Rob Ulitski - 7th Feb 2020

A young man shifts in scale as he traverses the city in Douglas Bernardt's video for Gregory Porter's Revival. 

The visual opens with a shot of the man - played by Jemoni Powe - watching footage of the LA riots from 1994. He shrinks to the size of a mouse, and slides from the sofa, feeling deflated and isolated from society. There is an overarching theme of the battle between oppression and living your truth as an individual, and this sets the scene for what's to come. 

A contemporary spin on the "eat me" and "drink me" treats in Alice in Wonderland, Powe's journey involves him growing and shrinking dependent on his situation and emotions. One thing that lights his fire is dance, so when he bursts into a club where Porter is playing live on stage, he immediately becomes his usual form, performing knee-breaking choreography on the dancefloor. Ending with a shot of him both as a giant towering over his house, and as a small man at his door, there are clear metaphors about chasing your dreams and finding something that fills you with joy.

The VFX from Nash are impeccable, handling the shifting scale and various elements with ease and quality, really helping to sell the concept and ground the story in reality. 

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorDouglas Bernardt
ProducerRyland Burns
Line ProducerJeff Kopchia
Director of PhotographyChristopher Ripley
Art DirectorAngus Bernsen 
EditorDanilo Abraham
ColouristOsmar Junior
Post ProducerFlavia Gannam
VFXNash
Director's RepresentationHands London
LabelUniversal
Other creditsAgency: H5

Rob Ulitski - 7th Feb 2020

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