Luke Bather - 7th Mar 2017

Charlie Manton's video for VÉRITÉ is a dreamlike exploration of a bad relationship told through surreal, melancholic visuals.

NFTS grad Manton's first music video sees a blend of VFX styles, from a man with a TV set for a head to extraneous limbs dotted around the apartment setting, to straight up static glitching on a character's face. All this to aid to the narrative push that something isn't quite right in this relationship. Electronic devices are smashed, food and feathers fly everywhere, footage is reversed and slowed down - the screen is constantly occupied by chaos.

In places, it feels as if Manton was unsure of some of his more effective visual moments (the match cut between a baseball bat hitting the aforementioned TV screen head to a pillow fight between the to protagonists being an effective swipe at the audience's perception) and so threw in a few more set pieces to drive the feeling home. The video shines in the moments where it shows the restraint not to throw every technique into play, and in those shining moments is where the story really works.

Credits

DirectorCharlie Manton
ProducerEmily Everdee
Production CompanyDuelling Productions
Production ManagerDevon Armstrong
1st ADLizzy Mansfield
Director of PhotographyCharlie Manton
Focus PullerWill Maas
GafferRose Hockaday
Art DirectorCharlie Meakin
HairClaire Addicott
Make-upClaire Addicott
EditorCharlie Manton
ColouristCharlie Manton
VFXCharlie Manton
VFXSteven Bray, John Kehena Lucy
Lead actorFreddie Thorp
CommissionerVanessa Magos
LabelNew Torch Entertainment, Kobalt

Luke Bather - 7th Mar 2017

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