David Knight - 12th Jan 2009

As you will see, not everything is as it seems. It's all done in-camera, and is therefore an experiment in fakery. The fun comes in the reveal of how false perspectives, and particularly the contrast between black and white, can deceive the eye.

It's such a strong idea that André keeps finding new variations on the basic theme throughout the video. As he explains below, much of this arose during the shoot itself. The guy is talented.


Andre Maat on making his video for De Staat's The Fantastic Journey...

"I'm a great fan of 'analogue' techniques and visual experiments. Within the splitscreen concept, there seemed to be enough room for variation and added forced perspective, black & white combinations, and fake angles.

"It was really during the shoot only that we discovered that the ideas worked. Even though everything was storyboarded and prepared before, there still was lots of improvisation while shooting. By combining or moving the split-bars, we created new variations and also the band enjoyed playing with the possibilities and had fun performing within.

"The splits, bars, walls, passe-partouts, and the white backgrounds - some of them on wheels to be able to create more movements - are all mostly from wood.

"And it was to provide the video with a playful touch. I like it when videos don't take themselves too seriously."


Production CompanyPool Worldwide Amsterdam
DirectorAndre Ma
ProducerAnika Durant / William Griffioen
Director of PhotographyCoen Stroeve
Art DirectorGoof & Rob
EditorAmber Hooijmans
OnlineLaurens Orij

David Knight - 12th Jan 2009

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