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.   

PRO Credits


DirectorHoumam Abdallah
ProducerClare Smalley
Director of PhotographyAlexander Hankoff
1st ADLuke Morrison
Location ManagerMikey Package
Art DirectorHoumam Abdallah
EditorPaul Moth
Editing companyFinal Cut
Post ProducerSophie Hogg
Post ProducerFrankie Ester
ColouristHoumam Abdallah

David Knight - 22nd Aug 2014

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