Metronomy 'The Upsetter' by Encyclopedia Pictura
More than six years since they created their epic 3D video for Bjork's Wanderlust - the winner of Video of the Year at the first UK Music Video Awards in 2008 - to be followed by a long haitus from filmmaking, Encyclopedia Pictura are back.
The directing collective, known for the extraordinary nature-based surrealism in videos for Grizzly Bear, Seventeen Evergreen and others, have returned to make the video for Metronomy's The Upsetter, with Daren Rabinovitch at the helm. Daren has also created the astonishing costumes in the video (their making is documented in the BTS film linked below), that sees the creation of one character, a sort of human sloth, to the transformation of the other, as a forest woman starts to incorporate the forest in her body.
Essentially this is a love story, about the woman (possibly from civilisation who has been lost in the forest for years and grown a beard) who in her solitude creates a companion of grass and earth on the ground. Then, as her loneliness overcomes her, she brings the grass creature to life.
The level of vision and ambition is there, as before, and the physical development of the characters is extraordinary. And Daren Rabinovitch's direction adds a level of warmth and poignancy to EP's trademark visionary style and themes. Very good to have them back.
• Making of Daren Rabinovitch of Encyclopedia Pictura's video for Metronomy's The Upsetter here
|Art Director||Jackson Barlow|
|Production Company||Ghost Robot|
|Executive Producer||Mark De Pace|
|Executive Producer||Zachary Mortensen|
|Production Manager||Natasha Giliberti|
|2nd AC||Sierra Haworth|
|Costume designer||Daren Rabinovitch|
|Director's Representation||Jen Herrera|
|Director's Rep (UK)||Strange Beast|
|Other credits||Fabricator: Rob Wilson Puppeteer: Stephanie Chiou PAs: Dolan Chorng, Duncan Russell, Theresa Cho, Kay He Volunteers: Benji Blanco, Andrew Nimmo, Hoa Ly, Jon Beilin, Caitlin Vavasour, Nicholas Waton, Adela Waton, David Vergne|
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