Tune-Yards 'ABC 123' by Dear Mr Quistgaard

Tune-Yards 'ABC 123' by Dear Mr Quistgaard
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Tune-Yards are renowned for their zany and colourful videos that often feel they could sit comfortably within an episode of Sesame Street. In Brit director Dear Mr Quistgard's video for ABC 123, overall-clad Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner have swapped the playpen for the woodwork shop. But apart from that, this is wacky-business-as-usual.

It starts with Garbus's head popping from a tabletop within a miniature electric train track - which becomes one of the running themes in a video. Visual trickery enlivens the unglamourous workspace at every turn, with Garbus omnipresent, often multiplied, and sometimes cut in half, while Brenner does the more mundane stuff.

It could be described as 'disorientating and chaotic' (Paste Magazine), and if so that reflects the bleak lyrics as well as the typically bouncy tune, which includes the line "California's burning down/living in the middle of the sixth extinction". Fun times.  

 

Credits

Director
Dear Mr Quistgaard
Producer
Abi Atkinson
Production Company
SomesuchSomesuch website
Executive Producer
Saskia Whinney
Production Manager
Jagoda Litkowiec
1st AD
Dominic Threlfall
Director of Photography
Deepa Keshvala
Focus Puller
Ben Oliver
2nd AC
Owen Cant
Gaffer
Craig Hudson
Art Director
Stuart Hudson
Wardrobe
Chelsea Graziano
Hair & Make-up
Chelsea Graziano
Make-up
Chelsea Graziano
Editor
Fouad Gaber
Editing company
Trim EditingTrim Editing website
Colourist
Jason Wallis
Grading company
Electric Theatre Company
Director's Representation
SomesuchSomesuch website
Commissioner
Gabe Spierer
Label
4AD Records
Floor Runner
Lois Griffiths
Camera Trainee
Max Fomin
Art Asst
Julia Chrzanowska
Art Asst
Joe Harvey
Art Asst
Cameron Gorman

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