Toronto punk band PUP endure injury, broken instruments and even death to finish the performance of their lives with the help of their devoted fans/medics.
Co-writers/co-directors: Chandler Levack, Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux
Co-producers: Chandler Levack, Tom Macleod
“When we first heard Reservoir, it brought back memories of the wildest punk shows we’d ever seen.
And when we saw PUP go totally nuts performing at an all-ages punk show in a basement, we knew they were the right band for the job.
With a small budget, we couldn’t afford stunt people or safety prepped-fake instruments, so what you see in the video is pretty real: the band jumped into the moshpit, got hit in the face with instruments and dove into the drums to get what we needed.
The crowd was absolutely insane and, at the end of the day, cast and crew were covered in sweat, bruises and grins. The experience was great and the cleanup was hellish.
As crazy as the shoot got, it really is pretty comparable to an actual PUP show.
A week after we shot the video, we saw them play a live set where Stefan (the singer and one of the guitarists) literally blew up an amp while crowd surfing through a song. Instead of giving up, they shifted instruments between members and burned through a Dead Kennedys cover.
We love this band and we’re very proud of this video.
Thank you to all the amazing extras, volunteers and crew that came out to participate in this crazy punk shoot – especially our amazing DP Fraser Brown and makeup artists/special effects team Marlena Zuber and Kate Normand.
And to PUP, who are all the more punk for how generous and kind they are as a band and as friends.”
About Chandler Levack and Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux
Chandler Levack and Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux met at the Canadian Film Centre in 2013 where Chandler was studying screenwriting and Jeremy was studying editing.
One used Final Draft, the other Final Cut, and their star-crossed paths eventually met as they began collaborating on a host of projects including the 2013 CFC short Lunchbox Loser, Marker Starling’s music video for Uphill Battle and their co-directed music video for PUP’s Reservoir (named best music video of 2013 by Pop Matters).
Jeremy hails from Vancouver, where his background making streetball mixtapes and underground skateboard videos led to an exciting career editing lifestyle programming and narrative film including the first trailer for The Bachelor Canada, 2013’s Anxious Oswald Greene (winner, best short at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival) and the Canadian/British horror-comedy series S.O.S. Save Our Skins (to be released in 2014 via BBC/Fearnet).
Chandler is from Toronto, and has worked as a music critic and journalist for publications that include The Village Voice, SPIN, The National Post and Toronto Life.
She is currently developing her first short film: a coming-of-age sex comedy entitled Felt Up.
Both Jeremy and Chandler are currently highly emotionally invested in the fourth season of Friday Night Lights.