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Liam Gallagher 'Once' by Charlie Lightening

David Knight - 7th Feb 2020

In one of the more surprising team-ups in recent pop video history, avid Man City fan Liam Gallagher shares the screen with Man United legend Eric Cantona in Charlie Lightening’s rather brilliant video for Once.

In fact, Liam hands performing duties to Eric, and himself takes a surprisingly deferential role. But that turns out to be a genius move, possibly his coolest and most confident move in years. 

Gallagher plays the side man here - butler and chauffeur - as Cantona is a wonderfully -realised version of the King Eric who bestrode English football like a colossus in the Nineties. He's older, and very fond of the red wine, but still very much in regal shape as he swans through his huge, ostentatiously rock n roll white manor house, lipsyncing the lyrics of Once.

This is a great part for Cantona, and his skill and aplomb is made more apparent by the fact its captured in one single Steadicam shot - or is it a drone? On that side of things, it's not unfair to say that there is a bit of 1917-style ingenuity going on here, courtesy of DoP Daniel Lightening, and Steadicam operator Matt Allsop. Superb.  

 

 

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Charlie Lightening
Producer
Charlie Lightening
Producer
Octavia Landy
Production Company
Lightening Films

Camera

Director of Photography
Daniel Lightening
Focus Puller
Ben Worthington
2nd AC
Max Smith
Steadicam
Matt Allsop

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Joss Garnet-Lawson

Art

Art Director
Russel De Rozario

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Adam Howe
Hair
Nathan Jasztal

Casting

Lead actor
Eric Cantona

Grading

Colourist
Jonny Tully
Colour grade company
Big Buoy

VFX

VFX
Chris Phillips
Post production company
Big Buoy
Post Producer
Hannah Whitehall

Agent

Director's Representation

Other credits

Drone/Playback/DIT

Ramy Dance

Art Director

Louise Woodham

Assistant Art Director

Oskar De Rozario

Spark

Keir Garnet-Lawson

Sound Design

Vaudeville Sound

Runner

Trisha Roso

Cameras

One Stop Films

Lighting

SHL Film & TV Lighting LTD

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