By CARLY GOOCH
Nelson’s Cable Bay and Kiwi musician Greg Johnson have joined forces to produce an idyllic music video filmed in the toughest of conditions.
The music video for Johnson’s song, Never Turn Back, was a foreboding title.
Filmed in murky weather and rough seas, the team faced some difficult weather to produce a video shot on November 10 and 11.
Johnson said that Cable Bay had a really “dramatic and beautiful” landscape.
“A great place to be rain or shine. The bad weather suited the mood of the song I think.”
With most of the video filmed on a 110 -year-old wooden boat, some of the team got seasick or thrown overboard.
Johnson said he didn’t get “too green” as he was steering the boat but he did end up “in the drink”.
Filming in Cable Bay was “an adventure of sorts”, he said.
“Normally I get bored quickly filming but this one was fun.”
Johnson couldn’t be happier with the end result, released on December 10.
“I like the video a lot. It’s really nice and simple, it suits the album cover and theme for Swing the Lantern.”
New Zealand singer and songwriter Greg Johnson has been in the music industry since the early 1990s releasing melodic lyric-based pop. His hits include Isabelle, Don’t Wait Another Day and Save Yourself.
Nelson-based company DroneMate directed, produced and edited the video with a crew, ground camera equipment and drones.
DroneMate co-owner and music video director Jonathan Lopardo said the one and a half days of shooting in the bay were very difficult to get due to bad weather.
“It was raining and we had huge swells.”
The strong winds and rain meant it was “borderline not possible” to film the video.
“It was very very rough on our drones but we needed to do it.”
The intermittent rain caused breaks in the shooting to make sure the drones being used for filming didn’t get wet.
“Drones and water don’t mix well together.”
Lopardo said despite the horrible weather everyone remained in good spirits .
“The guys were just awesome, they were getting wet, guitars were getting wet, everybody was wet but people were happy and having a great time.”