David Knight - 19th Feb 2015

Dark rituals, strange hallucinations and… skin shedding. They're all there in David M. Helman's new video for Glass Animals' Black Mambo.

It's an atmospheric, alluring and beautifully photographed piece of work, filmed mostly in Mexico, and in London.


"The concept for Black Mambo started with this theme of deception. As I was working out ideas and listening to the track, it always felt like the lightness of the melody was a mask for a darker narrative.

"The rest of the concept slowly grew from there where I began to develop this rabbit hole storyline and started blending that with the imagery from the album. 

"We primarily shot in Morelos, Mexico which is a few hours south of Mexico City."

PRO Credits


DirectorDavid M. Helman
Production CompanyPulse Films
ProducerRik Green
ProducerOre Okonedo
Service ProducerChristian Quintero
Executive ProducerZak Razvi
Service CompanySomos Piano Production
Director of PhotographyTrevor Wineman
Director of PhotographyCharlie Herranz
Focus PullerKim Thomas
GafferMark Holownia
Art DirectorShaun Fenn
EditorPaul O'Reilly
Editing companyHomespun
ColouristAubrey Woodiwiss
Grading companyElectric Theatre Collective
VFX CompanyBread & Butter
VFX ProducerAmanda Jones
CastOscar Ganem
CommissionerAmy Morgan
LabelWolf Tone
Other creditsRunners: Tom Wynborne, Ben Duncan, Sam Waddington Special Thanks: One Stop Films, Panalux, James Drew, Alice Clarke

David Knight - 19th Feb 2015

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