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Jon Hopkins ‘Open Eye Signal’ by Aoife McArdle
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…
|Production Company||Colonel Blimp|
|Production Company||Good Company|
|Executive Producer||Tamsin Glasson|
|Director of Photography||Steve Annis|
|Camera operator||Robby Hart|
|Clapper Loader||Ben Molyneux|
|Hair & Make-up||Alexis Johnson|
|Lead actor||Chris Chann|
|Post production company||MPC|
Mixing genuine photojournalism with stunning tilt and shift footage this is emotional, evocative, a mini-epic.
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