The Director Explains: Merry Ellen Kirk - 'Rise Up Against'

Director Timo talks to us about the ideas behind the stunning, abstract visuals for Merry Ellen Kirk’s powerful single, ‘Rise Up Against’.

Where was the video for ‘Rise Up Against’ filmed? 
The video for ‘Rise Up Against’ was shot in Munich (Germany) in a small backyard directly in the city centre. 

How does the video connect with the song?
There is no direct visualisation as the video is very creative and abstract. 

Do you have any behind the scenes stories you could share with us? 
Yes, we made a making of the music video: 

Can you tell us about the ideas/ themes/ imagery used? 
I was inspired by a story from a good friend. He is a successful and rich businessman. Despite all his wealth and recognition, he felt very lonely and had to meet more and more fun partners. This eagerness and at the same time loneliness made him feel finished and burned out. 

Is there a message the video is trying to convey?
As it is very abstract, I hope that I can inspire the audience and make them think.

Interview feature by Karla Harris