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While the band create the videos .. there is a process of editing, and here are the updates of Making of … 30 Seconds to Mars videos with some pictures, related articles and pictures.

THE KILL celebrates its 6th Anniversary this week, released in May 2006! – @30SECONDSTOMARS


The Kill” (written along with the subtitle “Bury Me” in parenthesis on its single release, and with “Rebirth” on the remix’s single released in the UK) is a song by 30 Seconds to Mars, the song was released as the second single from their second album, A beautiful Lie. On May 2, 2010, the song was performed featuring Chino Moreno from Deftones.

Jared Leto described the meaning of the song as, “It’s really about a relationship with yourself. It’s about confronting your fear and confronting the truth about who you are.” He has also said it is about “confrontation as a crossroads” — coming face-to-face with who you really are. In September 2007, “The Kill” was re-released again in the UK. It is currently available as a Compact Disc with a A Beautiful Lie poster and two stickers, and a special limited edition 7″ vinyl version. The song is played in 6/8 time.

The video is an homage to the Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shinning based on the Stephen King novel. Several scenes are based on the film, such as when Shannon Leto enters Room 6277 and encounters the woman in the bathroom and another when Matt Watchter is served drinks at the bar by doppelgänger apparition. The video culminates in an elegant ballroom in the same manner as the photo at the end of the film. At 2:07, the papers that Jared Leto  has been typing are briefly made visible and the words on them appear to read, over and over, “This is who I really am.” This is another allusion to The Shining, in which Jack Torrance types up pages and pages of the same line, “All work and no play makes Jak a dull boy”, over and over in the same sense.

As for the cinematography, Jared Leto adopted the split screen visual from working with Darren Aronofsky in Requiem for a Dream.

The haunted room number is changed from 237 to 6277 in the video because it spells out “Mars” on a telephone keypad. The number also makes an appearance in the video for “From Yesterday ”


The music video was selected as the second best video of 2006, falling short only to “Savin’ Me” by Nickelback. It was voted the 2nd greatest of the 21st century on Scuzz TV.It was also selected as the greatest rock video ever in the Kerrang Rock 100 on 27th June 2009.

Also, it is shown at 2:58, a negative of what appears to be a woman’s corpse standing in a hall way, displayed on the screen very briefly. This image also reappears by flashing rapidly from 3:19 to 3:59. However, on Youtube,the official version of the video doesn’t show the corpse as a negative, but rather in its raw form, with blood. This may be to emphasize the song title because she looks as though she was only killed recently.

When the press release info for “The Kill” video was released, Jared stated that the video was directed by an albino Danish man named Bartholomew Cubbins. This was intended as a joke as Cubbins is the main character of the Dr. Seuss book The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, however airings of the video on music channels still list Cubbins as the director. Bartholomew Cubbins has remained Jared Leto’s alias for directing 30 Seconds to Mars’ videos (with the exception of the video for A Beautiful Lie). The hotel scenes in the video were filmed at The Carlu in Toronto, Ontario.

In the US according to AOL Publication “THE KILL” top alternative song of the decade 2000’s in 2009 ranking as #1

Released January 24, 2006
Format Compact Disc
Recorded 2004
Genre Post-hardcorealternative rock
Length 3:51
Label ImmortalVirgin
Writer(s) Jared Leto
Producer Josh Abraham30 Seconds to Mars

making of the kill <<<VIDEO





like Jared Leto said : “A song that change our lives”




From Yesterday by @30secondstomars make of …

Rock act 30 Seconds To Mars has completed work on what is purportedly the first American rock video ever shot in its entirety in the People’s Republic of China. Frontman Jared Leto was behind the camera for “From Yesterday,” under the guise of his alter-ego, Bartholomew Cubbins. The video was shot in the Forbidden City and the Emperor Qin palace. More than 300 extras were employed for the shoot, inspired by ancient Chinese empires and martial arts.

30 Seconds To Mars was previously recognized for its video concepts when it won the MTV2 Award for the Leto-directed clip for “The Kill” at this summer’s MTV Video Music Awards. Last month, it won an mtvU Woodie award for best live action video.

From Yesterday” and “The Kill” are drawn from the band’s latest Virgin album, “A Beautiful Lie,” which met with only lukewarm success upon its initial Aug. 2005 release but has been resurrected in the past six months. It has now sold 484,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“It takes a lot to believe in a world of nonbelievers and to be in a position to break through stereotypes — to be able to walk in a place where people said was not possible,” Leto told Billboard in August. “In our way, we’ve gone to the moon and all the nonbelievers are welcome to join us.”

(credits: Posted Dec 03 2006 by Arthur Jay)


On November 20, MTV2 premiered the video for “From Yesterday”; the video is the first American rock video ever shot in its entirety in the People’s Republic of China. The music video is loosely based on the film The Last Emperor.

Think about it: If you were the last emperor  and could have anything in the world for your birthday, wouldn’t youask for a bunch of super-serious, whispering-under-their-breath then-screaming dudes in eyeliner? Well then this you’ll love! Peep the epic, Far East glory of Catalano’s new, cinematic clip. This is the very first American rock video ever shot in its entirety in the People?s Republic of China. Do they have MTVu in China? And remember: He killed himself for this …literally!

( Nov 21st ’06 by Stereogum @ 8:50am )

Leto told MTV News why this was picked as the third single from the album: “There’s a lot of thought that goes into making the decision on the appropriate single. We’re very proud of [A Beautiful Lie] as a whole, so for me I don’t break it up into singles. I think of a record as a collective unit, and each song is like a chapter in a book. But certainly ‘From Yesterday’ [lends itself to being a video in that it’s] a very cinematic song and a very visual song. It really is one of those songs that lets your imagination wander. Someone suggested that it was slightly surreal.” He added that the song itself was an idea that Shannon, his brother and the band’s drummer, first brought to him. He said: “I like people to take their own message from the song, if they indeed get one, and also just enjoy it for what it is.”

