David Knight - 15th Mar 2018

Mark Pellington demonstrates just why he is regarded as a music video directing legend, with his remarkable 11 minute 'music film' for Imagine Dragons' Next To Me. 

This is an intimate story of a relationship on a grand and tragic scale, which Pellington has told with a bravura brilliance that recalls the experimental style that he pioneered in his videos in the Nineties, and then brings it bang up to date.

Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynold's highly flawed character is framed in the first minute by a searing speech of condemnation by Aja Volkman, Reynold's wife in the film and in real life. What follows incorporates a terrible crime, delivered in dramatic detail, but also becomes a stupendous fever dream, as we start to believe in Reynold's character's rehabilitation and release. Only to realise this is not how things pan out...  

Next To Me is a story of love, loss, mistakes, regrets, and redemption, and an inspiring example of a brilliant director being given the scope to practice his craft.

Credits

DirectorMark Pellington
ProducerDana Marshall
Production CompanyPrime Zero Productions
Executive ProducerAlex Dakid
Production ManagerDavid Cho
1st ADEdward Licht
Director of PhotographyMatthew Sakatani Roe
Focus PullerDaniel Warlock | Andy Huynh
2nd ACNick Menio | Doulos Kun
GafferKyle Bryson
Art DirectorPatti Podesta
WardrobeLindsay Zir-oldak
EditorJacquelyn London
ColouristMarshall Plante For Ntropic
Lead actorDan Reynolds, Wayne Sermon, Ben Mckee, Daniel Platzman, Aja Volkman
Director's RepresentationKelly Norris Sarno / Agency Arts
CommissionerJared Shelton
LabelInterscope Records
Executive ProducerMac Reynolds
Executive ProducerJared Shelton
Other creditsOriginal Score: Wayne Sermon

David Knight - 15th Mar 2018

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