In a deep-dive look at the making of their “Jumpsuit” video, Twenty One Pilots released an 8-minute behind-the-scenes making-of mini-doc on Thursday (Sept. 6) that helps pull back the curtain on the first clip from the band’s upcoming Trench album. Filled with storyboards and long, picturesque looks at the remote town in Iceland (Þórsmörk) where it was shot, the short film begins with director and frequent collaborator Andrew Donoho explaining how a 15-day trip to Iceland in 2016 helped inspire the austere look in “Jumpsuit.”
“I was always shocked at the craziness and the expanse of the canyons,” he says over black-and-white footage of fog-shrouded, ice-covered mountains. “You’ll see it on camera, but in person it’s even wilder because it makes it feel like you’re totally surrounded and enveloped.” When Donoho got wind of the world that TØP singer Tyler Joseph and the team had created for this album cycle he was excited because it instantly reminded him of what he’d seen on that previous trip.
The footage includes drummer Josh Dun describing some local history about the glaciers and streams, the steep punishments for tearing up moss from rocks and facts about Will Smith’s set-adjacent Icelandic retreat, all of which seem plausible, but also totally made up. All the while, Joseph is run through his rehearsal paces as his boots fill with water and storyboards pop up to illustrate the action.
So far the band has released the trilogy of interconnected tunes “Jumpsuit,” “Nico and the Niners” and “Levitate,” as well as the funk-influenced “My Blood.” Trench is due out on Oct. 5 on Fueled by Ramen.
Watch the behind-the-scenes video — and the finished product — below.