Rob Ulitski - 5th Sept 2019

Ian Pons Jewell is back with the first of two new music videos, for London-based poet, musician and artist James Massiah - and brings us the end of the world in his own inimitable fashion.

The video for Massiah's Natural Born Killers shows a city facing the ultimate unbearable heatwave, one that brings about a rush of dopamine, as the inhabitants of the city sweat out their final hours. The heat is inescapable, and Pons Jewell brings us a snapshot of an epic storyline featuring different characters - including Massiah, the last person on Earth to retain any cool.

Everyone else is surrendered to their fate, and not wearing much - or anything at all. Which leads to the inspired use of VFX in the final scene where Pons Jewell puts his own characteristically off-the-wall twist on this parable of global heating - a melted man.

Shot in Buenos Aires, Mauro Chiarello’s cinematography focuses on contrast, blown out highlights and a burnt orange colour palette, and helps create a sense of apocalyptic dread in both the exterior and interior locations. Meanwhile, Time Based Arts in London created the inspired VFX, culminating in that extraordinary final scene.

Credits

DirectorIan Pons Jewell
ProducerTito Ortiz Basualdo
Production CompanyLandia, In Association With Reset
Production CompanyTime Based Arts
Executive ProducerLuciana Abramzon
1st ADAndrés Chenaut
Director of PhotographyMauro Chiarello
2nd ACMaximiliano Villavedra
GafferAgustin Rocca
Art DirectorSebastian Beretta
WardrobeSol Montalvo
Hair & Make-upLucrecia Fontana - Magdalena Wust
Hair & Make-upMagdalena Wust
EditorGaia Borretti
Editing companyThe Assembly Rooms
ColouristLewis Crossfield
Post production companyTime Based Arts
Director's RepresentationLandia, Reset
LabelLevels
Other creditsManaging Partner & EP: Adrián D’Amario Managing Director & EP: Dave Morrison 2nd AD: Barbara Terasani 3rd AD: Teresita Barusso Key PA: Juan Escolar PA: Nicolás Schneider Runner: Jose Fogwill Focus Pullers: Hernán Alberto, Alvarado Martinez 2nd AC: Maximiliano Villavedra DIT: Pabl Bernst Video Assistant: Ana Carolina Strongoli, Lorna Santiago Steadicam: Nicolás Mayer Steadicam Asst; Laura Molteni 2nd Lead: Thiago Dantas​ 2D Artists: Adam Paterson, Jamie Crofts​, Linda Cieniawska, Matt Shires, ​Stephen Grasso, Will Robinson​ 3D Artists: Francois Roisin, Jon Park, How, Zoé Sottiaux, Mike Battcock, Sam Osborne​​ Key Grip: Nestor Eduardo Paradiso Grip: Roberto Julián Regueiro, Daniel Chitarino Electicians: Sergio Piñeyro, Ezequiel Martin Stoeff, Gabriel Dario Barrera Genny op: Sergio Salgado: Genny Op Art/Props: Viru Patricio Lobo, Pablo Lamoglia, Lucas Amado Glam Squad: Maria Victoria Fernandez, María Constantina Hearne, Lucia Parisi, Josefina Fascetto Casting: Agustin Aguirre at Saigon Casting Equipment: Alfavisión Directors Representation (UK): Academy Films

Rob Ulitski - 5th Sept 2019

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