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MessageSujet: Staring down the barrel    Staring down the barrel  EmptyMar 12 Avr 2011 - 21:34

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Staring down the barrel

It’s the first time actor Jared Leto let someone else sit in the director’s chair for a Thirty Seconds to Mars clip, but did he give it up without a fight? There’s heavy arms exchange on screen in This Is War, and we’re guessing there were battle tactics behind the scenes too.

Watch the clip from Frenchman Edouard Salier and hear what Leto had to say in March this year.

Song: This is War
Artist: Thirty Seconds to Mars
Director: Edouard Salier
From: US

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“The record label strongly suggested we get someone else to do the next music video,” Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto said of This is War to Sydney fans in March this year.

The actor and director’s previous music videos are epic, extravagant affairs that sprawl over months, continents and (we’re guessing) tens of thousands of dollars. They are glossy, dark, controversial pieces of video art that delight fans and horrify record labels with their tardy deadlines and scandalous content. So was Leto able to take direction in This is War?

“I think Edouard [Salier] is an amazing filmmaker, but Thirty Seconds to Mars has our own philosophy, our fans know our videos look a certain way, and when I saw what he’d done for This is War, well it needed a but of Thirty-Seconds-to-Mars finessing,” he said.

So how does This is War stack up to previous 30STM clips? The colours aren’t as saturated – 30STM specialises in crushed blacks and vibrant reds, but this music video is in keeping with a more photo-real, dusty war look.

The action isn’t so dramatic – while Leto does play the G.I. Joe and fire a few rounds screaming at the camera, it’s not the self-stalking, bondage-escaping, life-risking themes that we’re used to.

Then there are the similarities: the band’s cryptic symbols are there, the high production values are there and the political undertones – like when Leto fell into a soldier’s casket in Hurricane – are more pronounced than ever.

If you look closer, you’ll also see hints of director Edouard Salier’s own visual style. While he hasn’t gone for his trademark muted greys, the footage is so desaturated, it almost appears to be a sepia tone. Sailer really comes into his own creating organic, metallic computer-generated imagery. The discombobulation and amalgamation of weapons of mass destruction in the final scenes are reminiscent of his works for Massive Attack’s Atlas Air and Splitting the Atom.

It is these final computer-generated sequences that transform the music video from an ego-driven band clip to a profound statement on military might.

And Leto’s eyes do look very nice too.

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