It was lights, camera - wait for the rain to stop - and action for the band making the Official Music Video for Shadowman last week.
The Irish summer threw all its might at us as we danced between the raindrops to get our little short film made.
The main man, Thomas Moyles - who also directed Duty Free 200 and our upcoming Shuffle video - was back at the helm.
Ably assisted by Shane Claffey, we worked over two days in Tipperary and covered some of the county's most stunning locations.
All eyes were on on the weather forecast in the week leading up to the shoot. The campfire scene that you'll see in the video was originally pencilled in Friday July 31st. With heavy rain forecast for the Friday we made the decision to move the shoot up to Wednesday, the 29th.
Myself and Shayne met up with Thomas earlier on the Wednesday to recce some location spots and finalise our plans for the look of the video overall.
We had a big headache that day though as it rained heavily and frequently. Our planned shoot that evening was outdoors at a very isolated and exposed location. We were running the risk of some very expensive equipment getting wet.
We studied the forecasts, briefly discussing the possibility of postponing, then we got good news. Rain to stop and clear up after 6pm.
Eddie, a friend of Kenny's, very kindly let us use his land for the campfire scene. A beautiful spot on the shore of Lough Derg is where we filmed.
The convoy of vans and jeeps brought us across country until the vans couldn't go any further. The gear was loaded into a 4 x 4 and brought to the location.
We got a sunset over the lake for our troubles, some amazing shots!
Saturday, August 1st was Walking Day.
I spend about 45 seconds walking in the video, but 45 seconds worth of film is about 3 hours of actual footage of me walking.
We visited some stunning locations and we got some pretty good cardio in at the same time!
Earlier we had filmed the opening scene at Larkins Bar, a great pub with a perfect, timeless look for the video. We really didn't want the vid to have any place in time, so the sequence of events could have happened at any point in the last 20, 30, 40 years...
Overall it was a great experience. Great to work with Thomas again. A director who is always thinking on his feet, taking our ideas and bringing them to life with a high level of craft and skill. Practically the 6th member of SYTU at this stage. A good guy.
We can't wait to see the finished product ourselves. I know it'll look great. It was fun for me, and I'm sure the lads too, to really get in character and 'act' in this video... something we hadn't really done before. There won't be any Oscar nominations but I'm sure we made the mammies proud...