The response to this video has been overwhelming and really appreciated after all the hard work that went into making it. It’s very different from my previous videos, in style and execution. Most music vids are shot in 2 or 3 days but this one was filmed sporadically over about 3 months. And whereas all my other ones were scripted and storyboarded in minute detail, I began this one without either, just an idea in my heart that I wanted to express. When asked by Hospital what the video was going to be about I just said ‘the oneness of the universe’. They were understandably concerned but trust to just let me get on with such things. Armed with just a Canon 7D camera, a Glidecam, a tripod and one handheld light (I mainly used natural light) and the assistance of my pal Dave Shaw, I began the shoot.
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Hopefully you’ve seen the Oxytocin video by now, if not, take a look. And here are a few more production images and insights.
The most important aspect of this video was finding the right person to play the deranged female antagonist. The tone, the tension, the plausibility, they would all hinge on finding the perfect actress. The role required an Asian actress, which proved very difficult in Cardiff – the casting agency had no Asian actresses on their books locally. Not having the time or budget to organise a casting session in London, I instead put the word out on Facebook and amazingly up stepped Jiajia Lika Wu. She had the exact look I wanted. But had little acting experience, being a model instead. However, I just felt she was so right for the role that I took the chance and on the day she totally delivered the goods. Jiajia got the feel of the video exactly and conveyed just the right mixture of playfulness and menace.
Well, here it is at last! It’s very satisfying to have this out there finally after all the hard work that went into making it (you know, stubble continuity, ass-wig construction, importing Japanese school uniforms etc).
Starring - Richard Norton & Jiajia Lika Wu
Writer / Director / Editor – Lincoln Barrett
Director of Photography – Nathan Mackintosh
1st Assistant Director – Joe Lipscombe Noble
Makeup – Nel Bat
Runners – Rob & Tom Healan
Car Driver – Paul Spencer Biggs
Corpse – Dave Shaw
Special Thanks to – Fumie Kamba, Simon & Adrian Troy, Brad, Shelley and all at Island Records.
Would love to hear your reactions and I’ll post about more behind the scenes stuff once people have had a chance to check it out…
I can reveal that the music video I shot recently was for a new artist signed to Island Records called Kid Adrift. I played one of his tracks when I covered for Rob Da Bank on Radio One at the start of the year and have really been into everything I’ve heard from him since then. He is a very unique and hard to categorise artist, a singer/songwriter with a brooding electronic edge. And very cinematic, so totally up my street. I was amazed and overjoyed that his management and label were so into the idea I came up with for it. As is always the case with these things, time was of the essence and I sprang in to action, pulling together a great team of people for the production.
It was such a good thing that the first location I found was ultimately unusable, as looking back on it now the shoot would have been almost impossible in such a tough location with no electricity or running water or even somewhere to sit that wasn’t covered in glass. The second location turned out to be more than perfect in the end. We had to fit a lot in to just two days of shooting and I can’t thank the cast and crew enough. They all worked so hard and didn’t complain about the less than glamourous conditions once. And when the shoot ran on into the night and we all started getting a bit delirious, they just soldiered on and got the job done.
Ah, the slings and arrows of outrageous film-making. The wonderful location in the last post has fallen through due to Asbestos. Pah! But thankfully I seem to know enough people who own spooky, derelict houses and we have a new location. We are set dressing it at the moment to make it look more run down but this one has a stone cellar which is even better than the last house. Shooting this Saturday and Sunday…
And so we spring into action once again – a music video is afoot! This time for a singer/songwriter, not dnb, a great track with a very cinematic feel, so I cooked up a filmic idea for it and the record label have said ‘all systems go’. More details as we progress.
Here’s some pics from the location scouting mission, click for larger.