David Knight - 10th Oct 2013

Unsigned director Richard Paris Wilson's unofficial video for M83's Moonchild – it was a finalist in a competition on Genero.tv, and also nominated for Genero's Video of the Year 2013 – turns expectations on its head, when an astronaut comes to earth and strikes up a friendship with a young girl he meets on the beach. When they are endangered by a extravagant trio of evildoers, the purpose of the space traveller's visit becomes clear. 

With its excellent use of the Kent seaside location, and larger than life characters, this is an impressively cinematic video - crewed in large part by teenagers from Richard's summer workshop class. 

Richard Paris Wilson: "I made the video with a group of 14/15 year olds from a summer media workshop I run in South London. We had them helping on everything - planning the shoot, camera assisting, art direction, etc. Kids are the greatest crew members you could ever ask for - their endlessly creative and incredibly enthusiastic. 

"We also had a couple of very talented professionals - including DOP James Westbrook and editor Riccardo Servini - to ensure the end result was something we could all be proud of. It was a fantastic experience, and proof that with lots of creativity and good planning you can overcome a tiny budget."

Credits

DirectorRichard Paris Wilson
EditorRiccardo Servini
Director of PhotographyJames Westbrook
Production CompanyWe Are Cowboys
Lead actorThe Astronaut - Alexander Beaumont // The Moonchild - Parisa Mccarthy // The Creepy Man - Brian Stewart
CommissionerGenero
VFXTommy Nagle
VFXRichard Paris Wilson
Other creditsCostume: Laura Barham Makeup: Lianna Weidle Second AD: Ross Aylard Camera Assistant: Ollie Paxton Art Direction: Henri Calderon Location Manager: Mark Richardson Production Assistant: Sam Marino Production Assistant: Amy Davis Behind The Scenes Photos: Pierro Pozella Director's Representation: Not currently represented Special Thanks: Jack Hobbs, Bryan Martin, Alex Kyrou And Lilly Sells This Video Wouldn't Have Been Possible Without Help From: Lynda Asby, Mitra McCarthy And Brian Stewart.

David Knight - 10th Oct 2013

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