David Knight - 15th June 2017

Dave Grohl assumes directing duties for Foo Fighters' new fist-pumping stadium anthem Run. And Dave doesn't miss the opportunity to let the band raid the makeup box once again, with a characteristically comedic and no-holds-barred effort, with perhaps an underlying message: old folks want to rock too.

It's set in a retirement home, where the band - made up to look to be in advanced old age - start performing the song like young whippersnappers. The overmedicated residents duly watch until one of their number, sick of the tedium and ill treatment, rouses the residents to action by stage diving off the steeple onto oncoming orderlies. Then the seniors start to fight back the way angry teens would: they smash lights, smoke cigarettes, reveal their breasts, etc.

The video continues the long and successful collaborative relationship between Grohl and LA-based production company Therapy Content, which was behind Grohl’s feature film debut, the Grammy-winning 2013 documentary Sound City. Then they followed it up with the Emmy and Grammy-winning collaboration: the HBO docuseries Sonic Highways.

Also, most of the post-production was handled by sister company Therapy Studios. Flame artists Wren Waters, Rachel Moorer and Geoff Stephenson combined with Omar Inguanzo’s color grade to create ominous tones reminiscent of horror films, and Dillon Cahill's sound design really works too: every footstep, creaking chair, and static-filled TV screen is heard before the song begins, and the quiet world of the retirement home is perfectly juxtaposed with the fury of the residents when the song kicks into high gear.

Credits

DirectorDave Grohl
Director of PhotographyBrandon Trost
Production CompanyTherapy Content
Executive ProducerJim Rota
Executive ProducerJohn Ramsay
ProducerMargaret Ward
Post production companyTherapy Studios
Executive ProducerJoe DiSanto
EditorKen Mowe
ColouristOmar Inguanzo
FlameWren Waters
FlameRachel Moorer
FlameGeoff Stephenson
Sound designDillon Cahill

David Knight - 15th June 2017

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