When Green Day started making music videos, they were lucky to get teamed with director Mark Kohr, who shared their sensibility for the goofy and outrageous. He made the off-the-wall Primus videos for "Tommy The Cat
" and "My Name Is Mud
," and was open to ideas while also bringing lots of his own. For "Redundant," he had the band perform in front of a green screen and composited behind them a cast of characters who come in and out, repeating the same actions. One woman repeatedly walks in an picks up a newspaper. When the video ends, she comes in again but the paper isn't there, so she lets out a blood-curdling scream.
In a Songfacts interview with Kohr
, he explained the concept and execution: "'Redundant,' we made the set and we dressed it with all the props, then we marked all the props and locked off the camera. We pulled everything out and we painted it blue, then we put in props selectively depending on the person and their path through the set, and then we had everyone shoot their action in those paths. Even though they weren't shot together, we didn't want them to have collisions. Then somebody went through the great pain of keying them all back in, in these layers of action.
The idea takes a little while to pay off because we're stuck in repetition and then at the end the repetition is broken by the girl, and she's terrified. That adds to it, the whole thing of how when we break pattern we become scared."