David Knight - 26th Nov 2015

Meilyr Jones, former frontman of Race Horses, is releasing his first solo album shortly, and How To Recognise A Work Of Art is a characterically kooky but charming offering from that record - and now has a music video to match, a one-shot wonder directed by National Theatre director Wils Wilson, and shot by Ryan Owen Eddleston. 

The video is an ode to Fellini's , and works like a walking dream through Jones's mind (who produced it himself, and recruited lots of friends to help him make the video). It starts with his song being mimed by an actor (Hugh Skinner from W1A and Poldark) who's soon killed off, when Jones is roped in as his understudy, walking through a series of strange scenes on set, encountering sycophantic art dealers, a Kurt Cobain impersonator (also played by Skinner) and a vision of the three muses before finally becoming a dictatorial emperor figure, who has his portrait painted... 

"I love getting people together," says Meilyr (above). "My grandmother was an amateur theatre director and I loved going to watch her rehearsing plays in the evenings when I was a boy. You'd see people from the town making the costumes, and singing, my granddad would have designed the set, and the spirit of the whole thing was great. We worked with a group of 12 actors, and over a period of four days, transformed a warehouse in Cardiff from scratch to a film set, building and painting the sets."

After days of prep and rehearsals, Ryan Eddleston, having suggested the idea of a single long take around the set, captured the action on an Arri Alexa Mini, stabilised with a MoVi M15 stabiliser and shot with vintage Zeiss Super Speed lenses.

"I knew we could achieve this on the MoVi - a similar beast to the steadicam," says Ryan. "I referenced a video by the band Phoenix, and Meilyr talked about Gurney Slade, the way being behind the scenes and being in the scene was quite seamless, and we tried to do that at the very start, and in-between scenes.

"I remember about three quarters through the take, thinking I haven’t messed anything up yet, and being full of adrenaline for the last sequence. It was 8:15pm and we were supposed to wrap at 8pm, so not bad going as we’d spent three days making the video. We were all huddled around a monitor watching playback on the last take and everybody was overjoyed."

Credits

DirectorWils Wilson
ProducerMeilyr Jones
Production CompanyUnochable Productions
Executive ProducerPete Ingo
Production ManagerMatthew Davies
1st ADDelmi Thomas
Director of PhotographyRyan Owen Eddleston
Focus PullerTom McMahon
2nd ACDavid O'Connor
GafferKiri Nicholetts
GafferMark Holownia
Lighting AssistantLauren Jones
Art DirectorNatalie Parsons
WardrobeNatalie Parsons
WardrobeTessa Salt
Hair & Make-upLaura Waters
EditorPete Ingo
ColouristRyan Owen Eddleston
StillsKirsten McTernan
CommissionerMeilyr Jones
LabelMoshi Moshi
Other creditsCAST: Alwyn Humphries as Patrick Harrild Hugh Skinner as Meilyr Jones and Kurt Cobain Meilyr Rhys Williams as The Director Darren Webber as the Stretcher Bearer Hanna Jarman as Girl on Bed and Muse Meilyr Jones as The Stand In Matthew Bulgo as Art Dealer No. 1 Tori Lyons as Art Dealer No. 2 Melangell Dolma as Lady of the Trees Rebecca Smith Williams as With the sun in her eyes Robin Willingham as Cameraman and Artist George Naylor as The Cha-Cha Artist Jemma Roper as The collage artist Mabon Idris as The Baby

David Knight - 26th Nov 2015

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