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Die Atzen 'Ballern' by Ian Robertson

Rob Ulitski - 31st July 2019

Warning: explosive, grisly violence lies ahead in Ian Robertson’s video for Die Atzen. Which you will enjoy very much.

It’s a beautiful day in suburbia… until the electro hip-hop duo Die Atzen crank up the bass far too high. Opening with portraits of happy characters smiling to camera, there is also a sense of unease from the get-go. A garage door rolls up, and the duo are performing behind a turntable and two massive speakers.

This catches the attention of a neighbour, who is trying to wash his car in peace. Slowly walking over, trying not to look confrontational, the neighbour awkwardly tries to catch the pair’s attention. They just both put in ear protectors, right before the bass drop...

Which blows the head off the neighbur clean off. That's just the start of a relentless use of this well-used technique of cartoon violence, to a level of tasteless excess. Nice ladies, children, dogs... no-one is safe from the Die Atzern's bass drop at the mention of the song title = Ballern.

Shot near Bucharest, the filming took place over one day and cost the lives of twenty watermelons and one pink grapefruit (for the dog's head). The special effects borders the line between realistic and silly, but it’s a choice that works perfectly for this project. 

The colour palette is full of bright pastels, and the styling by Suzan Suliman adds a comedic edge, perfectly juxtaposing the savage exploding heads.

The introduction of the police towards the end of the video ensures that the concept isn’t a one-trick pony, and you’ll finish watching with an insatiable urge to click the replay button.

Rob Ulitski - 31st July 2019

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  • Comedy
  • Narrative
  • VFX
  • Hip hop, Alternative

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Ian Robertson
Producer
Marius Erhan, Mirabela Nedelcu, Marie Zeller, Gregor Mölleers
Production Company
Easydoesit
Executive Producer
Sebastian Von Gumpert
Production Manager
Raluca Andor
1st AD
Laurentiu Dinca

Camera

Director of Photography
Michael Brooke
Focus Puller
Cornell Popescu
2nd AC
Alex Rogojinaru

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Inacau Florin

Art

Art Director
Iulia Popescu

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Suzan Suliman
Make-up
Ioana Opera

Editorial

Editor
Zsófia Tálas

Grading

Colourist
George K
Grading company
Black Kite Studios

VFX

VFX
Bob Wolf

Rob Ulitski - 31st July 2019

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