An Early Backstage Account of the Making of the Marilyn Manson Video for "Heart-Shaped Glasses"


The Earliest News Announcements for the Music Video "Heart-Shaped Glasses"

On Saturday the 17th of March 2007, the California based photographer Tyler Shields put out a bulletin on MySpace with a casting call for a new music video/short film, which Marilyn Manson would be both directing and starring in. It said:

MARILYN MANSON IS DIRECTING A MUSIC VIDEO/SHORT FILM THIS WEEKEND AND WE NEED SOME BEAUTIFUL GIRLS FOR A CLUB SCENE STARRING MARILYN AND EVAN RACHEL WOOD. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME BE A PART OF THE SCENE PLEASE EMAIL 2 PHOTOS AND YOUR CONTACT INFO TO 
 
DUSTINBLACKBURNCASTING@GMAIL.COM

CALLS WILL GO OUT TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND THE SHOOT WILL TAKE PLACE SUNDAY NIGHT IN LOS ANGELES.

NOTE THERE IS NO PAY INVOLVED IN THIS.

THANK YOU
DUSTIN BLACKBURN
INK Casting

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French music site Charts In France was first to report that Marilyn Manson was filming a new video, "When The Heart Guides The Hand", with James Cameron as the director. It was said to be using a 3D special effect so people can view it without the glasses. According to the site, "When The Heart Guides The Hand" is the first single from Manson's new album, "Eat Me, Drink Me", which is tentatively due in June 2007.

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SuicideGirls.com reported on March 28th of 2007 that several Suicide Girls models appear in Marilyn Manson's new video/short film. The video for the new Manson song would apparently feature an appearance by Manson's rumored girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood, who drifts pristinely through a surreal concert scene filled with writhing, overtly sexual, scantily clad, and sometimes even demonic women. The video shoot was said to last fourteen hours and on set there was a shirt-optional policy as the main cut of the video will be released on DVD.

"Eat Me, Drink Me"  Manson's first disc since 2003's "The Golden Age Of Grotesque"  was co-produced by Manson and bassist/aide de camp Tim Skold, and was mixed by Sean Beavan, who has worked on several other Manson projects, including 1996's "Antichrist Superstar", and 1998's "Mechanical Animals". According to the frontman, "Eat Me, Drink Me" "takes a totally different approach musically." While some sources have likened his new sound to Queen, Manson will only say "It's better heard than described." Still, he reveals, "On this record I really wanted to sing, and that has to come from a naked, emotional place. It's not a record about me crying, or songs about my woes, but I think this record will probably speak to more people in different ways, because of its total human element."


Backstage on the New Manson Video

March 30, 2007
MansonUSA.com

By Lauranna

To best describe the LYRICS of this tune, rather than the song, I'd say it was kind of emoish, however musically, he sings more than anything and the lyrics were like "if you break my heart, I'll break your heart shaped glasses" and "she was the one I used to see in school, all dressed in white" or something like that....

The beat was even kind of dancey, I'm not sure if old fans will like it, but I liked it, and I wasn't a huge MM fan (huge NIN fan actually).

That's my take on it, emoish for Marilyn Manson, mind you, not emoish for like, the Get Up Kids. Don't be upset if its not what you are expecting it to be. The sound was creative for sure, but it was not like old Manson stuff.

Vocals wise it wasn't raspy, really, that's what was different, and I liked it better, since the raspy shit used to piss me off. And like I said, I was really into NIN and Tori Amos and crap like that in the 90's.

Some of the goth chicks were listening to it, and were like "If that's the new stuff then I don't like it." I don't understand, is the possibility of Manson sounding different this time around, (after he was supposedly in retirement) just something you can't accept?

So like I say he sings about getting his heart broken and heart shaped glasses, and Evan is wearing these Lolita glasses in the video, the scene we were in was red (so we weren't allowed to wear any red)... and well, something else that is totally emo, but I can't say since I really don't want to give anymore away.

It really didn't sound like anything MM... I'm not going to lie, the beat reminded me of Head Automatica, but like, not the music, it was still like, deep, industrial sounding. Manson's vocals are more like say Trent Reznor's instead... and that's a good thing. He deserves recognition as an artist, not just that guy that was into "devil music" but it still had an MM sound... it was just different, but I really liked it, so I'm not saying it was bad. Just some of the goth MM fans weren't into it, but they were lame, so who cares what they think.

But overall, and to clarify, I can't say too much seeing as its been two weeks since I heard the song to properly describe it, and I'm not a big enough fan to be able to compare it anyway.

I say "emo" more in relation to the LYRICS, which from what Phant users tell me is not necessarily a new thing with Manson, but the singing itself was less raspy vocals, more emotion is put into it, thus, more emo, its not like Manson suddenly started wearing tight pants and hoodies... (this is funny, imagine him with the makeup in a bright green hoodie... hahhahahah).

Regardless of the sound, and pertaining to the actual video shoot however, I was right in front in the video too, next to all the nudes, actually directly behind Evan.

They even lubed me up with baby oil gel (gel?!?! I didn't know this existed!) and sprayed me with water so we'd look "glistening".

Suicide Girls didn't "take over" the topless scene, or the video shoot... on the right of Evan were the SG's, and on the left was the God Girls (www.godsgirls.com, it's where a bunch of SG's left to, and where the photography is done by professionals, + they have makeup artists for the girls, and the models are smoking hot).

The SG's and GG's got along well, it was the lame Hollywood types who were there bitching and moaning about everything.

I thought it was an honor to do the video, I was really kinda irritated that so many of the girls were acting like they were too cool for the video. I was like, bitches, you should be honored, so many people would for KILL for this chance. I was going to the bathroom, and I saw Manson out of the dressing room, and I peed really fast and ran out so I could say hi and I got to shake his hand (he had a good handshake)... he was really shy and quiet when I met him.

When it came time to do the video he was the one directing it for the most part when we started shooting, he was really funny and dedicated (he was drinking by this time, so he was much more outgoing than when I met him) and wanted to make sure each scene was exactly how he wanted it. I was watching the monitors when they were shooting, and it looked really cool. Evan's outfit was amazing, I was right behind her the whole time; it was meant to contrast with us, who Manson described as girls who "didn't wash their pussies for two weeks." Haha. I was dressed a little more classy than some of the other girls....

I also realize a lot of Manson fans will be interested to find out about the new guitarist... Well there was someone new, and he was um, I'd describe him as the cute one, but I don't know his name?

Anyway, that's pretty much all I can tell you guys, and to finish I should say that Manson was really amazing to work with, most artists these days let record companies mold them, it was like, through Manson's career he molded a whole generation of people. We were being loud, and the director was a short angry man, who kept telling 40 girls to shut up. He said to us exasperated "Will you please shut up? For the love of God!" And Manson replies "Nobody loves God!"
 
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From an interview with Marilyn Manson by Rock Mag (May 2007)
 
RM: You recently worked with James Cameron on the video for the first single. I've heard that there are a lot of naked girls in the video...

MM
: Yeah... there was a lot of controversy, because it was considered as bordering on pornography. There are effectively lots of naked girls, but the aim was only to create an atmosphere. I tried to make it very cinematic with the theme of romance which is present from start to finish. There is one scene which unrolls in a room in the form of an artery, it makes me think of being inside the heart. I can't tell you the rest because I haven't seen the final result yet, but it will without a doubt be very impressive because we used 3D technology which James Cameron invented. But he was actually only there for one day out of four days of filming.

 
 
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