Madi Heazlewood was one the students who took the reins in Luca Brasi’s latest video. (Supplied: Luca Brasi)
Madi Heazlewood is one of the shortest kids at her school, but the pocket rocket can claim to be a punk rock star, at least for a day.
The Grade 10 student at Taroona High School in Tasmania’s south played the role of director in the music video of Luca Brasi’s latest release Let It Slip.
The internationally acclaimed band filmed the video in the school’s gym and let the students take over.
In the clip the students are the professionals, ordering around the band.
An intimidating Madi tells the band: “Alright, come on boys, I don’t want to be here, you don’t want to be here, don’t waste my time.”
The video shoot came about because the band’s lead vocalist and bassist Tyler Richardson is a teacher at the school.
So what’s it like to have a punk rocker as a teacher?
Well, according to Madi, it’s “pretty great”.
“They asked who wanted to take Tyler’s spot by the end of the video and I put my hand up, and it escalated to being the director,” she told Helen Shield on ABC Radio Hobart.
While Madi doesn’t play bass or guitar, you wouldn’t know it in the clip.
But she said her height posed some challenges.
“The guitar is the same size as me.”
The idea for the clip started when Richardson’s friend Neal Walters got in touch with him after working with Canon as a videographer.
It came to fruition and the band took over the gym for a day and involved 30 students in the filming.
“It was so cool to have these guys involved and seeing what it’s all about,” Richardson said.
About 30 students at Taroona High School were involved in the filming. (Supplied: Luca Brasi)
Student Adelynde Loofs-Samorzewski also appeared in the clip, and said she enjoyed being able to yell at her teacher.
“The whole process was amazing, just learning from everyone there and being part of a professional production,” she said.
“It took much longer than I would have thought, and apparently that’s pretty short compared to other shoots.”
Grade 8 student Oscar Wing is an aspiring filmmaker and got some first-hand experience at shooting a professional production.
“One of the best parts was having a chance to actually film with one of the cameras and to see that shot incorporated in the video was just really special,” he said.
Several of the band’s video clips have reached well over 100,000 views.
Its latest album Stay will be released on June 22 and will begin a tour in August.