David Knight - 19th Apr 2017

Following his beautiful, blissful, syncronised swimming-based video for I Got You, the director known as Yagaboo reunites with British producer Seramic for another dance-based video – and a very different beast indeed.

The video for Same Mistakes was shot in Hong Kong, transforming the tempestuous relationship between two middle aged adults into a compelling choreography played out on the city streets, in which the star is certainly the very charismatic Angela Hang.

With the fluid camerawork of Luke Jacobs complimenting the brilliant casting of Hang – a dancer considering retirement when she made this – the result is mesmerizing. The fact it manages to combine the sensibilities of Asian drama with the Western musical, is remarkable, particularly considering its paltry budget. And that's a great testiment to the skills and resourcefulness of everyone involved in this.

YAGABOO:

“Making this video was pure madness. With only £3500, having put half of that in ourselves, any sensible person would have opted for a 1 or 2 day shoot in London. We decided to spend 6 days in Hong Kong sharing a tiny room in the notorious Chung King Mansions with about 3 hours of sleep per night, trying to find 6 dancers and an actor with not much money, or even a fixer.

"Once we managed to cast we had to then shoot synchronised choreography on busy streets at night, with no permits, no AD, no location manager, no gaffer and no runners as well as shooting fire breathing in an estate ran by Triads where the focus puller refused to go because of its notoriety and the local producer said afterwards “Are all Western crews as crazy as you?” 

"Although the shoot was exhausting it was absolutely worth all the hard work just for the friends we made in Hong Kong. One of the best things about making the video was casting Angela [Hang] as the main part. Angela is 49 and was planning to retire from dance altogether once she hit 50! She had given up performing in public for 25 years thinking she was too old for key roles, and so set up her own dance school and taught instead.

"Some of her students came to the audition and she decided she would too as I had written in the treatment I sent, that I wanted to see older dancers too. She said she only came because she wanted to feel what it was like to do the audition and to push herself in dance a last time before she stopped the next year! When we saw her dance, we were really moved by the emotion and the power she had. Casting a pretty young dancer would have been so boring, it was far more interesting story and emotional wise to cast Angela who brings more of a back story to the piece. 

"Angela has since told us that the whole process of making the video was profoundly moving and in a point in her life when she was looking to stop dancing she has suddenly rekindled her passion to perform and wants to do more dance projects. It’s this sort of thing that makes you think a project was worth doing, far more than any number of likes it might get."

Credits

DirectorYags
Director of PhotographyLuke Jacobs (DoP)
Creative DirectorSeramic
EditorMatteo Bini
Editing companyWestern Edge Pictures
ColouristMatt Turner
Grading companyAbsolute Post
Post ProducerGeri Krasteva
Executive ProducerSam Seager
Production AssistantDanielle Barnes
Service ProducerHanson Fok
Production AssistantJason Chan
ChoreographerJen Chiang
Focus PullerMike Fong
Make-upKaren Yiu
Make-upRegina Chan
Drone OperatorAusten Wylde Stark
Drone OperatorDan Disuye
Sound designNick Davies
Other creditsCast: Angela Hang, Kirt Kishita, Ling Tse, Tonia Wan, Kim Dange, Jen Chiang, Jonathan Hung, Jessie Jing

David Knight - 19th Apr 2017

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