18 months ago a video named Insane Office Escape (see Related Content) that accompanied the Russian rock band Biting Elbows’ single The Stampede hit the Internet. Directed by Great Guns’ Ilya Naishuller, also the band’s front man, it amassed nearly 2 million hits in a matter of days.
Now the release of the film’s sequel takes the action to bigger, bolder and waaaay bloodier places this time around. The subtly entitled Bad Motherfucker, Insane Office Escape 2, is a crazy bold piece of branded content for the Russian vodka company Neft which also doubles as the promo for the band’s next single, whose name it shares.
Shot on Go Pro cameras over nine days with a crew of five professional stuntmen and 40 friends of the band, the film picks up moments after the ending of the first film.
The film, the majority of which was shot in a huge factory city in Moscow (with additional shooting in the French Alps) features one sequence at its beginning that will undoubtedly get some attention. Naishuller is keen to point out that this particular stunt was “performed by a stuffed toy loaded with 12 kilos of bricks. I assure you no animals were harmed during the making of this film.”
“The idea was very simple,” adds Naishuller. “To shoot a very fun, exciting and relentless five minutes of action that can be enjoyed, with tongue firmly in cheek, for all its guilty excess and irreverence. Nothing more. Nothing less. I hope we have succeeded in our mission.”
Too right they have.
Biting Elbows, Bad Motherfucker (Insane Office Escape 2)
Director: Ilya Naishuller
DoP: Sergey Valyaev
Additional camerawork: Ilya Naishuller, Stas Derevynako, Alexander Kraevski, Oleg Poddubny
Producer: Ekaterina Kononenko
Production manager: Igor Polishuk
Costume designers: Anya Kudevich, Boris Kukokkin
Sound design: Rostislav Kaptur, Dmityr Evgrafov
Stunt coordination: Oleg Poddubny & The Stuntart Company
Pyrotechnicians: Andrei Berezkin, Victor Ososkov
Prod co: Great Guns