Music Video: Red Hot Chili Peppers - <i>Dark Necessities</i>
Issue: August 1, 2016

Music Video: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dark Necessities

Working through Anonymous Content, actress Olivia Wilde recently directed the new music video for The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Dark Necessities features the band, crashed out in a run-down house. Several women are also in the house, recovering from a night of skateboarding, with bruises and scrapes covering their knees and elbows. The band and the girls seem unaware of each other’s presence.

The video begins with singer Anthony Kiedis, bass player Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer sleeping in the living room, each buried under an assortment of old couch cushions. With daylight just starting to break through the windows, the band awakens and begins to perform. The house’s depressing condition and décor adds to the dark mood. Footage of the band is intercut with footage of the girls, who spent the previous day and night skateboarding and getting tattoos in the shady part of town.

Dark Necessities was shot by DP Chris Blauvelt using an Arri Alexa Mini camera. Arcade’s ( Paul Martinez edited the music video on an Avid, with Pete D’Andrea and Laurel Smoliar assisting.

Timber provided VFX services with Miles Kinghorn, Brian Shneider, Chris DeCristo and Jason Giamara serving as Flame artists and Eddie Anton handling Nuke compositing. Beau Leon of Framestore gave the video its color treatment, with Jonah Braun assisting.