Tune-Yards 'ABC 123' by Dear Mr Quistgaard
Tune-Yards are renowned for their zany and colourful videos that often feel they could sit comfortably within an episode of Sesame Street. In Brit director Dear Mr Quistgard's video for ABC 123, overall-clad Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner have swapped the playpen for the woodwork shop. But apart from that, this is wacky-business-as-usual.
It starts with Garbus's head popping from a tabletop within a miniature electric train track - which becomes one of the running themes in a video. Visual trickery enlivens the unglamourous workspace at every turn, with Garbus omnipresent, often multiplied, and sometimes cut in half, while Brenner does the more mundane stuff.
It could be described as 'disorientating and chaotic' (Paste Magazine), and if so that reflects the bleak lyrics as well as the typically bouncy tune, which includes the line "California's burning down/living in the middle of the sixth extinction". Fun times.
|Director||Tom Hardiman (fka Dear Mr Quistgaard)|
|Executive Producer||Saskia Whinney|
|Production Manager||Jagoda Litkowiec|
|1st AD||Dominic Threlfall|
|Director of Photography||Deepa Keshvala|
|Focus Puller||Ben Oliver|
|2nd AC||Owen Cant|
|Art Director||Stuart Hudson|
|Hair & Make-up||Chelsea Graziano|
|Editing company||Trim Editing|
|Other credits||Floor Runner: Lois Griffiths Camera Trainee: Max Fomin Art Asst: Julia Chrzanowska Art Asst: Joe Harvey Art Asst: Cameron Gorman|
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