Up in Flames - The video that never got made
Kill the Witch!
It's funny how things work. The original Up in Flames video
was going to be animated. These are some of the concept drawings for the
video. We'll also explain what's going on.
As you know, Up in Flames is a love song between a dragon and a
girl where the girl was to be sacrificed to the dragon, but instead, the
dragon falls in love with her. Thus, the sacrifice went wrong; really,
really wrong for the people doing the sacrificing.
The writers of the video made a twist though. They made her a witch, so it
wasn't just the dragon falling in love with her. The girl caused the
dragon to fall in love with her. (A dragon is indeed a good ally to have).
Heroine casting a love spell
Pretty smooth move by the witch. We left it up to the person watching the
video why the girl was being sacrificed. It could be just another one of
those rituals where the village sacrifices a random virgin to the dragon.
Or it could be the village found out she's a witch and has some silly law
against witchcraft. (For the record, the band Astral Eyes in no way
condones laws against witches).
Girl riding dragon
The tables of course turn against the ones performing the sacrifice. We
like how they know they're gonna die (in a not so gentle way).
Oh no! The dragon is coming after us!
Whoops! I guess when you're sacrificing a witch, be sure to keep her hands
tied a little bit better. (Don't you wish you took that knot tying class
a little bit more serious?).
The sacrifice went wrong. Really, really wrong
So the dragon and the girl live happily ever after. So we guess it was
mutual and not just a temporary thing where the girl just used the poor
dragon to get out of a bad situation. That's good to know, as dragons are
really sensitive and caring creatures and have feelings, you know?
Dragon and Witch are in love
Isn't that romantic?
So no, that video never got made. Our friendly advisors at the record label
said for one, people need to see the band. And for another, well, they
said maybe later when trying to break more into the Japanese markets. For
now though, that video is on the shelf indefinitely. No regrets though
because we really like the video shot outside of Chico and Paradise.
Part 4 - Additional screenshots of the original video
What the album artwork is an homage to