Ghostpoet 'Concrete Pony' by Thomas James
Obaro Ejimiwe aka Ghostpoet emerges from the darkness in this oozey, surreal nightmare directed by Thomas James.
This is a change-up from James' usual emphasis on narrative, but it is such a singular visceral performance video that is has its own emotional impact. With Ejimiwe performing while covered at times in a treacle-like substance, it's viscerally, uncomfortably gooey - beautifully shot by Diana Olifirova.
"For me the track is about a sort of existential crises, a 4am dreamy panic that maybe most of the things we strive for are a little pointless.
I liked the idea of trying to embody this, in a nightmarish, reality bending world. Something contained, that made no sense, and felt like the disjointed textures of a moist nightmare. Something where dread was personified, and made you feel icky. A BDSM Get Your Own Back.
The idea of the reverse gravity for a singular character seamed great on paper, but obviously came with it's challenges. Everyone was amazing, and we eventually got to the point where we had to build two identical sets - one upside down, and then it's exact reflection, so we could stitch everything together. We also had to hang Obar upside down, and cover him in the ooze - which he was freakishly good at. Our lead female was an incredibly talented trapeze artist and contortionist - so it was great to let her run free and scale the sets in as many weird positions as she could muster.
Mainly I just enjoyed covering everything in black gunk though. It was a fun day.
|Production Company||Ob Productions|
|Executive Producer||Sam Holmes|
|1st AD||Joe Starrs|
|Director of Photography||Diana Olifirova|
|Focus Puller||Dan Villanueva|
|2nd AC||Adam Farquharson|
|Wardrobe||Cynthia Lawrence John|
|Post production company||Amp; Big Buoy|
|Post Producer||Alice Clark|
|Production designer||Jakob Gierse|
|Other credits||Camera & Electrical Assistant - Josh Armstrong Camera Trainee- Maks Belski Grip- Giovanni Mattei Production Assistant - Armstrong Nkosi Directors Assistant - Polly Millner Rigger - Chris Gough Art Assistant - Kate Parnell, Florence Dickens, Ieva Petraviciute HMU Designer - Lydia Ward - Smith BTS - Giulia Savorelli Colour Producer - Hannah Whitehall Cast: Lydia Norman|
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