In mid-July 2019, the following message from a friend fluttered into my inbox: “My brother's life partner is looking for an older car for a music video production. If you are interested in renting your Saab for two days, I can give you your number ... ». Give your beloved classic car into someone else's hands? No way!
Just imagine what could happen in the process ... Still, it seems to me to be a once in a lifetime opportunity. A die-hard Saab fan once said: “The more Saab content ends up on the net, the better. Because, as is well known, the Internet never forgets. ». The opportunity to experience a shoot like this at first hand also seems unique to me.
These and many other thoughts run through my head. In addition, at the time of the inquiry, one of the door panels has not yet been reprocessed and is currently being dismantled. Could that be a problem?
Finally, I decide to get in touch with the production designer for the upcoming music video shoot to find out more. As it turns out, the exact date and location are not yet known. She explains that this is a low-budget production and that the fee will be correspondingly low.
I can also drive the car and be there at the video shoot if I prefer. The missing door panel does not matter. She gives me further details (interpreter, script as well as requirements regarding location and time of day). We agree that she will be in touch as soon as the location and time have been determined. So I will be contacted again at the end of July:
The video shoot is to take place on a dirt road in the Toggenburg region.
August 8, 2019 is now defined as the day of shooting and the filming should start at 5:00 a.m. Fortunately, the date suits me well. Although the schedule is very sporty and I want to go to a concert the evening before, I will definitely say yes, which I will not regret, as it will show later ...
So I finally set off towards Wildhaus on Thursday morning at around 3:30 a.m. I'm curious what to expect there. After only three and a half hours of sleep, I have to concentrate all the more on driving. When I arrive at the location (the coordinates were sent to me in advance), I first ask myself whether my mobile phone navigation system has guided me correctly - because there is still nothing to suggest an upcoming video shoot.
After a short request by SMS, they confirm to me that the crew is already on their way and I can be patient a little longer. Shortly after 5:00 a.m. the wait is over - the film crew arrives and after a short introduction round they get down to work. The atmosphere on set couldn't be better - a foggy sunrise on a dirt road in the Swiss mountains!
In the first shot (which, by the way, is also shown in the video as the opening scene), I am allowed to drive my Saab myself, which I did not expect. Then some scenes in and around the old Swede will be filmed. Finally, three of the film crew members along with the performer say goodbye for a sequence. I give myself a jerk and trust that everything will be fine. After about an hour, the crew returns in the Saab with a few more takes in the box.
As the artist confesses to me in a short exchange after filming, he secretly wanted a Saab for the clip. He is all the more pleased that the “deal” has now come about. Although the estimated shooting time was exceeded by more than double, I come to the conclusion that it was definitely worth it for me! I climb tired but satisfied as well as with an abundance of impressions in my 9k and start the journey home.
The time until the music video is released seems like forever. I can't wait to marvel at the turbo in the video and find out which takes made it into the finished clip.
I'll be rewarded for waiting on December 13, 2019 - the release is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. As one of the first, I convince myself of the result of the shoot early in the morning and enthusiastically realize that the effort was worth it. If the 9000 is even seen at the beginning and the end of the video, I'm more than happy. I am particularly pleased to read my name in the credits under “special thanks”.
Text and images: Renato Bodenmüller