The promo for “From Yesterday” was the first American music video ever filmed entirely in The People’s Republic of China. It, like the promo for their previous single “The Kill (Bury Me)” was directed by Jared Leto, under the alias Bartholomew Cubbins. Matt Wachter (bass) explained to about the video: “That was kind of Jared’s brainchild. He had this idea six months ago that he wanted to film the new video in China. He said, “We’re going to shoot it in China” and everyone said he was crazy. [laughs] Six months later, we were on a plane to China. He had this great vision and followed through and wouldn’t take no for an answer.”

Leto said on the band’s website that the video was inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1987 film The Last Emperor as well as the work of the Japanese writer/director Akira Kurosawa. He explained: “That and the passion and the history of the Chinese culture. I thought it would be the perfect setting to tell the story of ‘From Yesterday,’ and it ended up one of those really unique things that the song and the visual images kind of collided and made something completely new.”
( By Songfacts )

The Video for “From Yesterday” was filmed using 1000 Chinese soldiers. The film starts with a young boy, presumably the Emperor Puyi, being asked what he would like for his birthday. He simply states “The Sound of Tomorrow.” The action then cuts to a plain white room with the band members, clad in white outfits similar to those worn in fencing, each doing their own thing in preparation for a show. A woman enters and tells them that it is time. She leads them out into the hall and disappears. They walk down to the end of the hall where they attempt to open the door. They are unable to. The lights start to flicker and they go out, leaving the band puzzled.

It then opens to another scene where the band is walking through giant gates into the row of Chinese soldiers. As they are all walking down, Jared notices a woman wearing a white mask walking on the exterior of the row, unnoticed by the others.

The band are then taken to the hall where the Emperor is situated, and are given scrolls. Jared then says to his brother, Shannon Leto: “This is a gift?”

Each band member is then led to a different part of the kingdom, encountering various Chinese traditions. Matt Wachter encounters the butler whipping himself; Tomo Milicevic finds a dead woman lying on her bed, and someone proceeds to put a small black ball (A ball of mercury, which is a Chinese custom) into her mouth; Shannon sees a grown man being breast-fed by his mother or wife; and Jared accidentally walks in on a group of men sacrificing three young women.

The band is then shown putting on traditional Chinese armor before meeting in an alleyway for a battle against four others, dressed in identical armor. This scene is mixed with scenes of the band walking through the palace, encountering many peculiarities such as the tradition of leaving the dead in the bed for prolong periods and beheading of criminals. In the end, 30 Seconds to Mars are shown performing in the courtyard, with fireworks in the background.

At the end of the video, the band members end up fighting each other and four warriors. They wear masks, and thus cannot see who is who. The warriors are slain, and the 30 Seconds to Mars wind up in a stalemate. They slowly remove their masks, revealing to each other that they are all alive.

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Here some pics and screen shoots from the video:


Today is the 5 Year Anniversary of “From Yesterday”  by Thirty Seconds To Mars



One of the most representative videos of the band!  >>>>30 Seconds To Mars <<<<<<<<<


A Beautiful Lie By @30secondstomars Video Making of…

Jared Leto and director Elliott Lester have seemingly figured out how to transform music videos into event for Leto’s band 30 Seconds To Mars.

Elliott Lester, co-director: Jared had the original concept. He wanted to go see the part of the world that’s really being affected by global warming. Where you could see those glaciers melt and all that natural beauty literally disappear into the sea. The effects are very noticeable up there, unfortunately.

It took six months to get off the ground since most production companies didn’t want to take on the liability and passed on the project. After we got involved, I spent a month there for pre-production and shooting. Flew from L.A. to Baltimore to Greenland and then took a helicopter to these glaciers about 200 kilometers into the Arctic Circle. We had a tiny crew. You could never do something like this in such a remote place with 35mm and Technocrane. That said, we did have a renegade paparazzo that got on a helicopter somehow. We threatened to leave him on the iceberg.


The Inuit man you see in the intro lived in the village near where we shot. He’s the real deal —a fisherman hunting whales and seals there his whole life. Most of the Inuit were quite shy, so it was hard to get somebody to come out in traditional garb and be on camera.

Of course we were very careful to carbon offset whatever our production caused and all the money from the track is going to charity. I can’t speak for Jared, of course, but I think this was his way of making a contribution to the environmental cause by making sure 30 Seconds To Mars fans knew what was going on.

Tomo: ” We just want to let people know that          

LOOK this is what is here.

It is  one of the best things we have ever seen

in our lives.

Let’s try to preserve it.”

     Shannon: ” It’s an important reminder that we co-exist with                                   nature. That we share this space on this earth and

we have to respect each other.

For so many years we have been consuming consuming                       consuming. taking taking taking that we kinda change a whole

way of thinking now.”

    Jared: ” What we wanna do is: set up a website  – WEBSITE

@ablorg – TWITTER  – BLOG

that provide easy and instant access to anyone who want to get

involve, who want it to get in action, who want to learn like we did about some of the responsibilities that we all have and some of the ways we can participate in a solution rather than just being part of the problem.”

30 Seconds To Mars
“A Beautiful Lie” (Virgin) 

Angakok Panipaq & Elliott Lester, directors | Yamani Watkins and Edy Enriquez, producers | Karma Kollective, production co | Casper Tuxen, DP | Richard Alacron, editor

Credits: nbm2249  -vimeo vid upload

30 seconds to mars – Vevo vid

video static – Co director interview