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Kwes 'Rollerblades' by Ian Pons Jewell

David Knight - 29th Jan 2014

In his second video for Kwes – following Bashful in 2012  - Ian Pons Jewell has created a dark and minimal theatricality around the theme of the song Rollerblades, from Kwes's acclaimed debut album ilp.

It features an enigmatic dancing rollerblader – skating pro Juan Tocino – who takes a plug out of Kwes’s neck, draining him until just a pile of clothes is left. Well, we are mostly water apparently. Especially at the moment. 

Ian Pons Jewell:

"It was a great pleasure to work with Kwes again as I find his music really inspiring to write to. It has a strong sense of narrative about it, with a structure to it that's very different to a lot of music out, taking you for a strange ride. The skater idea came about directly from Kwes' lyrics and developed from there, with the water theme also being in connection to the final sound.

"We feel really lucky to have found Juan Tocino who trained ex champion Artistic Rollerkskaters. Someone with his ability, look, but above all performance ability don't come by often. Pushing the steadicam more than usual with Doug was great, letting shots play out a lot longer than we usually would, partly due to how amazing Juan was. Though fully planned out structurally before, we finalised the blocking and choreography on the day, with Juan never missing a mark."

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Ian Pons Jewell
Producer
Melodie Roulaud
Production Company
Wanda Productions
Executive Producer
Abi Hodson
Executive Producer
Celine Roubaud
1st AD
Caleb Wissun Bhide

Camera

Director of Photography
Doug Walshe
Focus Puller
Bruno Travers
Camera Assistant
Liran Barlev

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Greg Whitbrook

Editorial

Editor
Gaia Borretti

Grading

Colourist
Luke Morrison
Colour grade company

VFX

VFX
Brad Wood
Post Producer
Serena Noorani

Commission

Commissioner
Laura Tunstall
Label
Warp

Misc

Spark
Daniel McCormick
Assistant Producer
Luke Preston

Other credits

Stylist Assistant

Isabella Lopez Smith

SUPER Runners

Ollie Paxton & Jack Hobbs

Special Thanks

Louis Cooper Robinson

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