The Japanese House 'Face Like Thunder' by Gareth Phillips
Gareth Phillips and The Japanese House head to Tenerife for this gorgeous, golden video.
Using the incredible island landscapes from ground level combined with glorious, sweeping drone shots, Phillips highlights a distance between the onscreen duo. A great combination of incredible locations and great natural lighting really help to highlight the bittersweet feelings of the track.
"The song sounded to me as though it was about the inevitable end of a relationship. I imagined a couple having travelled to a strange place, literally and metaphorically, along a long road to the end. There is a sadness to the mood of the couple but optimism in the beauty and colour of the images. If you can’t stand to be with a loved one on holiday then you know its time to go separate ways.
"We wanted to communicate a distance between Amber and Nathan through the photography and use the rocky barren landscape as a metaphor for the relationship. The truck became something that was taking them somewhere but also illustrated their separation. I was reminded of a photo taken from high above of a female figure laying in the back of a truck by Jhon Crawford. Seeing them laid alone in the desert was a kind of opposite to being laid together as a couple.
"We wanted to shoot in Morocco as Amber had shot some of her album art work there but it could not happen due to budget. We decided on a rocky island which offered a range of epic landscapes. Being in the national park of Teide as the sun was coming up and the wind was howling will be something i will never forget."
|Director of Photography||Ben Coughlan|
|Focus Puller||Bruno Travers|
|Camera Trainee||Benn Walshe|
|Location Manager||Carlos Baroja|
|Lead actor||Nathan Wrigley|
|Director's Representation||Lock It In|
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