5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) have released the kaleidoscopic and fantastically colorful video for “Wildflower,” the latest single from their new album C A L M. In an incredible burst of imagination, the visual came to life soon after the band’s original video shoot was canceled due to California’s shelter-in-place order. Directed remotely by Andy DeLuca and assistant director Sarah Eiseman, “Wildflower” was shot entirely on green screen through a meticulously arranged process that involved transporting the green screen and camera to each band member’s doorway in order to film their individual parts. Despite 5SOS separately quarantined, the result bears an undeniable mood of togetherness, its giddy energy intensified by images of puppies and rainbows and multi-colored daisies. With its lo-fi psychedelic effects, “Wildflower” also features playful animations that DeLuca and Eiseman learned to create specifically for the video.
“Wildflower was the wildcard of the album. A song that has opened new avenues for this band to explore. Most importantly it just feels good to listen to and disconnect for a minute. We really feel this video reflects that too and hope you all enjoy!” -Calum Hood
“Our original plan for the Wildflower music video consisted of a big budget, a full crew, and a giant studio. But it was cancelled due to coronavirus and we were forced to make something under the challenging conditions of quarantine. Michael had a green screen sitting in his closet, so I figured that could be enough to make something. Since the song has a pretty distinct 80s/90s tone, I came up with the idea of making an 80’s/90’s MTV-style music video. A ‘music-video-themed music video’. The stuff I grew up on and loved. So we passed around the disinfected green screen (with the help of our teammate Kat Gallagher), and everyone filmed their parts at home with an iPhone and later sent the footage over to me. In the meantime, Sarah Eiseman and I began working on the art for the video. We quickly learned animation and drew up several blooming flowers, and also created the trippy colored backgrounds using milk and food dye. I then spent the next couple of days/nights editing nonstop until my eyes bled and the video was completed. It definitely has pushed us to create something we normally wouldn’t, using only our brains and our hands.” – Andy DeLuca (director)