If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting New Zealand, Joey Bania‘s video for Kyle Bobby Dunn‘s “An Evening With Dusty,” will make you revisit these fantasies. In the music video, Bania utilizes gorgeous New Zealand scenery and marries it with Dunn’s ambient music to create a visual journey. The video follows a girl as she collects fragments of a meteorite, traveling across the dessert, a forest and some ruins. Portable asked Bania some questions about the video, and he not only reveals his inspiration, but also talks about borrowing material from NASA.
Portable: In this video, the scenery is such an important part. Where was it filmed? Why did you choose these locations?
Joey Bania: All the shooting took place in and around Dunedin, New Zealand. It’s a pretty special place with plenty of rugged coastline and crumbling old buildings scattered around. It’s also cold and damp and almost perpetually shrouded in mist and rain, perfect for supporting the mood I was going for in the video. In a way the video is a sort of tribute to Dunedin, where I spent the last six years of my life. It was a good excuse to visit some of my favorite spots and create a sort of record of them.
P: What is the character of the person walking in the video? What is she searching for?
Joey Bania: There’s supposed to be pretty strong element of mystery to the character in the video. I won’t say any more than that she’s searching for broken fragments of a meteorite.
P: What is the story behind the video? What was your inspiration?
Joey Bania: Last year Kyle was kind enough to let me use some of his music in “A Delicate Canvas”, a short documentary I put together with my good friend James Blake. Kyle liked the shooting style and asked if I’d be keen to shoot a music video for him. Of course, I said yes. He gave me a lot of freedom to craft the story and approach. The idea started with this image I had in my head of a lone figure witnessing some cosmic event, which itself was inspired in large part by the Dunedin landscape. A lot of credit is due to the weather, which turned out perfectly for our three shooting days, with constant cloud cover and one little patch of sunlight that allowed us to shoot some of the opening shots.
P: What was it about Kyle Bobby Dunn’s ambient sounds that compelled you to create this story?
Joey Bania: The thing I like about a lot of ambient music and Kyle’s in particular is that it moves me without revealing too much. It’s hard to explain why you are being moved and it gives you room to ascribe your own meaning. I wanted to do something similar with the video, to create something that would be moving and engaging without revealing too much about itself.
P: In the credits you wrote that you took some excerpts from “Cassini Mission” which are courtesy of Chris Abbas and NASA. Which parts of the video are these? Why use them?
Joey Bania: The Chris Abbas video is one of my favorite pieces of FX work. It’s comprised entirely of still images taken of Saturn and its moons by NASA’s Cassini probe and it’s just perfectly, meticulously put together. I wanted to add some texture to certain parts of the film to heighten the mood and I immediately thought of Cassini Mission. Whenever the screen fills up with scattered stars, as in the last shot of the video, that’s Chris’s work. Originally I intended to try and recreate something similar myself but it occurred to me to ask Chris and he was happy to let me use some footage. NASA also seemed to be fine with this use of their material, for which I applaud them. Thanks NASA!