Promo News - 3rd May 2013

After his excellent Landshapes video documenting the wrestling community of La Paz, Ian Pons Jewell has definitely taken to Bolivia. He has now shot the video for Naughty Boy’s La La La there – and has caused something of a political furore in the process.

Featuring a delightful young lad with a Chow Chow puppy, a bizarre set of characters and a Wizard of Oz-like journey of discovery, the characters illustrate the theme of the song by covering their ears and singing ‘la la la’ when faced with verbal abuse: the boy who escapes from the haranguing of an older man, is handed his dog by a shaman, then recruits ‘Cement Man’ and a dancing wool-covered traffic cop, and then this small band head off from the city to the salt flats, and an unlikely destination…

And a combination of the song and the little boy’s ear-covering and ‘la la la’s’ has already been a hit in Bolivia – with quite serious implications. And it surely will not be long before it blows up over here too because the song and the gesture is as catchy as measles in Swansea…

Ian Pons Jewell: “I decided to stay on after the Landshapes video, opportunities started arising and I started to really fall in love with this place. I wrote to Sam Seager [at EMI] to let him know I was here and with a crew, able to shoot, and he sent the Naughty Boy track.

“The video has blown here. Viral. Everyone has seen it, everyone raving about it, political memes have sprung up with the boy´s ‘la la la’ gesture being used as a sort of middle finger stuff up to talking policitians, people are doing it in the universities instead of telling someone to shut up. It’s played on TV, radio… mad! So am staying out here, getting a visa, and setting some things up such as a fixer company, to open Bolivia up to UK productions.”

Credits

Production CompanyStudio Murmur
Lead actorAlex Terán
DirectorIan Pons Jewell
ProducerTim Harrison
ProducerDobi Manolova
Executive ProducerClaudia Marquez
Director of PhotographyDoug Walshe
Art DirectorAmeena Kara Callender
WardrobeAmeena Kara Callender
Make-upPaola Romay
EditorGaia Borretti
Post ProducerSerena Noorani
ColouristLuke Morrison
VFXMorgan Beringer
ProducerAlely Amazonas
ProducerAdriana Aguilar
Production CompanyGran Angular
1st ADNestor Lira
Executive ProducerRafael Esteves
CastingMacarena Estevez
Camera operatorGhandi El Chamaa
Focus PullerAdrian Mamani
WardrobeRoxana Toledo
Assistant Art DirectorElizabeth Lisazo
Assistant Art DirectorIvan Quiroga
GafferPolicarpio Torrez
BoyJaime Arcani
DITJorge Bueno
CommissionerJames Hackett
CommissionerSam Seager
LabelEMI
Lead actorFranco Miranda
1st ADYamil Del Villar
Other creditsPotosi Mine Producer: Helen Rios Logistics: Marcos Rossel Cast: Franco Miranda (child), Alejandro Angelo (hotel man), Justo Limachi (shaman), Alex Terán (Cement Man), Valentín Tuscu (heart seller), Paolo Vargas (Traffic Cop & Choreographer) Carolina Zabala (Aerobics Instructor), Simón (dog Special Thanks To: John Wesley Hotel, Star Gym, Marcelo Muñecas, Louis Ellison

Promo News - 3rd May 2013

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