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David Knight - 13th Nov 2014

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

Credits

DirectorEncyclopedia Pictura
ProducerRona Vergne
Production CompanyGhost Robot
Executive ProducerMark De Pace
Executive ProducerZachary Mortensen
Production ManagerNatasha Giliberti
2nd ACSierra Haworth
GafferMatt Rome
Art DirectorJackson Barlow
EditorMegan Moore
ColouristAyumi Ashley
Director's RepresentationLas Bandas Be Brave
DirectorDaren Rabinovitch
Costume designerDaren Rabinovitch
ColouristIsaiah Saxon
StylistAshley Brock
Director's RepresentationJen Herrera
Director's Rep (UK)Strange Beast
Other creditsFabricator: 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

David Knight - 13th Nov 2014

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