Promonews - 18th June 2018

Matthias Hoene's very charming video for Eels tells the story of a Rusty, the drainpipe man - he's an abandoned and corroded set of drainpipes who ventures into the wide world to find his original owner, only to realise that he is surplus to requirements, and therefore homeless. So he must reinvent himself...

Not only is this a resonant parable on the perils of getting older and increasingly obsolescent, Rusty is a beautiful creation by Hoene - which he and Yungah Lee designed, had made in Prague and then shipped over to the US for the shoot.


"When I first listened to the song, I really responded to the theme of being out of synch with your environment and the story almost wrote itself. The hard work was to structure the story to be perfectly in synch with the song, and to not miss any scenes and get every storytelling beat right while shooting on our tight 2 day schedule.

"I initially sketched the costume roughly on my iPad and then Yungah Lee a super talented concept artist I’ve worked with on my last movie fleshed out my idea. Finally we had a team of model makers in Prague make the costume from old bits of metal and pipes and ship it over to us in LA.

"I was doing the final VFX shot myself on a plane to LA and the person sitting next to me watched what I was doing and asked if I was a drainpipe salesman, which I consider as a job done sign of approval."

Watch 'Eels 'Rusty Pipes' by Matthias Hoene' here

PRO Credits


DirectorMatthias Hoene
ProducerMichael Arter
ProducerAni Mikirdichian
Production CompanyPartizan Darkroom
Executive ProducerClaire Stubbs
Director of PhotographyStephen Blahut
Focus PullerWenting Deng
2nd ACMladan Jurkovic
GafferRyan Emanuel
Art DirectorJustin Patten
WardrobeStylist Tsebahat Fiseha
HairKaci Wegleitner
Make-upKaci Wegleitner
ColouristKaitlyn Battistelli
Grading companyEtc
Director's RepresentationClaire Stubbs @ Mouthpiece
CommissionerJohn Moule
Other creditsRusty Costume Created By Stillking Films, Prague Stedicam - Sergio De Luca Sound - Luke Fisher Special Thanks; David Stewart, Theo Cassels

Promonews - 18th June 2018

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