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Orville Peck 'Queen Of The Rodeo' by Austin Peters

Rob Ulitski - 28th Feb 2020

Masked country singer Orville Peck shines the spotlight on members of the drag community in Austin Peters' video for Queen of the Rodeo. 

Opening on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere, we are introduced to Jem, a First Nations community member and drag queen about whom the song was written. Looking to hitchike to the rodeo, Jem catches the attention of a middle-aged man heading in the same direction. 

Juxtaposing rugged Americana with drag culture, the video explores the hidden desires of the characters at the event, whilst highlighting Jem's unlikely journey from trepidatious entrant to earning the Queen of the Rodeo title. 

Peck's enigmatic performance and presence in the video acts as a middle ground to the contrasting themes. As a gay man himself who pays homage to both cowboys and drag, he has a unique experience and worldview that brings a level of authenticity to the visual. 

DoP Bill Kirstein balances the saturated, colourful aesthetic with a healthy dose of rustic nostalgia, and even when the concepts delves into Lynchian territory in a brilliant scene at the bar, Kirstein ensures it fits in with the overall look and feel. 

Rob Ulitski - 28th Feb 2020

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Austin Peters
Producer
Danny Dewes
Production Company
Radical Media
Executive Producer
Jennifer Heath

Camera

Director of Photography
Bill Kirstein
Focus Puller
Sean Lyons
2nd AC
Karissa Leicht
Focus Puller
Jacqualine Lehr

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Maximo Contrera
Gaffer
Maryn Mcgaw

Art

Art Director
Wylie Gelber

Wardrobe

Hair & Make-up
Matthew Leaf

Casting

Lead actor
Orville Peck

Editorial

Editor
Marlo Caine
Editing company
Cosmo Street

Grading

Colourist
Mikey Rossiter
Colour grade company
The Mill

VFX

VFX
The Mill
Post production company
The Mill
Post Producer
Heath Raymond

Commission

Commissioner
Alissa Atkins
Label
Sub Pop

Other credits

Sound Design By Q Department

Rob Ulitski - 28th Feb 2020

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