David Knight - 15th Sept 2014

My Favourite New Year's Eve is the debut single from Japan-based British band 1Eyedman. The video, directed by Daniel Janes, is a woozy candy-coloured delight in which a man's humdrum life is rejuvenated after his visit to a mysterious neon realm - actually God's Own Junkyard in Walthamstow - where he meets the Neon Queen of his dreams, played by Margaux Billard...

 

DANIEL JANES:

"I'm interested in the text art of people like Bruce Nauman and Patrick Martinez, plus the cinematography of Benoît Debie on films such as Enter The Void. In God's Own Junkyard in Walthamstow - the largest collection of neon signage in Europe - we found the perfect location to pay them tribute.

"A lot of these works' power draws from their darkness: neon can represent an overstimulated hell, or the sinister pulse of a city. I wanted to turn this on its head and channel the exuberance of neon towards positive emotions - in this case, the headiness of first love.

"What's more, we had real coup in the casting as we were able to secure Margaux Billard, the female lead from John Newman's smash-hit video for Love Me Again. She was a joy to work with and when we watched the rushes it just confirmed how completely she dazzled."

Credits

ProducerRobin Mcconnell, Eleri Jane Evans
Production CompanyDraughtsman Films
1st ADIsobel Mascarenhas-whitman
Director of PhotographyLeigh Alner
Focus PullerScott Pocock
GafferJoao Janeiro
WardrobeLizzie Kane
Make-upSacha Lilly Skerton
EditorSean Ryan
ColouristAndy Nicholson
Grading companyDirectors Cut Post-production
Post ProducerCharlie Weedon
Lead actorMargaux Billard, Declan Clowry
CommissionerRadar Music Videos
Label1eyedman
Other creditsCamera Operator: Richard Dunton Camera Assistant: Simon Taylor Spark: Rob Shears DIT: John Rogers Runner: Luxmmi Varathan

David Knight - 15th Sept 2014

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