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Jon Hopkins ‘Open Eye Signal’ by Aoife McArdle

Promo News - 30th Apr 2013

Aoife McArdle’s very cool video for Jon Hopkins’ Open Eye Signal is a road movie with a difference; it charts the journey of a lone skateboarder through the awesome landscapes of the American West to the soundtrack of Hopkins’s epic track.

What appears to be the start of a narrative as the skateboarder, played by Chris Chann, with face beaten up, jumps onto his board and heads off, turns out to be simply about the journey itself, introduced with a minute-long opening shot – increasingly existential, occasionally surreal. As the skater passes through suburbia, desert and coastline, it becomes all about the absorbing visual enjoyment of the journey – and the Zen-like demeanour of the skater, like an earthbound Silver Surfer.

This highly cinematic visual accompaniment to the hypnotic pulse of Open Eye Signal was achieved with superb photography by Steve Annis, and assured direction by Aoife McArdle, who quietly keeps turning out marvellous videos…

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Aoife McArdle
Producer
Tamsin Glasson
Producer
Brian Welsh
Production Company
Colonel Blimp
Production Company
Good Company
Executive Producer
Tamsin Glasson

Camera

Director of Photography
Steve Annis
Camera operator
Robby Hart

Lighting/Grip

Grip
Julien Janigo

Wardrobe

Hair & Make-up
Alexis Johnson

Casting

Lead actor
Chris Chann

Editorial

Editor
Dan Sherwen

Grading

Colourist
James Tillett

VFX

Post production company
MPC

Commission

Commissioner
Jonny Bradshaw
Label
Domino

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DIT
Eli Berg
Clapper Loader
Ben Molyneux

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