“I was approached by LP Tripp & Starboi Senshi early in 2021 to make a Music Video for a different track called Lockdown, a track about two friends attempting to live their lives in the middle of the pandemic. After a couple of meetings I ended up pitching a fantasy sci-fi concept that brought elements of The Matrix, Invasion of the Body Snatchers & Men in Black forward for the world the characters were inhabiiting. We plotted the video out, shot a few days of production, but due to size of the cast and crew, the number of locations and the restrictions the governments Lockdown imposed, along with various members catching Covid during the scheduled filming, we decided to put the project on hiatus and develop a trilogy around the story we had created. Shleeean is the first part of that trilogy. We shot Shleean in the woods near my house in Wellington. With just the two performers featuring in the video, their friend with a car and myself as the sole crew member we were able to shoot this much more comfortably.
Lockdown will be coming next in the trilogy. We’re in casting on that at the moment, searching for a dozen or so undead infected types for the final scenes. We’ve already shot a bout a 3rd of the video, have all the locations confirmed and even have another great local musician Trademark Blud cast as the villain of the story.
I cant wait to finally get this trillogy made and show their audience. I think they’ll love seeing the pair in the same role again after the first one. Each story should stand on it’s own two feet, but there’s something about world building and continuing a narrative that is so compelling for audiences. Just look at the success of the Marvel universe. It’s not just a Hollywood thing either. Musicians are increasingly doing trilogies. Panic at the Disco have The Devils Key Trilogy and Hayley Williams released Simmer, Leave it Alone and Cinnamon as part of her solo act in 2021.