Mumford & Sons 'Woman' by James Marcus Haney
James Marcus Haney's video for Mumford & Sons is a deeply romantic portrait of two dancers, a character study and riveting dance performance disguised as a home movie.
A young couple (Yeman Brown and Stephanie Crousillat) dance and embrace in the dappled light of a New York loft. They take turns filming each other performing on a old-fashioned camcorder, giving us an intimate glimpse at their relationship - intercut with shots of a daytrip to view the Manhattan skyline. Through the lens, we see them as they see each other.
The video evolved from a chance encounter between the band's Winston Marshall and Yeman Brown at a Manhattan dance studio. Despite being a self-described newcomer to dance, the Mumford banjoist was moved to tears watching Brown perform. He was cast as the male lead and Kristin Sudeikis, the studio founder, enlisted as the choreographer of the piece.
Haney, a longtime collaborator with the band, introduced the heightened level of intimacy between Brown and Crousillat with the idea of shooting the video on Hi-8, a tape format popular in the '90s. Once the go-to format for scuzzy skate videos, here the format is soft and impressionistic, like a distant, fading memory.
JAMES MARCUS HANEY:
"The video for 'Woman' was a treat to make. After hearing the song being recorded over a year ago in London, I was so hoping I'd get a crack at the video for it. The track is just so good.
"As my friends will tell you, I quite like a boogie, but am so not versed in proper Dance with a capital "D". So to be able to get lost in the body movement world of Yeman Brown and Steph Crousillat, with the choreo chops from Kristin Sudeikis, was such a highlight for me.
"It was very important to convey the two as humans first, dancers second. The direction was simple: One last conversation between two lovers/best friends before never seeing each other again, using body movement instead of speech. The two nailed it."
|Director||James Marcus Haney|
|Production Company||Radical Media|
|Executive Producer||Jennifer Heath|
|Production Manager||Connor MacDonald|
|Director of Photography||Sam Cutler-kreutz|
|1st AC||Ben Boult|
|Key Grip||Joe Albino|
|Hair & Make-up||Jacob Geraghy|
|Production designer||Ramsey Scott|
|Editing company||Lost Planet|
When James Marcus Haney went on campus in Seattle to film his younger brother Turner and his friends for the video for Bear's Den's Elysium, he had no idea that he would become a close …
Marcus Haney has been building an impressive reputation as a photographer and filmmaker - the latter mainly for the acclaimed No Cameras Allowed, and for music videos such as Bear's …
It's been a long time coming. Samuel Taylor directed three videos for London fourpiece Superfood in the spring and summer of 2018 - which unfortunately coincided with the band's break-up …
Joshua Stocker transforms a forest at night into a remarkable venue for a captivating dance performance, in his video for Olafur Arnalds' Zero.
Cinelab London, the UK's only full-service film laboratory and digital dailies facility, has …
Bullion Productions' producer Joel Spencer has been promoted to Head of Music and Branded …
The new episode of The Promonews Podcast: Talking Music Videos - our series of conversations …
The first round of judging in the Best Video and the Technical Achievement categories at …
The deadline to vote in the first round of judging at the UK Music Video Awards 2021 is fast …
While first round voting on many of the categories at this year's UK Music Video Awards continues, …