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Perhaps most known for the video for "Fireflies," in which toys from childhood past move around the room as he sings, Owl City, a.k.a. Adam Young, took it to the streets of Los Angeles for the video for "Shooting Star," off his fourth album, The Midsummer Station. We caught up with the Minnesota-based electro pop act through email and got all of the details about "Shooting Star," before he takes the 106.1 KISS FM Jingle Ball stage at WaMu Theater on Sunday.
The Video: Director Ethan Lader seems to have taken quite a bit of inspiration for the video treatment from the song's lyrics, especially "When the sun goes down/And the lights burn out/Then it's time for you to shine," as the video features teens doing just that.
While the song progresses, the chests of young men and women around Los Angeles, many of them free runners executing impressive flips and jumps, light up. By the end of the video, the group comes together and takes over the city streets at night looking, well, like a group of fireflies.
Young says the video treatment was all Lader's idea.
"He had a great vision for the project I never would have had the foresight to imagine and I'm blown away at how the whole thing turned out," he says.
A quick browse through the YouTube comments left for this video will bring up several comparisons to Katy Perry's video for "Firework," in which fireworks burst from the chests of down and out teens as they realize their worth and come together in the center of the city at the end of the video.
Young says he hadn't seen Perry's video until people began comparing it and "Shooting Star" but says that "Firework" is great. And besides, two videos full of teens with illuminated chests are better than one, right?
Electric Avenue: Though the potential for disaster was high with all of the free runners flipping over gaps in buildings and jumping over fences, Young says the most difficult part of the video shoot was dealing with the long hours.
Being able to shut down a block of downtown Los Angeles for two days more than made up for the exhaustion Young and the crew felt though.
"It was rad; there was an electric sense of energy [in] downtown L.A. at 1 a.m.," Young says. "It was pretty magical to be there."
While "Shooting Star" features some exciting action, in Young's eyes, a good music video doesn't rely completely on flashy elements.
"[There has to be] sincerity, both via performance and filmmaking," he says. "It can't be all about a wow factor; it's gotta have some heart."