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Josh Record 'Wide Awake' by Joe Connor

Jimmy Brown - 18th June 2014

Powered by sterling work from sculptor Bobby Tonge and projectionists Nick Platt and Jim Dawson, Joe Connor serves up a visual treat for Josh Record's Wide Awake.

Watch as Josh's numerous heads melt in sweltering studio conditions as the track escalates to really rather brilliant effect...

JOE CONNOR

"As soon as I heard this track I new I had to make the video for it - it just seemed to resonate so much and Josh's voice is so incredible that I think I wrote 3 treatments in a few hours for this track, it really got my mind working. Of the 3 treatments, this was my favourite concept - a bunch of melty Josh heads in a room.  

"I’m so happy Josh and the guys at Virgin took a chance on what sounds like a ridiculous concept as I think we’ve made a really cool video -  and the best thing about is it that everything seen in the video was done in camera with no digital trickery, nothing is faked.   

"I enlisted the help of sculptor extraordinaire Bobby Tongue who created multiple sculptures of Josh’s head made from wax.  Poor Josh had to sit for an hour with his head in a cast while we all took ridiculous photos with him (see here).  We filmed Josh square on against black and then projection mapped Josh’s face onto the wax sculptures on location in Manchester giving this eerie effect of all these wax heads coming to life in a ghostly manner, which for me really translates the melancholy in the song, it’s a great effect.  

"We then heated up the room to achieve the melt on camera, the effect is really beautiful, a testament to creativity and good old fashioned arts and crafts.  Everyone that worked on it was amazing, from Annika’s beautiful cinematography, Nick Crossley’s great producing to get me what I needed to make the video to Nick Platt and the guys at Drop City for their amazing projection mapping work.  It’s a real team effort and the result is one of my favourite pieces of work". 

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Jimmy Brown - 18th June 2014

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Producer
Nick Crossley
Production Company
Chief Productions
Production Manager
Naomi Garrett
1st AD
Christopher Caddy

Camera

Director of Photography
Annika Summerson
Focus Puller
Jason Wingrove
Focus Puller
Simon Hallows
Camera Assistant
Daniel McPake

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Chris Hyde
Gaffer
Will Rae Smith

Wardrobe

Hair
Thomas Shaw
Make-up
Thomas Shaw

Grading

Colourist
Ian McLaughlin

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Commissioner
James Hackett

Misc

Production Assistant
Kate Brady
Projectionist
Nick Platt
Projectionist
Jim Dawson
Sculptor
Bobby Tonge
Art Department Assistant
James Mcintosh
Production Team
Mike Higson, Simon Stannard, Tom McGuire, Matt Green
Offline
Ian McLaughlin
Special Thanks
Dropcity
Special Thanks
Panavision Manchester

Jimmy Brown - 18th June 2014

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