Featuring: Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, Ray Park, Deep Roy
It all began with a 3-Dee Nucleus groove created during a Saturday night jam session. They had no intention of creating a Star Wars related song at the time, the music just seemed to take that direction on its own when 3-DN began to lay down some futuristic funk using metallic sounding rhythms. As Corey Dee began work on the edit of the recording, the intergalactic vibe became apparent. Jamie Strangroom at the BBC approached Corey about a Cloud City parody he was doing with Corey’s father, Billy Dee Williams, and asked if 3-Dee Nucleus had any music that would fit it. After adding a few FX, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and a Lando Calrissian voiceover from the parody, “Cloud City Funk” was born.
Months later Corey Dee decided to shoot a music video for the full song, and what better location than Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration 2017 Orlando! With the help of photographer Marc Donavan, he set out to get various cosplayers, and members of the elite world wide Star Wars costuming organization, the 501st Legion, to do character appearances, such as Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, The Cantina Band, Han Solo, Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Twilek’s and more. The idea was to create a video with a fun spontaneous feel, and to incorporate celebrity cameos featuring stars from the movie series.
Actor Deep Roy, whose numerous roles not only include Star Wars, but also playing ALL of the Oompa Loompas in the 2005 Charlie and The Chocolate Factory movie, danced in the video. Ray Park, the infamous Darth Maul, agreed to dance in it as well. Ray found himself getting so into the intergalactic vibe of the groove, he did multiple takes of popping, locking, and Martial Arts! Even Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, makes an unexpected appearance grooving to the music with Corey Dee!
A signature move used in the video came to be known as the “Cloud City” or the “Lando Point”. Corey and Marc gathered enough footage to do several videos, and they are working on additional episodes using re-mixed versions of “Cloud City Funk” featuring never before seen footage! So stay tuned for the sequels!!!
Coming soon… Cloud City Funk : The Beat Strikes Back
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