all their closest friends and supporters to help out as extras on set and it was such a smooth and great experience (I am in the corner of a scene somewhere). I love working with good people and keep working with good people.

The video was shot in a venue located in the basement of a restaurant called Rotilicious in Ajax. The space was a dream—wall-to-wall concert posters, music equipments, a run-down couch, an inoperable washroom that stinks… it was incredible.

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OVERCOME
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or COME OVER?
Chris and Dom getting ready
Chris and Dom getting ready

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Director Brendan Jessamine framing shots
Director Brendan Jessamine framing shots
Grip & Gaffer Adrian
Grip & Gaffer Adrian
Lauren getting warmed up
Lauren getting warmed up
Director of Photography Matt Scott
Director of Photography Matt Scott
Brendan doing director things
Brendan doing director things
Lauren looking fierce
Lauren looking fierce
Lauren not looking fierce
Lauren not looking fierce
Time for Aleksei's close-ups
Time for Aleksei’s close-ups
Chris's turn
Chris’s turn

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YES I CAUGHT A CHRIS MIFSUD JUMP
YES I CAUGHT A CHRIS MIFSUD JUMP

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Lauren and Tyson
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Check out DoP Matt Scott’s footwork

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Never let them tell you moshing for a MV is not work
John and Gary
John and Gary
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Tyson drying his sweat-soaked shirt for continuity #drummerproblems
Adrian fits right in as a bartender
Adrian fits right in as a bartender
John put on his beanie and transformed from mosher to bartender
John put on his beanie and transformed from mosher to bartender
Watching playback
Watching playback
Actress Emily
Actress Emily
Wrap photo
Wrap photo

“Jessie, do you take jumping photos?” They asked hesitantly as if I was going to scoff at how cheesy the idea was. I might have done that, but took the photos anyway :P

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“All it did was make me look girly.”
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Tyson

Promo Photos

We took some promo shots too. Adrian lit it with a Kino Flo to my right.

This is probably the most serious photos we got that day:

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Seconds before…

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Strike Boogie grabbed a photo of me with the band, this is rare. Thanks!
Strike Boogie grabbed a photo of me with the band, this is rare. Thanks!

And then I guess Spider-Man decided to show up?

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Thanks for reading!