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Luke Bather - 17th May 2016

Waiter, there's an oil rig in my soup. After blowing everybody's minds consistently over the last couple of years with videos like Roy Kafri's Mayokero and CeeLo Green's Robin Williams, Vania Heymann is back - teaming up with Gal Muggia to co-direct an incredible video for Coldplay.

The video uses seamless compositing to play with perspective and blend images together that would otherwise have no business being combined. Up is West. Down is behind you. Chris Martin is a thousand feet tall and using a mountain range as a beanbag. It'd be an almost nightmarish vision if it wasn't so brilliantly done.

It's not all lovely imagery without a point though - there's some visual nods to the refugee crisis and a general reminder that the world is a very mixed up place and we're all closer to it than we think.

Credits

DirectorVania Heymann
DirectorGal Muggia
Creative DirectorPhil Harvey
Artist managementDave Holmes
Artist managementMandi Bursteen
CommissionerSam Seager
Production CompanyPrettybird
Executive ProducerJuliette Larthe
ProducerNatan Schottenfels
Director's RepresentationJoceline Gabriel
Executive ProducerNathan Scherrer
ProducerJuliette Larthe
Production CoordinatorLaura Thomas-Smith
Production CoordinatorCheyenne Miller
EditorGal Muggia
VFXVania Heymann
VFXGloria FX
Director of PhotographyRoman Linetsky
Director of PhotographyJohn Schmidt
Director of PhotographyVania Heymann
TitlesTal Baltuch
VFXAmit Chachek
VFXGil Gavish
VFX CompanyReal Motion
Sound designShlomi Atlas
Other creditsArchive Research: Jane Tucker Treatment Layout & Design: Daniel Fletcher Production Supervisor: Christina Woolston Production Coordinator: Doug Smith 1st Assistant Director: Gabe Blom 2nd Assistant Director: Dan Majkut 1st Assistant Camera: Shane Duckworth 2nd Assistant Camera: Cai Hall Techno Crane: Matt Roberts Gaffer: Zach Sulivan Best Boy Electric: Tim Berg Electricians: Dave Tumblety and Rick Mitchell Key Grip: Ken Tanzer Best Boy Grip: Steve Girouard Grips: Keith Steinberg and Jason Schaffner Props: Malcom Sansire, James Lasso and Christina Chandler Media: Jeffery Haggerman, Arturo Lopez and Tony Starbuck Production Assistants: Dave Terra, Ron Lokiby, Kat Cameron, Josh Zimmerman, Eric Helper and Joe Pesce Production Company Ukraine: Radioaktive Film Executive Producer: Sasha Bevka and Darko Skulsky Producer: Ole Yakovleva Production Manager: Nick Semko Production Assistant: Oleg Ptashnyk Art Director: Sergey Vinichuk 1st Assistant Director: Dennis Sonin Gaffer: Valera Latuga Wardrobe: Dasha Filshina Hair & Make Up Artist: Marta Skalskya Media: Jan Wachowski Chaperone: Alexsandra Voskova Catering: Natasha Barilo Gloria FX Executive Producer: Max Colt Producer: Sergii Mashevskyi VFX Supervisor: Anatolii Kuzmytskyi Special thanks: Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Merryman, Will Champion and Phil Harvey, Dave Holmes and Mandi Bursteen, Sam Seager, Roy, Sigal and Noah Kafri, Rona Segal, Anisia Affek, Tom Melnick, RIO, Indy Hait, Maya Ish Shalom, Sasha Bevko, Joseph Weizenecker, Big Apple Studios and R- Space Kiev, Kerstin Emhoff, Ali Brown, Candice Dragonas and all at PRETTYBIRD.

Luke Bather - 17th May 2016

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