Crystal Fighters

A Death-Defying Gymnastic Troupe Creates a Metronomic Vision for the Indie Dance Outfit.


The euphoric energy of British quartet Crystal Fighters manifests itself into the form of twelve pro-aerialists, swinging from the rafters of a cavernous warehouse space in Ross Cooper's mesmerizing music video for "Wave." "The song is about acknowledging something special and precious about the moments we share with each another," explains hirsute lead singer Sebastian Pringle, of the rapturous song that serves as the opener to the band's second album, Cave Rave.


Taking inspiration from the gracious, undulating patterns generated by a device known as a 'pendulum wave machine,' Cooper had the aerialists perform similar motions via trapeze inside the giant warehouse, with the aim to recreate the effect on a much larger scale than has been previously seen.


CherryCherry VFX reconstructed the pendulum wave machine motion by retiming and comping each performer on top of the other. The lighting effect and fireworks were then reapplied and re-tracked in their own timing.


Director: Ross Cooper


Producer: Georgina Filmore


Production company: Blink Productions