Jimmy Brown - 9th Sept 2014

For Seattle-based electronic duo Odesza's tune Say My Name, Ian Pons Jewell documents a couple seriously in love, delivering a picture-postcard promo – with what looks at first like some serious product placment. 

Then Ian employs an utterly brilliant, and rather disturbing, narrative flip...


"The video has its roots in my first trip to LA, visiting one of my best friends. I had no real idea what to expect, but was met with two worlds: one joyous, full of sun, and then its underbelly, a very dark weird place.

"Jihanne opened the city up to me completely. So the video is an attempt to capture the two sides of the coin, and shows a person hitting the wall of illusion.

"I once heard the phrase 'actors are vacuous vessels waiting to be filled' – something I don't agree with. But what if one of these actors were 'filled', but never emptied? What if, through the acting process, they lost their real identity and became the character, falling for the supporting lead? What would happen when the director calls 'cut'?..."

PRO Credits


DirectorIan Pons Jewell
Production CompanyResidency
ProducerMarieta Blaskova
Executive ProducerGaetan Rousseau
1st ADDelvin Williams
Director of PhotographyPat Scola
Focus PullerJack Bianco
2nd ACElver Hernandez
GafferEddie Apodaca
Art DirectorParis Pickard
WardrobeBrent Coover
Make-upHeather O'boyle
EditorGaia Borretti
ColouristHoumam Abdallah
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
Post production companyEight VFX
VFXStephane Allender
Lead actorStephanie Hunt
Lead actorBrandon Michael Anderson
CommissionerMaddy Salvage
CommissionerJamie Collinson

Jimmy Brown - 9th Sept 2014

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