Interestingly, I began this project as an 8-year-old in 1980 using a Super 8 camera and a cast of neighborhood friends. Returning to the footage nearly 30 years later, while creating a music video for my brother Shannon Ferguson (Falcon, Longwave), I was surprised to find so many depictions of cartoon violence. Toy guns seem ubiquitous in this clip, which has a prevailing “Lord of the Flies” meets “Tom and Jerry” vibe. That said, I found that many of the nostalgic images complemented the wistful tone of the track and its exploration of erstwhile promise.
For “Say Goodbye,” we knew that it was likely that we would revisit the notion of found footage but wanted something that represented some of the darker tones in the song as well underscore a sense of sentimentality. After riffing on some notions with Shannon, we agreed it would be an interesting aesthetic challenge to create a new narrative arc from existing material and recombine it such that it comments and critiques the source — in this case, Kenner’s Star Wars toy commercials.
Suffice it to say, long live nepotism!