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Palace 'Head Above The Water' by Oliver Hadlee Pearch

Palace 'Head Above The Water' by Oliver Hadlee Pearch

Cat Velez - 27th July 2015

Oliver Hadlee Pearch has taken a decidedly visceral approach to his music video for Palace's Head Above The Water. Dealing with the nervy physicality of the human body and all its twitches, spasms, and other instinctive bodily processes, the piece effectively creates a hypnotic series of close-up portraits, in which something doesn't appear to be quite right with its subjects.

Insisting on suffocating imagery such as a human statue in a bag being sucked of its air, and a man laid out on a table struggling to breathe, it's pairing with the sleepy, somewhat melancholic melodies of Head Above The Water makes for an the existential watch, reminding us of our fleshy, corporeal impermanence. 

“When you are swept up by a wave, you are caught underwater, not knowing which way is up or down, left or right. This was sort of the starting point for this video. This idea of confusion. Concussion even," Oliver told Noisey, where the video was premiered last week. 

"Dreams played a big part in this film. How many different scenes can sit side by side harmoniously. I wanted to try and create mini-narratives which all lead the same way yet are completely removed from each other. Tied together. Across the video we want the audience to be hypnotized, drawn in yet not knowing why or how.”

 

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Oliver Hadlee Pearch
Producer
Tom Tennant
Production Company
Colonel Blimp
Executive Producer
Paul Weston
1st AD
Grant Sandy Phillips

Camera

Director of Photography
Julien Véron
Director of Photography
Jack Wilkinson
Focus Puller
Ran Geffen
Focus Puller
Ryan Parkins

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Danny Hayward

Art

Art Director
Oliver Hogan

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Hannah Hopkins
Make-up
Danie Farrington

Casting

Casting director
Martha Stewart

Editorial

Editor
Max Windows
Editing company

Grading

Colourist
Julien Biard

VFX

Post production company
Finish

Misc

Head of Music Video
Nathan James Tettey
Clapper Loader
Roland Phillips
Clapper Loader
Marco Alonso Monedero
Electrician
Jovan Lawrence
Assistant Art Director
Jakob Gierse
Art Department Assistant
Amy Petra Woodward
Props
Carl Ryan
Runner
Calypso Keane
Runner
Rosanna Trower
Runner
Jamie Kelly

Other credits

Construction

Zane McGill

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