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The War On Drugs 'Under The Pressure' by Houmam Abdallah

David Knight - 22nd Aug 2014

Houmam Abdallah may be best known as a colourist - he is one of London's most prolific graders of music videos - but he has also shown himself to be a director with a distinctive eye. His directing debut for Beirut's The Rip Tide was impressive. But this one, for The War On Drugs' eight minute Under The Pressure, is something of a tour de force.

In many respects it's quite minimal; band members play their instruments, in different parts of a suburban house. But with the help of wonderful photography by Alexander Hankoff, Houmam invests this with tremendous cinematic atmosphere. And it's intercut and overlaid with more imagery - bleak landscapes captured from a vehicle, blistering film stock – building to the brilliant widescreen image of thousands of tiny exploding lights.

It serves the music beautifully, and if Houmam hadn't done so before, this proves he is not just an excellent colourist. He's a directing talent to be reckoned with.   

 

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Houmam Abdallah
Producer
Clare Smalley
1st AD
Luke Morrison

Camera

Director of Photography
Alexander Hankoff

Art

Art Director
Houmam Abdallah

Editorial

Editor
Paul Moth
Editing company
Final Cut

Grading

Colourist
Houmam Abdallah

VFX

VFX Company
Post Producer
Sophie Hogg
Post Producer
Frankie Ester

Misc

Location Manager
Mikey Package

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