Promo News - 22nd May 2013

Having made a big impression with his first ever music video for The Maccabees’ Young Lions, Peter Szewczyk has not directed one for a couple of years. But now he’s made another labour of love for the Icelandic singer ÍRiS’s Swiftly Siren, and the result is a perfectly-formed supernatural thriller. The drama is gripping from the start – with a woman on a beach in the sights of a gunman on the rocks above. But then ÍRiS – as a siren of the rocks – starts to influence the action…

Peter says: “Iris and I tossed a few ideas around, but they never strayed too far from working with the concept of her as a Siren. We flirted with the idea of having more people in competition for her allure, but it was already a pretty full narrative, and I didn’t want to spread our resources too thin. We both immediately liked the twist that a Siren could call both a man and a woman. Also, I was keen from the outset to give the narrative a bit of of a visceral edge, to offset the song’s, slow, measured pace.

“I had loads of fun making my promo for the Maccabees, which was a very run&gun approach to filmmaking. And I really enjoyed making this one – it was a welcome return to fast, guerrilla-style film-making. We shot over 2 1/2 days on a remote beach we randomly found while driving up the coast in Iceland on the morning of the first day. Because of the budget there was literally no crew or equipment. Just the Canon 5D, 2 lenses, and a DSLR cage my dad made!

“The shoot went marvellously and everyone had a blast making it – special thanks to the actors, Guðrún Bjarnadóttir and Bjartur Guðmundsson. I then went home and did the edit, grade and VFX myself over the course a month. We are all quite proud of the way it came together, especially with such limited resources.”

Credits

DirectorPeter Szewczyk
Production CompanyMathematic
ChoreographerBergþóra Einarsdóttir
WardrobeMao
VFXMathematic
EditorMathematic
ColouristMathematic
Lead actorGuðrún Bjarnadóttir
Lead actorBjartur Guðmundsson

Promo News - 22nd May 2013

Related Content

video

Naomi Scott 'Motions' by Peter Szewczyk

Peter Szewczyk's versatility as a director, animator and visual effects artist gets full rein for Disney alumni Naomi Scott's debut video Motions.

David Knight - 27th Nov 2014

news

The Maccabees’ Young Lions by Peter Szewczyk

In Peter Szewczyk's delightful video for the Maccabees' Young Lions, a boy finds solace from a tough world with the help of a beautiful pet moth. When his cruel father intervenes both boy and insect …

David Knight - 21st June 2010

video

Skunk Anansie 'Talk Too Much' by Peter Szewczyk

http://www.youtube.com/watchv=V3GQX0v81w4&feature=youtu.beSkin looking her usual dynamite self in Peter Szewczyk's promo for Skunk Anansie's Talk Too Much, shot nearly a year ago but now finally …

Jimmy Brown - 11th Oct 2011

Latest News