Promonews - 26th June 2019

Benn Veasey's video for Deft creates a visual palette of disrupted landscapes to match the scope and scale of the electronic artist's music.

With an open creative brief he ended up adding flaming flags and towering architecture to a number of bucolic scenes. But then, he goes interior and intimate in the final section.

It's a real test of Veasey's fillmaking skills that he has passed with flying colours. Appropriately enough, as this happens to feature a good amount of flying colours.

BENN VEASEY:

"This was a real guerilla project from the start: After a brief discussion, the artist and label they sent me on my way - essentially giving me complete creative freedom. I think that was really brave of them, and I'm incredibly grateful. After that, it was mostly me filming myself running about waving flags around in fields like an idiot. Then post. Lots of post.

"In it’s first instance, the video's simply an aesthetic piece to accompany the incredible soundscape of Deft’s music – he has this amazing capacity for world-building he achieves by making subtle textural choices. It’s simple, it’s balanced, and I respect it as a sophisticated approach to the creative process. I wanted to create a visual that reflects this, so we invite the audience to simply experience the shifting forms of the sheets as they pass through these different environments. No more, no less.

"But there’s also this narrative backbone throughout which invites us to go deeper – we kick the whole thing off with this military leader in this ornate and palatial space and in this context, the sheets take on another role – at times resembling military banners ablaze, at others they’re more like these organic creatures. Even though they’re faceless, I wanted to give them a sense of agency and character. It’s not explicit, but I think of them as these guerilla forces exercising their collective power. These transient creatures able to subvert the terrains and structures used to keep others out – forests, hills, walls."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorBenn Veasey
ProducerRami Dance
Production ManagerTolga Necar
1st ADGerry Papachristopoulos
Camera operatorRory Langdon-down
ColouristJames Tonkin
Grading companyHangman Films
VFXGabbo.club
Lead actorMi Yazawa
Label20/20 Ldn
Other credits

Promonews - 26th June 2019

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